“On the deck of a starship / With her head hooked into Andromeda…”

I’m so not used to having a Monday off after a con that I forgot that I’d put in to have today off. That’s okay, because it affords me some much-needed extra sleep and the chance to do my Readercon write-up in what is, for me, record time!

That doesn’t mean I have the brainspace for anything coherent.  I’m doing this while I’m awake, typing up little bits here and there, and then I’ll set it to post after I get to bed.  Then once I’ve had more sleep and time to reflect, I might talk about some panels later.


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I think I’ve lost my con “honeymoon period.” But that’s a good thing in that I don’t waste too much time and energy anymore feeling like I’m taking up valuable oxygen better spent on Chiang, Datlow, Edelman, Di Filippo, Van Gelder, Hand, McHugh, Link, Kessel, Clute, &c.  Hence, I didn’t take as many pictures of panels and readings this time around, though I have a few.  I have yet to really look at which are worth posting.
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Every year, I feel conflicted about buying books at Readercon (and other cons, for that matter). I don’t have unlimited space for physical books and I damn sure don’t have unlimited funds. Most Readercons though, I tell myself, “Screw it,” and buy large quantities anyway. This year though, the internal conflict came to a head to the point where it actually killed my buzz walking into the Bookshop. Still, I didn’t come away empty-handed. I just bought more strategically…

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I’ve reached the point where going to cons is (slightly) less about the programming and more about connecting or re-connecting with people. And I got to do that with 99% of the people I wanted to see. But on the other hand, I felt that having precious little public space to sit and congregate (due to hotel construction) led to four days of “catch-as-catch-can,” with a number of folks (i.e. others who told me they’d felt this way, too) trying to catch-as-catch-can everyone else they wanted to talk to.
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All that to say that when I had time with people, I didn’t always have the space and vice versa. But it wasn’t impossible, obviously. When I could have space and time at the same time, it was AWESOME.

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Having said all that though, I felt the love!
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I could shout-out/link everyone I talked to, old and new, but there were just too many!  Some folks have already found me on Twitter!
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Cards Against Humanity is my new favorite game.

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Panel note-taking with Evernote on mobile devices + swipe typing = WIN!
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Most valuable panel to me, “The Work/Work Balance.”  There might’ve been very little that I hadn’t heard before, but hearing from seasoned–and I mean seasoned–professionals that the solutions are as old as the problems was exactly what I needed at this point in my life.
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Money quote:

“No future I ever envisioned had Republicans in it.”
– Howard Waldrop, during “The Real Utopia” panel before going on to talk briefly about all the goings-on in his state of Texas.

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    I WILL give a shout-out to the ConCom and everyone who volunteered.  Thanks for the memories and hopefully I’ll see y’all at Readercon 25!

    2 thoughts on ““On the deck of a starship / With her head hooked into Andromeda…””

    1. As I recall, Waldrop's "Texas-Israeli War 1999" (a futuristic novel when I *first* read it) had some Republican-esque figures in it!

      Shock I is a good collection. I have that entire run with those covers (Ian Miller, IIRC). Matheson is a master of the short form. Enjoy!

    2. I think Howard was talking about Texas Republicans as they are today; it was interesting how animated he became!

      Shock III was also for sale, but I already had it. The dealer might have been slightly annoyed… 🙂

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