Was this ill-fated Victorian festival the first SF-themed "event"?

Worldcon, Comicon, the Steampunk World's Fair ... modern fans of SF genres are spoiled for choice of get-togethers. But the "Coming Race Bazaar" of 1891 may have been the first ever cosplay/vending/entertainment gathering specifically inspired by a science fiction story ... » 9/09/14 4:03pm 9/09/14 4:03pm

Fact-checking the History Channel's "Houdini" mini-series

So, was Harry Houdini really a pre-WW1 spy for the US and Great Britain? Was Bess Houdini really a (gasp) marijuana fiend? Did Houdini really disappear a 10,000 pound elephant in the middle of a circus arena? The good people at WildAboutHoudini.com have saved me a lot of time and typing by producing this detailed… » 9/03/14 7:00pm 9/03/14 7:00pm