Month: January 2014

Greetings from Rustycon 31

Greetings from Rustycon 31

I’m up in Seattle, Washington with the marvelous people of Rustycon 31, A Festival of Dragons.

Yesterday we had Opening Ceremonies and they gave me a beautiful gift!

I want to share it with everyone, so I took this pic where I was introducing it to some new friends.

[UPDATE] The artist can be found on DeviantArt as AlectoFencer and she’s done other books, such as this Fox Book.

Question from Penny

Question from Penny


Although I have been a fan of Pern for many years this is the first time I have visited any of the websites. My condolences to you and your family.

The reason I am writing is to ask where you will be in Seattle during January 16 – 20? I have an autographed book from your Mom and would love to add one from you to my collection. Thank you for all your artistry!



Dear Penny,

Thank you for the condolences.

I was just recently back in Ireland to help my sister (the other person who Mum specifically permitted to write on Pern) with Mum’s old paperwork, and took photos which you can see if you go into the Photographs section. You’ll want to look at “Anne McCaffrey grave site” to see pictures of Mum’s grave, or “Mythago Wood” to see some pictures of Gigi’s lovely house, or “Memories”, for a collection of photos from the length of Mum’s life.

As for my visit to Seattle, I’ll be at Rustycon 31 as their Author Guest of Honor. The convention’s theme is “A Festival of Dragons”. If you’ve never been to a science fiction (and fantasy) convention before, you couldn’t ask for a better start!



P.S.: Because I’ll bet you’re still wondering — the convention is being held at the Seattle Airport Marriott, 3201 South 176th Street Seattle, WA 98188.

SFRevu reviews Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs

SFRevu reviews Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs

SFRevu gave a marvelous review of Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs which put my novelette, “To the Nearest Planet”, among its favorites.

I’m glad to know that people liked it; it was a challenging but fun story to write. I remember that when I was done, I told myself “You know, there are still ten more planets just waiting to be visited.”

Tangent Online 2013 Recommended Reading List

Tangent Online 2013 Recommended Reading List

I just found out that my novelette, “To the Nearest Planet”, (published in Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs) and my short story, “Rhubard and Beets”, published in Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe are on the Tangent Online 2013 Recommended Reading List.


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