Eastercon 2007

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Somewhat tired and irrit­able — hav­ing been in the bar until 4 a.m. this morn­ing, then mak­ing a six-hour drive home (could’ve been worse; could’ve been driv­ing) here are some brief impres­sions of this year’s Eastercon.

  • Top job was to say ahoy-hoy to my agent, John Jarrold. John is a smooth oper­at­or — nat­ur­ally enough — and seems to segue from group to group with ambas­sad­ori­al ease. Turns out he’s pub­lished, rep­res­en­ted, edited, or been long-time friends with most of the writers at the con­ven­tion. If there’s a bet­ter-con­nec­ted agent in SF, I’d be sur­prised. John and I dis­cussed the state of the second edi­tion of Déjà Vu — cur­rently in a hold­ing pat­tern with a pub­lish­er, fin­gers crossed — and Powell and Pressburger films. He’s a lovely chap (John, not Powell or Pressburger).
  • Good to chat with Paul Raven (of Velcro City Tourist Board, and Interzone), Shaun Green, Jetse de Vries (of Interzone, also an SF writer), Martin McGrath (of Matriix, the BSFA magazine), and Gareth L. Powell (upcom­ing writer).
  • Bumped into the quite tall and very per­son­able Geoff Ryman. Geoff has links to a move­ment called mundane sci­ence fic­tion, which argues for more envir­on­ment­ally respons­ible SF. I have a con­nec­tion or two to this move­ment, though I haven’t writ­ten a piece of pure ‘mundane’ yet.
  • Said hello to Ian Watson (co-writer of AI: Artificial Intelligence) to thank him for a very nice review of Déjà Vu.
  • Asked my girl­friend what she thought of the whole thing; per­haps she could write this blog entry! Raised my eye­brows at her bul­leted list, headed ‘char­ac­ter­ist­ics of sci­ence fic­tion fans’. Said ‘hmm’, and decided to write it myself.
  • Watched Doctor Who with the fans. Great atmo­sphere and a great epis­ode; quite fit­ting, since the theme was the power of words, just like the con­ven­tion (Eastercon is primar­ily a lit­er­ary event, for those who don’t know).
  • Bought some Philip K Dick.

And now I’m going to catch up on my sleep. Happy Easter!

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

2 thoughts on “Eastercon 2007”

  1. I’m not actu­ally with Interzone, although all reports to the con­trary go some way towards fur­ther­ing my inev­it­able march of pro­gress.

    Cheers, and a pleas­ure to meet you Ian!

  2. Good to meet you too, Shaun! …I’ve amended the post, though I wouldn’t be sur­prised if you’ve been snapped up by now…

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