Sunday, October 19, 2008

Kicking the Box and Romance in Fantasy

I recently returned from a wonderful sf/f convention called Albacon in Albany, NY. I drove up through the Berkshires and the autumn foliage colors were glorious, a very breathtaking and peaceful journey. The con was amazing fun.

I also had the priviledge of talking with some amazing writers of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Jackie Kessler, Stella Price, and Bianca D'Arc. The conversation was lively, fun, and I learned tons. I moderated a panel called "Fantasy and Romance," and it was very revealing in the hows, whats, and whys of the romance author.

Another panel I moderated was "Bad SciFi Movies." It was a full room involvement kind of panel with the panel and audience sharing their picks for really bad movies that no one should see, and those that are bad but marvelous at the same time.

I won't go into all the panels I went to or participated on--the main point is that is was overall an excellent con. From the banquet to the masquerade, I'll remember Albacon for a long time.