Jul 262014
 

I was down at Comic-Con for the Wednesday Preview Night and Thursday.

Wednesday was incredibly crowded.  Thursday, oddly, was a bit lighter.

I had the most fun with the people I hung out with and the old (and new) friends I bumped into.

The highlight of it all was running into Amber Benson and Seanan McGuire, two of my favorite people. And I got to meet Amy, though we didn’t have nearly enough time to talk (sorry!).

I was also hanging out with the amazing Jon del Arroz and his wife, Samantha.

I had a quick but marvelous chat with Harry Turtledove who is one of science-fiction’s treasures.

I also got to hang out with Clara and her crew for a couple of hours but I didn’t get to hang out with Leah and Sarah which I deeply regret as they are some of the coollest people!

I had a long wait in Starbucks with Katie Cord and Timothy Long and even got an Evil Girlfriend Media t-shirt which, sadly, I haven’t yet worn.

I heard that next year’s Westercon 68 (July 2–5, 2015, San Diego, CA) is going to include both Spider Robinson and Seanan McGuire so it will be super cool!

 Posted by at 13:54
Jul 082014
 

I had a lot of fun at LibertyCon 27 and am sorely tempted to return next year.

Everyone I met was marvelous.

I joined in on the special Friday morning shoot, firing weapons for the first time since I left the Army over thirty years ago. I got to shoot a rifle made in 1873 as well as several revolvers and some very nice pistols.

On the recommendation of Regina Kirby, I ate at “The Terminal” which is a restaurant right next door to the Chattanooga Choo-Choo hotel. The Terminal boasts micro-brews but I start with the brewed root beer — good root beer is worth it!

Programming was fun and the people were a treat. If you’re planning on a convention in Tennessee, LibertyCon should be on the top of your list!

 Posted by at 07:18
Jul 082014
 

I was wondering if you would have any influence in getting Harperhall of Pern onto kindle books? All the rest of the books are there but missing this one series. I have worn out my second copy reading it so often,

Thanks

a avid fan

Isabel


Dear Isabel,

I have very little control over that. I understand that part of the problem was contractual — the books were written long before eBooks — but I believe that’s been sorted out.

Rumor has it that there will be a re-issue soon along with eBooks.

Cheers,

Todd

 Posted by at 07:05
Jun 192014
 

I am currently reading “Dragon Harper” and I applaud your continuing to produce more books on Pern following in your mother’s footsteps. You are doing a great job in developing new stories in line with the former novels.

However, I am appalled at the usage of the word “butt” in it. I can’t believe it got past your editor or that they let it slide. “Bottom”, “behind”, “buttock” “backside” or even “gluteus maximus” would have been the proper wording. “Butt” is uncouth and low class!


Dear Susan,

According to Dictionary.com, butt means:”the end or extremity of anything, especially the thicker, larger, or blunt end considered as a bottom, base, support, or handle, as of a log, fishing rod, or pistol.

I’m sorry that the use of the word appalls you. I never even for a moment considered that someone would find its use objectionable.  I’m afraid that you are in a minority in your view that the use of this word is offensive.

I’m glad that you otherwise enjoy what I’m doing.

Cheers,

Todd

 Posted by at 06:21
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