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!
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!