August 9th, 2009

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Worldcon, Day 3

Some good things to report from Day 3:

I started out with attending the last ebook panel; this one focused on specific ebook-only publishers and stressed how ebooks could be good for authors.

I tried to go to a panel on fantasy world-building but George R.R. Martin was on it, so I could not get in the door. Instead I hit the dealer's room and worked on my notes for my afternoon panel.

Next I went to a good reading by mindyklasky, Ellen Kushner, and Sarah Micklem. This is the first time I have seen a Worldcon where established authors shared reading times. The effect is interesting when the authors write such very different kinds of fantasies.

My afternoon panel on "Why are there no cross-genre hard SF stories?" was not in the program guide/grid at the correct time, but we still got a respectable crowd. Moderator Peter Watts is a vastly entertaining and well read writer who kept things moving at a good pace. Hard science fiction author Karl Schroeder offered some scientific insights, and romance author Jo Beverly took more of a human approach than a scientific one. I found the panel fun and entertaining.

After hanging out a bit, my husband, my friend Karen, mindyklasky, and I wandered into Old Montreal until we found a restaurant that could seat us with less than a 10 minute wait. It took 3 or 4 tries, but, this being Montreal, we ended up in a lovely place with yummy food. And this time we came home the downhill way, which was good.

And so (to paraphrase Samuel Pepys) to blog and then to bed.

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