Tuesday, July 24, 2018

These Tribal Rites

Glenn, Gregorio, Brandon
photo by Yakov Varganov

“Most of the panels were good. And a person who likes to ask questions could really let himself go on almost any of them.” -R.A. Lafferty, from "The Gathering of the Tribes"


We're getting better at this con game every year. LaffCon3 was better than LaffCon2 was better than LaffCon1.

One significant improvement that we made this year was in the quality of our audio recording. We haven't meant to be secretive. We fully understand that many of our fellow Lafferty fans are spread out across the globe and can't possibly make it. All of our attempts at recordings and streams have been for these fellows.

We have one great recording from Year 1: Lafferty Studies (featuring Andrew Ferguson, Gregorio Montejo, Daniel Otto Jack Petersen, and Michael Swanwick)

Last year's video recordings of our attempted live stream are too embarrassing to share. They can still be found if you search for them, but I won't proudly point anyone to them. The contents of the lectures/panels are great. The video recordings not so much. It turns out that Laffertian bi-location is harder than it appears.

This year we enjoyed the presence of Glenn McDorman and Brandon Budda, the hosts of The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast. These two classy gentlemen put on a great live show at the con. They were also tremendously helpful in getting professional quality recordings of much of the rest of the con. Thank you, Glenn and Brandon.

Stay tuned to their podcast feed for some great audio from the con, then stick around into the future as they dive into Wolfe's The Fifth Head of Cerberus.

The "Snuffles" episode featuring our very own Gregorio Montejo dropped today.

Check it out on their website: https://www.claytemplemedia.com/single-post/2018/07/24/New-Episode-of-The-Gene-Wolfe-Literary-Podcast-Snuffles-by-RA-Lafferty---Live-from-LaffCon

(and/or subscribe to the podcast in the podcatcher app of your choice; I highly recommend that you do so.)

Besides the audio being made available, here's a reminder that the print booklets are also available for sale to those who could not make the con:
https://www.amazon.com/LaffCon3-Ktistec-Press/dp/0998536423/


Monday, July 16, 2018

LAFFCON4 - Planning Begins

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Planning is underway for the fourth mutation of the one and only conference dedicated to the life and works of author R. A. Lafferty.