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Boskone highlights

Boskone was a lot of fun, as I expected. The venue was large and spacious, but had a few problems: the food available at the bar and restaurant was so-so quality and way too expensive (and there weren't any other restaurants very nearby), the bar was oddly laid out, and its prices were also too high, so very few people spent much time there. I had hoped for a more traditional bar-like setting that I could relax in and maybe do some unscheduled hanging-out-with-authors, but it was all modern and weird, so I ended up not even going there once.

That said, the room I stayed in was spacious and very comfortable, and I so need a king-size bed for home now.

Here are the highlights of the con, for me:
  • The "myth and folktales" panel, moderated by matociquala, with Greer Gilman, Josepha Sherman, Esther Friesner, Tobias Buckell, and Gary Lippincott. Loads of interesting and funny thoughts that really sparked ideas. Tobias reminded me of the old newspaper article about the spontaneous mythology of homeless kids in Miami, which I was fascinated by a while ago but hadn't thought of lately.
  • Sitting down next to Karl Schroeder at lunchtime on Saturday, talking with him briefly, and then attending his Literary Beer later that day after he invited me. The LB was great, lots of talk about robots, AI, the singularity, and other SF-related topics. His latest book, Sun of Suns, had sold out at in the dealer's room so I bought his short story collection instead.
  • Buying Tobias' novel Crystal Rain, which I've been meaning to get my hands on ever since it was released, and then getting him to sign it immediately. He was very friendly and polite and it was a pleasure meeting him.
  • Watching crowds of kids scouring the hotel for Tribbles Saturday morning. I consistently woke up early and spent time in the mornings wandering around aimlessly before anything was started, so getting to watch the kids have a good time was a fun thing.
  • Hanging out with the George R. R. Martin fan club (Brotherhood Without Banners) Saturday night at their party, and even greeting grrm when he arrived to say hello. The party was fun and the BWB seems like a friendly and welcoming group of people, even though I haven't read any of the Song of Ice and Fire books.
  • The Pirates in Petticoats panel Sunday morning with Jane Yolen, Darlene Marshall, and Victoria McManus. If you haven't noticed, I like pirates, and the kickass lady pirates are always fun.
Another totally unexpected highlight of the weekend was getting to meet and talk with Adam Golaski, SF editor of New Genre magazine, which publishes both SF and horror. He and several others (including nihilistic_kid) were on the "ask the slush pile readers" panel on Friday, and his description of the magazine interested me. I looked him up in the dealer's room the next day and bought a copy of the magazine, and he invited me to attend the Kaffeeklatsch he and John Langan were scheduled for later in the day. I did, and turned out it was just the two of them, me, and mssrcrankypants, a horror writer and editor of an upcoming horror review Dead Reckonings. We sat and talked about the state of horror (about which I know very little, but much more now than before this weekend) for a full hour, and I had a great time.

Later that day, I found Adam sitting in the concourse reading, about a half an hour before his next panel on horror writers in the first half of the 20th century. I had decided to attend that panel because, due to the great time I had at the kaffeeklatsch, I wanted to learn more about horror, and plus I'm a Lovecraft fan already. Adam and I talked about writing horror, and the market for it right now, and what it was like editing a very small publication like New Genre, and various other stuff. Then I went to the panel and enjoyed the discussion greatly, and filled a page of my notebook with names of authors and stories to look up.

So anyway, I had a great time and will definitely go to another con at some point in the future. It's very inspiring and makes me want to spend more time and energy on my fiction writing, which has largely fallen by the wayside recently. It feels good to be inspired!


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Feb. 21st, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
That article about the homeless kids in Miami? There's a very cool first season episode of DARK ANGEL based on that, by Doris Egan. It's called "Pollo Loco." The kids in the ep are genetically engineered soldiers who make up their own mythology.
Feb. 21st, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
I watched Dark Angel back when it was on TV, but I don't remember much about it. I'll have to check it out again -- I remember the show being pretty darn cool, so it's definitely worth rewatching.

I seem to recall when I first read the Miami article, I went and searched Amazon to see if the idea of the homeless kids' mythology had been turned into a novel, and found one written by (IIRC) a relatively well-known author. Now, of course, I can't for the life of me find that novel again. Rats.
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