This year SFWA held its annual NYC reception in the Manhattan Penthouse. The past two years have been at Planet Hollywood at Times Square, which was convenient for me because it's only a few blocks from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The new location gave me a chance to walk around the city and take in the sights a bit. Well, I did that anyway in previous years, but this year I got to explore some new neighborhoods.
As always, it was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet some new friends. I look forward to seeing Carl Frederick each year; conversations always get interesting when he's around. I talked to him for quite a while when he first arrived, then bumped into him a few more times during the night. Siobhan Carroll caught me standing alone at one point and initiated a long and interesting conversation. These receptions are all about making new connections, so I was glad to have the chance to meet her and hope to see more of her. And speaking of connections, I bumped into Brian Theis early in the evening and we talked for a long time. Turns out he's the webmaster for Abyss & Apex magazine, and he introduced me to the magazine's editor, Wendy Delmater. She asked about my writing and, by the end of the night, I promised to send a story or two her way. I'd better get working!
I considered it a priority to talk to Trevor Quachri sometime during the night, but it was no surprise that he was a rather popular man. Near the end of the night I managed to get his attention and we talked for a bit. He seems to be settling into his position as editor of Analog quite nicely. We talked business, family, a little of everything. It was nice catching up with him again.
I don't get much time to travel during the school year, so the SFWA reception was likely my last chance to see a lot of my industry friends until the summer. Meanwhile, I'll stay in touch with as many as I can online. Oh, and I'll have to keep writing too; I need to have a new story or two to talk about next year!