Stroll with the Stars

Would you like to stroll and chat with your favorite author, artist or editor ... and at the same time get some fresh air and stretch your legs a bit? That's what "Stroll with the Stars" is all about.

Every morning from Thursday, August 29, through Monday, September 2, 2013, we'll take a nice stroll between 9 and 10 a.m. ... and we stress, stroll. This is not a heart-pounding aerobic exercise, or a forced march; it's a nice morning stroll. This has been described by some of the participants as a "Strolling Kaffeeklatsch" (but unlike a Kaffeeklatsch you won't need to stand in line to sign up, and there's no limit to how many can attend); one stroller told us this was "like the peripatetic schools of the ancient Greek philosophers".

We'll have some of your favorite convention guests strolling along. Ever wish you could get some one-on-one time? Maybe ask your favorite author where she gets her ideas, or ask your favorite artist about technique, or ask the great editors how they make their selections? Some of the "Stars" who have come out to Stroll with us in the past: Lou Anders, David Brin, Lauren Beukes, Paul Cornell, Ellen Datlow, Cory Doctorow, Scott Edelman, Joe Haldeman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Farah Mendlesohn, Larry Niven, John Picacio, Stephen H. Segal, Ann VanderMeer, Boris Vallejo, Bill Willingham, Connie Willis, Frank Wu and dozens more have all strolled along with us. Check out the photos of us Strollin' in '09 at Anticipation in Montreal, and in '08 at Denvention in Denver. (Click on the thumbnails below for larger images).

'Strollers' at Anticipation

'Strollers' at Denvention

Strolling in Texas

We'll meet each morning at 9 a.m. outside of the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel (the smaller hotel) on the Riverwalk, just outside the hotel doors and then we will stroll the river along accessible routes. We will return each morning before 10 a.m.

Provisionally confirmed Stars for this year include:

  • Lou Anders
  • Lou Antonelli
  • John Berlyne
  • David Boop
  • David Brin
  • Neil Clarke
  • Paul Cornell
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Scott Edelman
  • Mark Finn
  • Phil and Kaja Foglio
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Joe and Gay Haldeman
  • Richard Hescox
  • Jason Hough
  • Kay Kenyon
  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Stina Leicht
  • David D. Levine
  • Beth Meacham
  • C. J. Mills
  • Mark Oshiro
  • Trina Phillips
  • Charles Radley
  • Jessica Reisman
  • Julia Rios
  • Lezli Robyn
  • Lawrence M. Schoen
  • Shanna Swendson
  • Howard Tayler
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Toni Weisskopf
  • Michelle Sagara West
  • Mel White
  • Sheila Williams

The Sunday Stroll with the Stars will be an "Alamo Special" as we head towards the world-famous Alamo Mission, a few short blocks away. It will be led by Alamo aficionado and LoneStarCon 3 Chairman Randall Shepherd. Meet Randy in the lobby of the Marriott Rivercenter for his personal tour of this famous Texas garrison. Visiting the Alamo is free; but please note that you will not be able to take photos inside parts of the site.