Archive for July, 2008

WorldCon and Free Stuff, Part Deux

July 29, 2008

New and Noteworthy about WorldCon:

My Thursday, 2:30 p.m. Reading/visit is in Hyatt Agate C

Orbit is very kindly providing free, signed copies of Orphan’s Journey to Heinlein Society Blood Drive donors, “while they last.”  The books, that is.  Donating blood isn’t that tough.  And one lucky donor will take home one full set of the Jason Wander books.  Be there to donate Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sheraton Tower D.

Saturday’s 10:00 a.m. panel, Digging up SF – Paleontology in SF,  in CCC 502, gets two thumbs way up.  Eric Flint, Michael Swanwick and Robert Sawyer.  Also, to round out the group with a mere mortal, me.  I’ve done panels in the past with Mike and Bob.  Both are terrific, and I’m looking forward to meeting Eric Flint.

Sunday’s 1:00 p.m. panel, Heinlein – The Hugo Years, in Con Center 505, will be terrific for two groups: those who know Heinlein already, and those who don’t.  Joining me will be the Heinlein Society’s Heinlein Scholar, and author of the upcoming, definitve bio of Heinlein, Bill Patterson; Baen Books’ publisher Toni Weisskopf (Baen has published several Heinlein titles) and Heinlein scholars Tom Trumpinski and Brad Lyau.

Here’s a complete list of times and places to find me at WorldCon:

Thursday, 8/7/08:

2:30 p.m. Hyatt Agate C – Reading

5:30 p.m. CCC 505: – Panel – Space Law.

Friday, 8/8/08:

!0:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (in and out), Sheraton Tower D: Heinlein Society Blood Drive

Saturday, 8/9/08:

10:00 a.m., CCC 503: Panel – Digging up SF – Paleontology in SF

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., CCC Hall D: Signing

Sunday, 8/10/08:

1:00 p.m., CCC 503:  Panel – Heinlein- The Hugo Years.

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WorldCon; Free Stuff

July 22, 2008

If you’re bound for the World Science Fiction Convention, aka Denvention3, in Denver, August 6-10, let’s get together and talk about the upcoming Jason Wander books and beyond.  What I’ll be doing (no word yet on what rooms I’ll be in, or with whom I’ll share the platforms;  I’ll post those details as I get them):

August 7, Thursday: 2:30 p.m. Reading; Actually, I seldom actually sit there and read.  It sounds too much like Ben Stein reciting,  “Bueller?  Bueller?”  I talk about whatever attending fans want to talk about.

August 7, Thursday: 5:30 p.m. Panel – Space Law  Busman’s holiday after three decades practicing law, none of it in space.

August 8, Friday:  !0:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Heinlein Society Blood Drive, Sheraton Tower D  This is where the FREE STUFF comes in.  At a minimum, your donated pint will earn you juice, cookies and a closionne donor pin designed by the Con’s Ghost of Honor, Robert A. Heinlein.  Orbit and I are working on an arrangement so donors can score Jason Wander books, too.  Details to follow.  I’ll be in and out during the day, to donate and to sign books.

August 9, Saturday:  10:00 a.m. Panel – Paleontology in SF.  Another busman’s holiday, though my interest in the bones has been pure hobby since graduate school.

August 10, Sunday:  1:00 p.m. Panel – Heinlein, the Hugo Years.  Flattering to be included on this grand finale for WorldCon’s Ghost of Honor.

More about Orphan’s Journey

July 13, 2008

Today brought a new review of Book 3 in the Jason Wander series, from north of the (U.S.) border, at Canada’s  Book Reviews and More.  http://bookreviewsandmore.ca/2008/07/orphans-journey-by-robert-buettner.html     How can I not mention a review that calls Orphan’s Journey “a great work of science fiction and a commentary on war and the burdens of leadership.”

The review follows on the heels of SFF World’s review, http://www.sffworld.com/brevoff/462.html, which calls Orphan’s Journey  “an exciting, action-packed page turner.”

Happy Birthday, America

July 4, 2008

According to my email, many of you who enjoy the Jason Wander books either now serve, or have served, America in uniform.  A couple of you have even written that you chose that service because of the books.  

Now, if you’re celebrating this Fourth in service abroad, you may be hearing that, as the comic strip Doonesbury chooses to report in so many words today, on America’s birthday, the country you’re defending has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Let me put that view in perspective for you.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution ran the strip one day after its front-page news story exposing the terrifying depth and shocking breadth of the handbasket in which America has careened to hell.  The story – I am not making this up – was about Starbucks closing some locations because they were cannibalizing business from other Starbucks locations.  The Journal Constitution’s investigative reporting included an interview with a couple at a Starbucks who had cut back to sharing one $5 latte (vanilla, two straws), not their usual one apiece, because things had gotten so bad for them.

Don’t get me wrong.  America has problems.  Big ones.  Always has.  Often worse than today’s crop.  But most nations on this planet and, one presumes, others would still love to stick a straw in our latte.

Churchill said that democracy is the worst form of government ever invented, except for every other one that’s been tried.

That’s as true today as it was in 1776, and on this Fourth of July, 2008, most of us here thank you for helping to keep it that way.