New GoH Appearance

If you were wondering what you might do with yourself over the Fourth of July weekend, here’s a thought: Come to Indianapolis, where I will be a Guest of Honor at InConJunction XXVIII. Or stay at home and desultorily wave around a sparkler or two and then toss an M-80 in the toilet. Because, yeah, that’s fun. This is my only scheduled Indiana appearance this year, so if you’re an Indianan (Indianian?), this is the way to see me without having to sully yourself by stepping foot into Ohio. And for all the folks who complain I never manage to get to Chicago, it’s only a couple three hours away from your fair town. I know this because when I travel to Chicago, I go through Indy, using its massive gravitational well to slingshot me up the 65 toward Lake Michigan. So take a trip, come on down and say hello. It’ll be fun, really.

29 Comments on “New GoH Appearance”

  1. Tracy Canfield – Indianapolis – Tracy Canfield's science fiction and fantasy stories have appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, and AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review.
    Canfield

    Indianan (Indianian?)

    “Hoosier”.

  2. Tracy Canfield – Indianapolis – Tracy Canfield's science fiction and fantasy stories have appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, and AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review.
    Canfield

    I used to work with several of the InConJunction organizers, and they’re good people. Hope that translates into a good time for you.

    Have you ever fallen into the gravitational well? Do you need restaurant recommendations?

  3. I just had a look at the InConJunction website. You and Michael Z. Williamson? I just might have to go to that one.

  4. Naaaah, there’s a huuuuge fantasy convention on in Sydney in July, with the pope as GOH.

  5. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, puppy wrangler!

    What about the folks that complain you never get to the Northeast? Hah?

  6. Well, dollar-sign pound asterisk planet! That would be the weekend we’re out of town for a wedding. Percent at-sign ampersand!

    I’ll try to keep my weeping quiet. Sniff.

  7. Darwin Garrison – Author, editor, and all-round cubicle lemming. Father of three, husband of one, pet of a cats, a Sheltie, and an Aussie Shepherd
    Darwin

    I’ll look forward to meeting you there. Should be a very interesting con.

  8. So, to any Indianapolitans out there: I’m moving to your fine city this summer. In terms of house hunting (must be within a limited commute of the north-west side), is it better to be looking near Carmel or on the west side, near the reservoir?

    I may actually get to meet Scalzi, after being out of town every stinkin’ weekend he’s been in Detroit for a con over the last two years.

  9. I went back and finished OMW… much better once the killing started.

    I’ve always been more of an action girl than one who can be bothered with all this talk of science that occupies the book’s beginning. I can see where you’d have to include it, though.

    One complaint… and it may just be me taking something too personally….

    It seems like every book I pick up that isn’t an Irish Mob story or Spenser: For Hire …. whenever someone from Massachusetts is in it, they end up being some kind of tool.

    Right when Senator Thaddeus Whatever was shown to be from Massachusetts, I knew immediately that:

    – he was going to be a wimp

    – he was going to foul up the mission

    – he was going to be a blowhard

    – he was going to get killed.

    It killed the whole section for me.

    I did like the wife angle, I thought the fights were cool, I liked the end, and I’ll buy the sequels to see what happens next.

  10. Stacey:

    I wouldn’t read too much into the Massachusetts thing. It was just the first state that came to mind, that I hadn’t already used for a previous character (I’d already used Ohio, Indiana, Texas, California, etc).

  11. First dibs on buying JS a beer at the convention!

    And to BUCK, as a “dickwad” Carmellite (ahem) I can affirm the schools are indeed good and located just off of 465 you’re well located to access anywhere on the northside.

    Lots of options of the northside and with housing pricing sucking nice places available.

  12. Tracy Canfield – Indianapolis – Tracy Canfield's science fiction and fantasy stories have appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, and AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review.
    Canfield

    I live on the northwest side. My house is in a quiet, diverse neighborhood that would be considered walking distance from Park 100 if the city would BUILD SOME SIDEWALKS. (And maybe I should unpack “diverse” – there are multiple black, white, Asian, and Hispanic families in my neighborhood, and they range from young couples starting out to retirees and everyone in-between. You could move here without standing out.)

    I don’t know what it’s like to live in Carmel. I have a bad impression of the residents – there was a vocal contingent that fought the rail-to-trail conversion of the Monon that led through the area, reasoning that it would allow thieves to hike into their town. As opposed to, say, driving there. (I blame Merlyyn.)

    Another thing about those sidewalks – this is a problem throughout the city. I’ve seen people taking their wheelchairs into the right-hand lane on Keystone Avenue, a major multi-lane street, because that’s the only way to get where they’re going. If accessibility is any kind of concern to you, you’ll want to take a careful look for yourself, rather than assuming there’ll be any sort of accomodation available.

  13. InConJunction has an odd Author GoH history. Last year it was George R. R. Martin. But in 2006 it was some vanity-press PublishAmerica author.

  14. Canfield: I use the Monon as a route to work but live close to the “dickwad” your referencing as a “blocker” of the trail. He does indeed match your description of a Carmel resident. The biggest issue with Carmel is the massive affluence and the “entitlement” many seem to feel is due them as a result of their paycheck. if you can ignore the DW’s it’s a good place to live. But truly there are many good areas in which to live in Indy. And with that I return this comment to its regularly scheduled topic.

    JS: Will you be signing books/items/body parts at the convention?

  15. Carmel is pretentious dickwads. I like Greenwood. West side is more industrial, near the airport. You don’t want to be ANYWHERE between 9th and 46th streets, and likely not a couple of blocks north or south of that. The schools are bad. We moved after being told our daughter would have to wear a school uniform because of the risk of gang violence…IN KINDERGARTEN.

    The burbs are quite nice, but Indy is reaching big town critical mass, sadly. It’s still great to live nearby and visit, though.

    InCon is a good con, too. Reasonable price, ready access to lots of restaurants within walking distance (the hotel connects to the Fashion Mall) and with a short but slow drive, you can be in Castleton Hell.

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Brazilian Grill http://www.braziliangrillindy.com

    MMm…dead animals.

  16. Hoosier!! :)

    Too bad I won’t be around. I read “Old Man’s War” as a free ebook, and am currently awaiting the sequel (Japan’s slow in getting English books).

  17. Tracy Canfield – Indianapolis – Tracy Canfield's science fiction and fantasy stories have appeared in Analog, Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, and AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review.
    Canfield

    You don’t want to be ANYWHERE between 9th and 46th streets, and likely not a couple of blocks north or south of that.

    While this area wouldn’t be my first choice either, I wouldn’t put things so strongly. A friend of mine used to hold D&D games in his mother’s house, which was in a neighborhood just off West 38th. It was in a little tucked-away neighborhood of well-maintained houses. As I recall, the mother hadn’t had any problems in the years she’d lived there. We parked on the street without worrying about theft or vandalism.

    I wouldn’t have walked around on the nearby part of 38th street at night, and when I drove over I often passed groups of police cars with their lights flashing. Nevertheless, I felt safer there at night than I would in the rough parts of Chicago or DC in the day.

    We moved after being told our daughter would have to wear a school uniform because of the risk of gang violence…IN KINDERGARTEN.

    I don’t have kids in schools, and I had two college degrees before IPS instituted the uniforms last year. So what follows is the POV of a non-parent with teacher friends.

    There isn’t a problem with gang violence in kindergarten. There is a gang presence in some schools. (My high school, Crispus Attucks*, had plenty of “Black Gangster Disiples” graffiti. We used to joke about starting a gang called the Editors and correcting the other graffiti in blue spray-paint, but we didn’t think anyone else would find it funny.) But the uniform policy covers all IPS schools and grades.

    The policy is partly about gang-related clothing. Parents and administrators had other concerns as well, though – overly sexy or revealing clothes (kids these days!), T-shirts with hidden or not-so-hidden drug and alcohol references, pajamas worn as everyday clothes (I myself have a pair of pajamas with a girl writing “I will not wear my PJs to class” over and over on a blackboard; teacher friends assure me they see this all. the. time.), and – especially relevant on Whatever – expensive brand-name clothes that make kids who can’t afford them feel left out.

    The uniforms aren’t all that uniform, either. You basically have to wear solid-colored shirts and pants or skirts. There are exceptions for the Scouts and ROTC, clothing mandated by religious groups, et cetera. And the policy specifically says that students can wear armbands, buttons, et cetera, to exercise their freedom of speech.

    The burbs are quite nice, but Indy is reaching big town critical mass, sadly. It’s still great to live nearby and visit, though.

    The burbs do skew differently when it comes to politics. On this map from the 2000 election you’ll see that Marion county is a blue square surrounded by red. Indiana is a red state, and there’s no shortage of conservatism in the city, but overall you’re more likely to have conservative neighbors in the suburbs. (Whether this is a plus or a minus is entirely up to you.)

    * this phrase will be extra-informative to long-time Indianapolis residents

  18. Last time I was at InConJunction (admittedly – over 12 years ago and possibly longer) – the featured guest was the guy who was Brent Spiner’s hand model on TNG.

    Glad to see they’ve improved their taste in guests.

    Not that I’m implying you don’t have strong, manly hands or anything

Exit mobile version
%%footer%%