Monthly Archives: October 2009

Orycon looms on the Event Horizon!!!

What’s Orycon?  A wonderful science fiction and fantasy convention.  It’s a gathering of readers, viewers, creators, gamers, costumers, dealers and every sort of person who might have an interest in SF or fantasy. There are panel discussions, an art show, a masquerade, an auction, dances, hall costumes, a dealers room and well, too much else to describe! 

It’s a fun time.  You should come.

Orycon this year, in Portland Oregon, will occur on the weekend immediately following Thanksgiving.  We will be at the Portland Doubletree Hotel at Lloyd Center.  If you want to come, and to stay at the hotel, you should act soon, as the hotel block closes on November 6! (After that, you might get a room, but not such a good deal on it!)  If you buy your membership for the convention on line, you will have a much shorter wait to get your badge.

I’m going to have a number of chances to meet with readers and friends old and new.

Here is my panel schedule for the convention:

Friday, Nov. 27   Noon
"I have a story idea.  Where do I start?"
David Levine, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mary Rosenblum/Mary Freeman and me.

Friday, Nov. 27 3 PM
"Alternate History Fantasy"
M.K. Hobson, Alma Alexander(!), Michael Ehart, John P. Alexander.  And me.

Friday Nov. 27 8 PM
"Proofreading, Smoofreading: Copy Editors Untie"
Deb Taber, A.M. Dellamonica, Kristin Landon.  And me again!

Saturday, Nov. 28  Noon
"Theme"  (Theme?  What’s a theme?)
Marilyn Holt, A.M. Dellamonica, Bill Johnson, Kristin Landon, Karen L Azinger.  And, uhm, yes, me.

Sunday, Nov. 29 1PM
"That’s Gotta Hurt!"   (All about why maiming and torturing characters is Good!)
Pat MacEwen, Judith R. Conly, Rhea Rose, Phoebe Kitanidis. And me, wearing a black hood with eye holes.

In addition to the panels, I hope to take over the Hospitality room for an hour or two on Saturday (time is still being decided.)  Kat and I will be there, along with Ben Dobyns, one of the forces behind the movie The Gamers (produced by Dead Gentlemen).  Ben and I will be offering food, drink, and glimpses into future books and productions.  As soon as I know a definite time, I’ll post it here!  For those of you not familiar with SF conventions, Hospitality is where fans of all sorts can congregate to nibble on free food, sip soft drinks and take a break from the mad whirl of the rest of the convention. 

So, it looks like it will be a busy convention for me, and that makes me happy.  Those are the ones where I have the most fun.

I’ll hope to see a lot of you there!


Has been absolutely wonderful! I didn’t take my camera, but I’m sure there will be lots of photos of the convention elsewhere online.  In terms of universal costuming by attendees, I think this has been the most extravagant, elegant and over the top convention I’ve ever been to.  Men in top hats with walking sticks… Continue Reading

Looking for Amber

Serious post. This link goes to a news article about an amnesiac girl in New York City.  Please read it.  To sum it up quickly, she is using the name Amber and can quote a passage from Fool’s Fate, but does not recall who she is.  She is between 14 and 19.  She is also… Continue Reading

Update to the Update (tidied up)

So, yes, I’ll be at Steamcon next weekend.  And on Friday I’ll be on two of the early panels. They both look like fun, and I enjoy early panels at a convention as a great way to meet people at the start of the convention. So, the panels are: When the Sun Sets on the… Continue Reading

The Updated Schedule

Here is an updated and corrected schedule for places I expect to be in the next few months.  I do hope to meet friends old and new, especially some old friends in the Portland area!  🙂  So here is the latest update. Over the next few months, I’m very much looking forward to getting out… Continue Reading

Where I hope to run into you

So,  Steamcon is a steam-punk convention in the Sea-Tac area, and it’s very first incarnation will be getting off the ground on October 23rd.  Guest of Honor is Tim Powers.  Do you really need to know anything more to want to attend this?  I plan to be there, solely as an attendee, with plenty of time… Continue Reading