I didn’t take as many pictures as I wanted to, and the ones I took didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked, because there was just so much to do. I was banqueting rather than being a photographer. And I didn’t really get the dresses after all, because there just wasn’t time.
But here are my final pictures from ICFA.
So first of all we have the dress, in all its – well, simplicity, because there really isn’t much to it. I actually wore it to the Wiscon banquet last year, so I really should have given some other dress a turn. But at Wiscon, I didn’t have the particular pair of shoes I wore tonight, and I did want to wear those. (As so often in life, it was all about the shoes.)
Here is the dress as it looked in the hotel room mirror. And, you know, here is me. Looking yellow.
And here are me and Veronica Schanoes and Helen Pilinovsky and Richard Butner. (Veronica’s and Helen’s dresses were amazing.)
First there was a reception, where I got a glass of wine and took pictures of Christopher Rowe, John Kessel, Barbara Gilly, Gary Wolfe, Ellen Klages, and Farah Mendelsohn.
Then we went into the banquet (you can see a general banquet picture on the left, below). I sat with some amazing people: Marie Brennan, Veronica, Helen, Helen’s husband Jonas Oxgaard, Nisi Shawl, Karen Lord (who had won the Crawford), and Siobhan Carroll.
We were right next to the tables with most of the Dell Award finalists. Some were sitting with Sheila Williams, some with Ted Chiang.
I took pictures of some of the people on the podium: Farah, Andrea Hairston, Sydney Duncan, Terry Bisson, Paul Park, Connie Willis, and Gary, with James Patrick Kelly fomenting rebellion as usual.
Afterward, there were drinks by the pool. This vilanous lot is me with Jim and John. What evil plans were they coming up with, do you think?
I went up to my room fairly early, around midnight. And, as you can see, collapsed into a heap.
Tomorrow I fly back to Boston. I will miss ICFA, but next year the theme is the monstrous fantastic, and I will most definitely be back for that!