I arrived in Atlanta Thursday night and attended the Press Party at the Marriott, where the Dragon Con staff introduced themselves, press members mingled, drinks and finger foods were served, and a few actors showed up to meet and greet. I wasn’t able to stay long, but said “Hi” to Richard Hatch, Alan Ruck, and Kristy Swanson before leaving.
Friday morning, I arrived in time for the Star Trek Author cavalcade, including Robert Greenberger, Alan Dean Foster, Keith R. A. DeCandido, and Peter David.
As a huge fan of Star Trek novels, it was a treat to hear stories from favorite authors and news about upcoming series.
Next, was a trip around the Exhibit Halls.
Yes, that couple are barefoot, and the man wearing a kilt. The costumed attendees were very numerous.
Then, a short trip in the TARDIS.
Justin Chon, from the recent Twilight movie, was my next stop. He was supposed to appear with another actor to be interviewed. But after 45 minutes of listening to just Chon, I was too bored to wait around to see if anyone else showed up.
Next, I was off to meet the talented Kat Richardson at her Dark Fantasy Panel that focused on Ghost Stories.
Also met Stacia Kane and Cherie Priest.
Then, I walked next door to “Looking Into the Crystal Ball” panel where editors/publishers talked about trends and popular sub-genres. Afterwards, I met Lou Anders from PYR. We had a fun conversation about books, authors, and conventions at dinner down the street.
A fun, first day! More later…