Hello everyone. I am writing this from the Internet lounge at the convention, which is an interesting experience as the French keyboard layout is subtly different to the UK/US one. My laptop is back at the hotel and it is raining heavily. I don’t want to get my fur wet.
If you have seen the photos on Twitter you will know that some of the convention space is in tents, but they are very good tents and the rain is no problem.
I have been meeting a number of French writers, several of whom speak good English and hope to be in Montréal. These include Lionel Davoust, who has two short stories in the running for the Prix Imaginales, and Jean-Claude Dunyach who I believe was in the Jim & Kathy Morrow anthology of European SF. I have also met Andreas Eschbach, who is very nice, and Andrzej Sapkowski who is very amusing and speaks excellent English (along with 9 other languages).
I have also found gamers and costumers – some aspects of fandom are universal – but Jean-Louis and I were met with blank stares yesterday when we tried to explain filk. I’m working on getting wi-fi for the award ceremony.
And finally, as this is France, why yes, the convention does have its own label wine. I shall buy some and bring it back.