This is to be a crazy weekend. FantasyCon, the annual shindig of the British Fantasy Society, is 18-20th September this year at Nottingham’s Britannia Hotel. I have booked a table to sell my wares, but mainly I’m looking forward to meeting buddies again such as Terry Martin, Steve Upham, Ian Whates, Terry Jackman and many others. Somehow I got roped in to be on a discussion panel. This one is on ebooks and future wizardry in publishing. Okay I know a tiny bit about ebooks but often speculate about zapping ebook data directly via wireless into our neocortex. What fun. Lots of futuristic issues there – not all nice. Hah.
Then I like to combine my FantasyCon weekend with visiting my son, who lives in Nottingham. This is always a pleasure especially now he lives with his fiancee and her delightful cutie-pie toddler daughter. So my daughter says she is due to visit to Nottingham too. Well, her baby son is also cute and we love to spend every spare second with him too, and daughter, son-in-law – all the family. So our poor little Rover 25 is now packed to the roof with bedding, travel cot, pushchair, and overnight kit. I nearly forgot to pack the books and kit the whole visit to Nottingham was in aid of!
Yesterday I received a note from Terry Jeeves in Scarborough. He was the original artist for science fiction magazine, Vector, which is still running. He and my dad were both scifi artists in their spare time, both ink-drawing spaceships, robots and planets in the 1960s. I’ll be scanning some of the pictures Terry sent me. He’s 92 and not in the best of health but his scifi heart is beating strongly. If anyone has spare scifi mags and books then send them to him at Queen Margaret’s Nursing Home in Scarborough.