THE WEATHER WAS MILD in Boston the Friday before Labor Day, 1980, the temperature in the mid-seventies. Over the course of the weekend it gradually warmed up, finally topping ninety degrees on the holiday.
The sci-fi fans in town for the Noreascon-hosted Worldcon50 didn’t mind or even notice the heat. In fact, they hardly left the Hynes Auditorium on Boylston Street or the adjoining Sheraton Boston hotel except to pick up a quick slice of pizza or a fast-food burger nearby.
Funny-animal fans attending the convention had another reason to stay indoors; they had come across Steve Gallacci’s Erma Felna portrait in the convention’s art show—and they’d never seen anything like it before. They might’ve seen high-tech, hardware-heavy environments in outer-space anime, but never one inhabited by an anthropomorphic animal.
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