July 5th, 2015

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Yesterday was a day of various curiousities.

In the late afternoon we made our way to Bradd's place near The Vortex, the venue where we put on Dungeonmaster to meet up before going to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the DM show at AnimExpo (or however they spelled it). Just as we were preparing to be picked up by Uber to make our way to the show, somebody half a block down blew up a pretty impressive firecracker, just as a car drove past. Apparently it frightened the driver, who stopped and cursed out the perpetrators. Only a few moments later, I experienced first-hand a drone investigation; it suddenly appeared, steadily hovering over the spot that the explosion occured. Rapidly after that, a newsvan from Channel 5 pulled up, too, probably responding to the LAPD checking out a possibly terrorist plot. When nothing else happened, the drone flew off to the east, while the van headed towards the same place we were going...the Convention Center.

Uber did us proud, though I found myself hard-pressed fitting into the front seat of the Ford Escort.

The anime event was very crowded. Many people were in costumes, and many of the costumes were excellent.

The Dungeonmaster show was packed tight; there were NO empty seats at all. The members of the audience were very appreciative of the presentation that they were given; the cast and players had fun, and we handed out loads of flyers. We can only hope that some of the folks make it to our autumn season.

On the trip home, there were fireworks on both sides of the freeway practically all the way to the house. Our pups were a mite skittish when we walked in, and were delighted at our return. And so we collapsed in bed...
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Early yesterday, I had the pleasure of finishing the new Expanse novel by James S. A. Corey (nom de plume for two authors, actually...) called Nemesis Games. It's the...fourth?...novel (along with two or three supporting short stories that fit into the timeline) in The Expanse series. I started aggressively reading these books when I heard that the series was going to be made into a ScyFy Channel show, and I've really liked them each and every one, and Nemesis Games goes right along with this.

Now, I couldn't put my finger on the exact reason I was liking these books until this week. I was listening to a podcast of Krypton Radio's The Event Horizon in which they were interviewing David Gerrold. He was talking about the differences in certain sorts of stories. Some, you have individuals who have special powers to get things done (I guess here I'd be thinking about Ender's Game, for example, IIRC). However, he suggested that it's more interesting to read about normal people who due to circumstances are forced to step up and do extraordinary things. I recognized as I heard that, that it was exactly what I was loving about this series, and I can acknowledge it without it being any sort of spoiler.

So I highly recommend the series, which starts with Leviathan Wakes, and this book just carries right on and leaves you hanging wanting more. Wow!