is a lovely convention in Portland, Oregon in November of each year;
it's one of the more long-running conventions I've attended, as
well, in its twnety-fourth year. I've been going for a few years,
ever since I found out what a nice convention it is—small
enough that there's great fan/pro mixing, large enough that there's
always more than plenty to do, and the people are wonderful. I was
just absolutely chuffed to the ultimate max to be invited as one
of their guests of honor in 2002. The problem is, though, that they
spoiled the ever-loving living daylights out of me, and I'm not
sure my ego will ever recover. I made my stage debut in the Opening
Ceremonies skit; I had rowdy fun on all sorts of panels; and just
generally lived the life of Riley for the duration of the convention.
If you're ever asked, you won't regret accepting, I promise you.
And, needless to say, I'll be back this year and in coming years,
because it really is among the very nicest conventions I've ever
been at, and it has been every year.
special thanks to the convention staff; I don't know how many people
I got to personally thank in post-convention wind-down, but you
really treated me like royalty. An immense amount of work goes in
to any convention, and Orycon really shows the above-and-beyond
sort of investment that its staff and volunteers dedicate year-round
to making the convention a success. Thank you one and all! I'll
signs new copies of THE DEVIL AND DEEP SPACE. That's
Kay Kenyon in the background.
and enjoys a panel with Patrick Swenson,
half of the team of Swenson-and-(Honna)-Swenson responsible for
the increasingly prestigious science fiction periodical, Talebones
(in the interest of full disclosure, you should know that Susan
has a minority position in Talesbones stock).
24 Guest of Honor Susan Matthews and her liaison,
(the lovely and talented) Ariel Shattan
Story Writer Guest of Honor Judith Conly, Lona
Jennings (a wonderful writer from Tacoma, WA), and