November 25th, 2008


Sweet Sweetback's Badassssss Science Fiction

I was at the SFWA Reception in Manhattan last night. One always expects celebrity sightings at these things, but of the more mild variety like, "Oh look, it's Gregory Maguire, the guy who wrote Wicked."

One certainly does not expect, when one walks out onto the terrace for a cigarette, to run into Melvin Van Peebles! Holy shit! I introduced myself right away and talked with him a bit about science fiction and New York vs. Chicago.

Then I spent the rest of the night running up to people and shouting, "Oh my God!" And they would shout back, "I know!" I felt like we were all teenage girls coming out of a showing of Twilight.

This is going on my list of cool, random celebrity encounters, like the time I wound up sitting at the same dinner table with Regis and Joy Philbin, or the time I was introduced to Garth Ennis at a friend's Christmas party!