Stroll With the Stars

Would you like to get up close and personal so you could have a conversation with your favorite author, artist or editor ... and at the same time get some fresh air and stretch your legs a bit? Well that's what Stroll With the Stars is all about.

Every morning we'll take a nice stroll ... and we stress, stroll. This is not a heart-pounding aerobic exercise, or a military 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).

We'll have some of your favorite convention guests strolling along. Ever wish you could get some one-on-one time? Maybe ask Cory Doctorow where he gets his ideas, or ask John Picacio about technique, or ask Ellen Datlow or Lou Anders how they make their selections? They, and many other "Stars" have come out to Stroll with us: John Joseph Adams, Lou Anders, Peter Atwood, David Brin, Lauren Beukes, Paul Cornell, Ellen Datlow, Cory Doctorow, Scott Edelman, Felix Gilman, Joe & Gay Haldeman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Farah Mendlesohn, Larry Niven, John Picacio, Lawrence M. Schoen, Stephen H. Segal, Ann VanderMeer, Kaaron Warren and Frank Wu 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 Reno

We'll meet each morning at 9 a.m. in Walgreen's parking lot; returning each morning to the Convention Center before before 10 a.m. (Walgreen's is on Virginia Street, between the Peppermill and the Atlantis, closer to the Atlantis).

If you don't know me (Stu Segal), just look for the man with the STROLL! t-shirt and bullhorn. And a reminder to all you folks who live at sea level, on the East Coast, the West Coast, or where ever - Reno is 4,500 feet ABOVE sea level. This means your body reacts differently, and sweats differently, and you need to keep yourself well-hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids.

Strolling with the Stars also has its own Facebook page. If you're on Facebook yourself, you can use this page to see who's planning to join the Stroll or let your friends know you plan to be there yourself.

We're delighted by the great line-up of guests who will be strolling with us in Reno - GoH's, Special Guests, Hugo Winners, Nebula Winners, Authors, Artists and Editors:

WEDNESDAY 9 a.m.

PRACTICE LAP - No special guests, just me, strolling around to get the lay of the land. If anyone wants to join me I'll be at the meeting spot at 9 a.m.

THURSDAY 9 a.m.

Guest of Honor - Boris Vallejo
Special Guest - Bill Willingham
Julie Bell
Lauren Beukes
Ellen Datlow
Cory Doctorow
Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen

FRIDAY 9 a.m.

Special Guest - Bill Willingham
Scott Edelman
Joe Haldeman
Gay Haldeman
Beth Meacham
Toni Weisskopf

SATURDAY 9 a.m.

Special Guest - Bill Willingham
Lou Anders
Paul Cornell
Lev Grossman
James Patrick Kelly
Farah Mendlesohn
John Picacio

SUNDAY 9 a.m.

Kate Baker
Tanglwyst de Holloway
Deanna Hoak
Mary Robinette Kowal
Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen
Stephen H. Segal
Sheila Williams
Connie Willis