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World Fantasy 2009 personal recap

There's a part of me that wishes we could put WFC on the annual calendar. The people who attend are so much fun, and surprisingly (as this is a mostly professional conference) I didn't feel like a fish out of water.

It's hard to write a WFC report without sounding like I'm dropping a lot of names, but then again, it's WFC. Well, there's also "running hospitality" so dropping names is all I've got left.

Jetse de Vries is a total blast. Jim Minz and I got some time to sit down, drink chipotle vodka, and tell stories from back when we were both total nobodies. Drinking with Jeremy Lassen may be good for the soul, but it's not good for the liver. Jeff and Ann Vandermeer are a total runaway train, you never know where things are going to end up with them. Garth Nix is just incredibly nice and fun to talk with. Nora Jemisin... kind of like Minz, I knew her (online) before she was published and we had a nice time chatting about the old days. I don't think Tempest Bradford's brain ever stops running, or even slows down for that matter. Victoria Blake isn't nearly cynical enough to be in publishing, but it looks like she's going to succeed at it in the long term. Neil Clarke is just amazing. Liz Gorinsky is really cool.

The rest is a blur.

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sengokudaimyo
Nov. 8th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
I hate you.

Oh, wait, that's just my envy talking. Never mind. :)
bovil
Nov. 8th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Next year is Columbus, OH. Closer to you?
sengokudaimyo
Nov. 9th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
OOoooooooh. Yeah.

Who would I talk to about getting the Gold Pass, suitable for used-up SFWA members (I really should re-up my membership) and former editors of Dragon Magazine, and ex-industry insiders?

bovil
Nov. 9th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Would you believe, after we hit cap this year, we had people asking the registrar "You know, I think I met Garth Nix a few years ago and bought him a beer, can I get in?"

It is probably worth re-upping with SFWA. It looks like the new administration is actually doing things. You may want to check out sfwa for more info...
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