For those of you who don’t know what the blog title means because you don’t know what Dragon*Con is, here’s the best summary I can think of: a convention of science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, gaming, science, SFF art, and pop culture in which 40,000 or so people are moderately sober (or not) for four days. There’s a high ratio of costumes (far, far more than I remember seeing at the San Diego Comic-Con, if you need a reference), and a number of SFF, horror, and comic authors, artists, and actors. I love the convention, and attend every year – this was my thirteenth DragonCon.
This year I managed to escape the drinking and people watching to attend panels covering such topics as:
- NASA’s Mars Exploration Program (with old school cardboard 3D glasses and some 3D images created from the program’s snapshots of the red planet)
- who would win in a throw down between zombies and unicorns (panelists were Davey Beauchamp, M.B. Weston, Jonathan Maberry, Kathleen Duey, and Heather Brewer)
- a Q&A session with author Sherrilyn Kenyon
- polymoral characters in SFF lit (i.e., characters who aren’t always white or black hats)
- Tor-Forge’s upcoming releases (led by three Tor editors)
- lesser known/obscure SFF novels & series
- the benefits and down sides to joining writers groups (a panel on which Ann Crispin, Mike Resnick, Deidre Knight, Gary Raisor, James Moore, Gillian Summers, C.L. Wilson, and Mary Robinette Kowal weighed in).
The upshot of these panels is that my already long “to read” list just got longer. Inevitably, whether that was purpose of the panel or not, I found a new-to-me author or novel that caught my interest. When I get a chance, I’ll type up the notes I made regarding SFF works to read, and the titles discussed in the Tor panel, and summarize the notes my friend took at a panel on YA award-winning SFF novels.
AND. And. At the panel covering Tor-Forge’s upcoming releases, I snagged an ARC of Twilight Forever Rising, by Lena Meydan. I’m stupid excited about this, and can’t wait to read it. It is due out September 28th, and has nothing to do with a certain sparkling vampire series.
Here is the blurb from the publisher:
Darel Ericson of the Dahanavar clan is a rarity among his vampire brethren: he’s an empath, strong enough to occasionally read thought as well as emotion. For centuries, his power has given the Dahanavar a significant advantage against the machinations of the other vampire families, an advantage which makes Darel both a powerful tool and a highly visible target.
Fortunately for Darel, it is more useful for the heads of the other clans to maintain the centuries-long peace between the houses than to remove him. But, the cunning and violent head of the House of Nachterret is tired of the truce, and of hiding his presence in the world. The Nachterret would like nothing more than have free reign over the helpless human cattle upon which they feed.
Darel, and the human woman he loves, become central to the Nachterret’s scheme to plunge the Houses into all out war. Darel is ultimately forced to face the question: is one young woman’s life too high a price to pay for peace?
Lena Meydan is a bestselling author in her native Russia and won the Silver Kaduzei, the highest literary award at the Star Bridge International Festival of Fantasy, for her first novel. Her second novel, Twilight Forever Rising, won Best Urban Fantasy for 2000-2005 by the 13th International Congress of Fantasy Writers in St. Petersburg.
Andrew Bromfield is an editor and translator of Russian works. He is a founding editor of the Russian literature journal Glas, and has translated into English Sergei Lukyanenko’s Night Watch series and Alexey Pehov’s Chronicles of Siala, among other works.
Tor-Forge has an interview with Lena Meydan up on their blog, if you’re curious and want to learn more.