Guests of honour

Scott and me are gunna be guests of honour at ConFusion 2008 in Detroit in January. This is the first time either one of us has ever been a guest of honour at a science fiction convention (or any con for that matter) and we are dead excited. And to add to the joy—lots of other splendid people will be there, including Mr John Scalzi who is toastmaster. What bliss he will have saying mean things about me and Scott. That bastard!

I can’t wait!

We also get to suggest panel topics. We’ve come up with a few cunning and provocative (wink, wink) ones like “Originality is Overrated” and “Science Fiction is Not Dying”, but if you guys can think of any panels you’ve seen at cons that you thought were particularly excellent, or have some ideas for panels that have never been used, let me know. It will be a lot of fun to do some that aren’t your bog standard “Women in Science Fiction” or “Fantasy versus Science Fiction” or “I’m so bored I’ll eat my own eyeballs”.

La la la! I’m going to be a guest of honour!


  1. Lawrence Schimel on #

    You and Scott were sort of guests of honor for the Bologna SCBWI Conference!

  2. Steve Buchheit on #

    saw that on the whatever the other day and think it’s excellent. Unless the river rises and the damn breaks I hope to be there. They had a panel last year on something like “new writers talk with editors about getting published.” Something like that. It was the best panel. At least for me.

  3. Gabrielle on #

    Congratulations! I don’t really have ideas for panels right now, but I’ll think about it.

  4. Nichole on #

    Yay! I’m so proud…sniff, sniff.

    Anytime you want to come to Austin and be a guest of honor here, we’d love to throw a party for you guys! Of course, that’s not as exciting as Confusion 2008. More like a cozy (as many people that we can stuff into our apt) gathering of librarians (awesome ones, though) and their friends (me) that adore you (a lot). And we’ll have booze.

    I can tell that you are excited beyone words. It’s okay. You can take a minute to absorb the awesomeness of it all before you go book your ticket to austin. 😉

    Deban: Are you there? Stop being a lurker and comment!

  5. Ariel Cooke on #

    What about How to Build a Successful SF/Fantasy World? What are the elements that go into it? What is to be avoided at all costs? Are there things they all have in common? Something like that.

  6. Ariel Cooke on #

    Re, Confusion, I once had to go to Detroit on a business trip and my brother nagged me into going to the local art institute to see the Diego Rivera mural, The Birth of Industry. It’s a strange scene because there is this gorgeous Beaux Arts museum in a deserted city (Detroit being the classic example of urban flight) but the panels are weird and wonderful and well worth the trip.

  7. jenni on #

    Try on coming to Hawaii for a time we don’t get much excitment here

  8. jenni on #

    sorry i didn’t mention myself
    i’m from hawaii obviously
    and was web surfing and saw this site.
    Your the author from Magic or Madness right?

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