As always, I'm on the road again. Today, it's off to Burlington, MA for Readercon.
Here's my schedule:
Friday July 12
9:00 PM ME Avram Davidson, 1923–1993. Eileen Gunn, Darrell Schweitzer, Michael Swanwick, Howard Waldrop, Henry Wessells (leader). Twenty years have passed since the death of Avram Davidson, and much of his writing has recently been brought back into print. This panel will assess the writer and his work.
Proposed by Henry Wessells.
Saturday July 13
2:00 PM E Autographs. Eileen Gunn, Michael Swanwick.
3:00 PM RI Special Short Stories. James Patrick Kelly (leader), Toni L.P. Kelner, Margo Lanagan, Ben Loory, Kit Reed, Michael Swanwick. Some short stories hold a special place in the author's heart for one reason or another. Maybe it was an award-winner or gave birth to a series or earned a place in a particular anthology. The panelists will each discuss a single published short story. What was the genesis of the story? What particular challenges came up when writing it? How did it come to be published? Has it led to other opportunities, fan interactions, or new series? What makes it special?
Proposed by Toni L.P. Kelner.
Above: Rather than inflict a photo of the Burlington Marriott on you, I thought I'd share artist M. Kornmesser's fanciful representation of HD 189733b, a newly discovered planet that orbits a star 63 light-years away in the constellation Vulpecula. According to astronomers, the planet's atmosphere is blue, probably from silicates in the atmosphere. It's raining glass!