TusCon 42


This weekend, I’m in Denver, Colorado at MileHiCon. Next weekend, I’ll be in Tucson, Arizona at TusCon 42. The convention will be held at the Hotel Tucson City Center InnSuites Conference Suite Resort from October 30th through November 1. Spanning Halloween weekend, there’s sure to be lots of fun cosplay and treats. The author guest of honor will be Seanan McGuire and the artist guest of honor will be Bridget E. Wilde. Special guests include Geoff Notkin and Autumn Ivy. Ed Bryant returns as Toastmaster. My schedule is as follows:

Friday, October 30

  • 5-6pm – Is it wrong to be nostalgic about retro? – St. Augustine. Everything old is new again, but is that idea old enough to be new again? On the panel with me will be Paul E. Clinco, Eric Hanson, and Gloria McMillan.
  • 7-8pm – Meet the Guests – Copper Ballroom. Cash bar, bellydancing, buffet food, and stories from toastmaster Ed Bryant, plus a chance to meet the cool people who participate in TusCon.

Saturday, October 31

  • 4-5pm – Mass Autographing – Copper Ballroom. Come get your wares autographed by all the cool TusCon authors.
  • 5-6pm – How to stretch the reader’s mind without breaking the suspension of disbelief – St. Augustine. Where is the line between being crazy and unbelievable? Just how much strange stuff can you throw at your audience before they check out? Is there real stuff that’s so far out you can’t actually put it in a story? On the panel with me are Jill Knowles, Rick Cook, J.L. Doty, and T.M. Williams.
  • 7:30pm-11pm – Marty and Dave’s Birthday/Halloween Party – TBA. Marty Massoglia and David Lee Summers celebrate their respective birthdays a couple of weeks early at their annual room party. Stop by for snacks and good conversation. If I haven’t announced it here, look for Marty or me at the convention and we’ll be able to tell you what room we’ll be in!

Sunday, November 1

  • 10-11am – What happened to our 21st Century? – Copper Ballroom. We were going to have flying cars, and rocket planes, and colonies and all this cool stuff. Unless you were into cyberpunk in which case we were going to have mass homelessness, rebreather and computers in our eye. So why are we living like none of the above? On the panel with me are Earl Billick, Codi Dolenac, and Eric Flint.
  • 1-2pm – Fen as Family – St. Augustine. How do chronically anti-social loners gain geek friends that stay with them for life, or is that just a myth? Do we really pull together in times of trouble? Has this dynamic changed since we took over pop culture and are no longer the insular group we used to be? On the panel with me are Gloria McMillan, Wolf Forrest, Bruce Wiley, and Liz Danforth.

6 comments on “TusCon 42

  1. Greg Long says:

    “How do chronically anti-social loners gain geek friends that stay with them for life” – that phrase just cracks me up 🙂 Actually I suspect that the case is that many of the latter are drawn to the former who subsequently feel that they “really aught to try to be social” and therefore accept them.

    • I think it’ll be an interesting panel. Actually I think a good portion of this is that the people involved aren’t as “anti-social” as they might appear, but it’s more a case of people finding other like-minded people to be social with! 🙂

      • Greg Long says:

        Yep. It’s funny, i can never decide whether i am antisocial or very social. I guess it does indeed take being around the right people ☺

      • As it turns out, I just took one of those quizzes in my daughter’s college magazine to determine “how social you are.” According to it, I’m actually quite social because I spend most of my time actually interacting with people instead of a mobile device. Then again, it could just be telling me I’m an old dude! 🙂

  2. Gary W. Davis says:

    I was wondering if this topic might relate to the social or antisocial lives of famous horror writers. For instance, E A Poe was very critical of other writers and obsessed with beautiful, dead, unobtainable women. H P Lovecraft had a failed marriage, and I think he may have been kind of reclusive, focused on writing. Ambrose Bierce eventually decided to get away from everybody in his old age, went to Mexico, and disappeared completely. Is there a consistent pattern of lonely social relations for most horror writers, or is this an oversimplification?

    • One of the wonderful things about TusCon panels is that they keep the descriptions very open ended, so this is certainly something we may talk about over the course of the panel. That said, I know several examples of horror writers with very good, long-lasting marriages including Anne and Stan Rice, Stephen and Tabitha King, and more. So, some horror writers may be misanthropes, but not all.

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