Richard Paolinelli

I Finally Made It To DragonCon…sort of…

I’ve had a strange relationship with DragonCon over the last five years. It started in 2016 with the advent of the Dragon Awards. I was thrilled when a good friend of mine, Gibson Michaels, was a finalist in the Best Military Sci-Fi novel category with the final book of his sentience trilogy.

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Of course, as he was sure was going to happen, David Weber won the award that year. Gibson wasn’t upset, he was thrilled just to be a finalist.

The same held true the following year when I was a finalist for Best Sci-Fi novel for the 2017 Dragon Awards with escaping Infinity. I had a pretty good idea that I was not going to win but I was then, and still am, very honored that I was a finalist. I got word that I was a finalist too close to the award ceremony in Atlanta to be able to make it.

But I had planned on attending DragonCon in 2018 but between a cross-country move and all sorts of health-related issues those plans were shelved. I didn’t try for DragonCon 2019 but I did have everything lined up to go this year. Hello COVID.

But after several near misses, I finally made it to DragonCon, virtually anyway. I recorded a panel with L. Jagi Lamplighter, Declan FInn, Hawkings Austin and Marina Fontaine for DragonCon 2020’s Fantasy Literature Track. It was a lot of fun and the hour passed far too quickly.

Check it out here: Superversive Dragons to the Sky! Panel Dragon Con 2020

Meanwhile, I’m going to start planning on actually attending DragonCon, in person, in Atlanta, in 2021.

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