Most of the time we writers view the world through our little window, while we tap away on our keyboards.
Once a year, if we're lucky we escape to an SF convention, once every 10 years, if you live in Australia, you can escape to a World SF Con!
Aussiecon 4 is being held in Melbourne, September 2nd to 6th, 2010.
I went to the last Aussiecon in 99 and the one before in 85 and I just missed the one in 75. I arrived in Melbourne at the tender age of 18 in 76, and thought nothing of moving halfway across Australia and branching out on my own (with Paul Collins).
So I've I've been a member of Fandom attending conventions for almost 35 years. And I'm still having fun!
Here's the link to the Worldcon program.
Dave, Kate and Chris and I will be there. If you are in Australia or are planning to come to Australia for the World SF Con and would like to catch up in person, leave a comment and we'll try to organise a time and place!