2014 is off to an interesting and exciting start over here on the west coast. (2013 was unbelievable.) This month has been a terrific series of first-time experiences. A week ago, I participated in a reading event at a local brewery. I read about half of The Last Rail-Rider to a small audience of maybe 30-40 people. Afterward, I met a new reader, signed a book – all new experiences for me.
This weekend I'm at Wizard World here in Portland, where I've been invited to take part in a couple of panels. Yesterday was the first, a conversation with Erik Wecks and JC Andrijeski about the 'science' in 'science fiction' – does it matter? Terrific, interesting questions from the audience, good ideas shared on the panel. I think it went pretty well. Today's the second panel, and it's a bit different – it's a speed-reading event. A half-dozen local speculative fiction authors (including me) are going to be reading five-minute excerpts of our books, then signing and selling afterward. (Sort of a fun way to discover new authors.)
Between the panels I've been wandering around the convention floor, snapping photos:
Those are, in order, some very good Dark Crystal cosplay, some pretty good Adventure Time cosplay, the Oregon Convention Center's Foucault pendulum, our panel room (pre-panel, obviously), and some of the most amazing Greatest American Hero cosplay I've ever seen (and I think you'll agree).
Then, from @jreinmiller, who was in attendance at the panel:
It's been fun! I can't imagine what I'm going to do with the next eleven months.