I’ve just returned from my first WorldCon (Renovation in Reno, NV). Had a blast and expect to be recovering for many days. Not only was I shy on red blood cells for the oxygen levels at that altitude, there was just far too much to do!
Some of the highlights were:
- Hearing a live commentary by George R. R. Martin for his episode, “The Pointy End,” from this past season of Game of Thrones. I owe a review of that series but only finished watching it the day before we left.
- A panel on creating consistent magic systems with wonderful participants (Tim Powers, Pat Rothfuss, LE Modesette, Jo Walton, and others). It really was a great discussion and only served to convince me more of the burning intelligence of those around me in this genre.
- Discussing e-publishing with and seeing the new formats and efforts of Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith.
- Tim Powers’ Guest of Honor speech was just fall-down funny as well as a great reminder of what we do as writers and why we are all such fans of the genre (both SF and Fantasy).
- Attending the Hugos (see below)
I wish I could have done so much more while I was there, but there were too many people to see and too many panels to attend! And far too many of both to list, but I can’t tell you how much I enjoy my old friends, meeting new friends, and talking shop, politics, single-malt whiskey, life not to mention just having fun for a weekend.
In truth, I had two main goals for Worldcon. The first goal was to get yelled out by all my friends and associates for not producing any fiction for the last two years. I got that, and a lot of encouragement, for which I am both chagrined and grateful.
The other goal was to see the Hugos as many friends were nominated and two were emceeing. The Jay Lake and Ken Scholes hosted Hugos were as silly and fun as I know they wanted it to be. Bad puns and singing abounded. The presentations were often amusing and meaningful as well, but the acceptances themselves were worth the time. In part, this was because friend and multi-talented artist Mary Robinette Kowal won a Hugo for her short story, “For Want of a Nail.” If you haven’t found her work yet, do. While she writes in many styles, her novel, “Shades of Milk and Honey,” totally changed my mind about a whole chunk of literature. Or, better put, if Jane Austin wrote like Mary, I’d love Jane Austin. In the past, you’d never have heard those words out of my mouth about our Ms. Austin.
See the recorded Hugo ceremony stream at: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/16783348.
Overall, I’m exhausted and still excited to have survived my first Worldcon and 26+ hours of driving cross-country. Beautiful country, I will add, but it would have been more convenient if it was a bit smaller! I had a great time with many friends I’ve not seen in a while and I got to enjoy a con from the audience for a change, which I’ve not done in a long time. Sometimes it is fun to just be entertained and taught rather than having to sit up in front of the audience.
And now, back to digging out and recovering. Next, getting my butt back in the writer’s seat and finishing some of the work that has lay fallow for too long as well as sowing some new work from the sparks in my head!