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!

2 Responses to Orycon looms on the Event Horizon!!!

  1. I never knew about any of the kinds of conventions that you have mentioned so far, I will certainly need to find a way to visit some! Well, when they get around to visiting Florida anyway. 🙂 I can’t really make it all the way up to Washington and Oregon, as much as I’d like to! ^-^

    Hope you have a great time!

  2. Oh, conventions happen everywhere! And they really vary in theme and degree of seriousness.

    Florida is home to a number of good ones, or so I am told. I’ve never made it to the opposite corner of the US!http://containment.greententacles.com/tags/academic/
    On that page, you will find a link to the pretigious academic,
    International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts held yearly in Orlando Florida. It’s a bit more serious, academic and literary than the conventions I’ve been attending lately.

    http://www.locusmag.com/Conventions.html
    That link goes to another listing of conventions.

    If you enjoy SF and fantasy and if you’d like to mingle with other readers, with artists, costumers, film makers, book sellers and even writers, then conventions are wonderful weekend getaways.

    And who couldn’t use one of those now and then!

    Robin