Back to the Future

Back to the Future

It seems like we were just at the L. Ron. Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Annual Achievement Awards.  Oh, yes, it was last October when they combined the 36th and 37th annual awards.  Now it is back on track with their ceremony again being held in April.

As usual, they had a large statue that reflected the cover of this year’s anthology collection.

However, I was not aware of the dangers upon entering Taglyn Complex in Hollywood where the Ceremony was held.

The inside of the hall was as spectacular as ever.  I love the blue motif with the pink highlights.

This year, we had two tables reserved for GLAWS members, although, for various reasons, about half of the members expected were not able to attend.  This included president of GLAWS, Tony Todaro and his wife Lilly, who, for the first time in two years, came down with a bad cold.

I sat with literary agent, Steven Hudson.  Next to him was my wife, Kristine.

On my right was GLAWS vice president, Nic Nelson and GLAWS cofounder, Neil Citrin.  Standing here are (left to right) Steve, Neil, Nic and myself.

Dinner started with a salad.  I don’t know how you get overly excited by a salad.  I like a chunky salad with big chunks of carrots, bell pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, etc.  My philosophy about lettuce is that it’s only a bed for the good stuff, but the salad did have apples and walnuts, and that was different.

The main course was salmon and filet mingnon.  That was awesome!

Dessert was this chocolate-covered mousse/ice cream with a cookie/cake bed thing.  I can’t justifiably describe it, but it was awesome as well.

Unlike last year, I didn’t know anyone receiving an award, but I enjoyed it all the same.  I have to admit, I did get choked up with some of the more moving acceptance speeches.

John F. Thompson, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General and former Commander of the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile System Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, gave the keynote speech.  He essentially reminded us that it is us, the science fictions writers, who explore the possibilities of the future.

It was a wonderful evening with great food and longed-for company.  I haven’t seen Steve, Neil, and Nic in person in over two years.

We missed you Tony and Lilly.

Dennis Amador Cherry


107th blog completed.

First Steampunk novel:  72,191 words.

First Steampunk screenplay:  Need to update with notes from the novelization.

Second Steampunk screenplay:  174 pages.

Second Steampunk novel: 0 words.

Third Steampunk screenplay:  38 pages.


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