Capclave 2013

I had never heard of Capclave, but I was so glad I stumbled upon it. Sponsored by the Washington Science Fiction Association, the convention ran from October 11th to the 13th. Filled with tons of interesting panels, a silent auction, readings, signings, booths, and some other events such as a concert, a launch party, and an awards ceremony, Capclave is definitely filled with a lot of fun stuff.

Capclave Program Guide

Capclave Program Guide
Art by Steve Stiles and Image copyright www.capclave.org

The Capclave official site describes the event as “…a small relaxed literary convention with a program that usually focuses on the short fiction form. Our Guests of Honor and other notable authors, editors, artists, and fans of the short fiction form will explore the creation and enjoyment of short fantasy and science fiction genre stories.”

A lot of convention talk centered around guest of honor George R.R. Martin, and I have to be honest, that’s what drew my eye to this event in the first place. But as I sat in on other panels, I realized I want to return next year regardless of the guest of honor.

I saw some really great panels. God Emperor of Capclave – The Politics and Religion Panel, where the panelists discussed various literary influences from and on religion and politics and the motivations of different authors regarding those themes.

Religion & Politics panel

The panelists of Diversity in Fiction discussed writing a character that is substantially different than yourself (race, gender, age, etc.) and the difficulties and rewards this presents. It definitely can be a daunting task, but the panelists reinforced not to be afraid to try this.

In a Doctor Who panel, the panelists were very interactive with the audience (much to the crowd’s delight), discussing such topics as where each of the new Doctors have excelled acting-wise, to the casting of the newest Doctor, to where the show may go next, speculating on the possibility of a future Doctor being female.

Also billed were: editor guest of honor Sharyn November, fan artist guest of honor Steve Stiles, and special guest Howard Waldrop.

On Saturday, while waiting in a line that wrapped around the room and down the hall for George R.R. Martin’s reading, Silent Sisters perused the crowd, urging with a waving motion of their arms for the attendees to be quiet. Not much later, the author himself casually walked amidst the crowd and sat in a lounge chair in the middle of everyone. I was as excited as everyone else and pleased (as well as surprised) to see no one stormed or crowded in on him. He just politely talked with those around him and took an occasional picture with the few brave enough to approach him.

 George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin

In the reading itself, I think everyone was surprised when he asked if we would like to hear material from the still far-off Winds of Winter. Everyone erupted into applause, and he read two chapters: one from the POV of Ser Barristan Selmy and the next from Tyrion. Both chapters took place shortly after where the story left off with these characters in the last book, and they told about the fighting between Meereen and Yunkai. The Tryion chapter was particularly funny, and there were sightings of dragons!

A great, informative, and very entertaining time. I can’t wait for next year.

-Michael

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Copyright WordTrance author, Michael

Links:

Capclave official site

Emmie Mears blog (one of the panelists on the Diversity panel. She writes urban fantasy. I was really impressed with her and can’t wait to read her stuff.)

George R.R. Martin official site

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