Just an update on Utopiales. Right now, according to the website, their writer guests in addition to moi include Gregory Benford, John Scalzi, and Peter F. Hamilton (full list below). Looks like a great line-up.
I’ve actually started a training program for Utopiales. It consists of not drinking any alcohol between now and touching down in France. My reasoning is as follows: I’m probably going to increase my calorie intake in France anyway, so I should probably decrease that intake now by taking away the alcohol. But, also, the best wine in the world is found in France, and they have Leffe, among other beers that we adore. So I’d rather deprive myself now and have it taste just that much better in France. (Er, festival organizers, please note this does not mean that I will be going on an orgy of drinking while there. Besides, I owe my French translator Gilles about 20 beers, so I won’t be able to afford any for myself.)
I’m also trying to learn a little French…trying…
Peter F. Hamilton
Robert Charles Wilson