Weird Tales Fiction Editor Ann VanderMeer at World SF Con, Hugos

I haven’t seen Ann for a week, and given our busy schedules, with her prepping for WorldCon, I thought an interview for the blog was probably the only way I’d have time to ask her about what she’s doing for it. (I’m staying home and working.) So, drumroll, here’s my interview with Ann about the upcoming WorldCon…

What are you most looking forward to at WorldCon?
You want me to pick only one thing? I am excited about the panels I am on–been working hard to prepare for them. But especially looking forward to meeting all those people I have known up to now only virtually and also re-connecting with my friends and colleagues. I wish I could tell you that I was looking forward to the Pub Crawl with Jim Minz and Jetse de Vries but alas I will miss that as my time is very limited there.

Can you give us an idea of your panel schedule, and who else is on panels with you?

Here is my schedule:

Thu 7:00pm, in P-516D – The Function of a Cover?
Tom Doherty (moderator), Ann VanderMeer, Beth Meacham, Dave Howell
Description: Why is there cover art at all—what’s the purpose? The real reason why you see what you see on a cover: The publisher’s intention isn’t to show you a pretty picture, it’s to intrigue you in the split second you glance at the book.

Fri 2:00pm, in P-518A – Steampunk: Fish or Fowl?
Anabel Anaya, Ann VanderMeer (m), Lev Grossman, Milt Stevens, Stefania Forlini, Liz Gorinsky
Description: Is it fantasy? Is it SF? Is it an approach to design? Whatever the case, steampunk has been getting lots of attention lately. Writers and readers explain what it means for them.

Fri 5:00pm, in P-516AB – Handicapping the Hugos II: The Short Fiction
Ann VanderMeer (m), Jonathan Strahan, Karen Burnham, Niall Harrison, Bill Fawcett
Description: Our panelists survey the Hugo-nominated short stories, novelettes, and novellas: they tell us what they want to win, what will win, and why.

Fri 10:00pm, in P-516E – SteamPunk!
Ann VanderMeer, Christopher J. Garcia (m), Kristin Norwood, Nick Matthews
Description: What is SteamPunk, and why is it the latest craze? Is it just Victorian clothing with goggles, or is it something more?

Sat 9:00am, outdoors – Stroll With The Stars
Ann VanderMeer, Cory Doctorow, Gay Haldeman, Joe Haldeman, Peter Atwood, Stu Segal
Description: A gentle, friendly 1 mile stroll with some of your favorite Authors, Artists & Editors. Leaving daily 9AM, from the Riopelle Fountain outside the Palais (corner of Ave Viger & Rue de
Bleury), returning before 10AM.

Sat 1100am, in P524C – Weird Tales
Session ID: 571
Ann VanderMeer, Stephen H. Segal, and all WT writers that show up! (Nir Yaniv is confirmed and Peter Atwood is a possible)

Sat 5:00pm, in P-511A – Playlists, Side One
Ann VanderMeer, Edd Vick, Elizabeth Bear (m), Stephen H. Segal
Description: Panelists introduce samples of their 10 favourite science-fiction/fantasy songs from outside the filk world, from Charlie Poole to the Flaming Lips.

Sat 6:30pm – Ann VanderMeer Signing

Sat 7:00pm, in P-510D – Ghost Stories
Ann VanderMeer, Jenny Blackford, Adrienne Foster (m), Sarah Smith, Jill Snider Lum
Description: Come listen to some ghost stories! Sorry, no campfire (but we can dim the lights).

Sun 18:00, in P-710A – Hugo Awards Reception
Description: Reception for the Hugo award nominees, presenters and guests.

What’s the walk of stars all about?
The Walk of Stars is this wonderful new tradition conceived by Stu Segal. Each morning a group of people get together to walk and talk. Stu schedules a list of stars (I am almost embarrassed to be on that list) and anyone can join us for some exercise to start the day. It’s a great idea and I am contemplating attending the other mornings in addition to the one I am signed up for. (And BTW – I can’t to meet Stu)

Besides your panels, is there anything you want to attend at WorldCon?
I am sure there are other events to attend. I’ve yet to see a complete schedule but I have already been invited to some parties and I know of some panels I plan to attend.

Do you think you’ll see much of the city while there?
Probably not, and that’s a shame. I fly in Thursday and fly back out on Monday. Duty calls and I am limited on my time. Of course, that didn’t stop me from buying a guide book or trying to brush up on my French!

What do you think of when you think of the Hugo?
Oh, gosh…. I can’t get the image of the Rocket Ship out of my mind. How cool would it be to bring home one of those???

Are you excited about attending the ceremony? What will you be wearing?
I am very excited and I can’t believe you are asking about my dress. Do your readers even care? I selected a very beautiful pink and white flowery, flowy dress. My daughter says it’s very Floridian. I will stand out in the crowd of basic black but that’s ok. The main thing is I’ll be wearing wonderful pink shoes with a cute kitten heel. They match the dress perfectly. I am also wearing some bling that YOU bought me. Cheryl Morgan told me it was OK to Glam it up, so I am.

8 comments on “Weird Tales Fiction Editor Ann VanderMeer at World SF Con, Hugos

  1. Tim says:

    Mr. Vandermeer,

    I wasn’t sure where to put this, but since the post above i about book-related events, I figured it was pretty close to the theme of my question/comment. I noticed a few weeks ago that your posting for attendance at the Louisiana Book Festival had vanished. Living in New Orleans since just before our infamous storm-thingy, your City of Saints and Madmen was an odd, yet somehow affirming read when I came across it a few years ago (much like the old old Blues songs). I was really looking forward to attending the Festival this year with the hopes of meeting you, but now I fear that like the Government and more recently like musicians (Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Bruce Springsteen) you too have abandoned our trash-heap and chemical-waste-dump of a state for the more glorious, functioning portions of our nation. Please say it ain’t so, rescue us from those who do in fact deign to come here, like Britany Spears and the Jonas Brothers. Louisiana may not be great, but I think we deserve a little better than that.
    Tim

  2. Hey, Tim. It’s just a timing thing, and a financial thing. Neither book was going to be out by Oct. 15th, and that would’ve been two weeks before World Fantasy and all the final-final prep for the five-week book tour I’m doing right after World Fantasy…so we just canceled for that reason. We’d also wanted to do a Booklife workshop and they weren’t amenable to that, and given that I’m going to be away from Ann for five weeks, I wasn’t real fond of the idea of doing another gig by myself.

  3. Alex says:

    Oh, please ask your wife to take a photo of her shoes!

  4. Ann VanderMeer says:

    Alex, I will! After I have my pedicure!

  5. Cheryl says:

    If I can get a cellphone signal then this year’s Hugo live coverage will include a fashion report (with photos) on the assembled glitterati. Those shoes will be in it.

    And if you want to watch the coverage, you’ll be able to find it here:
    http://www.conreporter.com/?page_id=55

  6. Ann VanderMeer says:

    Cheryl, that would be great. We really need some kind of red carpet event, you know?

  7. Emilie Bush says:

    I wish I could go to the Steampunk panels – I have a hard time writing query letters for my novel I’m shopping around. The Hard S/F folks don’t want “those people” bringing down the value of the real estate, and the adventure people think it’s just soft S/F.
    PLEASE – post lots about what goes on at the panel. Maybe a pod cast?
    E

  8. Hellbound Heart says:

    ..yes, i do care about what you wear and i want a photo, Ann! C’mon, glitzing it up is one of the nice things about being a girl….

    peace and love….

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