Every so often it’s good to feed your creative soul. There’s no better way to do it than spending quality time with a community of readers and writers with whom you share a common history. I’m grateful to my pal Rick Wilber for convincing me to crash with him at Readercon in Boston this past weekend. I was lucky enough to remember my camera, so here’s a quick review in pics:
I had a terrific time with my editor Robert J. Sawyer. Here we are, two happy eggheads, followed by a shot of Rob with his editor from Tor, David Hartwell, snapped on David’s 62nd birthday. They’re holding a copy of Distant Early Warnings, the brand-spankin’ new anthology of Canadian science fiction from Robert J. Sawyer Books.
Long-time con pal, fine editor, and one of the great ladies of science fiction Ellen Datlow, captured and held hostage outside the hotel restaurant. (I released her eventually.)
That crazy Coyote Allen Steele. After several beers, we figured out that the last time we’d seen each other was the Final Rivercon (XXV) nine years ago! Which led to another beer. Sigh.
Yes, to confirm your suspicions, I’m taking all these closeups myself, with my trusty Kodak digi…left-handed!
Everybody loves James Patrick Kelly! Including me!
The guys from Tachyon Publications, Bernie (left) and Jacob. We had a terrific dinner together Thursday night, and then they couldn’t get rid of me. That’ll teach ‘em!
Samuel R. Delaney signing autographs in the Readercon Bookshop.
Scott Edelman published a couple of my stories years ago when he was editing the late-great SF Age. He’s still tall!
Definitely one of the highlights of the weekend for me was finally meeting my all-time short-story-writer-hero Howard Waldrop. After I made a complete fool of myself telling him how much I adore him, he kindly consented to this pic. Howard is one of the most weirdly original science fiction writers of our time, and he’s been a great inspiration to me. I love you, man!
Why does Daryl Gregory have that glazed look in his eyes? It’s not just because he’s standing next to Rob Sawyer. Daryl was also a nominee for the 2009 Shirley Jackson Award.