Saturday, July 16, 2011


READERCON 22 The legend continues...

What is Readercon, you ask? This 22 year old convention for Science Fiction and Fantasy readers is an essential event held annually at the Burlington Marriot in Burlington, Massachusetts. As I write this the four day event is in high gear, parties in some of the suites, authors talking to fans, tons of books for sale in a huge dealer's room set up smack dab in the middle of the festival.

It's fascinating. the hardcore devotees of the stuff that millions of people are running out to the movie theaters this week to experience...all congregating just a hop, skip and a jump from the new Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows Part 2, down the road at the AMC in Burlington as well as both the Showcase Cinemas in Woburn and Imax in Reading. One would imagine some of these loyalists of the genre probably found time to get to the cinema, but the action is happening at this conference ...connections being made, authors giving lectures or reading from their books and more. Visual Radio interviewed Rick Wilbur, editor of the book Future Media along with the fellow who wrote the foreword, Paul Levinson, talking about his new book New New Media (not to be confused with Future Media, of course). We also interview Canadian Jennifer Wylie, author of Sweet Light, her editor, Sean Hayden - who is author of Origins, Vol 1 - a new vampire series, and Marc Vun Kannon who discussed his new book, St. Martin's Moon, about werewolves on a lunar body! Fascinating stuff and eloquent speakers all. Readercon 22 continues the tradition of the Noreascon and the Boskone, legendary conventions that provide for fun and enlightenment...and a way to directly connect with the people who create the magic.

A review of last year's festivities