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Happy Sunday, everyone!

I've been quite busy with a sick Virginia, so I'm a bit behind. Happy belated birthday to chorale, nakeisha, poenari, ebonange, frodosweetstuff, primroseburrows, gbsteve, eowynmaiar, and sally_maria. Happy early bithday to magicwondershow, groovekittie, eveningblue, peadarog, thehornedgod, baylorsr, lin4gondor, and caitri. May all of you enjoy a fantastic year to come!

* My latest "Looking Back on Genre History" segment for StarShipSofa, which is a review of the collection Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (and serves as a follow-up to my earlier segment on Native American genre fiction), is now up at StarShipSofa. You can listen or download it here. An updated list of all of my podcast appearances (with links) is available here.

* My experience last weekend at ConCarolinas was fantastic. So much SF goodness! I was hoping to write up a proper report, but for the moment, here are a few highlights (in no particular order)...

-- I am now more excited than ever about D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, which will be out next month, and which promises to be fantastic. (Psst! The first several chapters, as well as a short story in the same 'verse, are available for free download at Jackson's site. A narration of the story by the author is also available.)

-- I had great fun at Jonah Knight's concert of paranormal modern folk. Wonderfully Lovecraftian! You should check out his website and listen to his songs. Here's a video of one of his live performances at the con.

-- Thanks to DarkCargo's fabulous Elizabeth Campbell, I shared a fascinating lunch with some truly brilliant folks, including Elizabeth herself, Duncan Langlois, Theresa Bane, and Paula S. Jordan, the latter of whom made a lovely post about the gathering.

-- I had the opportunity to talk at length about some of the subjects nearest and dearest to my heart (Edgar Allan Poe, vintage science fiction literature, and history, among other things) with media guest Jeffrey Combs, who happens to be one of my favorite actors, genre or otherwise. (You may also recall that years ago he ranked highly in my now-woefully-outdated "SF Hunks" feature.) It wasn't my first time to meet him, but I'd never had the chance to visit with him as I did this time, and it was a great delight. He's well read and well spoken as well as charming, and his genuine appreciation for his fans and their support is lovely to see.

-- After having the privilege of meeting, speaking at some length with, and appearing on panels beside Jack McDevitt several times now, I simply must say this: Mr. McDevitt is the kind of person I'd like to be when I "grow up" (or just be, since it's doubtful I'll ever grow up). Yes, he's won the Nebula Award and Philip K. Dick Award and many other honors during his decades-long science fiction career, but more impressive still is the unfailing respect and kindness he shows people, be they his colleagues, fans, or complete strangers. I've met plenty of individuals whose work I admire who seem to be quite lovely, and a few who didn't, but Mr. McDevitt's humility, grace, and general decency are inspirational. "Gentleman" is perhaps the best word for him, and for my money he's one of science fiction's great living treasures.

-- There was much Sherlock and Arthur Conan Doyle goodness at the con. Our Sherlockian panel was packed. Audience members claimed every chair and square space of floor, and finally the door was shut, because not one more person could squeeze into the room. A terrific conversation followed. Furthermore, all about the hotel you could see Holmesian shirts, deerstalkers, posters, and, of course, flyers:

I Believe in Sherlock Holmes


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Jun. 10th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I'm sorry to hear Virginia has been sick - how is she now?
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
*huge hugs*

Oh, thanks for asking. She's still sick - she's had one polyp (benign, thank goodness) removed from her insides, and it looks like she'll need to have another one removed, too - but she's hanging in there, sweet and sassy as always. I'm hoping the worst is behind her now. I really appreciate your asking.
Jun. 14th, 2012 11:21 am (UTC)
Oh, dear, poor Virginia.

I really do hope the worst is behind her and she's back to normal very soon.

*Hugs for both of you*
Jun. 10th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
I do hope that Virgina gets better soon. *hugs* to you and *pats* to her.
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much - from both of us!
Jun. 10th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Sending all get-well-soon wishes for Miss Virginia! *cuddles*
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much - from both of us! <3
Jun. 10th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Sorry to hear that Virginia was sick. Hope she's feeling better now!
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much - from both of us! She's still sick, but she's on the mend, thank goodness.
Jun. 10th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, I do hope Virginia is OK! *hugs*
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much - from both of us! She's still sick, but she's on the mend, thank goodness.
Jun. 10th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
OHNOEZ! Poor Virginia! Sending healing thoughts her way.
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much - from both of us!
Jun. 10th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your birthday wishes! I do hope Virginia recovers soon!

The con sounded wonderful.
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! And thanks so much.

It really was great. And apparently they set a new record for the number of attendees, too! It's lovely to see a good con grow.
Jun. 10th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the early birthday wishes. I'm planning a quiet day to myself on my birthday, because I think I'll need it after the week that's coming up! Hope Virginia's feeling better by now!
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
*huge hugs and birthday wishes* Hang in there!

And thanks so much, my friend!
Jun. 11th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
talk at length about some of the subjects...

My mind read it as "talk at length with some of the subjects" and then I thought whoa, she spoke with EAP? LOL.

I'm still laughing about the Sherlock posters at the Con (and still have the photo in my phone). Today was a bit fannish, too, seeing the 2nd version of Frankenstein. Now that I have seen both versions, I will read the comments you posted earlier!
Jun. 13th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)

Oh, I do hope you enjoyed both performances.

I owe you email! :P Hugs to you, my friend.
Jun. 11th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
The con sounds like it was a lot of fun. Though I hope that Virginia is feeling better soon.
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you. It was terrific! Apparently they set a new record for the number of attendees, too, which is great.

Thanks so much for the good wishes. She's on the mend, thank goodness!
Jun. 11th, 2012 03:42 am (UTC)
Oh, Virginia! I'm so sorry to hear she's not feeling well. Sending get well wishes.

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I adore that flier.
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks so much - from both of us!

I did have a brilliant time. I wore Sherlock shirts each day this time around, and I spotted many more on others. Such a hoot!
Jun. 11th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks, missis!
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, my good sir!
Ace Hamilton
Jun. 11th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
It was great meeting you at the con. I particularly enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes panel even though I got stuck sitting next to Sling Blade. Mm-hmm.
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Con!
It was terrific to meet you, too! That Holmes panel was great fun.

even though I got stuck sitting next to Sling Blade. Mm-hmm.

ROFLOL! Who knows, maybe he was a consulting detective in disguise. Or not.

Jonah Knight
Jun. 12th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
And it was great having lunch with you as well. I remember seeing your Sherlock panel last year and thinking you really knew your stuff. Very happy to confirm it :)
Be well.
Jun. 13th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you very much! It was a treat getting to see you perform. I've been wearing out your songs on my iPod ever since the con! They really grow on you... sort of like ivy, or perhaps Fungi from Yuggoth. ;)

Edited at 2012-06-13 04:50 pm (UTC)
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