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One of the two program items I attended at Boskone was Rosemary Kirstein's coffee-thing, which was very exciting because I'd missed her reading. ([livejournal.com profile] radiotelescope went, and reported back in comments here.) Present were me, Chad, [livejournal.com profile] alexx_kay, [livejournal.com profile] adrian_turtle, a relative of Ms. Kirstein's (judging by the name), and a man who had obviously known Ms. Kirstein for a while, whose name I have forgotten and whose relationship I don't think I ever knew. As this was a conversation, I did not take notes; everything is a paraphrase and I welcome corrections.

First, to repeat myself: she's working on the next book. As she did not offer an ETA, I felt it rude to ask. This is the book that she thought was going to be after City in the Crags, not a completely unforeseen book as I'd somehow thought from prior reports. So that's good news. She thinks there'll be three, maybe four books in addition to the published ones, plus a prequel.

She said that she can't just write fast to get it all out on the page, that's counter-productive for her.

She's interested in maybe releasing the first book as a free e-text, along the lines of Tor.com and Baen. [livejournal.com profile] alexx_kay is planning to proof an e-text of it for the visually impaired and was going to send it to her. It didn't occur to me at the time, but I've seen people who've read the Tor.com free books come back and say, hey, I'd buy the rest,but only as e-text. Since only the last is currently available commercially as e-text, that might be something to consider. On the other hand, I very much doubt that there are enough people who would have that reaction to outweigh the people who would go buy paper copies.

And I'm going to put the rest of this behind a cut-tag, so I can talk about spoilers.

spoilers through Language of Power, and one spoiler for the books to come )

Boskone, quickly

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 06:15 pm
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I was asked elsewhere if Boskone went okay. It was fine! I've just been busy, not hiding because of RaceFail fallout. (Yes, it affected me, the choices I made and the way I looked at things and the enjoyment I derived overall; but there was no active additional Fail.)

In great haste:

I was hardly there. By the time we got in Friday night, SteelyKid was (a) really soundly asleep after having had a brief but intense meltdown in the car and (b) due to eat after she woke and then go immediately to sleep for the night. So while we were sorry not to be able to present her to her adoring public, it couldn't be helped.

Saturday morning I brought SteelyKid up to her loving grandparents, where I left her smiling and cute and having a grand old time, yay, and made it back to Boston in time to see Chad's talk on the "Many Worlds" theory of quantum mechanics. (His slides are available here, or you can wait until the fall and read about it in his book.) Then I showered, had lunch, and went to a panel on cover art, notes forthcoming. Wandered the dealer's room and art show, where a young woman whose name I have completely forgotten was playing lovely music on a violin or suchlike. Picked up our pre-ordered copy of Lifelode and bought memberships for next year—Tom Shippey as a special guest! and I will still be doing the LotR re-read, too, though only barely if I keep to schedule. Then a coffee-thing with Rosemary Kirstein (yay!), notes on that also forthcoming (but no, no concrete news on the next book's release; she's working on it), and then back to my parents to spend the night with SteelyKid.

Sunday, no panels or programming, just wandering around the dealer's room and art show some more, where I eventually bought a bookmark of [livejournal.com profile] marykaykare's and two cute little polyclay dragons; lunch with [livejournal.com profile] papersky; and a brief stop at Jim Macdonald's first aid talk before heading out.

Scattered thoughts:

  • I saw a bunch of people in passing. Sorry I didn't get to talk for longer than a couple of minutes, but, like I said, barely there.
  • The new space is more compact and, I think, generally an improvement thereby, but having the coffee-things in a cavernous space that also includes the dealer's room, the art show, the con suite, the kids' section, and program ops was really not ideal from a sound perspective.
  • On a related note: All panel rooms must have microphones. Preferably collar mikes, so that people don't have to remember to use them. It's lovely when people treat panels as conversations, but when they then forget that other people are trying to listen to that conversation . . . (This is a long-standing gripe of mine, and I don't even have impaired hearing.)
  • There was a Donato painting in the art show of a very pale-skinned blond man dressed in white standing still and looking straight out at the viewer, surrounded by a ring of very dark-skinned dark-haired men and women dressed in dark clothes all looking outward and holding weapons. I thought it was called "Predator," but Google isn't turning it up and the artist's site (a) isn't searchable and (b) doesn't seem to show it as a thumbnail on the gallery pages. Does anyone know anything about it?
  • I tried mentally counting con members who belonged to visible racial minorities. I think I broke double-digits.

Link roundups, presently unannotated except for length, over at [livejournal.com profile] boskone. Oh, and if anyone can look at the PHP script that automagically posts the links and tell me how to stop it escaping every ampersand it sees, that would be wonderful. ETA: sorted, thanks [livejournal.com profile] murklins!

Boskone schedule up

Saturday, February 7th, 2009 07:53 pm
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The preliminary program schedule for Boskone is up.

Normally I go through it with a fine-tooth comb and post anything I might go to, but I am drowning in work, my con-going enthusiasm continues very low thanks to Race Fail '09: The Failening, and I've already done all the (extremely minimal) scheduling I'm going to, since thanks to SteelyKid I won't be around much and, when I am, my schedule is going to be hard to predict. (Friday night, it's possible she and I will make a brief appearance somewhere after 7pm, but this strikes me as unlikely; Saturday night I'm spending at my parents' with her.)

However, I do hope someone will go to Rosemary Kirstein's reading on Friday night and report back. (And go see Chad explain Many-Worlds, Saturday at 11!)

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