Friday, August 25, 2006

Worldcon day two

The con began bright and early for me, with a 10:00 a.m. panel called, "No, Really, That Makes Sense!" SF writers tried to come up with rational and entertaining explanations for various things that at first glance seem illogical in SF movies, TV shows, and books. Despite valiant moderating by Dr. Isaac Szpindel, it didn't really come off that well; 10:00 a.m. is too early after a night of partying for a think-on-your-feet panel.

At 1:00 p.m., about a dozen members of my Yahoo! Groups newsgroup met for a get-together, which was great fun.

At 3:00, I signed at the Edge Publications table -- I did the introduction for their edition of The Alphanauts by J. Brian Clarke. Then it was off to a presentation by Suzie Plakson and J.G. Hertzler (K'Ehleyer and General Martok from Star Trek), an event that had a surprisingly small audience (Carolyn, Kirstin Morrell, and I sat in the front row). It was absolutely excellent; both of them are great storytellers.

I then had a wonderful editorial meeting ... about which more later. :)

Then it was dinner, outside, by the pool, with a fabulous all-you-can-eat buffet. Our dinner party consisted of Carolyn and me, Pyr editor Lou Anders, Hugo nominee Paolo Bacigalupi and his wife Anjula, Hugo nominee Robert Charles Wilson and his wife Sharry, and John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner Jack McDevitt. We had a fabulous three-hour dinner, and I said with confidence, even though this was only the second day of the five-day con, that unless I win a Hugo Saturday night, this dinner will clearly be the highlight of the convention for me. It was amazing, with conversation ranging from serious shoptalk to which actor was the best Superman.

After that, we hit some parties, and had good chats with John Scalzi, Adam-Troy Castro, and others. And now, to bed ...


At August 25, 2006 8:08 PM , Blogger Marty said...

Sounds like a blast, Rob! And hope your movie agent meeting "produces" results. :)

Hopefully next year I'll get my butt to the con.


-- Marty Soderstrom


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