Challenger Logo by Alan White   A Science Fiction Fanzine   Winter 2004/5

 

Mike Resnick's Noreascon IV Diary

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday
August 31
Wednesday
September 1
Thursday
September 2
Friday
September 3
Saturday
September 4
Sunday
September 5
Monday
September 6
Tuesday
September 7

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Wednesday, September 1: Got up at (ugh!) 8:30, dressed, couldn't even face coffee that early in the day, and met Bill and Cokie Cavin and Jeff Calhoun in the lobby. We hopped a pair of cabs and drove down to the harbor, where we met CFG's Orlando contingent, plus Sue and Steve Francis (the Louisville branch), and we all boarded a boat and went off to bother whales. Saw a pair of minkes, some humpbacks, and a finback during a three-hour trip.

After we got back to the hotel Carol and I went off for lunch, and then I spent a couple of hours scouting out the huckster's room, which didn't open officially until Thursday. It was large - 300 tables - and impressive, with more book dealers and less junk (i.e., non-books) than usual. I bought the one book I hadn't been able to find all year - John Clute's Scores - and picked up a couple of fannish items I was totally unaware of. Then, since three of my program items were in the Sheraton rather than the Hynes Center, I went back there to find out exactly where they were located and bumped into Josepha Sherman, who was doing the same thing.

Then it was time for dinner. I went up to the room and got Carol, who had cheated and taken a nap, and we went down to meet Glenn Yeffeth, the publisher of BenBella Books, and his managing editor. I've been his science fiction editor for the past four months, and have gone a bit overboard, picking up about a dozen titles in that time. (He's a small press; these will last us through mid-2006.) Before I'd become his editor he'd bought the reprint rights to my Oracle Trilogy, and I got to tell him that I'd optioned them to Intrinsic Value Films a couple of weeks before Worldcon. His eyes lit up with dollar signs, and I then had to explain that that merely lowered the odds against their becoming a movie from a google-to-one down to maybe fifty-to-one (but not before I suggested they'd sell even better with some Bob Eggleton covers, and he agreed to talk to Bob about it.) I don't ordinarily like Thai food -- too spicy, and I don't like heat, either temperature or flavor - but this was a wonderful meal, properly cool and (Carol would say) bland; the restaurant, for anyone who's going to Boston and is interested, is the Chili Duck.

Spent most of the evening back in the CFG suite. Donna Drapeau, Toby Buckell, Herb Kauderer, Steve Silver and John Teehan had shown up at the con; before the night was over, so had Bob Faw and Linda Kelly. We got word that Gardner Dozois had shattered his shoulder

in a car accident, had already undergone surgery, and wouldn't be attending; and that Barry Malzberg's wife Joyce was in the hospital and Barry also wasn't coming.

I absolutely hate being reminded that we don't all live forever in perfect health, especially since I'm now 62. (How can I be 62? I remember every detail of Discon I from 1963 - the people, the meals, the program items, even the wallpaper. It was just a year or two ago, wasn't it?)

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