Posts Tagged ‘Worldcon’

Photos from the 2013 San Antonio Worldcon

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I knew that dealing books at Worldcon would eat up a lot of time, but I had no idea just how much time it would take me to not only get all the books back on the shelf, but to catch up on everything I set aside while getting ready for, then recovering from, Worldcon.

Which explains why I’m just now putting up the pictures I took there. Here are the handful of pictures I took at Worldcon that came out decent.

Clotheshorse that she is, the lovely and talented Gail Carriger kicks off our review with the first of three outfits I managed to photograph.

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A second.

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And a third.

And here’s the same outfit she insisted I snap with her own camera. “You’ve got to include the shoes!”

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Stina Leicht, sitting next to me at the Rayguns Over Texas event at the San Antonio Library.

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Scott Cupp and Josh Rountree at the same event. The other photos I took there came out crappy.

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Bookseller and con chair Mike Walsh.

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Lou Antonelli channels Flavor-Flav.

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Howard Waldrop and Eileen Gunn, just before Howard went three rounds with a concrete step.

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And here’s Howard just after that bout.

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Andrew Porter, now free of the terrible burden of publishing a semi-prozine.

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Pat Murphy, back again.

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Ex-NASA employee Al Jackson.

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Ex-Austinite Maureen McHugh.

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Kim Stanley Robinson, back from whatever frozen locale he’s visiting this time. Possibly Iapetus.

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Gardner Dozois at full rant.

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Gardner Dozois at full rest. The two modes are deceptively similar.

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In 2012, Pat Cadigan asked me to take down one of her pictures. So this year I made sure that this picture with Robert Silverberg was 100% flattering.

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I think this is a very good picture of Dwight Brown.

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Rich Simental, who spent much of the con in his room working on a completely different con.

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Ben Yalow. Or possibly one of those hundreds of Ben Yalow impersonators you hear so much about.

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Max Merriwell, in a very clever diusguise.

David Kyle

David Kyle, who I think has passed the late Forrest J. Ackerman for Most Worldcons Attended.

I’m sorry that I didn’t get pictures of Alastair Reynolds, David Brin, Jack McDevitt, Joe and Joy Haldeman, and Lois McMaster Bujold (among others I missed), who were all kind enough to come by the Lame Excuse Books booth.

Library Additions: Stanley G. Weinbaum’s Dawn of Flame

Monday, September 16th, 2013

I’m still recovering from the 2013 Worldcon, LoneStarCon 3 in San Antonio.

Given how often I blog about additions to my science fiction library, you might be surprised at how parsimonious I am paying for those additions. From about 1985 (when I first started buying first edition hardbacks) to 1989, I never paid more than $35 (plus shipping) for a book, which was about what it cost you to buy a UK hardback from an SF book dealer like L. W. Currey, Mark Ziesing, Robert Weinberg, etc. at the time. (And you bought it from a catalog you received in the mail, called them up to hold the book, then sent them a check. No ordering from the Internet or paying via Paypal. Now get off my lawn!) Then I found a NF/VG+ copy of The Haunting of Hill House for $45 at the 1989 Boston Worldcon, and the dealer wouldn’t budge on the price, so I coughed it up.

As I made more money at my day job, I could afford to buy more expensive books, and the amount I was willing to pay for a single book slowly and surely crept up. Eventually I ended up spending $400 for a very clean, signed, ex-library edition of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light. Since then I’ve spent around $400 for a few more books, but have only exceeded that mount thrice:

  • I ponied up $1,250 for the 44 volume Jack Vance Integral Edition (plus $350 or so in shipping). But that’s less than $30 a book…
  • I paid $675 for an ultra-limited edition of Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid (10% off cover price) because, while I’m not one of those fanatic King collectors, I do like his work and, well, I certainly wasn’t going to lose money on it.
  • I spent $500 on a first edition of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
  • But I’ve never spent more than $675 for a single book.

    Until now:

    Weinbaum, Stanley G. Dawn of Flame. Ruppert Printing Service (for The Milwaukee Fictioneers), 1936. One of only 245 copies of the Currey B state (with the Lawrence A. Keating introduction), a Near Fine+ copy with very faint spine creasing and either slight gray staining to bottom page block (or possibly where the red page block staining has worn away), sans dust jacket, as issued. Currey, page 510. Chalker/Owings, page 279. Bleiler, Checklist (1978), page 204. Locke, Spectrum of Fantasy (I), page 224.

    Bought at the San Antonio Worldcon for $1,200 (negotiated down from $1,500) from Erle Melvin Korshak. And if I’m remembering correctly, it was on consignment from Sam Moskowitz’s widow through Robert Weinberg to Korshak. (Korshak, of course, was the owner of Shasta Publishers, and is now back in publishing as Shasta/Phoenix Publishers.)

    This copy contains the ownership bookplate of Richard A. Frank, an early science fiction fan who was also an SF small press publisher in his own right, having published “The Bizarre Series” in the late 1930s, featuring works by A. A. Merritt, David H. Keller and Eando Binder.

    Frank also had one of the first legendary SF collections. “Richard Frank’s entire book collection was fantastic. He had it, originally, in the house, but the weight of the books had begun to pull the floors away from the the walls, so he moved it all down to his first floor garage and set it up like a real library. Most of us felt that if Richard didn’t have a copy—it hadn’t been printed.”

    That’s an awful damn lot of money to spend on a book, but I’ve long wanted a copy, both because I love Weinbaum’s work (a visionary and ground-breaking Sf writer in his day), and because this is the very first SF small press book. It’s often called “the bible of the field,” because it physically resembles a bible, right down to the flexible black binding, red-stained page block edges and rounded corners. Save for the one Ray Palmer introduction copy sold at the Jerry Weist Auction, this is the finest copy I’ve seen offered for sale recently, and I did well enough at Worldcon that I felt I could afford it.

    Hugo Congrats

    Sunday, September 1st, 2013

    Congrats to Pat Cadigan, John DeNardo, and John Picacio on their Hugo wins!

    Preview of My Story in Rayguns Over Texas

    Sunday, August 11th, 2013

    Editor Rick Klaw has been previewing one story a day from the forthcoming Rayguns Over Texas anthology due out at LoneStarCon3, and today he’s previewing my story, “Novel Properties of Certain Complex Alkaloids.”

    First hit’s on me…

    Rayguns Over Texas Contents Set

    Thursday, January 10th, 2013

    The final contents of Rick Klaw’s Rayguns Over Texas has been announced:

  • “Pet Rock” by Sanford Allen

  • “Defenders of Beeman County” by Aaron Allston
  • “TimeOut” by Neal Barret, Jr.
  • “Babylon Moon” by Matthew Bey
  • “Sovereign Wealth” by Chris N. Brown
  • “La Bamba Boulevard” by Bradley Denton
  • “The Atmosphere Man” by Nicky Drayden
  • “Operators Are Standing By” by Rhonda Eudaly
  • “Take a Left at the Cretaceous” by Mark Finn
  • “Grey Goo and You” by Derek Austin Johnson
  • “Rex” by Joe R. Lansdale
  • “Texas Died for Somebody’s Sins But Not Mine” by Stina Leicht
  • “Jump the Black” by Marshall Ryan Maresca
  • “An Afternoon’s Nap, or; Five Hundred Years Ahead” by Aurelia Hadley Mohl
  • “The Nostalgia Differential” by Michael Moorcock
  • “Novel Properties of Certain Complex Alkaloids” by Lawrence Person
  • “The Chambered Eye” by Jessica Reisman
  • “Avoiding the Cold War” by Josh Rountree
  • “The Art of Absence” by Don Webb
  • Congrats to my fellow writers for making the cut, and for Aurelia Hadley Mohl for not letting the fact that she died over a hundred years ago slow her down!

    Pictures from the 2012 Chicago Worldcon: Monday

    Monday, September 17th, 2012

    And here’s the final set of picture from the Chicago Worldcon, taken on Monday before I left, including some book dealers.

    Willis Siros, bookdealer and next year’s Worldcon Fan Guest of Honor:

    Mike Walsh, owner of Old Earth Books (and if you’re looking for any of his Howard Waldrop books signed by Howard, I can hook you up).

    Greg Ketter of Dreamhaven Books, along with a big of the dealer’s room. For some reason pictures that include large interior spaces always seem to come out orange on my camera.

    Larry Hallock of Ygor’s Books.

    Sheila Williams, holding her Hugo.

    Stephen Haffner, of Haffner Press.

    Mel Korshak, founder of Shasta Publishers and someone who attended the first Worldcon in 1939!

    I’ve put up two crappy pictures of Charlie Stross, so finally here’s a good one, after he came over to join me, Pat Cadigan and Gardner Dozois for drinks.

    And that’s all she wrote for the 2012 Worldcon! See you in San Antonio!

    Pictures from the 2012 Chicago Worldcon: Sunday

    Sunday, September 16th, 2012

    Yes, more Worldcon photos. I’ve broken them up across multiple posts so the page didn’t load so slowly readers would think they were back in the Geocities era.

    Dantzel Cherry and her friends charge up their eye lasers.

    Legendary fan David Kyle, who attended the first Worldcon in New York City in 1939!

    How many legends can you spot in this photo? David Hartwell, Robert Silverberg, and Joe and Gay Haldeman all talk to David Kyle.

    Connie Willis, enjoying the first Worldcon where she wasn’t required to present an award since she was six years old.

    With Mary Robinette Kowal, who survived the ordeal of being a SFWA officer.

    Michael Cassutt, just minutes before he was tragically bored to death at the Robert A. Heinlein Society annual meeting.

    Adam-Troy Castro. “I said sell Greek bonds! SELL!”

    Steve Jackson, who was there with his Chaos Machine setup. “What’s that? I can’t hear you over the sound of all that money my Ogre Kickstarter made.”

    Not-so-secret master of Fandom Ben Yalow.

    John Picacio, in the last known photo of him before he won the freaking Hugo Award.

    James Patrick Kelly and Robert Silverberg.

    Saturday night I dined with Scott Bobo, Kurt Baty, Sarah Felix, Ed Scarborough, and Spike and Tom at Everest, a 7 course meal that took three and a half hours and cost $200. Sunday, before the Hugos? I ate at Chipolte with Dantzel and some of her friends.

    Remember, pictures of attractive women are your best blog-visit drivers!

    David Brin is the Belle of the Ball:

    Molly Nixon, ready for the Hugos.

    As is Mary Robinette Kowal.

    Jim Minz and Mike Resnick at the door of the Baen party.

    Scott Edelman and Robert Reed, in a diagonally framed shot to get both of them in.

    Jay Lake, embossed by rocketship.

    You go, I go, for podcasting Hugos:

    Neil Gaiman, after the Hugos.

    John Scalzi in Murder by Hugo (Neil’s, as it happens).

    Scott Edelman’s fashion approaches David Hartwell levels of taste.

    And now, for the full effect: With the shoes.

    A better picture of Sue Burke, with 85% less “about to be eaten by zombies” grimness.

    Texas Worldcon Chairman Bill Parker looking sharp.

    Jim Mann, proving that some moose ties kan be pretty nasti.

    Another crappy picture of Charlie Stross, this one wearing his “Christopher Priest yells at a cloud” inspired t-shirt.

    It’s not my fault! She kept changing her outfit!

    Pictures from the 2012 Chicago Worldcon: Saturday

    Saturday, September 8th, 2012

    Dantzel Cherry, show us your buffalo!

    As long as you’re not using it to flack for another science fiction writer named Lawrence…damnit!

    Part of a big crowd (along with Beth Mechem and Willie Siros) in the Tor Party:

    David Brin, caught mid-laugh:

    A very sleepy Lawrence Watt-Evans:

    One spins, one measures, one cuts.

    I attended the Worldcon SFWA Business meeting at 9 AM that morning, which included a “breakfast” of fruit and bagels. For San Antonio, may I suggest breakfast tacos?

    Joe Haldeman also attended.

    As did Eileen Gunn.

    Gardner Dozois and Eileen.

    Elizabeth Bear. If Elizabeth Bear and Greg Bear ever meet, they have the power to transform into a giant grizzly.

    A crappy picture from the totally awesome “Secret History of Worldcon” panel. George R. R. Martin (who I was finally able to get my Hugo Loser ribbon from), Mike Resnick, Joe Haldeman, Robert Silverberg. Gardner Dozois, who spaced on the time, joined later. I hope someone recorded that panel. It was epic!

    Paolo Bacigalupi and his crying/vomiting cat t-short.

    Night Shade Press publisher and infamous clothes horse Jeremy Lassen.

    And I never knew he was a Texas Longhorns fan!

    John Two-Time Hugo NomineeOne-Time Hugo WINNER DeNardo of SF Signal.

    Sue Burke and hubby. I wanted to get pictures to remember them by after the Iberian cannibalism breaks out.

    Scott Lynch, with nifty Lovecraft & Tesla T-shirt.

    Up close and personal.

    James Patrick Kelly must be going.

    Gardner Dozois and Amy Sisson:

    Janis Ian. Yes, that Janis Ian.

    Pictures from the 2012 Chicago WorldCon: Friday

    Thursday, September 6th, 2012

    The obligatory Stina Leicht picture:

    Stina was a John W. Campbell Award nominee this year, and she moderated a panel that included Gene Wolfe, Martha Wells, and Joan D. Vinge (below).

    After the panel I had lunch with Gene Wolfe, Gary K. Wolfe (below), Gene’s daughter Teri Goulding, and Gary’s girlfriend Stacie Hanes.

    Gary ordered the Frank Gehry Sandwich, impressively postmodern and completely impractical.

    Alaskan David Marusek:

    Laura Ann Gilman. “Smile broadly! Drink heavily!”

    Bookseller and Tiger Eye Press publisher Chris Edwards:

    Allen Steele.

    Jim Minz and Catherine Asaro. I trust you can guess which is which.

    James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel and David Marusek. “Look into my eyes!”

    Toastmaster and SFWA President John Scalzi:

    Pictures from the 2012 Chicago WorldCon: Wednesday & Thursday

    Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

    Always willing to get cheap blog fodder document science fiction history, I tried to take pictures of just about everyone I knew that I bumped into there.

    Scott Bobo and Kurt Baty pretend they’ve been hard at work setting up the art show.

    Elizabeth Moon, hanging out in front of the Lone Star Con 3 table.

    The ubiquitous Guest of Honor Mike Resnick at one of the approximately 700 parties he attended over the week.

    John Kessel looms large in science fiction.

    Scott Bobo sitting in front of the portal to London that suddenly appeared behind him.

    A blurry Adam Troy-Castro stands in front of an equally blurry Charles Stross. Obviously there was some sort of temporal disturbance in the dealer’s room.

    Sue Burke contemplates her life after the collapse of the Spanish economy.

    Noted lush Scott Bobo yet again, doing what he does best. Bobo, Kurt, Ed Scarborough and I ended up eating out together three times during Worldcon, hence extra pics of some of them. This one is from the original Morton’s.

    Ed Sacrborough and Jonathan Miles. “Is that bastard taking our picture again?”

    Kurt and Grady, whose skin has lightened considerably since his stint on Sanford & Son.

    More pics, probably tomorrow.