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Oct. 14th, 2016 | 02:48 pm

This post is terribly overdue, thanks to a bout of con crud that had a colleague sticking her head into my office as I hacked and coughed to say with great sympathy, “Hairball?” But enough cool things happened that it seemed that ‘better late than never’ definitely applied.

Susannah Sinard and I were at the Fandemonium table for the weekend, signing books and talking to fans — and if you haven’t picked up her SG-1 novel, The Hall of the Two Truths, I highly recommend it. The wonderful dealers at Wrinkle in Time brought a ton of books for sale, so we were kept busy — though Susannah and I both managed to sneak off to hear a few talks.

And then there was… this.




I’m still not entirely clear what happened — I was blamelessly working the table, I swear! Apparently during David Hewlett’s talk, someone asked him about the Legacy series. He didn’t know it existed, or even that there were tie-in novels, and said something about were any of the books here, or any of the authors — and the next thing I knew, Shannon Stahl came running out of the hall, swept up my copies of Legacy, and dragged me toward the Q&A mics. Where she proceeded to introduce me as one of the authors of the books that they were just talking about.

Hewlett — who had been joined by David Nykl — then invited me up on stage to explain what the books were, asked great questions, and basically plugged the novels for us. They both flipped through books looking for their characters, and of course Nykl found Dr. Zelenka immediately, but Hewlett couldn’t find Dr. McKay because he had one of the ones in which Rodney[had a spoilery thing happen to him.]had been turned into a Wraith and believed he was Quicksilver

Some more pics! David Nykl finds a Zelenka scene and proceeds to read it in character! At the same time, David Hewlett can't find anybody but Zelenka.



I carefully point out to David Hewlett that Dr. McKay did make the book's cover.



It was an astonishing experience, made possible by two extremely gracious (and generous) actors, and I am pleased to report that I only squeaked and flailed after I left the stage. I also have to thank Shannon Stahl for not only making it happen, but for the photos as well.

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Kass

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from: kassrachel
date: Oct. 14th, 2016 11:32 pm (UTC)
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HOLY WOW!

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Melissa Scott

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from: mescott
date: Oct. 15th, 2016 03:26 pm (UTC)
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:-D

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Jennifer/Gail

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from: lferion
date: Oct. 15th, 2016 02:19 am (UTC)
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How wonderful!

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Melissa Scott

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from: mescott
date: Oct. 15th, 2016 03:28 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't believe it! And it speaks to the actors' generosity that they spent the time essentially promoting the books.

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leecetheartist

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from: leecetheartist
date: Oct. 15th, 2016 06:15 am (UTC)
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That must have been an amazing experience!

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Melissa Scott

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from: mescott
date: Oct. 15th, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
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It was totally awesome! Generous, gracious people!

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st_aurafina

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from: st_aurafina
date: Oct. 15th, 2016 11:16 am (UTC)
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Omg, that's amazing! Go you for not doing the squeak and flail till later!

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Melissa Scott

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from: mescott
date: Oct. 15th, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't believe it, to be honest! David Nykl read MY Zelenka dialogue! Mind you, once it was over, my hands were shaking so badly that I couldn't use my phone keyboard...

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Ann

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from: just_ann_now
date: Oct. 15th, 2016 12:27 pm (UTC)
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How exciting!

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Melissa Scott

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from: mescott
date: Oct. 15th, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
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It was incredibly exciting, and tremendously generous of Hewlett and Nykl!

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hand2hand

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from: hand2hand
date: Oct. 15th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
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THIS IS SO COOL.

So happy for you. What a great experience, to hear your words read by the actor. Wow.

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kahva

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from: kahva
date: Oct. 16th, 2016 12:32 am (UTC)
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I finally get to see the pictures!! I so wish I could have been there to see it all in person, but I'm so happy for you!! :) :) :) Too cool! :) :)

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m_nivalis

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from: m_nivalis
date: Oct. 16th, 2016 02:13 pm (UTC)
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This is brilliant! What a really awesome experience.

(I hope they bought the books too :-) .)

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Anthony Caryl

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from: Anthony Caryl
date: Oct. 22nd, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Very cool indeed

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comfort reading

from: 6_penny
date: Nov. 16th, 2016 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm starting to reread Astrient as a refuge from current events.
Its a great comfort.

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from: 6_penny
date: Dec. 2nd, 2016 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Loved the Young Coindarel scene with the peek at a young Phillip. Thank you.

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Melissa Scott

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from: mescott
date: Dec. 4th, 2016 03:24 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! (And thank you for the previous note - I've been head down on Point of Sighs for the last month or so and am behind on everything.) But I am very fond of Coindarel. :-)

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