GOH: Anne McCaffrey
Lisa and Melissa surrendered to Don & Thomas' blandishments
and came to Darkover this year. They quickly became as enchanted
as the boys were.
Don doesn't remember being on any panels at Darkover 9, and
the pocket program offers nothing to indicate that he was.
Three things stand out in Don's mind at this Darkover. The
first was a panel with MZB, Anne
McCaffrey, and someone else -- the rest of us were in the audience
-- and MZB started going off on
how terrible romance fiction was, and how any writer who did it
was perverting her talent and being nothing better than a whore.
At which point Don stuck up his hand and said, "Why don't
we get some reaction from Ms. McCaffrey, who has written some
wonderful romance fiction that isn't hackwork at all?" Later,
Don showed up at MZB's autograph
table with a copy of Souvenir of Monique
. . . a decidedly trashy romance that MZB
had written at the beginning of her career -- and released under
her own name.
The second thing Don remembers is going to Anne McCaffrey's
autograph table and handing her his copy of Cooking Out of
This World. As she signed it, she said, "Do you know
how rare this is?" Don twinkled and answered, "You've
just made it a lot rarer."
The third thing happened at a Barbara Michaels panel. Lisa,
you see, had gotten ahold of an obscure book called The Lustful
Turk, which Michaels makes reference to in at least one of
her books. Our friend Marilyn (also a Barbara Michaels fan) learned
of this and couldn't restrain herself. Up went her hand, and when
Michaels called on her, Marilyn pointed to Lisa and blurted, "She
has a copy of The Lustful Turk." "I've never
seen one," Michaels said. "Where on earth did you get
As we recall, Lisa (as always) did the classy thing and gave
the book to Michaels.