Odyssey – After The Hurly-Burly Is Done pt 1
Yuss, moi dears, Odyssey 2010 shall go down in history for several reasons, not least of which being that this was the most popular eastercon ever, with 1400+ memberships, I understand. Well, congrats due all round and so forth, and I know that manymany enjoyed themselves tremendously (some atrociously tremendously). But I remain, sadly, a non-fan of these peri-Heefrow bedbanks aka hotels. You know the litany, too hot, too dry, too much A/C, etc. For once, this time, I actually had a room which was pretty quiet – combined with the spongy earplugs I got some real sleep. But not really enough.
The panels I was moderating – Longevity at 9am and Evolution of Boardgames at 2pm, both Saturday – suffered a little from the previous night’s exploration of and research into the topic of Imbibivication In Human Males. As the named experimental subject in this clinical trial, I was diligent in my ingestion of a variety of potable materials, leading to significant side-effects which were still noticeable the following day. Well, I did pretty well at the Longevity panel, abley (thankfully) aided by Paul Mcauley, Martin Mcgrath and Julian Headlong. Much chinwaggery was indulged in upon the many and varied notions concerning immortality and life-extension in general, and whether or not it was good for the soul and/or society.
The other panel on board games was, well, not my most glittering moment. There I was at the end of a table inhabited by Tim Kirk, Sebastian Bleasdale and Henry Proctor, sterling and upright chaps each and every one, who also happen to be hardcore board gamers as well as highly-experienced game designers. And the room was pretty full of other hardcore gamers as well. Then there was me. Okay, I saw pretty early on that letting these knowledgeable guys run with it was the best policy, although I did interject a coupla times with questions which I hope didnt sound excessively n00besque. That said, it was a fascinating panel and I certainly came away knowing more than I did at the start.
Between these panels, I was at the 1st hour of the author signing session, sitting next to the estimable and indeed absurdly talented Joe Abercrombie, as well as the charming and equally talented Jaine Fenn. Although my 2nd Humanitys Fire book, The Orphaned Worlds, isnt out till April 29th, a few folk still turned up with copies of book 1 for signing, as well as some artefacts from the earlier part of my career, a copy of the one-off fiction mag I did, Mindmaps, a copy of the Nova Scotia anthology, and a copy of The Drabble Project, all of which I was happy to sign.
Now I shall call a halt, but tune in tomorrow for further revelations about My Holiday at Heathrow.
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