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Through a ReaderCon glass darkly — the Rhysling Reading

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This murky image, is, I'm afraid, the only visual evidence I can provide of the size and general perkiness of the Rhysling Slan. (If anyone took a better picture, please do share...)






You'll just have to take my word for it that you're looking at (l to r): Top Row, standing: Stephen Wilson, Peter Payack, Lucius Shepard; Top Row, seated: Mike Allen, J. Bruce Fuller, Drew Morse, Catherynne Valente, Darrell Schweitzer; Bottom row, seated: Lila Garrott, Mary Alexandra Agner, Leah Bobet, Lorraine Schein, Sonya Taaffe, Erik Amundsen; foreground, seated, Maureen McHugh. Not pictured: Theodora Goss.

It was an awesome reading, though. Here's what was read, in the approximate order I called folks up:


  • Maureen McHugh, "Alternate History" ('04 Rhysling nominee; Asimov's Reader's Poll winner)
  • Theodora Goss, "Bal Macabre"
  • Lorraine Schein, "The Futurist's Mistress"
  • Mary Alexandra Agner, "Sleeping Beauty" ('07 Rhysling nominee)
  • Lucius Shepard, "White Trains" ('88 Rhysling winner)
  • Darrell Schweitzer, "Ten Reasons Not to Write a List Poem About the
    Meaning of Everything"
  • J. Bruce Fuller, "The Graven Idol's Godheart" by Rich Ristow ('07 Rhysling winner!)
  • Sonya Taaffe, "Follow Me Home"
  • Stephen Wilson, "Atom's Apple" (co-written with Roger Naylor) ('07 Rhysling nominee)
  • Catherynne Valente, "The Eight Legs of Grandmother Spider" ('07 Rhysling runner-up)
  • Leah Bobet, "Fitcher's Third Wife"
  • Mike Allen, "Manifest Density" ('07 Rhysling nominee)
  • Erik Amundsen, "Papa Silenus Went Courting"
  • Lila Garrott, "How to Hide in a Japanese Print"
  • Lorraine Schein, "The Queen of Velcro"
  • Peter Payack, "The Migration of Darkness" ('80 Rhysling winner)
  • Drew Morse, "This He Could See"





    UPDATE: Thanks to Melissa Zagidulin (grailquestion) who also caught the moment on her cameraphone:









    UPDATE 2: I've just discovered that Ian Randall Strock wrote a review of the Rhysling Slan for SF Scope.

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    On July 12th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC), dkolodji commented:
    Thanks for posting this! Murky or not, everyone looks happy.

    And what a great line-up of poems! I really wish I could have made it there.

    On July 12th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC), lonfiction replied:
    It was a great reading, enough to make me finally send in some dues and join SFPA when I got home Sunday. Wish I'd had more than just Saturday to hang out at Readercon... I feel like I missed out on getting to meet you and many other cool folks.
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    On July 12th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
    Awesome, Lon! :-D
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