Dragon*Con Report - An article by Ben Lesnick

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CIC versus Atlanta!

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We took a huge luxury SUV thing with a horse trailer to Atlanta. It took twelve hours. And Paula drove the whole way. And we drank a lot of energy drinks.

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The CIC/OM booth under construction!

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Paula runs the booth!

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Here's me (and Tye, right) at the CIC booth.

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These guys were everywhere -- apparently they were having the worlds largest gathering of Stormtroopers at some point.

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Joe Garrity and TyeDyeBoy at the booth.

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Joe shows off his Wing Commander III Premiere Edition to Hades and Tye.

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Tye gazes philosophically at, presumably, some scantily clad woman across from him. Or maybe the booth full of swords.

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Unfortunately, he recovered.

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Death and I went to see Bill Fawcett, Forstchen and the guy who wrote the Doom Novels. Unfortunately, Forstchen was sick and didn't come. The panel was about weaponry in military sci-fi, but they mostly talked about anarchy. Bill Fawcett, who packaged the Wing Commander novels for Baen, said that the movie had killed any hopes of getting any more published.

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I was trying to take a picture of Death that was better than the Tiger shirt one. But it didn't work out right.

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The girl in the booth next to us was selling cloaks. I didn't have a cloak. I do now! I'm holding a big-ass Kilrathi gun from Wing Commander III.

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John Rhys Davies was supposed to sign autographs the first day -- but his plane was late and he didn't get there in time. So he signed them for an extra hour and a half the next day... Death, Hades and I got 'em signed.

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Death and I went to Syd Mead's presentation of... Syd Mead stuff. He talked about six or seven different projects he'd worked on -- and one of them was Prophecy! He was a very interesting speaker, and seemed to care a lot about continuity and such in what he was designing.

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A Kraken -- he says it was supposed to be ten kilometers long. That's actually not me in the front -- it's some other guy with a similar taste in shirts.

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A Nephilim! That's all I have to say about that.

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A Moray -- Syd Mead said that the Nephilim grow new fighters in their carriers. Neat! Remember to buy his book.

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A portrait of Richard Garriott sat next to me on the way home. Creeepy.

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A crowd shot!

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Hades and I set the kids internet thing at the Smithsonian to the CIC. It only had a trackball and a button -- but we got

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GOOD JOB, CIC!