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Readercon in Review

Monday, July 10, 2006Well, another Readercon has happened, and from what I saw of it, it was a good one! We had a very nice BATTLESTAR GALACTICA panel, where I got to show off the arc (advanced reading copy) of my book, THE CYLONS' SECRET. Readercon only has a media-related panel once every few years (the last one was about BUFFY), so this speaks well for GALACTICA's standing in the "literary sf" world.

The Kirk Polland Memorial Bad Prose Competition was its usual big hit. If you haven't seen one of these, well, what can I say? You're missing one of the truly unique experiences in all of Fandom. And it's funny, too!

The nicest thing that happened at the con, tho, was running into Elizabeth Bear, a young sf/fantasy author whom I have not yet read (tho I will be correcting that situation shortly) who reminded me that we had met years ago at a series of conventions held at the University of Connecticut (in fabulous Storrs, CT, as I recall). I was their one regular attendee over the three years that they held these conventions, and they threatened to rename the event Craig Shaw Gardner Con! (Really!)

But Ms. Bear very nicely thanked me for all the advice and encouragement I had given her way back when, and said I was a big help getting her started in her career. Which -- writing being the lonely business that it is -- is one of the best things a writer can hear.

More on Readercon soon. And this Thursday, Necon! A writer's work is never done.

Posted by Craig Shaw Gardner at 1:31 PM | 2 comments  

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Thursday, July 06, 2006Yeah, yeah, I know that's supposed to be Christmas. Except, you know, it's cold at Christmas. And -- at least around Boston -- you have to deal with crazy drivers who become even crazier as the holiday approaches, as though they were taking their true feelings about their families out on the road. Or so I imagine.

No, no, the best -- and busiest -- time of the year is right now, at the beginning of July, when the two best sf/fantasy/horror conventions EVER make their annual appearances.

I'm talking Readercon, which happens this weekend, which is a literary science fiction con with very little media involved, although there will be a Battlestar Galactica panel this year, with me as one of the panelists. I'm also involved (as usual) in the Kirk Poland Memorial Bad Prose Competition, which -- well, if you haven't sat through a night of Kirk, your life is not complete. What can I say?

And then the following week is Necon, aka Camp Necon, which is a horror/fantasy convention which features four days of ghost stories and panels and movies and softball and Valuable Prizes and college food and miniature golf and staying up all night. It's sort of like a big family thing if your family were all horror writers and all liked you better than your family actually does. It's exhausting and wonderful all at the same time. It might even be better than Readercon (tho it's a close call.)

If you wander over to my links page, you'll find websites for both these cons. If you're ever in the Boston area this time of year, you should stop by one or both. They could change your life.

These cons are thatgood.

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