Sunday, November 13, 2011

Orycon 33

Went to Orycon this weekend, which I usually do. Missed one when we were living in Port Townsend and got snowed in one year, but mostly I try to be useful at the local shindig. I've toastmastered it a couple times, but am still waiting to be asked to be Guest of Honor. (Since they know I'm coming anyway, though, why would they do that?)

We are getting grayer and our kids and grandkids growing up-this was the 33rd incarnation.

Friday, I MCed the Endeavour Award. My part lasted about two minutes, went fine.

Saturday, I did panels, an autographing, and a reading. Steve Barnes, Rory Miller, and I were on a panel together about kung-fu versus wire-fu, that was fun. We were all booked solidly enough so we couldn't find a matching gap between gigs to do lunch or drinks. Too bad. 

I did a panel on formidable women in fiction and that was also–I thought–both entertaining and enlightening. The panelists were bright, funny, and knew their stuff. One of them, now a small press publisher, was a woman I corresponded with for a time when she was at Dark Horse, and it was the first time we had met. 

I sat next to William F. Nolan at the autographing. A man whose stuff I grew up reading, and whose book (with George Clayton Johnson) was the basis for the move Logan's Run.) Man has written 84 books. He's also 84 years old.

I followed Nolan at our readings. He did a funny short story about a ghost trying to kill his ex-wife. I read one of the Roy the Demon stories. I warned the audience that it was rated NC-17 for language and gave them a choice between that and "Jolly Roger," and they elected Roy.

Had a pretty good crowd for the reading, about twenty-five or so, but it looked smaller–for some reason they put us in the ballroom ...


Anonymous said...

Did you notice that on Sony's ebook store, they have the wrong Steve Perry listed as the author?

"STEVE PERRY is the Founder and Principal of Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, a paradigm-busting success story that has been praised by education experts across America. He is the chief CNN contributor on issues relating to education and can be seen regularly on Anderson Cooper 360 and American Morning. He is also the author of a bestselling self-published book Man Up!, a columnist at Essence magazine, a frequent radio and television commentator, and a sought-after speaker at colleges and education forums around the country. You can find him at"

Steve Perry said...

Yeah, they get us mixed up all the time, along with the Steve Perry who was the animation writer for Thundercats who got murdered last year.

J.D. Ray said...

So, he has 84 books at 84 years of age. What's your ratio? It's got to be close to 1:1.

Steve Perry said...

Counting ebooks, I'm slightly ahead of one-per-year-of-age, but I haven't counted 'em lately. Somewhere around sixty-five or sixty-six ...