I’m still a little stunned by this.
Look, it’s exciting enough to have SoonerCon back after two years of COVID cancellations. this June 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman, OK .
But the 30th edition of the con I helped to found is going to be a super-special one:
Our home-staters are inducting me into the Oklahoma Speculative Fiction Hall of Fame, and giving me the 2020 Nucleon Award. Ummm….
Winning awards and recognition is nice, but there’s nothing like getting it from the folks from whence you sprang. And the 501(c)3 nonprofit Future Society of Central Oklahoma which awards the Nucleon also produces SoonerCon—(and supports science and literacy programs year-round).
The SFHOF is meant to recognize “Oklahomans (or those with significant Oklahoma ties) who have contributed significantly to the development or support of the speculative fiction genre in Oklahoma or the world.”
I want to thank everyone at Future Society of Central Oklahoma who had a hand in this. i’m just very humbled.
It’s nice to know that someone noticed, someone was affected by the ripples we sent out… between helping build SoonerCon (and ThundercCon— and even little Starfest at ECU in Ada!) … to putting backstage TNG into the hands of young readers—and the TNG writing staff! … to helping chart fake stars and preserving behind-the-scenes Trek folks and their stories, all for fans globally and even live…. Well, I wouldn’t change a minute of this life and career trying to be the Will Rogers of Star Trek.
Then again, to join the same circle as C.J. Cherryh, Lon Chaney Jr., John “Count Gregore” Ferguson, Dwight Swain, . and Lloyd Lee Barnett … well, now “overwhelmed” is once again the adjective in play.
What’s more, I’ve never won an award big enough where I was able to have family on hand— before or after the big move to L.A.. That will be a moment I’m excited to share, as well.
It’s just a part of the opening ceremonies of SoonerCon, so I can share with you, too—come for the hall of fame and stay for all the rest! Early-bird memberships end May 4 — and kids 12 and under are still free— for Oklahoma’s biggest and oldest multi-arena weekend of pop culture and sci-fi goodness: from indie filmmakers to cosplay, art show, anime, gaming, LARPing, kids programming, authors and and artists and crafters—i.e., the works.
This year’s SoonerCon charity is Bridges of Norman. a non-profit which helps highschoolers no longer living at home with housing and independence, finishing high school and college prep, so as to avoid the foster care system.
After twp years of COVID Con Cancelled, I can’t wait to see my red-dirt homies and my week back among family and freinds of any stripe. Love to see Treklanders there, too — maybe you need to put growing, fan-produced SoonerCon on your con comeback trail this year, too.