Sunday, August 20, 2006

Writers of the Future

Carolyn and I spent from Thursday afternoon until this morning (Sunday) in San Diego at the 22nd annual L. Ron Hubbard's Writers and Illustrators of the Future awards weekend (I'm one of the judges for the writing contest). As always, it was a fabulous event, and we had a great time.

A few pictures:

Todd McCaffrey, David Brin, and Anne McCaffrey at our table at the opening barbecue

Rob and Kevin J. Anderson confer

Rob and Larry Niven walking along the beach outside our hotel

Astronaut Rick Searfoss and Rob

Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven (in center) receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

Canadian winner Sarah Totton

Rob presents one of the awards

All the judges and winners on stage

Anne and Todd McCaffrey, and globe of Pern, at Saturday's massive autographing party


At August 21, 2006 12:09 AM , Blogger Bonnie Jean said...

Rob, I think you said earlier that your life rocks--you've proved it yet again with this post!

I think the photo that made me go "woah" most was the one of you on the beach with Larry Niven. LARRY NIVEN. Dude! You and Larry, hanging around on the beach. Just chillin'. I was at the beach today, too, but I can safely say there were no legendary SF authors in sight. ;-)

I'm not making sense--just wanted to comment that your life is so COOL!

-Bonnie Jean

At August 21, 2006 2:02 AM , Blogger E.Jim Shannon said...

Hey Rob,
your involved with WOTF?


I recall in the mid 1990's I submitted about a half a doz stories to them. WOTF is a tough market to break into. I figured I'd have as much chance getting a story accepted n any one of their quarters as I would having a novel accepted from the slush pile or winning the 6/49.

Do they still send out those white postcards to writers after they have received a story submission? I think I've got about a half doz of them around here someplace.

At August 21, 2006 2:11 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Bonnie Jean: hee hee hee! Many thanks!

Jim: this is my third year at the Writers of the Future banquet. I don't know what they do in terms of acknowledging submissions, but I will say this: the quality of the work that gets passed on to the judges is amazingly high. I've been blown away by all the stories I've read.

At August 21, 2006 4:23 AM , Blogger E.Jim Shannon said...

I might start submitting to them again. I've got a few stories I'm confident with. I like to think my work has improved at least little bit in over the last 10 years. :-)


At August 21, 2006 6:35 AM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Hey Rob those are the kind of road trips that would make anyone jealous.

BTW - what did Sarah win for?

At August 21, 2006 6:52 AM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Ack! Closer inspection of her picture shows it was for an illustrator's award.

At August 21, 2006 9:33 AM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Oh and it would be remiss of me not to mention that you look quite rakish in that tux!

At August 21, 2006 9:56 AM , Anonymous skyfire said...

It's so wonderful to meet so many SF writers!i love this!

At August 21, 2006 12:22 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Lou. Sarah won a fiction award, not an illustrator's award; she's a very fine writer.

At August 21, 2006 2:16 PM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Thanks for the clarification. Sarah needs to develope a web presence. Yahoo and Google drew blanks on her name for me.

At August 22, 2006 3:05 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

That's my fault, Lou; I misspelled her name (now corrected) in my blog entry. It's Sarah Totton, not Totten. :) Try Googling again; she has a home page.

At August 22, 2006 6:11 AM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Ah, much better. Thanks!

At August 22, 2006 7:24 AM , Blogger Sean from DocintheBox said...

Wow, all of the heavy weights were there, looks like you guys had a great time. Too bad I'm on the other side of the world right now, that would have been a great event to go to. Cool things happen in San Diego when I'm not around!

At August 24, 2006 8:31 AM , Blogger Mike Rimar said...

Hey! That's me behind Ann McCaffery.


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