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Library Additions: Books Bought at Armadillocon

Monday, September 4th, 2017

The giant library post crowded out my updating a few purchases, starting with these books, all of which I picked up at Armadillocon:

  • Dozois, Gardner. The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection. St. Martin’s, 2017. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket.
  • Brown, Christoper (formerly Chris Nakashima-Brown). Tropic of Kansas. Harper Voyager, 2017. First edition trade paperback original, a Fine copy, with a long inscription to me by the author. (I’m also thanked in the acknowledgements.) His first novel, preceded by a co-edited anthology and a chapbook.
  • Lansdale, Joe R. Honky Tonk Samurai. Mullholland Books/Little Brown, 2016. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket, signed by Lansdale. Hap & Leonard novel.
  • Lansdale, Joe R. Miracles Ain’t What They Used To Be. PM Press, 2015. First edition trade paperback original, a Fine copy, signed by Lansdale. Collection of non-fiction essays, many autobiographical.
  • Le Guin, Ursula K. The Real and the Unreal: Seclected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin Volume 1: Where on Earth. Small Beer Press, 2012. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Already had Volume 2.
  • Book Signing and Party for Three Messages and a Warning

    Sunday, January 29th, 2012

    I attended a signing at BookPeople for Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, co-edited by Turkey City’s own Chris Brown (formerly Chris Nakashima-Brown, now renamed after a long and painful de-Japanization process).

    The event was fairly well attended, with about 40-50 people showing up.

    Two of the authors flew up for the event: Pepe Rojo of Tijuana:

    And Bernardo Fernandez of Mexico City (who also works as a graphics artist and teacher, as well as a crime writer):

    (I’m not sure if you can tell, but Bernardo’s shirt features a robot (or possibly an android) and an electric sheep.) I believe he mentioned that he was working on a graphic novel about William S. Burrough’s time in Mexico. I bet it ends with a bang.

    I also found it interesting that both of their fathers were engineers.

    In attendance were also many members of the Austin SF community, including a few that my pictures of weren’t completely awful:


    Stina Leicht and Sara Felix.


    Jessica Reisman, a few moments before the police arrested her for the Hollywood scriptwriter they found dead facedown in her pool.

    On Saturday, there was a party at Chris Brown’s newly opened East Austin hipster-pad-cum-1970s-science-fiction-movie-set. Sadly, none of my photos of the house (taken at dusk) came out well. But I did get a few pics of the party attendees:


    Don Webb, who co-edited one of the most influential Spanish-language anthologies of speculative fiction, for which he was paid $50 and three bottles of Tequila.


    Stina and Jessica redux.

    The rest of my pictures were various degrees of crappy. (Hopefully Jayme Blaschke, who was there with a bigger, better camera, will put some up.) Sadly, one picture that didn’t come out was that of Bernardo wearing a t-shirt depicting Mexico’s most famous science fiction character: Bender Bending Rodriguez.

    Finally, no expects the Spanish Steampunk Zeppelin!

    Armadillocon 2011 Photos for Friday, August 26

    Saturday, September 10th, 2011


    Mark Finn, rocking the cutting edge of FEZ NATION!


    Howard Waldrop.


    Dwight Brown gets the pre-convention lunch off to his usual facepalming start. What set him off this time was Todd saying “Look! We’re haircut twinsies!”


    DUFF winner David Cake.


    Early Turkey Citizen Joe Pumilia.

    There was a picture of William Browning Spencer, but he has evidently grown disenchanted with his own visage, and asked that it be removed..


    Al Jackson. For once I snapped a picture with his eyes open. Thanks for lunch, Al!


    Dwight, mournful that his mama took his Kodachrome away.


    Michael Sumbera, taking a break from assembling his retail sales empire.


    Aaron Allston. Generally, I only see Aaron at: A.) Cons, or B.) Indian restaurants.


    James Reasoner.


    John DeNardo: “You know I hate having my picture taken.” Naturally, after he said that, I’m required to take his picture several additional times.


    Like this one.


    And this one.


    Bruce Sterling was having a garage sale of books at the con. Here he is holding aloft the (true story) Rudy Rucker books I had pulled from the pile, refusing to sell them to me. Including the copy of The 57th Franz Kafka I had given him as a gift 15 years before. “I’ve got to donate these to UT.” Thanks a lot, Bruce.


    Bill Crider, reenacting a scene from Daredevil.


    Bill again, now with added sight.


    Stina Leicht, with her hair in the traditional Blue Con shade.


    Two people, both of whom complained that I took their picture too much. You can see how well those complaints worked out for them.


    Rocky Kelley, artistic dandy and man-about-town.


    Jessica Reisman. The camera is set properly, it’s just that Jessica lives her entire life in soft focus. Doctors keep doing tests to determine the cause.


    Jasmina Tesanovic and Bruce Sterling. “It’s a 110° out today! I’m feeling pretty darn good about my Global Warming predictions!”


    Derek Johnson. You can’t see it, but just below the frame of this picture, he’s clutching a snifter of brandy with one hand and stroking a white cat with the other.


    Gretchen Peterson Johnston shows that she is totally ready for the Fetish Boot Ball.


    Chris Nakashima-Brown n. Brown this guy I know.


    Yvonne Daily and Phil Brogden, who you may remember from such hits as “Goddamnit, Lawrence, you sure take a lot of freaking convention pictures, don’t you?”


    Robert Jackson Bennett, author of the spiffy first novel Mr. Shivers, copies of which can be obtained in the usual manner.


    Bradley Denton assumes the now-traditional “Oh yeah? Then I’ll take YOUR picture!” position.


    Jessica Reisman Redux.


    Paolo Bacigalupi and Bruce Sterling, debating whose global warming future is more wretched and dystopian.


    Rich Simental.


    “NEVER MIND!”


    The Space Squidians, shortly after freebasing some ink.


    Brad Foster, with a Hugo that might seem familiar.


    “You so naughty!”


    Kasey Lansdale, mooning over Mark Finn. (I warned you, Finn! I said UNMARKED twenties!)


    Scott Cupp, James Reasoner and Joe R. Lansdale, talking about F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and why you can’t get good belt onions anymore.


    Ben Yalow.


    It was….the unnameable.

    Armadillocon 32 Photos (Part 2)

    Monday, August 30th, 2010

    And here are some more photographs I snapped at Armadillocon 32.


    “Steampunk Guest of Honor” Michael Bishop upon seeing that I had a box of books for him to sign.


    Michael Bishop upon finding out that I had a second box of books for him to sign.

    Better pictures of the dealer’s room:

    Better pictures of the hotel atrium:


    Robert Jackson Bennett, whose first novel, Mr. Shivers, no less an authority than Joe Domenici called “The finest first novel I have read in years.”


    Lovely Editor Guest of Honor Anne Sowards reviewing a manuscript at the signing table, presumably a novel about shape-shifting car mechanic who is also a werewolf, or perhaps a shape-shifting wolf mechanic who is also a werecar.


    Noted lush and former Armadillocon fan GoH Scott Bobo, who once tried to help us pick up teenage girls in Japan.


    Kasey and Joe R. Lansdale.


    Kasey and Joe R. Lansdale, now with 75% more Fortified Cuteness per serving.


    The wily Maureen McHugh, who skillfully avoided lesser hunters by not appearing on programming.



    Two Views of Mark Finn from his one-man show, “Colonel Kurtz Goes Bowling.”


    Paul Miles


    Chris Nakashima-Brown and Paul Miles, poised artfully in front of a display of Michael Bishop’s books.


    SF Signal honcho John DeNardo caught during a spare moment of his one-day whirlwind tour.


    Lillian Stewart Carl.


    Jayme Lynn Blaschke. Disclaimer: I feel it only fair to warn you that the planets depicted on his vest are not, in fact, astronomically accurate.


    GoH Rachel Caine.


    Don Webb, preparing to lead his troops up the beaches of Normandy. Or perhaps Cancun.


    Hugo-winning fan artist Brad Foster IS Beldar Conehead!


    Noted lush Mikal Trimm, enraged that I’ve temporarily delayed him from obtaining more beer.


    Old Earth Books publisher Michael Walsh. (And if you want to buy signed copies of the Best of Howard Waldrop volumes he published, look here.)


    Paul Lynde expert Steve Wilson.


    Dwight Brown, contemplating exactly how he will murder executives at AT&T slowly and painfully.


    Yvonne Daily and Phil Brogden,


    Chuck (not at the con), Michael Sumbera, and Milton (also not at the con)


    An attendee’s Steampunk purse, which is just a few dials shy of a certified weather station.


    Said purse may or may not have belonged to one of these Steampunk aficionados.


    Kim Kofmel and Al Jackson. (I have another picture of the two of them, and Al’s eyes are also closed in that one.)


    The lovely Denman Glober, camped out below a giant Space Squid banner. But I do wonder why her parents named her like a James Bond villain. “Denman Glober” sounds like someone who should be running a shadowy international conglomerate from his secret lair underneath the Pacific…


    Sarah Felix.


    New York Times best-selling author Aaron Allston, struggling mightily to stay awake after having just seen a compilation of the line-dancing scenes from Howling 7.


    Program director Jonathan Miles, who put me on not one, but two 10 AM panels after I asked not to be scheduled for any panel before noon. Incidentally, this picture was taken just after Jonathan had finished his busy day of selling crack to school children, but before he went off to kick puppies and burn American flags.


    Houston writer John Moore, looking snazzy in the seersucker pants he borrowed from reporter Carl Kolchak.

    Pictures from the 2009 Readercon

    Sunday, February 28th, 2010

    I put these up on my Facebook account back before I had the blog, but I suspect many non-Facebook people would like a look at them as well.

    RCon2009 Gene Wolfe Rosemary Liz

    Gene Wolfe, Liz Hand, Rosemary Wolfe

    RCon2009 Chris Gordon

    Chris Nakashima-Brown, Gordon Van Gelder

    RCon2009 Chip Liz

    Chip Delany, Liz Hand

    RCon2009 Paul Howard

    Paul Di Filippo, Howard Waldrop, Jeri Bishop.

    RCon2009 Straub Crowley

    Peter Straub, John Crowley

    RCon2009 Clute GaryWolfe

    Gary K. Wolfe, John Clute

    Photos from Turkey City

    Monday, October 26th, 2009

    In which the usual gang of reprobates are seen frolicking about Chris’ downtown hipster pad.