I'm back home from Poznan. It's quite a journey from Edinburgh: we set out on an express train to Berlin (dep. Poznan at 10:27am), then continued by air from Tegel to Amsterdam, then Amsterdam to Edinburgh, making it home by 11pm after setting foot in four countries in twelve hours.
Pyrkon was ... unexpected. Think in terms of the feel of San Diego Comicon, if you removed the big commercial stands (for some reason, Marvel, DC, Electronic Arts, and Hollywood studios don't think regional Polish SF conventions are worth going to). They stopped charging for admission a couple hours before the closing ceremony, at which point they'd sold 24,513 memberships—no, that is not a typo: this convention was getting into DragonCon scale and is in Poland. (2013's Pyrkon was only 13,000 strong; back around 2011 it had 3000 members.) It's about five or six times the size of a worldcon. A dizzyingly unexpected gathering of the geek tribes in an unexpected place—although if it's going to happen anywhere, Poznan is a good bet: it's a prosperous university city with a bunch of high-tech corporations and a population that skews young relative to Poland as a whole.
Anyway, I'm now facing a stack of page proofs that need checking within the next week, or else bad things will happen to the publication schedule of "The Rhesus Chart". And while I'm doing that I'll try and think of something to blog about. (Current leading contender: the background music playlist for "Dark State", the first of the Merchant Princes: The Next Generation trilogy, due out next April.)