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Byline: M.J. Wilde Commentary
"Did you pack up the dancing rats?"
It was the final day of Bubonicon 36, the annual sci-fi/fantasy convention in Albuquerque, and one of the organizers of the event was speaking in an urgent tone as he and a helper hurried down the hallway of the Wyndham Hotel. Things were winding down, and everyone knows dancing rats cannot be allowed to run free.
You see, for years Bubonicon, which celebrates sci-fi, fantasy and even horror in movies, books, television and life, has used a couple of rats as mascots. Why? Well, 36 years ago someone had the bright idea that since the Southwest had such a high rate of bubonic plague, why …