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Readercon 2005 by Bob Colby and Diane Martin (con chairs)
Review by Ernest Lilley, Gayle Surrette, EJ McClure
Date: July 8-10, 2005 / Show Official Info /

Ern: I know I wasn't alone in missing Readercon last year, but I suppose the reasoning was that Boston SF readers didn't need it and a Worldcon within a month of each other. I'm just glad they're back. Readercon is one of my favorite cons, largely since it's the least fannish con, and next to World Fantasy, the most pro-ish. The con staff, headed up by the irrepressible Eric Van seems to be going through some changes as life intrudes on their other interests, and if you're interested in helping out with a seriously literary con in the Boston area, you might give drop them a line.

It rained buckets all the way from DC to the Marlboro MA Marriott where Readercon was held again, and though I had a panel scheduled to moderate at 5 it became clear somewhere in NJ that there was no way I'd be there in time. Fortunately SFRevu's new editor, Gayle Surrette, had driven up the day before with husband Paul Haggerty (who we've also co-opted) and after a few hundred miles of cell-phone tag I'd managed to substitute her as moderator. I hear it went well, and maybe the organizers will intentionally schedule her for a panel next year as a result.

The con seemed as pleasant as ever, though a bit smaller than usual. Editors, authors and agents all descended on the hotel to schmooze and quite a few panels focused on genre types and the how?s and wherefore?s of storycraftng. If you could attend all the panels it would make a dandy course in SF lit and writing. But you can't be in two places at once (especially if, like myself, you're on enough painkillers so you're not really sure if you're anywhere at all) so you've got to pick and choose. For the full listing of panels, follow the link above to the official site.

Owing to being on serious painkillers throughout the con (another story, another time) I wandered around the con in a daze, and never actually got to a panel. Gayle made it to a few, as well as my wife EJ, and they'll add their two cents in as soon as I get off my soapbox.

What I did make was the book launch reception for Future Washington coming out from WSFA Press in September, including stories by several Readercon attendees (Joe Haldeman among them) and edited by yours truly. It's my first outing as an anthology editor, and I was keen to have a reception at the con, remembering some previous events for other books in years past. We billed it as a Red Wine and Blue Cheese reception and thanks to the efforts of the con's hotel liaison and co-chair, Diane Martin it came off more smoothly than I dared hope. Joe Haleman, Allen Steele, and James Alan Gardner, authors in the anthology, were present to sign the chapbooks we'd made up with Joe and James? stories in them, and we packed the room nicely with readers and writers alike. We also plugged Capclave 2005, being held by WSFA in DC this coming October.

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