I'm bad at con reports, which is why I'm more comfortable just posting the photos (which I did previously). I didn't attend any panels or events but my own (except for Howard Waldrop's reading) mostly because I had a lot going on and too many people to hang out with. I was baaaaad.
But I had meals with good friends, the two Readercon group readings went very well, my autographing was great (I sold the several OP titles I brought with me), panels were interesting: one on urban fantasy. The panel and audience queries made it clear how fluid the term is right now; one on the short fiction of 2010 (with some in 2011), and for me the most fun/interesting was about anthologies and how editors decide what kinds of stories are to go in them.
Hung out with GOH Gardner Dozois and the wonderful Susan Casper, and gave the other GOH, Geoff Ryman a big hug (hope to talk to him more Wednesday evening at the KGB reading)and I met the charming Victor LaValle (author of last year's Shirley Jackson Award- winning novel Big Machine) at the meet the pros party and overall spent a lot time in the lobby or bar with various folk socializing.
And I gave blood Saturday afternoon, which knocked me out (almost literally- I always seem to get dizzy after giving blood and did so this time so had to spend another half an hour in the blood mobile with cold wet compresses on neck, head, and ankles).
The Jackson awards on Sunday morning were fast-moving, smart, and enjoyable, with Victor as MC. I was delighted that Laird Barron won for both the novella "Mysterium Tremendum" and his brilliant collection Occultation.
Next year's GOH are Peter Straub and Caitlin R. Kiernan. Memorial GOH is Shirley Jackson.
- Readercon was great