I got three books signed: _A Shadow in Summer_ by Daniel Abraham. The second book (of a planned four) is out NOW and I want it *badly*. I highly recommend these. Jane Lindskold signed _Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls_ for me although it was signed when I bought it. I wanted to let her know that I particularly enjoyed it. She told me it was a reissue and the first book she'd sold. I had no idea. I also got _A Very Large Array_ signed by the editor, Melinda Snodgrass, which makes me very happy because the book was a gift to me.
Happy surprise, Mark Ferrari was there again this year. He's got his first novel out just this week, _The Book of Joby_. In his former life (when my daughter and I both met him) he was artist Guest of Honor and encouraged my daughter very much about her artwork. He was able to see the two drawings she had in the art show this weekend and talk to her about them. She was very excited about that, and so was I (because I'm a "scary art mom.") She *had* to get his book and get it signed... the only book purchased this weekend!... so I will borrow and read it and maybe get a review up.
I got to say hello to Vernor Vinge and shake his hand. I really should have got pictures but I didn't. My daughter even had the camera in her backpack this morning but I didn't know that! I've actually never read anything by Vinge but I think that I will.
I also finally got to meet S. M. Stirling. I have read one book of his before. It was one with Draka in it and more than a little bit disturbing. I went to a reading of his latest work and I think that I will start reading the series it is part of starting with _Dies the Fire_. No doubt it is disturbing as well, but I'm older now and maybe I've got a higher "disturbing" threshold.
Stephen R. Donaldson was there. Do you know that he smiles *constantly*? He seems like an excessively cheerful person. I can't say that I'm motivated to read the last four Thomas Covenant books, which is what he's working on now, but I will say that he seems like a really nice guy. Maybe it's getting all the bad stuff out on paper or something. You think?
This con is *tiny*... only one room for main programming, but I want to give an idea of just how *thick* the authors are on the ground here... the list of those *in the printed program*... Vernor Vinge (GOH), Jane Lindskold, Daniel Abraham, Doug Beason, Richard M. Berthold, S. C. Butler, Suzy McKee Charnas, Yvonne Coats, Stephen R. Donaldson, Terry England, Mark Ferrari, Steven Gould, Sally Gwylan, Warren Hammond (new author from Tor and I'm going to check out his book for sure), Betsy James, Matthew Jarpe (I need to get hold of his first novel too), Anne & Jeff Lambert, Victor Milan (another I *must* read and never have), John J. Miller, Laura J. Mixon, Pati Nagle, John Maddox Roberts, Melinda M. Snodgrass, S. M. Stirling, Ian Tregillis, Robert E. Vardeman, Carrie Vaughn, Sage Walker, Mel. White, Walter Jon Williams (I've got him on the side bar), and Connie Willis.