I first discovered Spider Robinson in the October 1977 issue of Analog with his story, “Dog Day Evening”. When I read “God is an Iron” in the May 1979 issue of Omni, I was both more than a little surprised, and also hooked. It was quite different from his “Callahan” stories, yet the theme and payoff at the end of the story definitely has a “Callahan” sensibility to it. That story has stuck with me ever since. (If you haven’t read “God is an Iron”, why not? You need to. Right Now.)
In terms of the session, there’s not much to report here: I waited in line for about an hour and fifteen minutes, got about 5 people from meeting Spider Robinson, then it was 4 o’clock and he had to leave for another scheduled commitment.
But I met several really nice and interesting people also waiting in the line, one of whom came to be Paper Angel Press table later and purchased a copy of book, Building Baby Brother — the only hardcover edition we sold during all of WorldCon.
However, this is not the end of this story.