SF, London & Middle-earth, oh my!

Had a busy 2+ weeks involving SF & Tolkien.    First was LUNACON just north of NYC at the “Escher Hilton.”  I had a very nice time.    Then after spending the day doing laundry I headed off to London and EASTERCON.  I was getting back to my roots.  My first regular SF con was the Bristol Eastercon in 1973.  I’m a British SF fan with an extremely far west midlands accent. J  I also enjoyed the luxury of flying Business Class across the Atlantic.  So nice!  The con was great, & I enjoyed the company of several friends for dinner, including one from Oz.    I then hosted a panel on “The Worlds of Tolkien” at my local library.  Much fun.    I, of course, pushed both our local SF con – ALBACON 08 – & the projected “Reunion Tour of Middle-earth” in 2010 or ’11.  I’m looking forward to it.    Now it would be really neat if I get the chance to work on The Hobbit.  Now that would be an adventure!  —  Read The Hobbit on the flight.  TLOTR will be for my next road trip in 3 weeks.


6 Responses to “SF, London & Middle-earth, oh my!”

  1. Kate Laity Says:

    Jan —

    Thanks for putting the panel together — it was a lot of fun!

  2. Cliff Burns Says:

    Your first con was back in 1973? That’s very impressive. And it sounds like you’ve had a full dance card of late. Love to have the chance to hang out at one of these functions, raise a glass or two with some of my writing colleagues, argue the merits of the latest Iain Banks offering, chat with readers, bibliophiles from all over the map (geographically and mentally).
    I envy you your opportunities…

  3. The Wombat Says:

    Hullo Kate,

    Yes, it was a very nice evening. I enjoy an evening talking about Tolkien.

    Hmm, if any of the schools is interested i n a 1-day seminar on Tolkien, I’ll be glad to help. 🙂

    Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo!
    Pippin, the wandering hobbit
    Thain Peregrin Took II
    Great Smials
    Tookborough, The Shire

  4. The Wombat Says:

    Cliff: — Nice to hear from you again. — Yes, I’m an Olde Pharte. I didn’t really get involved with SF fandom until the late 60’s with Tolkien. This was after grad school. Cons & travelling is why I retired. 🙂 — World Fantasy Con is in Calgary next October; http://www.worldfantasy2008.org/ . — Good luck with the film of your book. — Hmm, I’ve got this script about a Valkyrie who is truned loose after a 1000 years. She is not happy. However, love solves the problem. — Maybe the money from the film will allow you to get to a few cons. — Oh yes, Worldcon is in Montreal in 2009. — I plan to drive the ALCAN Highway in June of ’09. Will I be passing anywhere nearby?

  5. Cliff Burns Says:

    World Fantasy Con in Calgary? That’s only about 6 hours from here, barely a hop and a skip in terms of Canadian geography. I’ll check out the link you provided, see if any of my heroes will be there…

  6. The Wombat Says:

    Have fun! WFC was here, well Saratoga Springs, last year. Our SF club ran it. — On my way to the ALCAN Highway I’ll be going over Edmonton via 16 and then 43 to Dawson Creek a Milepost Zero! A number of friends in Edmonton.

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