Friday, July 31, 2009


When I was in 6th grade I picked up and read a book up in the school library called Citizen of the Galaxy, by Robert Heinlein. I loved it, and that started a lifelong love not only of Science Fiction, but of Robert Heinlein. Over the years I have found my life has been influenced by the ideas he developed in his many novels. He was definitely my favorite author.

In college I found The Hobbit and read it and the rest of the series, including The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkein. I loved these books as well.

One day a number of years ago I read, on the internet somewhere, a reference to a character named Lerris. I was intrigued enough by the description to do some research and I found out that he was the protagonist of a book called The Magic of Recluse, by L.E. Modesitt. That book was the first in a series called The Saga of Recluse, which has now grown to 15 books.

I now own every book of Mr. Modesitt's that is available in paperback (it's too hard to stuff a hardback book in my back pocket) and read most of them more than once. Some of them I've carted around and read enough times that I have had to replace my original copy with a new one.

I met him (Modesitt) last night :)

There is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention in town (Spokane, WA) this weekend on the campus of Gonzaga University, called SpoCon 2009. Mr. Modesitt is the "Guest of Honor". He and four other authors had a book signing event last night at Auntie's Book Store, a local independant. This event was scheduled at the last minute, and wasn't even mentioned in the morning "Local Events" segment on NPR. But a friend who knows I am a Modesitt fan found out about it and told me.

I got to spend a few minutes with Lee (I don't know what to call him now that I have met him, but he goes by Lee) and then he got busy signing and talking. So I spent almost two hours talking to his lovely wife Carol, an opera singer and famous in her own right, and the inspiration for her husband's Spellsong Cycle series.

I think I found out about as much about Lee from her as I would have from him, and had a delightful time doing it. She, by the way, is scheduled to sit on several panels during the convention, including one titled "How to feed an artist". Since he writes 12-15 hours a day, 7 days a week, I would think that would be a very approprite discussion.

Did I mention that he took Heinlein's place as my favorite author?

Lee Modesitt is the only living person, other than LDS church leaders, that I would go out of my way to meet. The two others that would have fit that description are Robert Heinlein, of course, and J.R.R. Tolkein, both of which have passed away.


motherof8 said...

Wow. Very cool experience.

I will have to look for the Recluse books. I definitely like Heinlein, although I haven't read anything of his for ages, and Tolkien (haven't read the Silmarillion yet either.

Probably my favorite author, though, is Dick Francis. Also love James Herriott. I would love to go to an event with either them, but I probably wouldn't talk to them, just look and listen. more's the pity? But what would I say and who am I that they would care?!

I have a number of heroes I would like to "meet" (see in person and hear talk) Socrates, Winston Churchill, most of our founding fathers, Sariah, Mary (!), Eve, many, many more. And if, by some miracles and God's generous grace, I progress far enough, I actually will! Maybe if I achieve that point, I can talk to them. wow! too much to contemplate!

Pete said...

I had that same fear (what would I say and who am I that they would care) and found out that he was actually very interested in talking. He's a people person. But just in case I made up a list of things I've wanted to ask him if I ever met him, so I came prepared.

READ THE SILMARILLION!!! It's a completely different format than The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but it fills in the gaps of those other works and answers questions about them.

I haven't read Dick Francis or James Herriott, though I am familiar with the names. I will have to look them up.