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Monday, March 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Peter F Hamilton!

The first time I saw author Peter F Hamilton was at a panel discussion at the 2013 World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, England. He sat between two other distinguished authors, Kathleen Ann Goonan and William T Nolan, and didn't say a lot. But then, he was moderating the panel, so instead of talking, he tended to sum up the others contributions, and steer the conversation when he felt it drifting off course. I thought how great it was to attend the same convention with him, and hoped that I would get the chance to actually talk with him.

Later, I was able to sit down with him, and found him to be a laid-back, affable guy. I also enjoyed a reading he did. In addition to writing several posts about that experience, I also bought two books of his last year, and read one of them, a collection of his short stories (which I also wrote a few posts on). As a voracious reader, it's always nice to meet authors. Somehow, most don't match up to the image you've built up of them in your mind. So it's special when you meet someone whose works you've not only enjoyed, but have proven over time to mean more to you than the average story, and then find out that they seem every bit the person you imagined them to be. That's what my experience of meeting Peter F Hamilton was like: totally, completely positive, in every way.

If you'd like to read those other posts about him, you'll find some of them listed below. (You can find the rest by typing his name into the Search This Blog feature on the left, or clicking on his name from the Labels list also on your left). And if you're reading this, Peter F Hamilton, thanks again for making my time at the 2013 World Fantasy Convention extra special. I wish you a really happy Birthday: you're a great guy!

Dragon Dave

Related Dragon Cache entries
Meeting Peter F Hamilton
Peter F Hamilton: The Reality Dysfunction
Peter F Hamilton on Authors & Mutant Worms

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