Conventions are back, baby. Last weekend, I took myself up to Canberra for Conflux 16 Visions of Time – the speculative fiction convention which was being held for the first time since the pandemic began.
And boy was it a good time.
Three days of fabulous panels and excellent people talking speculative fiction writing, books, genres, art, editing, publishing, commentary, and all associated subject matter.
I attended heaps of great panels, met a huge number of new people and reconnected with a bunch of others I hadn’t seen since before the pandemic. Spent a lot of time in conversation and community. Drank a great deal too many G&Ts at the bar.
I also appeared on a couple of panels, including:
Re-Imagining Horror in a Pandemic
This time going from left to right, just because, and leaving myself in the plaid pants out, we have the seriously amazing: Kaaron Warren, J Ashley-Smith and CH Pearce
And here’s a random selection of other panels and people and even some of my books on the dealer’s table, because that still gives me a thrill, to see my books out in the wild.
All in all, well worth the 8+ hr drive each way and I enjoyed every second. Even if I now need a week hibernating alone to recover from being constantly social for three days straight.