SFWA Annual Editors and Authors Reception @ St. Maggie’s Café
This was my first year at the SFWA party and I was paranoid about ensuring I could get past the big bulky security guards that were guarding the entrance to such a privileged class of people. Well, I got there and to my relief, instead of security, author Catherine Asaro was manning the front table. I managed to talk to quite a few authors and publishing types, but the conversations boiled down into two main themes. The authors were all anxious to talk about the books they had and finding a nice home for them at a publishing company, any publishing company. The editors and agents, on the other hand, had a rather hunted look to their demeanor and were desperate talk about anything else but buying books. It made me wonder why they put themselves through the torture, but perhaps it was their gratitude to a group of writers whose work they get to display for the world to admire. Regardless, it was a rare chance to see so many wonderful people and it’s to SFWA’s credit that they manage to provide the gathering place for such interesting conversations.
1) The New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street, decked out in patriotic splendor. It might be an odd neighborhood to hold a SF reception, but perhaps there’s more going on than meets the eye. 2) If you talk to Susan Shwartz, you’d think so. Her new novel from Tor, called HOSTILE TAKEOVERS is a book about stock trading, mergers, acquisitions, and -- via a bad First Contact -- a potentially hostile takeover or three. Next to her is Laurel, a who knows a lot about sounding erudite, poetry, the New Yorker, and… incongruously enough, SF 3) A typical New York moment, a few attractive women in a bar, a few guys talking business... Wait! One of those guys looks like Tor editor Jim Minz.
4) The place where it all went down. There was a bit of controversy over the reception. Why wasn’t it an all-night affair held in a hotel ballroom in midtown (where all the publishing folk usually reside) the Monday after Lunacon? Instead it was downtown at a bar for two hours on a Friday night. Well those SFWA people aren’t talking, but general consensus after the night was over was that it wasn’t so bad, after all. (Aside from the fact that it wasn’t when and where it usually was.) 5) Author Paul Levinson and Tor editor Moshe Feder are pondering something, but what?
6) Joe Haldeman and friends having a good time. 7) Garner Dozois looking as cheerful as ever. Perhaps the YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION anthology is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year? 8) Ian Randal Strock, editor of Artemis Magazine and with fiancé Kit Hawkins.
9) Pauline Alama, whose first novel EYE OF NIGHT (SFRevu Interview Spe 02) is doing well, thank you very much, and her Bantam editor Juliet Ulman. 10) Mrs. and Mr. Ron Goulart, looking as prolific as ever, as well as F&SF editor Gordon VanGelder trying to see things in a different angle.
11) Walter H. Hunt, author of THE DARK WING which SFRevu thought favorably of (SFRevu Feb '02) 12) Ellen Datlow, co-editor of YEAR’S BEST FANTASY, which we thought very favorably of in our August issue .