The Coolest Con of '93
Each October, a flight to Antarctica brings supplies and new staff to Scott Base, as well as a welcome ticket home for the hardy folk who have overwintered there. In October 1993, with the US military was tied up with the battle of Mogodishu, the usual single flight was not one StarLifter but rather a series of Hercules flights over 5 days. This presented a unique opportunity to spend just a long weekend in Antarctica: to go on one plane on a Friday, and return on another plane a mere 4 days later on Tuesday. Even better, it coincided with Labour Weekend in New Zealand.
When the first "summer" flight to Antarctica left Christchurch early on the morning of Friday 22nd October 1993, in addition to a small continguent of new staff and half a tonne of urgent supplies, aboard were also 7 writers and 29 very keen fen. This is partly the story of a unique convention, but also the story of some SF writers who found themselves in a setting even more outlandish setting than their own characters.