This weekend I'll be Editing Guest of Honor at OryCon31, Oregon's Premier Science Fiction Convention, held November 27-29, 2009 at the Portland DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland OR 97232. I'll be joining Author Guest of Honor Patricia Briggs, Artist Guest of Honor Lubov, Filk Guest of Honor Jeff Hitchin, and Special Guest Chris Lester. Then at the end of the weekend, I'll be appearing at Powell's massive SF Authorfest III Booksigning at the Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing. Here is my con schedule and Powell's signing information:
"Exploring the mystique of costumed vigilantes" – Exploring the mystique of Batman, The Phantom, Daredevil and other costumed vigilantes from the golden age of comics and how they have evolved through the passage of time. (Michael Ehart, Lou Anders, Carl Cook)
4:00PM - 5:00PM
"Behind the curtain of publishing" How publishing works, what goes on to turn a
manuscript into a book, industry trends, and why readers should care about this stuff. (Lou Anders, Doug Odell, Patricia Briggs)
The Not Ready For Patricia Briggs, Sidereal Time Players present... (Lou Anders, Runa, Christopher Lester, Lubov)
"Coffee with Lou" - Meet and chat with Lou Anders over coffee.
"Building a balanced mythos" - How to balance the mortal, immortal, mythical, legendary and cultural elements when world building. (Rebecca Neason, Lou Anders, Mary Robinette Kowal, Alma Alexander, Robin Hobb)
"Drowning in slush" - The best and worst of slush. How does slush reading work and who does it? What makes a story stand out from the slush pile? Is there any way around the pile? Are agents now the new slush readers, and how is that working out for the publishing industry? (Colleen Anderson, Maggie Jamison, Deb Taber, Camille Alexa, Lou Anders)
"Editing 101: Are Editors Human?" - Editors are notorious for being critical. Being judgmental is, after all, an important component of their job. Knowing what they do, and why they do it can help a writer prepare their work for the editors steely gaze. Both experienced authors and editors offer their opinions. (Grá Linnaea, Lou Anders, Louise Marley/Toby Bishop, Deb Taber)
"Lou Anders Presents" - Lou Anders: A Pyr Presentation. See art for upcoming book covers. This is a premiere event, never before seen by the public. Don't miss this wonderful presentation by our editor Guest of Honor.
"Coffee with Lou" - Meet and chat with Lou Anders Lou Anders over coffee.
"3 Aliens and a Human by Friday: Lou Anders, Artist/Editor Relationship" - How and when editors edit words on a page is pretty clear, but how do things work with editors
and artists? Enquiring minds want to know!
"Gravity defying bosoms" - What art directors ask for in covers, what authors want, and what readers pick up sometimes come into conflict, especially when it comes to half-naked women. Marketability, feminism, and other issues related to cover art discussed and explained.
(Lou Anders, Blake Hutchins, Deb Taber, Kristin Landon)
"A touch of Farmer, a pinch of LeGuin"
- Panelists discuss their biggest influences and what books have changed the recent landscape in SF/F/H literature.(Edward Morris, David W. Goldman, Lou Anders, Karen L.)
Sunday, November 29th @ 4:00PM
Sci-Fi Authorfest III Booksigning
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. (800) 878-7323
"More science fiction authors than you can shake a light saber at! Guests include:
Lilith Saintcrow (Flesh Circus, Orbit)
Thomas Harlan (Land of the Dead, Tor)
David Levine (Space Magic, Wheatland Press)
Brent Weeks (Beyond the Shadows, Orbit)
Camille Alexa (Push of the Sky, Hadley Rille Books)
Barb and J. C. Hendee (In Shade and Shadow, Roc)
Devon Monk (Magic in the Shadows, Roc)
Brenda Cooper (Wings of Creation, Tor)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Diving into the Wreck, Pyr)
Dean Wesley Smith (numerous Star Trek novels)
Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Fall of Light, Ace)
Mike Shepherd (Undaunted, Ace)
A. M. Dellamonica (Indigo Springs, Tor)
Timothy Zahn (Odd Girl Out, Tor)
Alma Alexander (Cybermage, Harper Teen)
Louise Marley (the Singers of Nevya series)
Ru Emerson (the Bard's Tale series)
....and Pyr senior editor Lou Anders.
We are also pleased to welcome the Cloud City Garrison of the 501st Imperial Legion."
Looks like it's going to be a very fun, very busy weekend.