I had a wonderful time. Truly, how could you not? The energy at the show was high. You could call it hype, but there’s a real genuineness about the fans that no amount of hype can tarnish. I was thrilled to see Ray Bradbury. I met Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files. Very open and gracious with his fans. On Saturday I had lunch with my friend, senior editor Chris Schluep of Del Rey and one of his authors, Alan Dean Foster, creator of Pip and Flinx and, of course, writer of the Star Wars classic Splinter of the Mind’s Eye. Alan is a really fascinating guy. I think he’s been licked yet not eaten by more large predator cats than anyone else I know! We took a cab over to Coronado Island for lunch and ate by the water. It was a nice break from the show.
I also caught up with my Clarion 2000 classmate and good friend Karen Traviss. She was doing a lot of signing at the Del Rey booth and at times couldn’t be seen for all the storm troopers and clone warriors. I’m not positive, but I think she’s amassing an army.
I was also pleasantly surprised to meet some fans. I think I mentioned this in my previous blog, but it surprised me. I’m still getting used to the idea of people having read the book. Talking with them was a real treat. I met Jen and Sagitt (I know I spelled that wrong – sorry – but I do remember Jen is a project manager and Sagitt a cancer researcher for Pfizer) and had a great chat. I had another nice talk with David who is an aspiring writer himself working on a very interesting concept with superheroes, but I won’t reveal more than that.
Friday night was the Star Wars party at the Westgate on a roof patio. Cool breeze, open bar and a lot of interesting people made for a fun night…then beer bottles started going over the edge to the sidewalk below. Oh, and someone walked off with our Star Wars swag 🙁
I did manage to get in a couple of nice runs along the bay. The weather was just about perfect and it was refreshing to see aircraft carriers instead of the trees of Central Park for a change.
All in all a great trip and one I would do again.