Long times in the literary saddle.
Another con bites the dust. Specifically, MileHiCon 43, Denver's nexus for science fiction and fantasy literature since the 60's.
This year I was honored to be the Toastmaster, which gave me the opportunity to meet and introduce the Guests of Honor, from left, GoH Author Vernor Vinge
, GoH Editor Gardner Dozior
, GoH Author Glen Cook
, and GoH Artist Theresa Mather
. The lengthy and impressive résumés
of each of these GoH's humbled me and my modest accomplishments. Much thanks to Rose Beetem for the invitation.
Besides the usual gang of suspects stalking the bar--among them Betsy Dornbusch, Jeanne Stein, Warren Hammond, Carol Berg, Carrie Vaughn, Bree Ervin, and David Boop, we had the über
hipsters, Jason Heller (left, of the forthcoming Taft 2012
) and Eytan Kollin (he and his brother Dani co-wrote the award-winning The Unincorporated Man
At one panel I queried the audience about their thoughts regarding ebooks and e-readers. Interestingly, every reader who commented stated they enjoyed using an e-reader (Kindle, Nook, or iPad). They cited the ease of ordering a new book, the ability to browse through sample chapters, and the convenience of carrying dozens of titles in the e-reader for travel and vacation. None of them preferred a paper copy over an ebook and said that owning an ebook would not prevent them from buying a traditional paper copy as for a personal library. When I told fans that my next books may come exclusively as ebooks, none expressed any resentment.
Labels: Eytan Kollin, Garner Dozoir, Glen Cook, Jason Heller, MileHiCon