I Can Have Shapeshifting Teleporting Dragons

I realized this morning while watering plants that if I use the dimensional thingie to explain why my science fictional dragons can shapeshift to human form despite mass differences (and can also ‘store’ clothing for that form), then that opens up another possibility — Anne McCaffrey’s dragons in Pern used a dimensional thing to explain their teleportation ability.

So I could have shapeshifting teleporting dragons in my story, and that makes me just ridiculously happy. I think I need to counterbalance a little all the serious literary stuff in my brain left over from grad school and look for what brings me joy in writing. Shapeshifting teleporting dragons are total joy.



VR question, Oculus Quest edition. My family is LOVING the game Acron — one person wears the VR headset and plays as a tree, throwing boulders and slime at pesky squirrels trying to steal acorns. At least two other people play with you, as the squirrels, using an app on their phones / tablets.

It’s the perfect level of fun for us and the kids (ages 10 and 13), and my only complaint is that it’d be nice if you could play with just one other person, because often Anand and I are up for a game, and Kevin and Kavi aren’t. But aside from that, it’s great.

As far as I can tell, though, I can’t find any other games like this, which sort of bewilders me, because I’d think this would be a super-natural format for VR family gaming, given that the headsets are expensive and you probably aren’t going to buy one for every member of the family. Are there games that my Googling is not helping me find? Are they just in development now, and we have to wait?

I’m aware of the escape room-style games, which we’ll try at some point, but right now, I’d really just like more in this vein, fun action games, cute cheery graphics.

Wild Cards Panel

Quick note that I’ll be on a Wild Cards panel for ReConvene’s virtual convention on August 15th. My panel will be at 4 p.m. EDT, with the fabulous Peadar Ó Guilín, Max Gladstone, David Anthony Durham, and Melinda M. Snodgrass. They are all brilliant, and this is going to be an awesome panel. 

“Give us your kings, queens, jacks, and jokers, too! The ever-expanding Wild Cards world is seeing its 27th book published by the visionary editorial team of George R.R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass. With the creative power of new stories, new characters, and new authors, it’s safe to say that Wild Cards will continue to thrive. Come meet the people who make the series tick in this special town hall discussion on the state of the Wild Cards nation.”

reCONvene 2020

Saturday, August 15, 2020 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Eastern Time) Your one-day virtual convention for science fiction & fantasy fans! When you can’t come to fandom, fandom comes to you. Let’s reCONvene online in 2020! reCONvene is an online convention, organized for science fiction and fantasy fans by fans.