Books You Should Have Read in 2011-2012

At last week’s Armadillocon, I sadly missed a panel I really wanted to see: “What You Should Have Read in 2011-2012″. I saw last year’s version and it offered an excellent list of suggested reads. This year’s panel consisted of Jeremy Lassen, Bill Parker, Willie Siros, Michelle Muenzler and Bev Hale.

Although I missed it, convention guest A.T. Campbell did see it. Even better: he took notes.

Following is the list of books that A.T. noted as being mentioned by the panelists.
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Trip Report: ArmadilloCon 34

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending ArmadilloCon 34 in Austin, Texas. I’ve been to this convention several times and I enjoy it more and more every year.

Here’s why:
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ArmadilloCon 34 in Austin, Texas This Weekend!

If, like the police departments of several states, you are looking for me this weekend, I’ll be attending ArmadilloCon 34 in Austin, TX. If you’re in the area, stop by and have some fun!

Here’s a list of the con’s special guest lineup:

And, as usual, there’s a spectacular lineup of participants and programming.

ArmadilloCon 2009 Trip Report

The good news is that I went to ArmadilloCon 31. The bad news is that I could only attend on Saturday. But, oh what a day it was.

In a nutshell, there were some great panels and even better times had seeing some folks who I only get to see at cons. People like:

  • A. Lee Martinez, author of Monster, and one of the most genuinely funny people I’ve met.
  • Allison Baker, co-owner of Monkey-Brain books, who illuminated me on some of the inner workings of the book business.
  • Chris Roberson, the guest-Editor this year and all-around purveyor of pop-culture.
  • James Hogan, one of the first authors I ever contacted through the Internet back in the mid-90′s and a pleasure to talk to.
  • Jayme Lynn Blaschke, who I still owe a beverage of his choice.
  • Joe R. Lansdale, who signed all 4 books that jumped into my arms in the dealer’s room. Finally got a copy of Dead in the West! (BTW, I could have easily walked away with a hundred great books – the selection was fantastic and I had to force myself to keep putting stuff down.)
  • John Picacio, recent Chesley winner, who moderated a great panel on cover art. In the art room, John also had the original pencil sketch of the dude on his awesome Age of Misrule: World’s End cover
  • Mark Finn, the go-to guy for any Robert E. Howard info.
  • Matthew Bey from RevolutionSF and Space Squid, who was on the receiving end of my Dr. Pepper caffeine high. I think we talked about cake. Mmmm…cake…
  • Mikal Trimm, who thanked me for pointing him to read Tom Godwin’s “The Cold Equations” at last year’s con.
  • Sanford Allen, San Antonion musician, columnist and co-blogger (with John Picacio and Paul Vaughn) at the wonderful Missions Unknown.
  • Scott Cupp, this years’ Toastmaster — a writer and book lover to the core with lots of great stories.

I also (too) briefly met and spoke with Sharon Shinn, Bill Crider, Lawrence Person, Mario Acevedo, Lou Antonelli, Matt Sturges, Rob Rogers, Steve Brandt, Paul (whose surname I am drawing a blank on), Matt Cardin, and Steve Wilson of RevolutionSF. Sadly, I did not get the chance to meet and/or speak with other con guests Neal Barrett, Jr., Maureen McHugh, Ann Aguirre, Alexis Glynn Latner, Chris Nakashima-Brown, Scott Lynch, Howard Waldrop, Joan Vinge, Martha Wells, Twitter follower Derek Johnson, and so many others.

One day is just not enough time to see and do all the great stuff at ArmadilloCon. But what a fun day it was…

ArmadilloCon 31

ArmadilloCon 31 is coming up this weekend in Austin, TX (August 14th – 16th). As always, they’ve got a great lineup of guests and programming. Should be a whole lotta fun.

This year’s special guests in include: Scott Lynch (Guest of Honor), Chris Roberson (Editor of Honor), Karen Meschke (Fan of Honor), Scott A. Cupp (Toastmaster), and Joan D. Vinge (Special Guest). But that’s not all! A cavalcade of other notable guests will be there.

I may be attending this one if life doesn’t otherwise intervene, especially since I could not attend the more local ApolloCon earlier this year. If I do go, watch SF Signal’s Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute insights and trivia (“John Picacio is resisting my attempts to get him to buy me a beer!”).