Invisible Man …

October 31, 2010

kayleigh and I have returned from the World Fantasy Convention. We had a nice time, nothing exceptional. In fact it was kind of boring at times. This convention was for fans but was even more so for professionals to talk shop, have drinks, and talk shop, and meet with editors.

The convention was limited to a thousand attendees, I heard, which would explain the empty hallways at 8 pm. Most people ended up in the bar, the lobby, or the atrium watching yakking or watching other people or yakking. One of the floors was given to several room parties Saturday night as well. There was an expensive art show where one could bid thousands on original artwork, and a dealers room that, with the exception of one jewelry booth, I think, was nothing but booksellers.

The few panels at WFC were far and away some of the better panels we’ve seen in recent years though, with award-winning and insightful panelists. Some names: Eric Flint, David Drake, Joe Haldeman, Gene Wolfe, Peter Straub, Nancy Kress, Tim Powers, Mike Resnick, Ted Chiang, Guy Gavriel Kay, S.M Stirling, and this year’s Nebula & Hugo winner, Paolo Bacigalupi. Roaming the halls were several of the Ohio Cabal, including SFWA president John Scalzi periodically gracing minions with his presence and black and white checkerboard shoes.

The best part was practicing invisibility and spending time with kayleigh.

The winners of the 2010 World Fantasy Awards are here.

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