Westercon in Tempe, AZ this past weekend was truly wonderful. My update would be more thorough but for almost having died yesterday on the way home. I’m not really sure what happened (you know the thing about short term memory not getting written when interrupted by serious enough trauma) except that I was headed home on AZ 71 when my car was struck by the trailer of an 18 wheeler headed in the opposite direction. The first thing I remember is the sense of my face being burned by the air bag, the windshield coming apart, and a sense that the car was spinning rapidly.
All the side curtain airbags deployed. It took about an hour to pry me out of the vehicle. My only injury–at least that has surfaced thus far–is a cracked/bruised rip and lots of bruises/cuts/sore achy stuff.
I got my first ever (and, I hope, last) ambulance ride, was treated, and released. BTW, at that hospital, released basically means being pitched out the door and being told “there is no taxi here, but the _____ hotel is right up the road, there.”
My eternal thanks to Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer R. Hover, Badge No. 10123 who called me after discharge to find me to return my CPAP machine, found me by the side of the road, and saw that I got to the hotel safely.
More when I am feeling better. Excuse the lack of further updates and convention news until then.
It’s been so long since I’ve posted that you folks would be justified in concluding that I’ve gone to that great Science Fiction Convention in the sky to commune with Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. That, would, in fact, be interesting because I know Asimov didn’t believe in heaven, but I digress.
In any event, I’ve had some horrific health problems, the details of which are too boring and unpleasant to relate here, including a few surgical procedures. Some of the issues–out of control diabetes, sleep apnea, leg infections, narcolepsy, and other stuff–all messed with my brain and made writing difficult or impossible.
I am on the mend, though, and have been getting some writing done. So, here’s the news that people ask me for in virtually every forum in which I appear on line on an almost daily basis–what’s coming from my pen.
What is most asked about is the next Max Robichaux novel, To Stations My Lads. It is a ways out–expect it sometime next year. I am hoping to get it to the publisher before Thanksgiving.
To whet the appetite, there will be a novella soon: “The Hunters of Vermin,” a prequel to the novels and a follow on to my earlier novella, “Deadly Nightshade.” It’s another tale of the young Max Robichaux and his adventures after being kidnapped by the Vaaach and transported 14,000 light years to the Crux-Centaurus arm of the galaxy. I’m trying to get it done in the next few weeks. I may post a sample shortly.
I’ve got convention news, as well, but I’ll put that in a separate post to make things easier for the search engines.
Thank you for your patience. It has been a difficult two years. There were times when I literally thought I was going to lose my toe if not my foot or even my leg. But, it seems that I’m going to get to keep all of my limbs for now. And, those of you who saw me hobbling around at CONDORCON with a cane several months ago will be glad to know that the cane is in the garage gathering dust. I’m walking just fine and, in fact, am walking 45 minutes a day on the treadmill.
See you soon!
I just put up the fifth “Beer or Coffee with the Author” Video–this one about the Gynophage and the Krag. I made some changes on camera angle, etc.
As of yesterday, I am now an Active Member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the professional association of those people who have proved to the organization that they have sold works of SF or Fantasy in the English language to real writers’ markets (or to the public at large) and have received substantial payment for their work. There are just under 1800 members. This is a credential in the Science Fiction and Fantasy world that says that the member is a “real writer,” and is important if only for that reason, not to mention that it makes the member’s works eligible for the prestigious Nebula Award and allows the member to participate in other activities.
Yea, it’s just a “credential.” BUT, it is a crredential that I’ve wanted for a long time and that I am very pleased to receive.
Westercon68 has just published the rates for attending part of the conference. This is a good option for those who don’t desire to have free run of the joint for the whole event but who would like to stop in for a while. Here they are, cut and pasted from the Westercon68 web site by me in the most creative fashion, exactly as one would expect of a novelist.
At The Door and Day Membership Rates
Published June 18, 2015 | By Ron Oakes
Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 rates after June 30, 2015 are as follows
Attending: Thurs-Sun1 $85.00
Thursday Only $30.00 2
Friday Only $40.00 2
Saturday Only $40.00 2
Sunday Only $25.00
Two-day Rates Total of the 2 one-day rates
1 Also covers any three day period as the day rates would be more.
2 There will be a discount rate available for the evening only. These will be set and posted shortly.
The Programming organizers at Westercon68 (July 2-5, Town and Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, CA), just sent me the Participant Questionnaire, on which I indicate which of the proposed panel discussions and other programming activities in which I would like to participate. Not only were many of these things discussions in which I would love to be a panelist, the overwhelming majority were topics that I would gladly pay to be a member of the audience to see them discussed.
Topics range from questions that arise in Science Fiction such as “why would any aliens want to invade us in the first place,” to questions about future societies, being in love with a vampire or a zombie (a common problem in SOCAL, I hear), and issues in writing and publishing SF and Fantasy. The topics are well-conceived and are likely to produce lots of lively discussion among the panelists as well as audience interest.
It is still a few weeks before I know what panels will be afflicted with my participation and what the schedule of that participation will be. You may be assured, however, that I will post my schedule here, on my Facebook pages, and on my Amazon dot com author page.
I am truly looking forward to this and hope to see some of you in San Diego.
To learn more about Westercon68 or to pay the fee that lets you attend, go to one of these sites: