Just Got Back From Ohio

Over the last weekend, Kaja and I were guests at MarCon, which was a very nice science fiction convention in Columbus, Ohio. The con was fun, and everyone seems to have decided that what we need are fresh baked cookies and/or butter tarts. On the one hand, this is the sort of thing we want to encourage, on the other hand, we are loath to wake up one morning and realize we now weigh a thousand pounds. This is no doubt one of those tricky, modern ethical dilemmas you hear about.

Certainly the high point was watching a performance of The Heterodyne Boys and the Race to the West Pole, which was a commedia dell’ Arte-style performance that required two collaborating troupes to pull it off; ‘The Confused Greenies’, and ‘i Sebastiani’ (the greatest Commedia Dell’ Arte troupe in the entire world®). Both of these fine groups are available for hire for your convention, revel, or corporate management getaway.

And finally, I am sure that S.F. con goers are aware that many cons give away free books. I have actually had extraordinary good luck as far as these giveaway books go, and my luck continues, as I found a copy of Guy Haley’s ‘Champion of Mars’ in my goody bag. I’d never heard of it, even though it came out back in 2012. Possibly because it has one of the worst covers imaginable, and that is saying something. However, once you get past that, you find a fascinating story that bounces back and forth between the early terraforming stage of the colonization of Mars- and seventy thousand years in the future, when mankind is fighting a war against extra-dimensional entities in a Barsoom inspired future. I was hooked from the first page, and was actually annoyed that my plane was landing, because I had to stop reading for awhile. It is an overlooked gem that deserves to be better known! (https://smile.amazon.com/Champion-Mars-Guy-Haley/dp/1907992855/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495069740&sr=8-1&keywords=champion+of+mars)