It. Was. Awesome.
And fun with Ann Leckie novels, like:
Grabbing Ancillary Justice/Sword/Mercy swag
as Lieutenant Tisarwat
And any awesome panels and presentations (more than I can fully represent) including:
Ready, Set, Flash! starring Lee Harris, Deirdre Murphy, Chris Phillips, Vivian Trask, and James Van Pelt: a game show where brave authors wrote a complete flash fiction piece in five minutes based on prompts supplied by the audience.
Enjoying Urban Fantasy with Yanni Kuznia, Melissa F. Olson, Max Gladstone, Stina Leicht, and Diana Rowland, wherein authors formed Venn diagrams with their bodies in order to explain what urban fantasy is.
Diana Rowland and Stina Leicht at the urban fantasy panel
Sarah Pinsker’s concert. I love Sarah Pinsker’s fiction, especially “Our Lady of the Open Road.” Sarah’s also a singer-songwriter. Her lyrics are fully as awesome as her stories, so I’ll be picking up some of her music. She played a few songs from her new CD. Can’t wait until it drops!
…And Yesterday was Already Tomorrow: Ancient Greece and Rome in Science Fiction with Robert Cape and Timothy Phin. Tim delineated many ways in which you could find the Roman Empire in the Radch (aka the civilization Ann Leckie builds in her Ancillary novels).
And of course, the Hugo awards ceremony. Pat Cadigan was a highly entertaining toastmaster, and the results were much as I would have wished.
In other news, I missed most of the drama, of which there was apparently plenty:
- People hijacking panels to push their own agendas
- Another person’s membership being temporarily suspended, due to a misunderstanding of the Code of Conduct
- Authors being harassed by people claiming to fans (shudder)
But to finish on a more positive note: I think the most fun I’ve had in a while has been playing along with the launch activities around Mary Robinette Kowal’s Ghost Talkers.
Cracking this code led to the next clue…
So much code-breaking! Sadly, I wasn’t able to make it to the Tor party Friday night. One lucky code-breaking winner received an original story, written by Mary to their specifications, on a 1913 Corona #3 portable typewriter, while they waited!
Now that’s how you launch a book.