Tuesday, October 10, 2006

VCon a success

VCon in Vancouver was lots of fun. Not a particularly large convention, but very well run with lots of really first-rate programming. It was a joy to see FRIENDS AND colleagues including Bonnie Jean Mah, Walter from White Dwarf Books, Alma Alexander and Deck Deckert, Ed Willett (launching his first novel from DAW), Rhea Rose (whom I published in Tesseracts 6), Matt Hughes (whose novel The Commons I will publish next year), artist Jim Beveridge, Diane Walton and Danica LeBlanc from On Spec, the gang from Neo-Opsis, Shoshana Glick, Brian and Anita Hades from Edge, and more.

Next year's VCon -- number 32 -- promises to be extra-special. For one thing, it'll be the Canvention -- the Canadian national SF convention, where the Auroras will be presented. For another, programming will be run by the wonderful Rowan Sawyer, who would be terrific even if we didn't share a last name. :)

After VCon, it was a 13-hour overnight car drive with Fan GoH Randy McCharles to Calgary -- exhausting, but actually rather pleasant. And now I am in Calgary, gearing up for the Write-Off writing retreat being held by the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association (IFWA) starting on Friday. As always, busy times ...


At October 11, 2006 2:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigh..and Edmonton lucks out again.
Isn't On Spec an Edmonton concern?

At October 11, 2006 12:30 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Yup, ON SPEC is based in Edmonton ... and there is an Edmonton con THIS VERY WEEKEND, Jim: http://www.purespeculation.org/

At October 11, 2006 12:56 PM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

There you go Jim!

At October 11, 2006 3:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Great. A bit short notuce for me, seeing a how I'm working this weekend but atleast I know it's there for next year. I've been out of the loop for like about 15 years. One thing about us baby boomers is we can fit right into any crowd :-)

Thanks for the link.


This is why I love the Internet

Thanks guys

At October 12, 2006 12:31 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

There's a very nice write-up on VCon here.

At October 12, 2006 4:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in my mid 20's when VCon started living in New Westminster. I was more into wargaming, working with Burnaby's The Trumpeter Club with Rick Kachur and Jack Hutchings. I wrote an historical article for the Trumpeter zine but not into SF at the time. It wasn't until Star Wars came out 2 years later that turned me onto SF again.

Nice to see they're still into gaming. Probably some good ol Adavced Squad leader tables
going on.

At October 13, 2006 2:11 AM , Anonymous Dave Robinson said...

Glad you had a good time at VCON, I know I certainly did. Once again it was great to see you and also Randy and all the other guests.

At October 13, 2006 2:17 PM , Anonymous Shoshana said...

Eeep! There's my name, last and all :)

VCon *was* fun...I have a feeling (get the reference?) that next year will be fun too.


At October 13, 2006 3:33 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Hi, Shoshana. Well, your full name was on your badge. :) I look forward to seeing you next year!

(Shoshana and I were among those participating in the Buffy "Once more With Feeling" singalong.)

At October 26, 2006 9:46 PM , Anonymous Ahmed A. Khan said...

Thank you very much for recommending my VCON report.

At October 26, 2006 10:02 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

My pleasure, Ahmed!


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