Hey everyone, here’s my AAR for LTUE 2019! All in all, I had a great time and had the opportunities to both participate and observe some awesome panels on writing, art, book marketing, and more. If you’re in the Western US, LTUE has got to be one of the better writing conventions you can attend.
There’s a lot of fantastic authors to meet, and enough information on just about any topic to not only help new authors, but to help experienced authors learn new things.
The people are friendly, the locale is awesome (Provo, Utah has some very scenic mountains), and it’s a great opportunity to network.
Most of my panels for the weekend were in the military science fiction theme, with panels on Rules of Engagement, Drones & Robots in Warfare, Rebellions & Revolutions, and two panels on Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers.
I dragooned James Young into several of those panels, because a couple panelists weren’t able to show. (Sorry James, there’s consequences for heckling from the crowd when I know who you are). The ROE panel was fun, especially with Jim Curtis, Lee Modesitt, we got to cover a lot of history of ROE and do some extrapolation of what it might look like in the future. For the Rebellions & Revolution panel, Jim Curtis and James Young’s knowledge of history meant that there were a lot of people in the audience taking notes to go look things up.
I really enjoyed the Drones & Robots in Warfare panel, with Jim Curtis & Larry Correia. We ranged a bit further off topic into the areas of cyberwarfare, but that’s easy to understand given the topic. It was particularly amusing to have people from the audience commenting afterwards about how scary all the potential is… that’s good writing ideas there!
As far as panels I attended, the panels on Surgery in Zero G was fantastic, with a lot of neat medical issues in microgravity being described by the panelists. Doctor Nik Rao’s panel on Evolutionary Biology was awesome, especially as to how it relates to alien life we may encounter (or at least write about).
There were a few faces I wish I’d been able to see at the convention, people whose schedules didn’t line up or who didn’t get invited this year as panelists. I really hope they get that latter part straightened out, as I felt there was a bit more emphasis on filling panels with people, rather than getting panelists who both show up and who are qualified. But all in all, it was a fun convention and I hope to attend next year as well.