Unfortunately, I don’t have any cute or clever or pretty pictures of the third day of the con.
The day’s panels started with Lois Bujold reading from her upcoming book. Ivan His Booke, as she’s been referring to it on her email list. Ivan Vorpatril is the quintessential sidekick from Bujold’s Vorkosigan space opera series. One of his several catchphrases is, “It’s not my fault!” but that’s not always the case, which is good for him. Her fans have been begging for an Ivan book for years, but I don’t know if that’s why she’s writing it, or if Ivan has just quit sidling off onto the sidelines and out the door. At any rate, the excerpt she read was Ivan at his best, and I’m really looking forward to this book. We probably won’t get it till at least next year, though. Alas.
Another panel was on treating horses and other animals realistically in one’s fiction, and yet another on world-building. Both were interesting and useful to me. Given that Repeating History features horses (it’s rather difficult to write a book set in the Old West that doesn’t), it was nice to know that my research on the subject paid off.
That evening the listees (as the members of the Lois Bujold mailing list call ourselves) went out to dinner at an Irish pub-style restaurant with Lois. I think there were about twenty of us there, and a good time was had by all. At least a good time was had by me…
Mary and I decided to skip the masquerade that night. We’d been to the masquerade at WorldCon in Denver, and hadn’t been all that excited about it. We did hear some interesting tales about some of the costumes the next day, though.
And that was my third day at WorldCon.