I went to Anomaly Con this past weekend. It’s a smaller Fan Convention in Denver, Colorado. The general theme is steampunk and alternate history, though there was certainly guests, panels, and events linked to science fiction, traditional fantasy, and even urban fantasy as well. I’ll cover the highlights for those interested.
Tracy Hickman was there, talking about his new game Sojourner Tales, which looks to be a lot of fun, check it out here. He also hosted his Killer Breakfast event, though that had a depressingly low turnout. It was still a lot of fun, and I got to be slain multiple times.. For those who haven’t heard of it, typically several hundred people are killed in a 2 hour session, mostly whenever their characters cease to entertain. My favorite part was when I used my long underwear as a parachute, then rolled a natural 20 as a success, leaving Tracy Hickman literally speechless. It even has a website, apparently, find that here.
Author Carrie Vaughn was there. Most famous for the Kitty Norville books, she is an excellent panelist, and she had a lot of good info, is always very organized, and she kept on topic as well as answering any questions from the audience. All in all, she’s a friendly author, and seems to be a great person. If you’re a fan of urban fantasy, you should check her out. I’ve read a number of her books, and they are an excellent example of urban fantasy, and more original than most. Check out her website here.
Also present was Quincy Allen. He’s a ‘hybrid’ author, who started out self published and has since gotten involved in small press. He’s a Colorado author, an all around interesting fellow, and fun to talk with. His novel, Chemical Burn, will be re-released under Kevin J Anderson’s Word Fire Press. Check it out here from Amazon, and Word Fire Press here.
I didn’t have the opportunity to set on any panels, but I did have some fun conversations with a variety of folks there at the conference. I also found a very cool John Crichton Farscape-style vest and jacket, just out of my price range at the moment. Of course, if my book sales pick up a bit, I suppose I can work buying it in the future. Check out their website here. They’ve got a lot of cool stuff.
All in all, it was an interesting weekend. Anomaly Con is a quirky little convention. I don’t know that I’ll attend next year, but it was an experience this year.