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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At some point Friday afternoon kayleigh and I will arrive at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio. It’s being held at the same venue as our end-of-May convention, Marcon, so we ought to know our way around a bit. I’m just hoping the hotel elevators are working full-tilt because, frankly, they need some more damned elevators at the Hyatt.

As always, we’re looking forward to the convention but more to the time to just be alone for a while without other intrusions. This has been a long stretch, a long year.

Next year, we’re hoping for some changes for the better. We need some better. This weekend is a precursor.

The fine magazine, Realms of Fantasy, is ending after a 16 year, 97 issue run. Publisher Warren Lapine’s commentary is at that link. Editor Shawna McCarthy’s farewell is here.

Having renewed another year on an already 2 year subscription, I’m a little bit let down.

Search terms are fun to go through to see how people come to a blog.  They’re also a good faux entry when you’ve not posted in forever.

By far, the most frequent search term, and by default, the most popular entry, is the piece on  former lead singer, Fish, reuniting with his old band Marillion for a quick song or two at a Marillion concert.

The entries on The Stranger by Albert Camus and Christian Jacq’s Ramses series also get hit a few times a week.

I’m not surprised that traffic dropped off after I removed the link to here from tumblr’s  A Simple Space Annex, after renaming the Annex.

But what is very surprising is how the removal of that link didn’t entirely kill the traffic here, which is what I thought would happen.

I ain’t dead yet …

September 22, 2010

kayleigh has been away since Sunday at some training/seminar gig.   She returns late Thursday, and after she rests a bit we’re heading out Saturday on a day trip into Kentucky for some family-type goings on.

The World Fantasy Convention hits Columbus in 36 days.  I know this because I have a countdown gadget on my iGoogle page!   We’re  also making plans to attend the Chicago 2012 Worldcon.   This should be fun with GoH Mike Resnick and Toastmaster John Scalzi.  The Ohio Cabal rules!

(As a sidebar to the “Ohio Cabal rules!”, Paul Melko’s The Walls of the Universe has been optioned for a movie by some of the same folks that did Shrek.  And the book sequel has been sold to Tor).

In the meantime, I admit to being distracted and out of sorts and just plain tired.  I have a pestering — or perhaps I should say festering — story that just can’t seem to be completed the way I want.  I wanted it in circulation the first week of September but haven’t touched it for a couple of weeks.   This too causes a great amount of annoyance.  Now I’m hoping for the end of the month.  And then I can either go back to a long-term side project or something new, shiny, and distracting, or both.

Such is life.

2010 Hugo Awards ….

September 5, 2010

The 2010 Hugo Awards were presented in Melbourne. I find it especially cool that Frederik Pohl was presented with a ‘best fan writer’ at age 90, for his blog.

* Best Novel: TIE: The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK); The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)

* Best Novella: “Palimpsest”, Charles Stross (Wireless; Ace, Orbit)

* Best Novelette: “The Island”, Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2; Eos)

* Best Short Story: “Bridesicle”, Will McIntosh (Asimov’s 1/09)

* Best Related Book: This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”), Jack Vance (Subterranean)

* Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio; Art by Phil Foglio; Colours by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

* Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Moon Screenplay by Nathan Parker; Story by Duncan Jones; Directed by Duncan Jones (Liberty Films)

* Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars” Written by Russell T Davies & Phil Ford; Directed by Graeme Harper (BBC Wales)

* Best Editor Short Form: Patrick Nielsen Hayden

* Best Editor Long Form: Ellen Datlow

* Best Professional Artist: Shaun Tan

* Best Semiprozine: Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan

* Best Fan Writer: Frederik Pohl

* Best Fanzine: StarShipSofa edited by Tony C. Smith

* Best Fan Artist: Brad W. Foster

And the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines): Seanan McGuire

Not much to say in addition to that, now is there?

But I will! Tobias Buckell will be GoH at Context, in spite of his reluctance to leave full-tilt writing mode at the moment.

Understandable, but still kind of disappointing he didn’t mention being GoH a few weeks ago to kind of jazz attendance and his fans up. But we love Toby anyway, and will forgive this slight in anticipation of the next novel.

Update: Toby corrected this minor oversight the day after this post 🙂