Have you ever wanted to go to a book convention? Now, I’m not talking about Book Expo America (which is a trade show) – but a book convention with tons of author panels, books signings, vendors, and artist alley, and usually an award ceremony. If you haven’t you totally should! Last month I was lucky enough to attend the 71st World Science Fiction Convention! I know I’m really late on my recap but I wanted to share with you some awesome photos from my time there. It was a week of fun and of making new friends that I will always treasure!
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Let’s start the first night off with an elevator party! Now for WorldCon – it is also jokingly known as “BarCon” – why you might ask? Because shortly after dinner time rolls around the convention hotel Bar/Lounge area turns into one non stop mingling barfest. Whoever you don’t run into at the bar you will bump elbows with in the elevators on the way up to the party floors upstairs.
(Some of the folks in this picture: David Wohlreich (one of my book soul mates, an aspiring author and all around freaking awesome guy), author Sam Sykes, author Ramez Naam, (was on some blow your mind interesting panels on A.I. the mind and pretty much anything freaking fantastic in relation to sci-fi) and the lovely Molly, author Chuck Wendig, author Kevin Hearne, author Hugh Howey) – by the way after the first night they set a 5 person limit on the elevators.
Ok, so what goes on at these parties? Mingling, drinking, networking, and bug eating – yeah I said bug eating...the first party I went to on my first official convention night there was a table full of bugs appetizers. Eat one and win a book. I peer pressured my new buddy Wesley Chu into eating one with me. I had to – he got me hooked on scotch.
(author Wesley Chu & Tabitha) He wrote a campy sci fi alien spy book called The Lives of Tao…that really isn’t an accurate description though so you better read my fabulous review of it!
I may be crying by Wesley looked like he was going to hurl! I can still remember the feeling of the little legs stuck in my teeth and throat.
I met so many fabulous authors but the one I was always stalking, because of course I am his stalker *Shecky eat your heart out* was Chuck Wendig. I think I was going for a record of how many times I could hug this guy. It got to the point where I would see him across the room and raise my arms up. Hopefully that didn’t freak him the hell out too much!? Eh if it did he’ll live. CHUCK WENDIG! If you haven’t you should read his blog it is
amazeballsblowyourmindcussfest amazing! and pick up one of his books stat! See my review of Blackbirds and Mockingbird and Under the Empyrean Sky!
(Tabitha and author Chuck Wendig)
(left to right: author Adam Christopher, Tabitha and author Kevin Hearne. Adam wrote Empire State, Age Atomic & Seven Wonders. Read a review of Empire State from The Ranting Dragon! I plan to read this baby soon! Kevin Hearne is the author of the Iron Druid series which I have heard nothing but good things about!
Have I mentioned that Adam Christopher gave me the first bound manuscript of THE BURNING DARK? It comes out in March 2014 – I already devoured it and loved it of course. I threatened to wrestle several large men for that book. It would have looked something close to a rabid squirrel attacking a bear. I so could have taken them!
(author Adam Christopher, The Burning Dark and one extremely happy Tabitha)
Jason is such an awesome guy. I got to hang out with him and a few other authors quite a bit. I can’t say enough how nice he was to me at WorldCon and even invited me along as his plusOne to a swanky Penguin / Random House party up in a needle …picture Seattle’s Needle but not so tall.
(George R.R. Martin and me holding his HUGO Award!)
I even ran into Rory McCann in the bar! You know the actor who plays The Hound in the HBO TV Show GAME OF THRONES!
(Tabitha & The Hound – Rory McCann)
I was a tad bit jealous that The Hound choked my buddy Wesley so Chuck choked me instead. Here I am Choking the The Chuck!
(author Jay Posey of THREE and Tabitha) – Jay came out to dinner with my and my awesome buddy Chris and we all ate at a seafood place called DICKS. Yeah that’s right. You guys might remember I read/review THREE earlier this year and absolutely loved it. It still remains one of my favorite reads for this year. I cannot rave about it enough. Go pick up a copy if you like post-apocalyptic fiction!
(Tabitha and author Paolo Bacigalupi of The Windup Girl, and Shipbreaker – both awesome sounding books! I loved all the panels he was on – an interesting guy and he said I could quote him saying that he felt really vindicated when he finally started making more money than the would have if he’d spent the past 10 years working at a McDonalds! If I got that wrong Paolo just hit me over the head and correct me! For all of you readers out there – just remember how small of a percentage that author makes on his work. Being an author/writer is a labor of love!)
(Tabitha & author Gail Carriger) That’s right folks she writes The Parasol Protectorate books! Every day and night of the con she was even lovelier than the day before. I think she must have traveled with a steamer trunk full of fabulous clothes and accessories. Her steampunk panels were awesome!
(Tabitha & Angry Robot editor Lee Harris) This is my book soul mate right here. I haven’t read a book edited by him yet that I haven’t loved. Now when I do? I’ll have to beat the living crap out of him because he has set the bar high when it comes to finding excellent authors!
(author Max Gladstone & Tabitha…in the very very dark – it’s a bar get over it!) He is the author of an urban fantasy Three Parts Dead which I will be reading next week! Check out my buddy Wendy’s review of it over at The Bibliosanctum.
(Tabitha & author Madeline Ashby) I read and fracking LOVED her books vN and iD
(Justin Landon and Tabitha) Justin was one of the only other bloggers I ran into at WorldCon – he also helped put together one rocking night of Drinks with Authors. He runs the Speculative Fiction blog Staffers Book Review. He’s not that short – he’s actually a giant.
(Tabitha and author Paul Cornell) – Such a wonderful guy and an awesome public speaker – he was the ToastMaster at WorldCon and he was constantly able to make people laugh. I am seriously looking forward to reading his urban fantasy book LONDON FALLING!
(Tabitha and editor Ellen Datlow!) – Ellen is my favorite short story anthology editor! See my review of Hauntings
This isn’t the kind of convention where you are going to come home with a ton of “free loots” like you see people coming back with from BEA or RomCon. Yes, there are about 2 to 4 free books you will get each day at the goody table but that is pretty much it. Everything else you will be buying – and oh baby did I buy a ton of books! What makes it great is that there are so many authors there and you can chat with them, have real conversations to get to know them more. Whereas at BEA you are rushed through a line and you never get to say more than one sentence or two – here you would get some actual quality time.
NOW BE BRAVE AND ATTEND A BOOK CONVENTION! THE QUEEN OF THRONES DEMANDS IT!!
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