Top (left to right):
Lonny J. Harper (Co-Editor-in-Chief), Earnest G. Saylor (Editor), Joseph W. Dickerson (other Co-Editor-in-Chief)
Bottom: Gerald W. Page, Me, Rob Shelsky, Jenny Ladner (illustrator)
I adored meeting Jerry, who regaled us with marvelous reminiscences of golden age SF and reiterated his praise of “The Son That Pain Made,” likening my story to Theodore Sturgeon’s work–which again sent me into transports of rapturous delight. Awestruck and bowled over is me. I had no idea Jerry was a local, and I hope to get many opportunities to powwow with him again. Soon. It was also great meeting Rob and Jenny. I’ve known Rob for a while via Critters, so at long last I got to do the face mail thing with him . . . although he was of the opinion that science fiction preceded fantasy, and also that fantasy was a subset of science fiction (instead of the other way around). But it was cool. I set him straight. . Due to our seating arrangement, I didn’t have much opportunity to chat with Jenny, but we did wave and grin at each other periodically. Joe, Lonny, and Ernie were terrific, a trio of real class acts. And they fed us after the signing at Coca Loco. I feel all feted, like a bona fide, grown-up writer.
Thanks to everyone who popped by!