Boskone Trip Report (part 3 of 6)
Episode 3, Friday night: Schmoozing with Buffalo
After conquering the sea and obtaining my coveted Ribbon of Self-Esteem, I finally felt free to do what I'd come to Boskone to do: talk to as many cool people as possible. Friday night began with Esther Friesner and her friends from the Society of Creative Anachronism and included a hello from Jane Yolen. In case you don't know, Jane Yolen is the grand poohba of children's literature and has written something like 290 books. (I'm not exaggerating.) Esther Friesner is the author of the very cool book Temping Fate (and numerous other books). When I met her at a convention several years ago, she introduced herself to me as the Queen of Hamsters. At a later convention, she introduced herself to people as the Perpetual Virgin -- and then without batting an eye, introduced her son and daughter. Anyway, we chatted for a while, and then Esther invited me to accompany her to the Buffalito party on the fourth floor. She then began stabbing the air repeatedly with her fist and shouting, "Buffalito! Buffalito!"
This confused me a little, but I like Esther and I like buffalos (who doesn't?) so off I went.
Buffalitos, as it turns out, are science fictional creatures created by Lawrence Schoen, the founder of the Klingon Language Institute (which published Hamlet in the original Klingon). Lawrence, a very nice man whom I'd heard of but never met before, founded the Buffalito World Outreach Program (BWOP) to promote a collection of his short stories. As part of his marketing plan, he translated one of his stories into a number of different languages -- interestingly, none of them Klingon.
I met a bunch of lovely people at the BWOP party (including romance author Darlene Marshall) and a bunch more very cool people at the George R. R. Martin fan party. All in all, a typical night at Boskone: lots of laughter shared with wonderful people who don't take themselves too seriously.
Coming next, episode 4, in which I speculate about the fate of a certain Mr. Potter.