I don’t play a lot of video games, but I did try Star Wars: Battlefront. The focus in all the scenarios is the AT-AT, that elephantine monster we first saw on the planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.

If you play the rebel side, you try to destroy the AT-ATs. I always played the empire so I had to defend them. Problem is, the AT-AT has a lot of firepower up front, but nowhere else, leaving it open to air and ground attacks from the side and rear. It can take a lot of hits, but it’s not invulnerable.

That got me thinking. Becaise it’s a troop transport, seems like a few stormtroopers could operate ball-turret guns on the side and rear, like they had on B-17s, and other WWII-era bombers.

I think it could look like this.

Lunacon 2017

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The BSFW readers (Left to right): Connor Drexler, Matthew Dunn, S.A. Chakraborty, Rob Cameron, Fred Stesney, Marcy Arlin, Sam Schreiber, and Brad Parks. Not pictured: Elliotte Rusty Harold.

Last Friday night was my first public reading and my first visit to a sci-fi convention.  New, and yet so familiar.

Reading my own work was much easier than either playing with a band or doing standup, because I didn’t have to memorize anything. And the Lunacon¬† experience was much like a folk music conference. A similar crowd but with cosplay replacing banjos.

We were an impressive group. Good stories read right. The plan is for the BSFW to do Lunacon every year, and I plan on taking part.