GaryView: Aussiecon 4 report
Lissa: Hey there @garyHooper44 – where have you been for the last five days?
Gary: Hi. I was at a science fiction convention.
Lissa: Really? What did you do there?
Gary: Went to panels mainly, to listen to people talk about SF and vampires and stuff. There was a strange one: zombies vs vampires.
Lissa: Who won?
Gary: I think it was a draw.
Lissa: I’ve heard those things have costumes and stuff. Is that right?
Gary: Some. Jewellery and things mainly. Someone actually thought I was in costume. Saw my teeth and asked where I got them done.
Lissa: What did you say?
Gary: I couldn’t think of anything so I just said they were real, I was a vampire, but I wasn’t planning on biting anyone.
Lissa: God. What happened? Did they panic?
Gary: Nope. He laughed and said he’d already met six time travellers and a troll. I *think* he was joking.
Lissa: Bet it’s the first time he’d met a real vampire, and he didn’t even know it. So you had a good time?
Gary: It was interesting. One person gave me a new vampire book too, for free! The steampunk stuff was great too.
Lissa: I’ve read about steampunk. That would be just your thing – making new tech out of old tech.
Gary: I could use stuff from the sixties – I still remember how a lot of that stuff works. But it’s too recent to be steampunk.
Lissa: You could invent post-steampunk. Pyschedlia-punk?
Gary: Except you need a better brain than I’ve got to imagine what to do with it. Still, it all looked really neat.
This is when @Dragonsally spotted the exchange and joined in, resulting in this discussion with Lissa:
Dragonsally: I saw the troll! he had long grey hair and a beard. He looked pretty friendly actually.
Dragonsally: I’d be into pychia what ever you called it punk! I just found a photo of me at the con. well, half of me.
Lissa: Oh, I thought the guy meant like an internet troll. Maybe he meant a real one! LOL. Did you see Gary at the convention?
Dragonsally: NO! I would have looked for him if I’d known he was skulking around
Lissa: I just saw your tweet about the photo. Was it fun?
Dragonsally: You bet. I have the con bug now. I know what I’d do if I won tatts – I’d go to all the cons around the world
Lissa: He kept it pretty quiet, eh?
Dragonsally: Yeah, he did, the sneaky thing
Lissa: Maybe I’ll come to the next one with you both then.
Dragonsally: that would be so cool. They really are fun. You meet the coolest people – all book lovers like us, a big happy tribe.
Lissa: Sounds like my kind of place!
Dragonsally: you would have LOVED the Dealers Room. If I’d had lots of money and a truck, I could have filled the truck with books
Lissa: I have so many in my Book Cave already! (I’m like a dragon, I keep my books in my room and sleep with them at night!)
Dragonsally: yes, my favorite books are in the bedroom. I’m rapidly running out of room because the list keeps growing
Meanwhile, over in the conversation between @Dragonsally and @GaryHooper44:
Dragonsally: which was your favorite panel Gary?
Gary: I liked seeing the interviews with the SF writers. Kim Stanley Robinson’s books are really interesting.
Dragonsally: I’m not certain I’ve read any of his yet. I bought a gazillion books home to read though.
Gary: The Mars books are really interesting. All about terraforming and people living a really long time without being undead.
Dragonsally: that rings a bell. Maybe I have read some.
And then back to the conversation between @LissaWilson83 and @GaryHooper44:
Lissa: Maybe for Halloween we can get together and I’ll help you think of a psychodelia-punk costume.
Gary: Um. Thanks but. After last Halloween I don’t think I’ll be going to any more of your Halloween parties.
Lissa: It wasn’t *my* idea for you to roll yourself in glitter and come as a Cullen! You were shedding silver sparkles ALL NIGHT!
Gary: Took days to wash it all out of my hair. It was horrible.
Lissa: We can probably do a costume that does not involve glitter this year.
Gary: Well. Maybe. But there were all those people I didn’t know. Maybe we can just watch some horror movies together.
Lissa: You didn’t party much before you were a vampire either, did you? Okay. We’ll have a private Halloween party. 🙂
Gary: Yeah. That’d be good.
Gary: Can we still make a costume though?
Lissa: LOL. If you want. You find the valves and stuff, I’ll find some fabric.
Gary: Cool! Maybe I can wear it to the next convention.
*For newcomers, the GaryView is a review of books/films/TV/entertainment carried out as a conversation between Lissa Wilson (librarian) and Gary Hooper (vampire) , characters from my book ‘The Opposite of Life’.