Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Worldcon memories

My best intentions of blogging my time at Worldcon fell by the wayside because of the severe cold I was suffering through during the convention. It's mostly abated now (yay!), and Carolyn and I are safely in Los Angeles, doing a little business ... (and had a pleasant relaxing dinner at Tony P's, our favorite restaurant in Marina del Rey). So, a few random pleasant memories of Denvention 3 will have to suffice:

Running into Toronto friends Hope Liebowitz and Murray Moore on the flight down to Denver.

Catching up for the first time in far too many years (eight, we think) with old friends Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith.

Seeing Barb Galler-Smith glowing all weekend long after Brian Hades bought her first novel from her at the con.

A nice chat with Steve Miller and Sharon Lee.

A wonderful dinner with my Tor editor David G. Hartwell, a wonderful dinner with Analog editor Stanley Schmidt and his wife Joyce, a wonderful lunch with my Ace editor Ginjer Buchanan, and a terrific breakfast with Steve Feldberg, the director of original content for Audible.com.

Seeing old friends (and world-class costumers) Pierre and Sandy Pettinger -- and getting invited by them to be Guest of Honor at a con in Omaha next summer.

Chatting with Paolo Bacigalupi and his father, Todd; kidding around with Lou Anders; meeting Rome Quezada of the Science Fiction Book Club; hanging at the Dead Dog party with Marah Searle-Kovacevic and Diane Lacey.

A wonderful lunch with old friend John E. Stith, Mark Graham (the reviewer from the Denver Rocky Mountain News), fans Jim and Marlys Schneider, and Robert Charles Wilson and his wife, at a terrific brew pub.

Getting to see the cover for Wake for the first time (Ginjer brought a printout to lunch), and, OMG, it's stunning. (I'll post a version here as soon as I can.)

A terrific Robert J. Sawyer newsgroup luncheon at Bubba Gump's -- thanks to all who came!

A terrific panel on the evolution of science fiction, moderated by L.E. Modesitt, with Shoshana Glick (who suggested the panel), John E. Stith, Ben Bova, and me.

A final meal with Australian writer K.A. Bedford and his wife Michelle, plus new Aussie writer Lesley, Barb Galler-Smith, Shoshana Glick, and IFWA (Calgary writers' group) members Randy McCharles, Val King, and Susan Forest.

And, of course, the wonderful NORAD tour, and dinner at Kevin and Rebecca Anderson's afterwards ...

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At August 12, 2008 12:52 PM , Blogger J Erwine said...

The evolution of SF panel was great. It was nice to hear from so many different perspectives.

There's certainly no doubt that Ben Bova has seen it all.

At August 12, 2008 11:08 PM , Blogger Lou Anders said...

It was really good to see you as always!

At August 13, 2008 12:10 AM , Blogger Virginia said...

Hope you're feeling better soon!

At August 18, 2008 1:59 PM , OpenID marahsk said...

It was nice hanging with you!


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