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Ad Astra round-up

I spent an enjoyable Saturday at Ad Astra, and attended the following readings and panels:

* Karin Lowachee read a short story from an anthology of Canadian myth-related stories. She also mentioned that she's in the midst of writing her next novel, which is not set in the same universe as the first three. But she has another five novels planned in the War Child universe.

* Cory Doctorow read a section from his current WIP (titled Homeland). It was totally awesome and fun. Definitely something I want to read.

* Doug Smith spoke about selling short stories to foreign language markets (a number accept English submissions). I don't have any North American sales yet, but once I do, I'll look into this.

* Cory Doctorow (and others on this panel) spoke about security and privacy.

* Karin Lowachee (and others on this panel) spoke about how they choose names for people and places.

* Authors I wasn't familiar with spoke about Urban Fantasy and I jotted down some recommendations. When they asked the crowd for recommendations, I recommended Marjorie Liu (webpetals) and one of the panelists agreed.

* Caro Soles (and others on this panel) discussed handling "things that are gone" (or not) when writing about the future. The moderator didn't show! And there were a lot of Star Trek references. But after Caro Soles signed her latest book (which I had purchased earlier at the Bakka booth).

* I voted for the best flash fiction in Canadian SF Idol. One contestant hadn't printed out her story and had intended to bring her laptop. But found herself with a bag full of metal plates. Oops! This felt a little like voting on flashes in the Liberty Hall challenges.

I regret not visiting the artist's section in one of my earlier gaps, because when I visited at 5:00, most were at an artists challenge (or such). Their works were on display, but I couldn't buy any of the cute manga-like bookmarks from one of the artists.

The dealers' room seemed.... modest. My expectations were possibly formed by cons I attended in my teen years in NYC, with a humongous dealer area. However, despite the size, I didn't come out empty-handed. I picked up:

* Deborah Jackson's Time Meddlers. This is YA about kids in Ottawa who go back in time to the 1600s in the middle of a war between the Iroquois and Algonquin. (Intended as a gift.)

* Ann O'Bannon's Star Dust. It's a "futuristic romance" (SF romance). I might not have bought this, but when I started looking at it, the woman at the table said she was the author. The story could be cool... about an astronaut going to Saturn in cryogenic statis - but when he arrives, finds that the experiment didn't work as planned.

* Caro Soles' The Danger Dance. This is a prequel to her marvellously imaginative The Abulon Dancers. I've been anticipating it for years, so I couldn't resist picking it up and asking her to sign it. It's gender-bending alien SF / mystery.

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