Judy and I have returned from our annual sojourn among the Aggies, and as usual we had a fine old time. The only bothersome thing was the realization that when we attended our first Aggiecon in 1980, most of the students who organized this one weren't even born yet. That's downright scary.
One of the Big Name Guests was Michael Moorcock, as I mentioned in my previous post. I heard that while he already has a nice home near Austin and another in Majorca, he's considering buying one in Paris. Elric has been very good to him.
And Joe Lansdale's talent has been very good to him. He tells me that he has seven books coming out from small presses this year, four of them collections of older material and three of them new stuff, including two new novels. The Drive-in 3 is of course the long-awaited sequel to the first two Drive-in novels, and Flaming London is the follow-up to Zeppelins West. Ned the Seal lives!
The panels seemed especially well-attended this year, and Aggiecon seems well on the way back from the doldrums it had sunk into a few years back.