Sunday, October 05, 2008
Conclave, not just a pretty name
So...how was Conclave 33? I behaved. Now stop. Stop. I sat next to Michelle West, author and reviewer for Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine and we discussed politics in science fiction. Sure, there were disagreements. But discourse was pleasant and I never once lapsed into unreasonable or psychotic rants. I'm starting to think that was the point. I'm starting to think that by putting me on a panel which would probably have made me crazy had I been in the audience, that I was effectively being muzzled. Even with Chuck Zaglanis and Rick Moore sitting in the front row, their eyes gleaming with mischief, their grins taunting, I was not tempted into making statements guaranteed to incite the audience into a lynch mob. So kudo's for taming that beast, Jody.
I also wanted to mention that I had a chance to meet Steve Buchheit, a smart, funny and talented individual. Check out his blog here.
And finally. Allow me to write that Rick Moore's panels were exceptional. I had a chance to sit in on him moderating a panel on writers and editors. Rick's comments were insightful and he had a way of drawing out thoughtful responses from the other panelists. Also, during a panel on "How To Write A Scary Story", he once again was entertaining and informative. Outstanding job, Rick.
Posted by Stewart Sternberg at 10:05 AM