On Cons and Crossings

Hi, this is Jo the nomad, currently in Ottawa, Ontario, where the weather is hot, but not as hot as it could be, and not as hot as we left in Victoria. Astonishingly hot there. I've blogged about the cross-Canada-so-far on my own blog here. Lots of pictures of empty road!

Wcdress I spent last weekend at World Con in Montreal, which was very interesting. The great thing about SF cons is their eclectic nature. As well as writing tracks and SF&F fan tracks, there was Regency dancing, which I missed because it conflicted with something else, and many panels and speakers on just about any subject of interest — economics, politics, telescopes, medieval warfare, nano technology….

I've never quite figured out why SF fandom is so interested in Heyer. Does anyone have an idea? There's nothing odd about liking Heyer and Regency dancing, but why exactly that?Wcrobot

The masquerade was fun, of course, and the quality of costumes was high, as was the cleverness of some of the presentations. The winners are shown here.

In addition to the art show, there was a display of costumes and other such where I took the pictures scattered around here. The robot is steampunk, though whether it actually works or not, I'm not sure. You can get an idea of steampunk here.

It's definitely historical because it's based in the Victorian period, asking how technology might have developed if steam had been the main means of power.

Chalice small And now, I'm trying to recover from the long car trip and the con, but a writer's life goes on. I have page proofs for Chalice of Roses to go over, and edits of The Secret Duke, and questions from the UK publisher about Lady Notorious. Never a dull moment!

Have you ever been to an SF con? 

Have you ever taken a long, multi-day car trip?

Perhaps our next one will be a more leisurely wander through Europe.

Jo 🙂

65 thoughts on “On Cons and Crossings”

  1. I went to a Sci-fi con MANY years ago, to see Tom Baker while he was Doctor Who. Had a blast!
    DH and I have done Philadelphia- Florida and Philadelphia- St. Louis many times. Last year he did 8,000 miles alone and really enjoyed it. I love doing multi-day car trips if the company is good- so any trip with DH is excellent.
    In fact, I’m doing Philadelphia- Florida next week, by way of The Biltmore! Very excited to see it.

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  2. I went to a Sci-fi con MANY years ago, to see Tom Baker while he was Doctor Who. Had a blast!
    DH and I have done Philadelphia- Florida and Philadelphia- St. Louis many times. Last year he did 8,000 miles alone and really enjoyed it. I love doing multi-day car trips if the company is good- so any trip with DH is excellent.
    In fact, I’m doing Philadelphia- Florida next week, by way of The Biltmore! Very excited to see it.

    Reply
  3. I went to a Sci-fi con MANY years ago, to see Tom Baker while he was Doctor Who. Had a blast!
    DH and I have done Philadelphia- Florida and Philadelphia- St. Louis many times. Last year he did 8,000 miles alone and really enjoyed it. I love doing multi-day car trips if the company is good- so any trip with DH is excellent.
    In fact, I’m doing Philadelphia- Florida next week, by way of The Biltmore! Very excited to see it.

    Reply
  4. I went to a Sci-fi con MANY years ago, to see Tom Baker while he was Doctor Who. Had a blast!
    DH and I have done Philadelphia- Florida and Philadelphia- St. Louis many times. Last year he did 8,000 miles alone and really enjoyed it. I love doing multi-day car trips if the company is good- so any trip with DH is excellent.
    In fact, I’m doing Philadelphia- Florida next week, by way of The Biltmore! Very excited to see it.

    Reply
  5. I went to a Sci-fi con MANY years ago, to see Tom Baker while he was Doctor Who. Had a blast!
    DH and I have done Philadelphia- Florida and Philadelphia- St. Louis many times. Last year he did 8,000 miles alone and really enjoyed it. I love doing multi-day car trips if the company is good- so any trip with DH is excellent.
    In fact, I’m doing Philadelphia- Florida next week, by way of The Biltmore! Very excited to see it.

    Reply
  6. Never been to a SF convention. I was only 65 miles south of Montreal last weekend. I could have gone.
    Have we taken long multi-day car trips? If I asked my husband he’d laugh. That is the way we take our vacations. We were gone 10 days and just got home on Monday. Went from TN to NH to Upstate NY and back to TN. In Sept./Oct. we have another trip coming up. TN to Ohio to OK to TX to AL to TN for about 2 1/2 weeks. We are looking forward to it.
    Our best trip yet was in 2001 when we went from TN, to Upstate NY, over to NH and up the coast os Maine. We crossed into Canada and spent 5 days or so on Prince Edward Island and about the same on Cape Breton Island, then drove back to TN. We put about 6,000 miles on our car in about 3 weeks.
    It is getting harder the older we get, but we love it.
    CHALICE OF ROSES looks wonderful!

    Reply
  7. Never been to a SF convention. I was only 65 miles south of Montreal last weekend. I could have gone.
    Have we taken long multi-day car trips? If I asked my husband he’d laugh. That is the way we take our vacations. We were gone 10 days and just got home on Monday. Went from TN to NH to Upstate NY and back to TN. In Sept./Oct. we have another trip coming up. TN to Ohio to OK to TX to AL to TN for about 2 1/2 weeks. We are looking forward to it.
    Our best trip yet was in 2001 when we went from TN, to Upstate NY, over to NH and up the coast os Maine. We crossed into Canada and spent 5 days or so on Prince Edward Island and about the same on Cape Breton Island, then drove back to TN. We put about 6,000 miles on our car in about 3 weeks.
    It is getting harder the older we get, but we love it.
    CHALICE OF ROSES looks wonderful!

    Reply
  8. Never been to a SF convention. I was only 65 miles south of Montreal last weekend. I could have gone.
    Have we taken long multi-day car trips? If I asked my husband he’d laugh. That is the way we take our vacations. We were gone 10 days and just got home on Monday. Went from TN to NH to Upstate NY and back to TN. In Sept./Oct. we have another trip coming up. TN to Ohio to OK to TX to AL to TN for about 2 1/2 weeks. We are looking forward to it.
    Our best trip yet was in 2001 when we went from TN, to Upstate NY, over to NH and up the coast os Maine. We crossed into Canada and spent 5 days or so on Prince Edward Island and about the same on Cape Breton Island, then drove back to TN. We put about 6,000 miles on our car in about 3 weeks.
    It is getting harder the older we get, but we love it.
    CHALICE OF ROSES looks wonderful!

    Reply
  9. Never been to a SF convention. I was only 65 miles south of Montreal last weekend. I could have gone.
    Have we taken long multi-day car trips? If I asked my husband he’d laugh. That is the way we take our vacations. We were gone 10 days and just got home on Monday. Went from TN to NH to Upstate NY and back to TN. In Sept./Oct. we have another trip coming up. TN to Ohio to OK to TX to AL to TN for about 2 1/2 weeks. We are looking forward to it.
    Our best trip yet was in 2001 when we went from TN, to Upstate NY, over to NH and up the coast os Maine. We crossed into Canada and spent 5 days or so on Prince Edward Island and about the same on Cape Breton Island, then drove back to TN. We put about 6,000 miles on our car in about 3 weeks.
    It is getting harder the older we get, but we love it.
    CHALICE OF ROSES looks wonderful!

    Reply
  10. Never been to a SF convention. I was only 65 miles south of Montreal last weekend. I could have gone.
    Have we taken long multi-day car trips? If I asked my husband he’d laugh. That is the way we take our vacations. We were gone 10 days and just got home on Monday. Went from TN to NH to Upstate NY and back to TN. In Sept./Oct. we have another trip coming up. TN to Ohio to OK to TX to AL to TN for about 2 1/2 weeks. We are looking forward to it.
    Our best trip yet was in 2001 when we went from TN, to Upstate NY, over to NH and up the coast os Maine. We crossed into Canada and spent 5 days or so on Prince Edward Island and about the same on Cape Breton Island, then drove back to TN. We put about 6,000 miles on our car in about 3 weeks.
    It is getting harder the older we get, but we love it.
    CHALICE OF ROSES looks wonderful!

    Reply
  11. The usual theory about the Heyer/sf interest crossover is that sf deals in created worlds, logically thought out, internally consistent and fully realized by the writer — which is exactly what Heyer did with her regency. Although she based her created world on her research, she also made up things (such as some of her regency slang expressions) when it suited her.
    Many sf fans are also Heyer/regency fans; I’m one myself.

    Reply
  12. The usual theory about the Heyer/sf interest crossover is that sf deals in created worlds, logically thought out, internally consistent and fully realized by the writer — which is exactly what Heyer did with her regency. Although she based her created world on her research, she also made up things (such as some of her regency slang expressions) when it suited her.
    Many sf fans are also Heyer/regency fans; I’m one myself.

    Reply
  13. The usual theory about the Heyer/sf interest crossover is that sf deals in created worlds, logically thought out, internally consistent and fully realized by the writer — which is exactly what Heyer did with her regency. Although she based her created world on her research, she also made up things (such as some of her regency slang expressions) when it suited her.
    Many sf fans are also Heyer/regency fans; I’m one myself.

    Reply
  14. The usual theory about the Heyer/sf interest crossover is that sf deals in created worlds, logically thought out, internally consistent and fully realized by the writer — which is exactly what Heyer did with her regency. Although she based her created world on her research, she also made up things (such as some of her regency slang expressions) when it suited her.
    Many sf fans are also Heyer/regency fans; I’m one myself.

    Reply
  15. The usual theory about the Heyer/sf interest crossover is that sf deals in created worlds, logically thought out, internally consistent and fully realized by the writer — which is exactly what Heyer did with her regency. Although she based her created world on her research, she also made up things (such as some of her regency slang expressions) when it suited her.
    Many sf fans are also Heyer/regency fans; I’m one myself.

    Reply
  16. Never been to a SF con, though since I live in Montreal, I could have. As for long car trips…
    My family and I spent three weeks in England, Ireland and Wales this past July. First time for me and the kids, and a trip I’d anticipated for a long time.
    Flew into Heathrow, spent time in London before driving south to Devon, where we spent 6 days before driving north into Wales. From Holyhead, we took the ferry to Dublin, drove to East Clare for a week, then Leitrim, and back to Dublin for a few days. Back to Holyhead for the ferry, then drove to London and finally flew back home. Made for some long driving days.
    Driving on the left was a bit scary. Some of those narrow roads, especially in Ireland, were even scarier.
    And I’d go back in a second!

    Reply
  17. Never been to a SF con, though since I live in Montreal, I could have. As for long car trips…
    My family and I spent three weeks in England, Ireland and Wales this past July. First time for me and the kids, and a trip I’d anticipated for a long time.
    Flew into Heathrow, spent time in London before driving south to Devon, where we spent 6 days before driving north into Wales. From Holyhead, we took the ferry to Dublin, drove to East Clare for a week, then Leitrim, and back to Dublin for a few days. Back to Holyhead for the ferry, then drove to London and finally flew back home. Made for some long driving days.
    Driving on the left was a bit scary. Some of those narrow roads, especially in Ireland, were even scarier.
    And I’d go back in a second!

    Reply
  18. Never been to a SF con, though since I live in Montreal, I could have. As for long car trips…
    My family and I spent three weeks in England, Ireland and Wales this past July. First time for me and the kids, and a trip I’d anticipated for a long time.
    Flew into Heathrow, spent time in London before driving south to Devon, where we spent 6 days before driving north into Wales. From Holyhead, we took the ferry to Dublin, drove to East Clare for a week, then Leitrim, and back to Dublin for a few days. Back to Holyhead for the ferry, then drove to London and finally flew back home. Made for some long driving days.
    Driving on the left was a bit scary. Some of those narrow roads, especially in Ireland, were even scarier.
    And I’d go back in a second!

    Reply
  19. Never been to a SF con, though since I live in Montreal, I could have. As for long car trips…
    My family and I spent three weeks in England, Ireland and Wales this past July. First time for me and the kids, and a trip I’d anticipated for a long time.
    Flew into Heathrow, spent time in London before driving south to Devon, where we spent 6 days before driving north into Wales. From Holyhead, we took the ferry to Dublin, drove to East Clare for a week, then Leitrim, and back to Dublin for a few days. Back to Holyhead for the ferry, then drove to London and finally flew back home. Made for some long driving days.
    Driving on the left was a bit scary. Some of those narrow roads, especially in Ireland, were even scarier.
    And I’d go back in a second!

    Reply
  20. Never been to a SF con, though since I live in Montreal, I could have. As for long car trips…
    My family and I spent three weeks in England, Ireland and Wales this past July. First time for me and the kids, and a trip I’d anticipated for a long time.
    Flew into Heathrow, spent time in London before driving south to Devon, where we spent 6 days before driving north into Wales. From Holyhead, we took the ferry to Dublin, drove to East Clare for a week, then Leitrim, and back to Dublin for a few days. Back to Holyhead for the ferry, then drove to London and finally flew back home. Made for some long driving days.
    Driving on the left was a bit scary. Some of those narrow roads, especially in Ireland, were even scarier.
    And I’d go back in a second!

    Reply
  21. Interesting how many here like road trips! I like them, too, but the Victoria to Ottawa one was a bit rushed because we wanted to get to World Con, plus it really is a boring road in most places.
    We’re very much looking forward to some leisurely trips around Europe.
    Of course road trips in the past were a whole other matter, especially in the middle ages, with so many peculiarities along the way. I remember having fun with that it Lord of My Heart, because it was a real royal progress I was tracking.
    Jo

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  22. Interesting how many here like road trips! I like them, too, but the Victoria to Ottawa one was a bit rushed because we wanted to get to World Con, plus it really is a boring road in most places.
    We’re very much looking forward to some leisurely trips around Europe.
    Of course road trips in the past were a whole other matter, especially in the middle ages, with so many peculiarities along the way. I remember having fun with that it Lord of My Heart, because it was a real royal progress I was tracking.
    Jo

    Reply
  23. Interesting how many here like road trips! I like them, too, but the Victoria to Ottawa one was a bit rushed because we wanted to get to World Con, plus it really is a boring road in most places.
    We’re very much looking forward to some leisurely trips around Europe.
    Of course road trips in the past were a whole other matter, especially in the middle ages, with so many peculiarities along the way. I remember having fun with that it Lord of My Heart, because it was a real royal progress I was tracking.
    Jo

    Reply
  24. Interesting how many here like road trips! I like them, too, but the Victoria to Ottawa one was a bit rushed because we wanted to get to World Con, plus it really is a boring road in most places.
    We’re very much looking forward to some leisurely trips around Europe.
    Of course road trips in the past were a whole other matter, especially in the middle ages, with so many peculiarities along the way. I remember having fun with that it Lord of My Heart, because it was a real royal progress I was tracking.
    Jo

    Reply
  25. Interesting how many here like road trips! I like them, too, but the Victoria to Ottawa one was a bit rushed because we wanted to get to World Con, plus it really is a boring road in most places.
    We’re very much looking forward to some leisurely trips around Europe.
    Of course road trips in the past were a whole other matter, especially in the middle ages, with so many peculiarities along the way. I remember having fun with that it Lord of My Heart, because it was a real royal progress I was tracking.
    Jo

    Reply
  26. Not only have I been to a con, but my sister and I run a dealers room at one! We have dealers selling everything from fanzines to swords to comic books! And panels that range from Star Trek to Jane Eyre. It’s a wild weekend!

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  27. Not only have I been to a con, but my sister and I run a dealers room at one! We have dealers selling everything from fanzines to swords to comic books! And panels that range from Star Trek to Jane Eyre. It’s a wild weekend!

    Reply
  28. Not only have I been to a con, but my sister and I run a dealers room at one! We have dealers selling everything from fanzines to swords to comic books! And panels that range from Star Trek to Jane Eyre. It’s a wild weekend!

    Reply
  29. Not only have I been to a con, but my sister and I run a dealers room at one! We have dealers selling everything from fanzines to swords to comic books! And panels that range from Star Trek to Jane Eyre. It’s a wild weekend!

    Reply
  30. Not only have I been to a con, but my sister and I run a dealers room at one! We have dealers selling everything from fanzines to swords to comic books! And panels that range from Star Trek to Jane Eyre. It’s a wild weekend!

    Reply
  31. Anna, dealers’ rooms have wonderful things at cons. i must say the one at Worldcon was surprisingly thin. I’m not sure why.
    The art show was small, too, but I wondered if that was because so much art now is produced on computers.
    Jo

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  32. Anna, dealers’ rooms have wonderful things at cons. i must say the one at Worldcon was surprisingly thin. I’m not sure why.
    The art show was small, too, but I wondered if that was because so much art now is produced on computers.
    Jo

    Reply
  33. Anna, dealers’ rooms have wonderful things at cons. i must say the one at Worldcon was surprisingly thin. I’m not sure why.
    The art show was small, too, but I wondered if that was because so much art now is produced on computers.
    Jo

    Reply
  34. Anna, dealers’ rooms have wonderful things at cons. i must say the one at Worldcon was surprisingly thin. I’m not sure why.
    The art show was small, too, but I wondered if that was because so much art now is produced on computers.
    Jo

    Reply
  35. Anna, dealers’ rooms have wonderful things at cons. i must say the one at Worldcon was surprisingly thin. I’m not sure why.
    The art show was small, too, but I wondered if that was because so much art now is produced on computers.
    Jo

    Reply
  36. I’m actually not big on long car trips, which I attribute to the fact that I commute to/from work each day by car so try to minimize my time in an automobile whenever I’m not at work. However, my family did a home exchange in Dublin a few years ago. We spent about a week in Dublin and then took a wonderful car trip in a big loop from Dublin around the coast up to Galway and then back to Dublin. Two memories from the trip: First, how stunningly beautiful the Irish countryside is and second, getting a flat tire in the hills just before the Ring of Kerry. Nobody on the road and nothing around except sheep. The tire eventually got changed and we moved on, none the worse for wear.
    While I haven’t taken any long car trips since, I have taken several long plane rides recently, one to Vietnam and one to Turkey. Not fun in and of themselves, but my attitude to 12 hour (Istanbul) and 24 hour (Saigon) trips is much more positive since I began to think of them as opportunities for uninterrupted reading.

    Reply
  37. I’m actually not big on long car trips, which I attribute to the fact that I commute to/from work each day by car so try to minimize my time in an automobile whenever I’m not at work. However, my family did a home exchange in Dublin a few years ago. We spent about a week in Dublin and then took a wonderful car trip in a big loop from Dublin around the coast up to Galway and then back to Dublin. Two memories from the trip: First, how stunningly beautiful the Irish countryside is and second, getting a flat tire in the hills just before the Ring of Kerry. Nobody on the road and nothing around except sheep. The tire eventually got changed and we moved on, none the worse for wear.
    While I haven’t taken any long car trips since, I have taken several long plane rides recently, one to Vietnam and one to Turkey. Not fun in and of themselves, but my attitude to 12 hour (Istanbul) and 24 hour (Saigon) trips is much more positive since I began to think of them as opportunities for uninterrupted reading.

    Reply
  38. I’m actually not big on long car trips, which I attribute to the fact that I commute to/from work each day by car so try to minimize my time in an automobile whenever I’m not at work. However, my family did a home exchange in Dublin a few years ago. We spent about a week in Dublin and then took a wonderful car trip in a big loop from Dublin around the coast up to Galway and then back to Dublin. Two memories from the trip: First, how stunningly beautiful the Irish countryside is and second, getting a flat tire in the hills just before the Ring of Kerry. Nobody on the road and nothing around except sheep. The tire eventually got changed and we moved on, none the worse for wear.
    While I haven’t taken any long car trips since, I have taken several long plane rides recently, one to Vietnam and one to Turkey. Not fun in and of themselves, but my attitude to 12 hour (Istanbul) and 24 hour (Saigon) trips is much more positive since I began to think of them as opportunities for uninterrupted reading.

    Reply
  39. I’m actually not big on long car trips, which I attribute to the fact that I commute to/from work each day by car so try to minimize my time in an automobile whenever I’m not at work. However, my family did a home exchange in Dublin a few years ago. We spent about a week in Dublin and then took a wonderful car trip in a big loop from Dublin around the coast up to Galway and then back to Dublin. Two memories from the trip: First, how stunningly beautiful the Irish countryside is and second, getting a flat tire in the hills just before the Ring of Kerry. Nobody on the road and nothing around except sheep. The tire eventually got changed and we moved on, none the worse for wear.
    While I haven’t taken any long car trips since, I have taken several long plane rides recently, one to Vietnam and one to Turkey. Not fun in and of themselves, but my attitude to 12 hour (Istanbul) and 24 hour (Saigon) trips is much more positive since I began to think of them as opportunities for uninterrupted reading.

    Reply
  40. I’m actually not big on long car trips, which I attribute to the fact that I commute to/from work each day by car so try to minimize my time in an automobile whenever I’m not at work. However, my family did a home exchange in Dublin a few years ago. We spent about a week in Dublin and then took a wonderful car trip in a big loop from Dublin around the coast up to Galway and then back to Dublin. Two memories from the trip: First, how stunningly beautiful the Irish countryside is and second, getting a flat tire in the hills just before the Ring of Kerry. Nobody on the road and nothing around except sheep. The tire eventually got changed and we moved on, none the worse for wear.
    While I haven’t taken any long car trips since, I have taken several long plane rides recently, one to Vietnam and one to Turkey. Not fun in and of themselves, but my attitude to 12 hour (Istanbul) and 24 hour (Saigon) trips is much more positive since I began to think of them as opportunities for uninterrupted reading.

    Reply
  41. Susan, LOL on the opportunity for uninterrupted reading! I feel a bit that way about time spent in airports. I prefer that to time on the plane because I can wander at will and have a wide range of refreshments.
    I can perfectly understand not wanting to spend a lot of time in a car when you commute that way to work.
    We did a car trip around Ireland many years ago. It is lovely. Glad to know parts are still as deserted.
    Jo

    Reply
  42. Susan, LOL on the opportunity for uninterrupted reading! I feel a bit that way about time spent in airports. I prefer that to time on the plane because I can wander at will and have a wide range of refreshments.
    I can perfectly understand not wanting to spend a lot of time in a car when you commute that way to work.
    We did a car trip around Ireland many years ago. It is lovely. Glad to know parts are still as deserted.
    Jo

    Reply
  43. Susan, LOL on the opportunity for uninterrupted reading! I feel a bit that way about time spent in airports. I prefer that to time on the plane because I can wander at will and have a wide range of refreshments.
    I can perfectly understand not wanting to spend a lot of time in a car when you commute that way to work.
    We did a car trip around Ireland many years ago. It is lovely. Glad to know parts are still as deserted.
    Jo

    Reply
  44. Susan, LOL on the opportunity for uninterrupted reading! I feel a bit that way about time spent in airports. I prefer that to time on the plane because I can wander at will and have a wide range of refreshments.
    I can perfectly understand not wanting to spend a lot of time in a car when you commute that way to work.
    We did a car trip around Ireland many years ago. It is lovely. Glad to know parts are still as deserted.
    Jo

    Reply
  45. Susan, LOL on the opportunity for uninterrupted reading! I feel a bit that way about time spent in airports. I prefer that to time on the plane because I can wander at will and have a wide range of refreshments.
    I can perfectly understand not wanting to spend a lot of time in a car when you commute that way to work.
    We did a car trip around Ireland many years ago. It is lovely. Glad to know parts are still as deserted.
    Jo

    Reply
  46. The link between scifi and romance is simple. They are both very optimistic genres. They can also deal with many issues that would be too heavy to be considered entertainment otherwise. Look at Rodenberry with Star Trek as well as the new movie about aliens, but is a thinly disguised look at Apartheid. Bladerunner though not my favorite movies is very romantic and so is Star Wars, (Harrison Ford anyone?).
    Can’t wait for that book you gave us a look at the cover to be in my hands. Thank you for sharing, your trip, images and talent.
    Lyn S

    Reply
  47. The link between scifi and romance is simple. They are both very optimistic genres. They can also deal with many issues that would be too heavy to be considered entertainment otherwise. Look at Rodenberry with Star Trek as well as the new movie about aliens, but is a thinly disguised look at Apartheid. Bladerunner though not my favorite movies is very romantic and so is Star Wars, (Harrison Ford anyone?).
    Can’t wait for that book you gave us a look at the cover to be in my hands. Thank you for sharing, your trip, images and talent.
    Lyn S

    Reply
  48. The link between scifi and romance is simple. They are both very optimistic genres. They can also deal with many issues that would be too heavy to be considered entertainment otherwise. Look at Rodenberry with Star Trek as well as the new movie about aliens, but is a thinly disguised look at Apartheid. Bladerunner though not my favorite movies is very romantic and so is Star Wars, (Harrison Ford anyone?).
    Can’t wait for that book you gave us a look at the cover to be in my hands. Thank you for sharing, your trip, images and talent.
    Lyn S

    Reply
  49. The link between scifi and romance is simple. They are both very optimistic genres. They can also deal with many issues that would be too heavy to be considered entertainment otherwise. Look at Rodenberry with Star Trek as well as the new movie about aliens, but is a thinly disguised look at Apartheid. Bladerunner though not my favorite movies is very romantic and so is Star Wars, (Harrison Ford anyone?).
    Can’t wait for that book you gave us a look at the cover to be in my hands. Thank you for sharing, your trip, images and talent.
    Lyn S

    Reply
  50. The link between scifi and romance is simple. They are both very optimistic genres. They can also deal with many issues that would be too heavy to be considered entertainment otherwise. Look at Rodenberry with Star Trek as well as the new movie about aliens, but is a thinly disguised look at Apartheid. Bladerunner though not my favorite movies is very romantic and so is Star Wars, (Harrison Ford anyone?).
    Can’t wait for that book you gave us a look at the cover to be in my hands. Thank you for sharing, your trip, images and talent.
    Lyn S

    Reply
  51. I haven’t been active in the SF &F community since moving to the mid-west, but for 15 years I was very active in the Los Angeles area. I worked on committees for 2 Worldcons, a Bouchercon (much more subdued and serious), several Westercons, and numerous local cons. It was a wonderful experience.
    Many SF&F fans read all 3 romantic genres. They are by nature optimistic and seek resolutions. The dark side is a challenge, something to explore, to grow through, to master and then move on. Fans love trivia and are often as interested in history as in the sciene. Puns and word play are treated as a high art. Being a “blue stocking” has status. We ALWAYS have our books with us. It is no surprise that many fans(of both sexes)read Austin and Heyer first and then discovered the rest of the genre (Linnea Sinclair’s stories aren’t significantly different from Bijould’s SF in their underlying plots, and it is hard to find space opera in any genre right now.)

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  52. I haven’t been active in the SF &F community since moving to the mid-west, but for 15 years I was very active in the Los Angeles area. I worked on committees for 2 Worldcons, a Bouchercon (much more subdued and serious), several Westercons, and numerous local cons. It was a wonderful experience.
    Many SF&F fans read all 3 romantic genres. They are by nature optimistic and seek resolutions. The dark side is a challenge, something to explore, to grow through, to master and then move on. Fans love trivia and are often as interested in history as in the sciene. Puns and word play are treated as a high art. Being a “blue stocking” has status. We ALWAYS have our books with us. It is no surprise that many fans(of both sexes)read Austin and Heyer first and then discovered the rest of the genre (Linnea Sinclair’s stories aren’t significantly different from Bijould’s SF in their underlying plots, and it is hard to find space opera in any genre right now.)

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  53. I haven’t been active in the SF &F community since moving to the mid-west, but for 15 years I was very active in the Los Angeles area. I worked on committees for 2 Worldcons, a Bouchercon (much more subdued and serious), several Westercons, and numerous local cons. It was a wonderful experience.
    Many SF&F fans read all 3 romantic genres. They are by nature optimistic and seek resolutions. The dark side is a challenge, something to explore, to grow through, to master and then move on. Fans love trivia and are often as interested in history as in the sciene. Puns and word play are treated as a high art. Being a “blue stocking” has status. We ALWAYS have our books with us. It is no surprise that many fans(of both sexes)read Austin and Heyer first and then discovered the rest of the genre (Linnea Sinclair’s stories aren’t significantly different from Bijould’s SF in their underlying plots, and it is hard to find space opera in any genre right now.)

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  54. I haven’t been active in the SF &F community since moving to the mid-west, but for 15 years I was very active in the Los Angeles area. I worked on committees for 2 Worldcons, a Bouchercon (much more subdued and serious), several Westercons, and numerous local cons. It was a wonderful experience.
    Many SF&F fans read all 3 romantic genres. They are by nature optimistic and seek resolutions. The dark side is a challenge, something to explore, to grow through, to master and then move on. Fans love trivia and are often as interested in history as in the sciene. Puns and word play are treated as a high art. Being a “blue stocking” has status. We ALWAYS have our books with us. It is no surprise that many fans(of both sexes)read Austin and Heyer first and then discovered the rest of the genre (Linnea Sinclair’s stories aren’t significantly different from Bijould’s SF in their underlying plots, and it is hard to find space opera in any genre right now.)

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  55. I haven’t been active in the SF &F community since moving to the mid-west, but for 15 years I was very active in the Los Angeles area. I worked on committees for 2 Worldcons, a Bouchercon (much more subdued and serious), several Westercons, and numerous local cons. It was a wonderful experience.
    Many SF&F fans read all 3 romantic genres. They are by nature optimistic and seek resolutions. The dark side is a challenge, something to explore, to grow through, to master and then move on. Fans love trivia and are often as interested in history as in the sciene. Puns and word play are treated as a high art. Being a “blue stocking” has status. We ALWAYS have our books with us. It is no surprise that many fans(of both sexes)read Austin and Heyer first and then discovered the rest of the genre (Linnea Sinclair’s stories aren’t significantly different from Bijould’s SF in their underlying plots, and it is hard to find space opera in any genre right now.)

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