David Louis Edelman David Louis Edelman

World Fantasy Convention 2007, Day 1

Dear Diary,

Yesterday at the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, I had drinks with, caught up with, or otherwise hung out with Chris Roberson, Lou Anders, George Mann, John Picacio, Paul Cornell, Deanna Hoak, John Joseph Adams, Douglas Cohen, Allison Baker, David J. Williams, Tom Doyle, and Raani Graff.

I rubbed elbows and said hello briefly to Amy Tibbetts, Beth Delaney, Eugene Myers, Garth Nix, Chris Cevasco, Jay Lake, Elizabeth Bear, Jeremy Lassen, Cat Rambo and her husband Wayne, Christian Sauve, Dennis Danvers, Joy Marchand, Scott Edelman, Cheryl Morgan, Carol Berg, Carol Emshwiller, Ian Randall Strock, Stephen Segal, Andrew Wheeler, Ellen Datlow, Michael Rowley, and Neil Clarke.

And I also met Marc Gascoigne, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Lucienne Diver, Rob Sawyer, Meg Turville-Heitz, Kim Newman, John Klima, Jess Nevins, and at least a dozen other folks whose names I don’t remember.

I was accosted by no fewer than four strangers who wanted to tell me how much they liked Infoquake, and received compliments from at least ten people about the new Stephan Martiniere covers for Infoquake and MultiReal.

I learned that Johnny Depp is very shy in person (from Allison Baker), that John Picacio won an International Horror Guild award for his Cover Story collection, and that Chris Roberson believes he wasted many writing years trying to emulate John Barth and Paul Auster. Lou Anders gave me a synopsis of the entire plot of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Someone took a picture of Scott Edelman strangling me.

Somebody told me that Rob Sawyer was a dick, and someone else told me that Rob Sawyer was a terrific guy. Then I met Rob Sawyer and joined a big group of his for dinner at the pub across the street. So far my impressions of him slant towards the latter, but I was sitting at the other table.

I attended parties for Australians and for Zombies, and wandered through an ice cream social (without actually remembering to get any ice cream).

I attended Tom Doyle’s reading of his Oz story for the third time, and it keeps getting better each time.

And that… was just Day 1. Whew.

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  1. Edward Einhorn on November 2, 2007 at 12:18 pm  Chain link

    Tom Doyle has an Oz story?

  2. David Louis Edelman on November 2, 2007 at 5:06 pm  Chain link

    Oh, I should have clarified… Tom’s story isn’t exactly an Oz story per se, but it’s about Oz, in a sense. Or more particularly, it’s about kids who live in the town where L. Frank Baum used to spend his summers. It’s in the latest issue of Paradox, and I see there’s an excerpt of it here.

  3. Kate Elliott on November 2, 2007 at 5:35 pm  Chain link

    Is this by any chance your first WFC? You sound so enthusiastic I almost wish I had made the 6000 mile trek to get there.

  4. David Louis Edelman on November 2, 2007 at 7:49 pm  Chain link

    It is indeed my first WFC. And it would have been great to see you….

    Are you planning on making WorldCon next summer?

  5. Paul Levinson on November 2, 2007 at 10:59 pm  Chain link

    Sounds like a good convention, and now I’m sorry I didn’t go, but I’m busy writing like a demon here in NYC…

    Rob Sawyer, by the way, is one of the best (and a good friend) … you can hear my conversation with him at Light On Light Through

  6. Edward Einhorn on November 3, 2007 at 1:00 am  Chain link

    Of course, you realize it’s even more ironic to me that it’s in a magazine called Paradox.

  7. Mischa KK Bagley on November 3, 2007 at 1:41 am  Chain link


    I’ll buy you a virtual beer or three if you can tell me what pitch Lucienne Diver would kill for to have on her list.

    Mischa KK Bagley.

    The Confession of the Panther Woman ©


    Sex, drugs, and metamorphosis.

  8. David Louis Edelman on November 3, 2007 at 2:18 am  Chain link

    Mischa: Not sure there’s much I can tell you about Lucienne’s want list. I was the only guy sitting at a table of five or six women, and the conversation revolved around awful clichés about sex in romance fiction.

  9. Mischa KK Bagley on November 3, 2007 at 3:00 am  Chain link


    Thanks so much for replying. Really, I was just being cheeky. Of course I knew this is not the sort of information you would know about. I wish you well with the conference, and your book. I’m raising a glass to you!

    Mischa KK Bagley.

    The Confession of the Panther Woman ©


    Sex, drugs, and metamorphosis.

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