Events & Appearances
When: Aug 4-8, 2005
Where: Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Glasgow,
Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention. For
more information, visit
For those who are attending, you should be able to catch Eldon at any
of the following scheduled events:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
Re-examining Lucas' Vision: Star Wars in
its Various Forms
The Star Wars saga is complete. Lucas tried
to do something different
with this media franchise: the books, comics, Clone Wars cartoons,
were part of the canon. Some provided valuable background to the
filled in key events, and were even referenced in the films. How
well did this work?
Panelists: Kevin J. Anderson, Chris
Roberson, James Swallow, Eldon Thompson
Moderator: Craig Miller
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
In Another Media: Script Writing
Scripts aren't just "filmed books," they are a
whole different way of writing. How do
you approach writing a script? Should you try a movie or episode of
a current TV show?
Adapt a book or write something original?
Panelists: Paul Cornell, David Gerrold,
Craig Miller, Melinda Snodgrass
Moderator: Eldon Thompson
NOTE: Events and
participants are subject to change. Please remember to check your
official programming guide for scheduling details.
Eldon had the following to say about his first
"With all of its castles and ancient medieval
history, what could be better than a fantasy convention held in
Scotland? For my money, not much. So when the opportunity came along
to visit the homeland of legendary characters such as William
Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Rob Roy MacGregor, Sir Walter Scott, and
so many others, I threw caution—and
finances—to the wind in order to
take the trip. Now that it's over, I'm glad I did.
The country and its landmarks are every bit as
impressive as I'd imagined. Photos just can't quite capture the
majesty one feels when driving through the Highlands, gazing up at
the National Wallace Monument, or crawling through the ruins of a
castle that has stood for more than 700 years. Indeed, whether
natural or manmade, the lands and their structures are amazing
enough. But it's the weight of history that accompanies everything
that made it all an almost spiritual experience.
Oh, and there was also a convention to attend. From
a fan attendance standpoint, Interaction was quite a bit smaller
than, say, Comic-Con. We're talking roughly 5,000 as opposed to
90,000. But those who did attend were the truly diehard, full of
enthusiasm and goodwill. With many sporting costumes, native
accents, and a voracious appetite for undiscovered works, it was a
festive and nurturing atmosphere.
Celebrating fandom can be a wonderful thing. But the
true boon for all attendees, I soon realized, was the chance to
connect personally with professional writers, artists, and editors
within the field. Once again, I certainly got my money's worth,
encountering the likes of Kevin J. Anderson, Iain M. Banks, Terry
Brooks, Robin Hobb, George R. R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Juliet
McKenna, China Mieville, Stan Nicholls, and Terry Pratchett—to
name a few. That doesn't even include those in attendance
whom I did not get a chance to see, such as Greg Bear, Trudi
Canavan, Susanna Clarke, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Silverberg,
Harry Turtledove, Connie Willis, Jane Yolen—the
list goes on.
The panels, as always,
were great fun, whether I was viewing or participating. A great big
thank you to fellow panelists Kevin J. Anderson, Paul Cornell, Craig
Miller, Chris Roberson, and James Swallow for sharing their insights
and allowing me to express mine. Also, my sincere appreciation to
those few brave souls who attended my first ever public reading.
There aren't too many things that put butterflies in my stomach, but
that did. Last but not least, my thanks to Diana Gill of
HarperCollins for her time and attention, to Tim Holman of Orbit for
an invitation to their cocktail party, and to Terry and Judine for
perhaps the nicest dinner I've ever had.
I could probably put
together quite the travelogue on all that I saw and experienced,
from the scenic train rides, to the herds of wildlife, to people
being hit by buses, to chatting with one
of the Queen's guards outside her Balmoral Castle estate—where she
was in residence at the time. But I'm behind deadline on my other
work as is, and anyone who started reading this probably stopped a
long time ago. So I'll leave off with a photo instead, from outside
the SECC, where the convention was held. Others will be posted to
the Photos page, once we've
had a chance to go through them. Hopefully, they'll provide at least
some small sense of the grand time we had on this trip."
On site at the 2005 Worldcon in Glasgow, Scotland.