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Monthly Archives: September 2009

“The responsibility of tolerance lies in those who have the wider vision”

I know, I know. I said I wasn’t going to talk about Worldcon 2009 again. However, it’s come to my attention that a pleasant chat I had with Kate Heartfield, a reporter with the Ottawa Citizen, resulted in my being quoted briefly in my hometown newspaper. I felt compelled to share—particularly in light of this […]

Final thoughts on the Worldcon of ought nine

As a first, tentative step into the world of science fiction conventions, Anticipation was a resounding success for the store. The punters were well informed, very friendly and eager to buy. I was extremely pleased with the overall impact of our stand and received lots of great compliments from passers-by. Here’s a photo of Richard […]

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something”

The table next to us at Worldcon was occupied by the writers and publishers of ChiZine Publications. Of the small presses represented at Worldcon, ChiZine had, hands-down, the best looking collection of books. ChiZine seems to have really made an effort to develop all their materials—books, flyers, cards, magazines, ads—with really strong and consistent design […]

“…to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet…”

One of the most interesting encounters I had at Worldcon was with David Kyle who, despite being in his 90s, is still active in science fiction and fantasy fandom and was keen to discuss our books. Mr. Kyle co-founded Gnome Press in 1947 and was responsible for the first hard cover editions of Robert E. […]