Another flying visit to Eastercon, same as last year. Drove over to Birmingham on the Saturday morning, music loud and breaking the journey every so often to make notes on my novel-in-progress, alt.human.
Spent much of Saturday with the ever-funny Ian Sales, Glasgow SF Writers’ Circle member Tracy Berg, contributor to my sub-genres of SF book Gary Gibson, and BSFA short story award nominee Neil Williamson, promoting his infinity plus ebook The Ephemera.
Met a lovely young fan of my The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie, signed a few books, etc. No panel duty, as I only joined the con on the door. Emailed by The Guardian (that phrase sounds way too science-fictional in this context!) asking for another review, so grabbed a Matthew Hughes novel from the Angry Robot stand and had a good chat with AR publisher Marc Gascoigne.
More great chat with: BSFA novel award-winner Ian McDonald, lovely guy and one of my long-time favourite authors; wonderful evangelists for the genre Tom Hunter and Roy Gray; a bunch of fabulous authors and publishing people I’m lucky enough to count among my friends, including Mike Cobley, Philip Palmer, Martin Sketchley, Darren Nash, Ian Macleod, and Peter Hamilton; always good to meet and chat with people I know less well – Del and Kim Lakin-Smith, BSFA short story award-winner Aliette de Bodard, Lavie Tidhar and many others; good catch-up with the phenomenal Ian Whates, whose Newcon Press will be putting out an ebook edition of Faraway Frankie soon. I even made my first corridor sale of an ebook!
All in all great con. Maybe next year I’ll manage more than just one day!