I just received advance information about the Picocon SF con at Imperial College next month, which I plan to attend. It looks like they've got an unusually good set of guests, and for the first time they are going to run a two-day con. I was quite keen to sign up and pay in advance so that (a) I don't have to queue at the door and (b) they have the use of the money early and can do more with it.
This isn't meant to reflect on the con organizers, since I have to assume that the college won't let them do things any other way, but it's a real nuisance, and I suspect annoys a lot of the people who want to attend student events. I've told them why I won't be paying up front, and I hope that they'll pass on my concerns to whoever runs the site.
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