The Nebulas were an amazing event. I was surrounded by brilliant people who were also warm and welcoming to me, the rookie. People put me in contact with folks to interview, helped me with recording, gave me books (So! Many! Books!). And yes, people did very kindly admire photos of my nine year old daughter, and, in one case, also photos of my dog. Suave and professional, that’s me. One of the highlights of the event was showing new steampunk author Michael J. Martinez a photo of my daughter holding her Yoda doll and watching Star Wars: A New Hope and seeing a photo of his daughter using the force grip on him. Us geek parents are a strange lot – and Michael’s book, The Daedalus Incident, is available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, should you wish to check it out.
I’m sure I’ll be blogging about this event for months, but here’s just a few of the odd, profound, funny, and marvelous things I heard, or overheard, at the Nebulas:
Alethea Kontis: I wear tiaras because they are awesome and so am I!
E.C. Myers (who happens to be male): I used to read all the books my sister brought home from school, and I loved the Sweet Valley High books, especially the one where Elizabeth gets in a motorcycle accident and wakes up with her twin, Jessica’s, personality. I also loved The Babysitter’s Club, because Claudia was the only Asian character I could find.
Mary Robinette Kowal (whose character, Vincent, is loosely based on her husband): You can tell what a crush I have on my husband by how many times Vincent takes off his shirt.
Connie Willis: In good romantic comedy, love is a positve force when it is selfless. Love, communication, compassion, can fix everything. Sometimes love conquers – especially when people are willing to give each other up.
Sarah Beth Durst: Fantasy is the literature of hope.
Nick Sagan (quoting his father, Carl Sagan): We make our world significant by the courage of our questions.
Steven Gould (introducing the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Nominees): A reading from the sacred texts of my people: “The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-wracked Northeast sea, is a land famous for wizards”.
Gene Wolfe (accepting the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award): You are all strange and wonderful people.
Anonymous: Oh, you have to go upstairs and see the bartending robot!