Millennicon 21

March 22, 2007

kayleigh and I hit Millennicon this past weekend, sitting in on a few morning panels on Saturday (Oz Over the Century, Fantasy Doesn’t Have to be about Kings and Wizards) before heading out to lunch at our old restaurant, the Red Squirrel, where we had our first lunch together years ago. Of course, kayleigh managed to remember when this was, and what table we were in 😉

It’s always fun to make a nice discoveries at conventions, like authors you haven’t read or didn’t know anything about. In this case, it was the GoH at the first Millennicon we went to 3 years ago, but didn’t see then, David Drake. He’s a fascinating man with a seeming encyclopedic knowledge on several subjects, especially the old pulp magazines. We saw him in two featured panels (The Future We Didn’t Expect, Crossing Genres) and a third panel (Forgotten Favorites of Childhood) where he was an audience participant. Drake is well-known for his military SF but writes in other areas as well. He’s also contributed numerous outlines for other books then written by others. Though credited with co-authorship, Drake denies that idea since he only supplied the outline, and another author did the majority of the work — which is kind of cool really. Most people drop a story idea to someone and want half-credit for the resulting work.

This year’s Guest of Honor was Campbell Award winner and fantasy author Wen Spencer. I knew little about her and frankly she didn’t impress me, but then she also had the misfortune to be on a panel with David Drake and Mike Resnick, both overpowering and opinionated personalities.

Resnick had been up all night writing, he claimed, and left immediately after the final panel. Joe Martino, another writer we’ve see at other cons was also there, as were numerous other familiar faces. Diane Turnchek was there as a representative of SFWA, and substituted for Dave Creek on a panel (Books That Changed My Life) with Martino. Diane seems a very knowledgeable and nice woman, concerned with literacy for children and getting teens interested in writing and science fiction. The third member of that panel was the publisher of a D/s magazine, Consent, whom we ran into last year. She seems to have gotten even louder. We had to grit our teeth listening to her sometimes. Her self-admitted “bratitude,” a submissive lifestyle excuse for domineering misbehavior was certainly in evidence.

The art show was pleasant, and in the dealers room I picked up John Scalzi’s The Sagan Diary and kayleigh bought Shadow Over Shandahar, the first volume of a dualogy by T.R. Chowdhury and T.M. Crim. Chowdhury had participated in a panel with Wen Spencer and Craig Jackson, and she and Crim had a lonely table in the dealers room selling their book. They looked forlorn by the lack of interest, so kayleigh bought a copy and had them autograph it, which seemed to please them a great deal.

I wish I’d picked up a Drake book though and gotten an autograph. David Drake stole the show as far as I was concerned.

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