Archive for October, 2009

Orycon looms on the Event Horizon!!!

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What’s Orycon?  A wonderful science fiction and fantasy convention.  It’s a gathering of readers, viewers, creators, gamers, costumers, dealers and every sort of person who might have an interest in SF or fantasy. There are panel discussions, an art show, a masquerade, an auction, dances, hall costumes, a dealers room and well, too much else to describe! 

It’s a fun time.  You should come.

Orycon this year, in Portland Oregon, will occur on the weekend immediately following Thanksgiving.  We will be at the Portland Doubletree Hotel at Lloyd Center.  If you want to come, and to stay at the hotel, you should act soon, as the hotel block closes on November 6! (After that, you might get a room, but not such a good deal on it!)  If you buy your membership for the convention on line, you will have a much shorter wait to get your badge.

I’m going to have a number of chances to meet with readers and friends old and new.

Here is my panel schedule for the convention:

Friday, Nov. 27   Noon
"I have a story idea.  Where do I start?"
David Levine, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mary Rosenblum/Mary Freeman and me.

Friday, Nov. 27 3 PM
"Alternate History Fantasy"
M.K. Hobson, Alma Alexander(!), Michael Ehart, John P. Alexander.  And me.

Friday Nov. 27 8 PM
"Proofreading, Smoofreading: Copy Editors Untie"
Deb Taber, A.M. Dellamonica, Kristin Landon.  And me again!

Saturday, Nov. 28  Noon
"Theme"  (Theme?  What’s a theme?)
Marilyn Holt, A.M. Dellamonica, Bill Johnson, Kristin Landon, Karen L Azinger.  And, uhm, yes, me.

Sunday, Nov. 29 1PM
"That’s Gotta Hurt!"   (All about why maiming and torturing characters is Good!)
Pat MacEwen, Judith R. Conly, Rhea Rose, Phoebe Kitanidis. And me, wearing a black hood with eye holes.

In addition to the panels, I hope to take over the Hospitality room for an hour or two on Saturday (time is still being decided.)  Kat and I will be there, along with Ben Dobyns, one of the forces behind the movie The Gamers (produced by Dead Gentlemen).  Ben and I will be offering food, drink, and glimpses into future books and productions.  As soon as I know a definite time, I’ll post it here!  For those of you not familiar with SF conventions, Hospitality is where fans of all sorts can congregate to nibble on free food, sip soft drinks and take a break from the mad whirl of the rest of the convention. 

So, it looks like it will be a busy convention for me, and that makes me happy.  Those are the ones where I have the most fun.

I’ll hope to see a lot of you there!

What’s Orycon?  A wonderful science fiction and fantasy convention.  It’s a gathering of readers, viewers, creators, gamers, costumers, dealers and every sort of person who might have an interest in SF or fantasy. There are panel discussions, an art show, a masquerade, an auction, dances, hall costumes, a dealers room and well, too much else […]

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STEAMCON!

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Has been absolutely wonderful!

I didn’t take my camera, but I’m sure there will be lots of photos of the convention elsewhere online.  In terms of universal costuming by attendees, I think this has been the most extravagant, elegant and over the top convention I’ve ever been to.  Men in top hats with walking sticks and carefully curled moustaches.  Ladies in bustles and corsets and lovely hats. And that is before we even get to the fantastic elements of gears, sprockets, lovely weapons fashioned from brass and glass, and all manner of gears and gadgets.

Yesterday, I had a lovely dinner with Tim and Serena Powers, Duane Wilkins, Kat the Assistant, Erik my Tech Guy, and Jay Lake and  Shannon Page.  Earlier I did my two panels, one with Tim, and learned far more about the history of steam punk and its ramifications than I was able to share! 

Today, I viewed a couple of episodes of The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne. Then I attended a reading by Jay Lake (Baby Killers, not available for a year, and he didn’t finish reading the whole novella!  Lots of ‘close your eyes and see it’ descriptions, some shuddersome) and then one by Cat Rambo (I’d already read her tale in this weeks Realms of Fantasy, but as always, enjoyed hearing the author read it.)

Then I listened to a panel on Steam punk influences on Video Games, (moderated by Cherie Priest–I’m in the middle of her Boneshaker novel)  and then wandered through the gaming room to take a look at how Steam Punk tranlates to table top games. Very well indeed.

One of the most wonderful influences at the convention is the artist guest of honor.  Kat loaded up on wonderful prints from Paul Guinan’s Boilerplate, an extremely convincing work of art history documenting the travels of that wonderful mechanical man!  Do visit that link I’ve posted.  No description can really do it justice. Go see.

There were also various and sundry musicians to be sampled, and dashing young crewmen of various dirigibles wandering the hall, intrepid adventurers and befuddled inventors. A dealer room to end all dealer rooms, and a truly dazzling art show.

One of the most exciting things about Steamcon for me was that it was a different pool of fandom than I’ve seen at other conventions. I was very happy to see a wider range of ages than I’ve seen at most of the major conventions lately, and the resulting boost in energy that younger readers and fans bring to any event.

So. An excellent con weekend.  Hope I have the ‘steam’ to get up early and go back to the convention tomorrow.  I predict that this is a convention that is just going to grow.  And I expect that Rustycon is going to be extraordinary this year, as this ‘dress rehearsal’ for a dazzling steam punk convention can only lead to wondrous things!

Robin

Has been absolutely wonderful! I didn’t take my camera, but I’m sure there will be lots of photos of the convention elsewhere online.  In terms of universal costuming by attendees, I think this has been the most extravagant, elegant and over the top convention I’ve ever been to.  Men in top hats with walking sticks […]

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Good News! "Amber" identity found!

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http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-amnesia-girl-identified,0,7222968.story

Very glad to share this with you here!

Robin

http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-amnesia-girl-identified,0,7222968.story Very glad to share this with you here! Robin

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Looking for Amber

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Serious post.

This link goes to a news article about an amnesiac girl in New York City.  Please read it.  To sum it up quickly, she is using the name Amber and can quote a passage from Fool’s Fate, but does not recall who she is.  She is between 14 and 19.  She is also quoted as saying that she’s writing a story that features a character called Rian “who’s been raised by the commander of the guard post on the edge of a fantasy kingdom.”

Given these details, I think it’s possible that she may belong to an online community that shares an interest in Robin Hobb or writing.  I’ve already checked all my friends here at Livejournal and on Myspace, looking for females using the screen name Amber. 

If you know "Amber" please contact the New York City police.  If her photo looks similar to any  online friends who share an interest in my work, or if her story line and character name from her writing sound familiar to anyone, please let the police know. 

Some of the comments following the newstories on this that I’ve seen have been pretty snide and skeptical.  I’d prefer to offer help even if I’m later shown to have been gullible.

Serious post. This link goes to a news article about an amnesiac girl in New York City.  Please read it.  To sum it up quickly, she is using the name Amber and can quote a passage from Fool’s Fate, but does not recall who she is.  She is between 14 and 19.  She is also […]

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Update to the Update (tidied up)

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So, yes, I’ll be at Steamcon next weekend.  And on Friday I’ll be on two of the early panels. They both look like fun, and I enjoy early panels at a convention as a great way to meet people at the start of the convention.

So, the panels are:

When the Sun Sets on the British Empire

Description:

What happens when you take steampunk out of its archetypal British or British-inspired milieu? What possibilities do a Wild West, Asian, African, Middle Eastern setting offer, whether they are intriguing twists on old themes or new ideas entirely? 

The panelists (besides me) are:
Paul Guinan, Cat Rambo, Suzanne Jachim
That’s at 2 PM Friday in the Olympia Room.

Also on Friday:
 The attraction of Victorian London

Description:

If steampunk had a capital, Victorian London would likely be it; but why? What is the secret of the city’s mystique? What are the pleasures and pitfalls of the recurring emphasis on the Big Smoke? Join us for a lively discussion of the complex fascinations of Anglophilia, colonialism – and a time so like and unlike our own.

Panelists (other than me) are Tim Powers(!!!) and Caitlin Kittredge.

Looking forward already, which means that I’m looking at all the stuff I have to get ready to be away from the house for most of the days of the weekend. 

Robin

So, yes, I’ll be at Steamcon next weekend.  And on Friday I’ll be on two of the early panels. They both look like fun, and I enjoy early panels at a convention as a great way to meet people at the start of the convention. So, the panels are: When the Sun Sets on the […]

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The Updated Schedule

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Here is an updated and corrected schedule for places I expect to be in the next few months.  I do hope to meet friends old and new, especially some old friends in the Portland area!  :)  So here is the latest update.

Over the next few months, I’m very much looking forward to getting out of my basement office and seeing daylight.  And readers!  So here is a brief listing of where you might run into me.  For book signings, please be aware the times are tentative, and may be changed when we’re a bit closer.  So please do check back here or at www.robinhobb.com for an update before you hop in your car.

October 23-25   is Steamcon!  This is the first venture of this Steam Punk convention.  It’s close to home for me, at the Marriott Hotel at Seatac. And Tim Powers is the guest of honor. I think I’ve weaseled my way onto a couple of panels on Friday. I always think that’s the best time to do panels, at the beginning of a con, because you start meeting new people right away.  I think you’ll have to take a chance on getting a membership at the door now but it’s a chance worth taking.
EDIT:  Actually, I may be taking part in a couple of the Friday panels early in the con!  I will confirm that when it is confirmed with me!

November 27-29 is Orycon, at the Doubletree at Lloyd center in Portland, Oregon.  Guest of Honor is Patricia Briggs!  I’m looking forward to coffee with old friends there, and meeting new friends.

January 15-17, 2010  is an old favorite con of mine, Rustycon!  James Blaylock is the Guest of Honor, and again we have a Steam Punk theme. Should be a good time.  Again, it’s not far from my home at the Mariott Hotel at Seatac. 

Then . . . .

January 26  EDIT:   7PM The Release of DRAGON KEEPER in the US!  The party is at Duane’s, sometimes known as University Bookstore in the Seattle University District. There will be balloons, hotdogs and clowns.  Okay, well, maybe not those things, but I’ll be there to read and sign books. Please note this has been edited to correct the time to 7PM

January 29  7PM Down to Oregon again, for a visit to Powell’s Books in Beaverton.  With their famous dancing beaver . . . okay, that’s another lie.  But I will be there, to read and sign and look for coffee with friends afterwards.  Please note this has been edited to the correct time of 7PM

January 30  2PM  Barnes and Noble on Black Lake Blvd. in Olympia Washington has invited me to come by and sign some books.

Feb. 6 Noon.  For the first time ever, I get to sign on Fort Lewis!  I’ll be at Building 528 on Pendleton Avenue.

Now, I’m also  starting a rumor that I’ll also be at Imaginales in Epinal France in 2011.  :)  It’s our tenth anniversary, so I’m looking forward to getting back to my French hometown and see all my friends again!

 

Here is an updated and corrected schedule for places I expect to be in the next few months.  I do hope to meet friends old and new, especially some old friends in the Portland area!  :)  So here is the latest update. Over the next few months, I’m very much looking forward to getting out […]

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Where I hope to run into you

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So,  Steamcon is a steam-punk convention in the Sea-Tac area, and it’s very first incarnation will be getting off the ground on October 23rd.  Guest of Honor is Tim Powers

Do you really need to know anything more to want to attend this?

 I plan to be there, solely as an attendee, with plenty of time to explore the convention and dealers room, listen to panels, wander the hallways, and one hopes, meet friends both old and new for coffee and talk.  There is always something exceptionally fun about a convention’s first venture.  A special chemistry, if you will, when a plan comes together and then comes to life.  So I’m excited about this one and plan to have a good time.

Then, come November, Orycon rolls around.  It is being held the weekend after Thanksgiving, at the Portland Oregon Doubletree Hotel.  Guest of Honor Patricia Briggs!  And a wonderful excuse for me to get out of the house and wander down to Oregon for a weekend away from home with a gathering of like minded friends.

And in January, an old favorite of mine, Rustycon!  January 15-17 at the Sea-Tac Marriott.  Rustycon has chosen a steampunk theme this year, and offers James Blaylock as guest of honor.

So.  Who else is signed up to be at these gatherings?  
  

So,  Steamcon is a steam-punk convention in the Sea-Tac area, and it’s very first incarnation will be getting off the ground on October 23rd.  Guest of Honor is Tim Powers.  Do you really need to know anything more to want to attend this?  I plan to be there, solely as an attendee, with plenty of time […]

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