I am recently returned after spending over a week in Kansas City, where I celebrated my 11th wedding anniversary and also ate phenomenal meals at French, Austrian, German, and American fine dining venues, among others. And yes, there was also a night set aside to experience the city’s historic barbeque.
Oh, and I also spent five days of blur that correspond to the 74th World Science Fiction Convention that also happened to be going on in the city at that time. In my experience, the WorldCon is the best example we have of temporal distortion. So many days, so many panels and readings, so many people to meet and hug and shake hands with and speak to for far too short a time. And poof. How did it possibly go by so quickly. I feel I can barely recall any of it.
Well, that’s not quite true. I vividly recall doing a panel with this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest, Claire McCague. The convention had assembled five scientists (four of us had PhDs!), covering the span from geology to rocket science, and we spent the hour answering questions from the audience
and solving all of the world’s problems.
Claire’s first novel, The Rosetta Man, came out from EDGE Publishing a year ago. It’s exactly the sort of book you’d expect from a Canadian who produces nanostructured materials by day, works for a university, and plays in a string band. Which is to say, it has a lot of squirrels in it. You’d be nuts not to pick up a copy today.