A bunch of fans met at Rob's house in Alta Loma, (Southern) California last night for a potluck holiday gathering and to hang out with Tim and Serena Powers.
One of his fans, Alisa, had flown down from the Vancouver, B.C. area to meet Tim! That's dedication! She's staying a our house while she's here, and has been a pleasant houseguest. I'd recommend her to anyone!
On the drive home from the party, Alisa was in "contact high" mode, having just spent several hours chatting with one of her favorite authors. She said "That was AMAZING!" a couple of times, and I had to agree with her. I'd told her that meeting Tim would be like meeting an old friend that you'd never seen before, and that's pretty much how it went. She also found Tim's wife Serena to be quite amazing and charming. When Tim and Serena first arrived, I said "Look! It's the Guest of Honor, and she brought Tim!" Serena is a scream. They make such a funny couple...
It was kind of Rob and Jodi to invite us all into their home. The pool table and gaming stuff kept my kid occupied, when she wasn't blasting people with the Airzooka. Several areas of the house became rotating conversation pits as people drifted from room to room, until we finally all ended up in one room as the guests departed.
A nice evening out with a charming crowd of people!
"Nah," he said. "It's not that bad. It's just like trying to bail out a swimming pool with a thimble."
Wow, I guess that makes it seem better. Sorta.
- Current Mood: amused
. We specialise in fantasy that's a bit out of the mainstream, rather than the Tolkienesque commercial fantasy authors. We discuss authors like Mary Gentle, China Miéville, Tanith Lee, Storm Constantine, Clive Barker, Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Michael Swanwick, Mervyn Peake, etc. And of course Tim Powers!
The book makes a superb double bill with Declare; Stross even recommends Declare in the afterword of the book and explains that a friend had made sure he didn't read any of it while he was writing the novellas in The Atrocity Archives. The book is currently available in hardcover from Golden Gryphon Press.
- Current Mood: pleased
- Current Music:zerO One - matriX
Picture your favorite author trying to entice your daughter's cat to come over and be sociable. When that doesn't work, picture your favorite author hiding behind the corner of the house, getting down on his hands and knees, peeking around the corner at the cat and tempting it to come over with the old "chase the skittering fingers" trick.
In your front yard.
Tim is a funny, funny man, and he really likes cats.
He gave me a paperback copy of Hope Mirrlees' Lud-In-The-Mist, too! He always buys copies when he finds them, and I got to benefit from his latest purchase! I gave him a pair of vintage postcards from the thirties. One is a photograph of "The Oldest and Largest Grape Vine of San Gabriel, California" which was a just-for-fun thing 'cause it reminded me of Earthquake Weather, but the other one really made him happy. It was a painting of Aimee Semple McPherson's temple in or around Hollywood (or Santa Monica? Can't recall...) complete with the radio tower in the background, along with a small portrait of Ms. McPherson herself. (Meaningful to those who've read Expiration Date) Tim seemed pleased with the card, and told us that Aimee was buried with a live telephone circuit in her coffin. I told him that it'd be relatively easy to figure out the phone number from old phone company records and ring her up, but he said "What if something ANSWERED?!"