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[livejournal.com profile] greengolux has three Worldcon panel reports:
At Worldcon I attended three particularly fascinating literary panels. The first two were on the aesthetics of science fiction and fantasy respectively, and the third was entitled 'Waiting for the Fantastic' and was about those pieces of fiction that never quite break out into explicit sf or fantasy, but feel like they could do at any moment. These three panels, in a way, formed the core of the convention for me. Between them they set out to explore the very heart of the real reason I was there in the first place, attempting to get to the bottom of what science fiction, fantasy, and other works that teeter on the brink of sf and fantasy are trying to do and how they set about doing it.
[livejournal.com profile] zarabee reports a question that China Mieville asked of Gary Wolfe and John Clute during their conversation:
He commented about the the naivety of SF, and the literal reading of things in SF, and asked whether the critical approach and the interpretation which criticism necessitated means that the naievety is lost. He wanted [Clute and Wolfe] to talk about about the battle between naivety and sophistication which ensues when we start to explore the metaphorisation and the meaning of it all.
Jonathan Strahan enthuses about two stories, one by Jeff Vandermeer and one by Geoff Ryman:
I got online this morning and downloaded the night's email. In amongst it was an email from Gordon with the December F&SF attached. I was delighted to see that there was a new Geoff Ryman novelette in the issue, a story called 'The Last Ten Years in the Life of Hero Kai'. From what I can tell, it's the cover story for the issue and is quite unusual. The story head note references something called 'monkpunk', and it's tempting to be glib and say this is it. But it would be glib. The story is a very subtle and quite powerful tale of a warrior monk who leads a revolt to save the country he loves, becomes what he detests and, possibly, is responsible for a change in the way the world works. It doesn't matter whether this story is SF or fantasy (my bet is SF, though I'd be curious to hear what Gordon thinks), but it was either going to be masterful or awful. Following so closely on the heels of his completely wonderful novel Air, it should come as no surprise, that it is far closer to masterful than not. A highlight in a year of stories.
Needless to say, I am jealous of Mr Strahan's early-reading privileges.

InterWiki

Aug. 14th, 2005 10:20 pm
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There really is a wiki for everything, these days.
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I hardly know where to start with this. Perhaps with a disclaimer: this is not the sort of con report that contains substantive panel notes. It turns out that I generally suck at taking notes, and at attempting to recreate what was said after the fact. So this is emphatically my con, what I was doing and thinking (often, it seems, being completely oblivious to how other people were feeling), and given that it runs to about five thousand words I wouldn't blame you one bit if you skipped it.

five days in glasgow )
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Home again, home again, and confronted by god only knows how much lj, a couple of hundred emails, and a dozen or so new names on my 'friend of' list (hi!). It may be a while before I catch up.

There will be a proper con report at some point, I hope, but it might not be for a week or so. In the meantime, there are a couple of things I missed at the con that I'm hoping people can point me to coverage of:

- Mining other cultures (2pm Friday)
- How do we reinvent time travel? (noon Saturday)
- Feminism as setting (noon Saturday)
- Science denial (noon Saturday; there was a lot on on that slot, it seems)
- John Clute and Gary K. Wolfe in conversation (2pm Saturday)
- AI: The aliens we make (10am Sunday)

Monday

Aug. 9th, 2005 03:04 pm
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Monday was pretty relaxed. People were leaving, the con was winding down. I had two more panels: new sf tv, on which I argued with Paul Cornell about Doctor Who, and The Future of Fandom, in which the future of fandom arrived and beat the panel with sticks.

Time for a last pass around the dealer's room (didn't buy anything, but picked up some review copies for Strange Horizons, plus was given a rather fab Magic For Beginners tshirt by Kelly and Gavin), then I helped pack up the Foundation stall. Went out for dinner with Andrew, Liz, Mattia, Rachel, Zoe ... and Nat, yay! We phoned Dan and made him sing down the phone at us because the music in the restaurant was so bad.

Stopped in at the dead dog party, but was too dog-tired to stay for long. Today we've mooched around Glasgow a bit, and now there's just the long train ride home. I can't believe I'll be back at work tomorrow.

It makes me happy that Wonka Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow delights now exist. They are so very tasty.

Quick Note

Aug. 8th, 2005 10:08 am
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I did far too much yesterday to write it all up from my phone, so that will have to wait. I just want to say, about the Hugos: with one or two exceptions (*cough*shortstory*cough*) it's a strong set of results - and the first set this decade that actually feel like they belong to this decade, and aren't a hangover from the nineties. That's pretty cool. Congrats to all the winners.

Saturday

Aug. 7th, 2005 01:47 am
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Have bought some actual books: Look At The Evidence by John Clute and Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys. Both of these can be blamed on Graham.

Magazines panel was good. Well, I got most of what *I* wanted out of it, anyway. I think maybe I should have realised that the audience was going to be 80% writers and adjusted my plan slightly. Met [livejournal.com profile] apotropaism and her brother at the end of it, which was good. Went on to a slipstream panel that was a bit unsatisfactory.

Then went for dinner with [livejournal.com profile] sdn, [livejournal.com profile] nhw, Andrew (M. Butler) and Elizabeth Wein. After that was the Anonymous Claire party, which was awesome, though I fear the pictures and videos that may soon appear online. Dan, remind me to tell you the story about Virginia Woolf and Olaf Stapledon.

Then it was down to the bar to chat to Chance and Gwenda and others for a while. All in all, a good day. Except that I have lost my programme for the second time. What's with that?

Two down

Aug. 6th, 2005 02:14 pm
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One to go. Book group went pretty well, I think, although that's more due to smart people turning up and saying interesting things than anything I did. I'd name names but I'd only gush and it would be embarrassing. Not The Hugos also seemed fairly well-recieved, despite the latish format change.

Yesterday I thought the con would go on forever, I'd be able to see everyone and do everything. Today there's the creeping realisation that that ain't so.

Friday

Aug. 6th, 2005 12:32 am
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- Ate the biggest breakfast ever.
- Went to a panel on 'character vs science in hard sf' and really regretted it. New rule: do not go to panels where over half the participants are both american and over 50.
- Manned the bsfa stall for an hour.
- Went to a very good panel about fantasy cities. There's a complementary panel about science fiction cities later in the weekend, which I'm looking forward to.
- Realised I was sitting in front of Kelly Link, Gavin Grant, Christopher Rowe and Gwenda Bond. Said hi and ended up chatting with them in the bar for an hour. They are all cool people. Unsurprisingly.
- Went to Chris Rowe's reading, which was great.
- Met Chance! Finally. Dragged her to Graham's panel on Chris Priest, then back to the bar, then to Call My Bluff, then lost her. D'oh.
- Went to the evening play, Lucas Back In Anger, which was fun but overlong.
- Went out for dinner. Excellent food, excellent company, excellent conversation.
- Checked out the room parties at the Hilton. Still not sure I quite get the room party thing.
- Tomorrow is day of doom: I'm on three programme items in one afternoon.

Radio

Aug. 5th, 2005 09:07 am
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I can't quite tune in to Radio 4 here. The best I can do gives me what sounds like George Galloway remixed by a popular beat combo, and interspersed with bursts of white noise.

Also, Zac has earned my undying devotion by bringing a box of See's Candies to the con. A big box. Mmm.
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So far, this con feels remarkably like, say, an Eastercon. But bigger. I've met virtually no Americans - I think they all went to the party hotel while British fandom stayed in the bar. I have, however, acquired various publications.

- Foundation 94 (featuring a review by me!)
- The latest Banana Wings and Zoo Nation. The latter has a fabulous cover.
- Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg (won in the bsfa raffle)
- Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton, courtesy Zara.
- Interzone 199 (also featuring a review by me! And you might even be able to buy this one in shops)
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The Great Sandwich Debate remains unresolved. Popular vote gave the day to the one-sandwich mob, but not by much. However, we are awesome. People we don't even know--including a professional baker!--came. And stayed. For the whole thing. Even when Tom ate Greg Pickersgill's name as part of a sandwich (would probably be better with butter, apparently).

Note to self: try not to cry with laughter when you're meant to be moderating.

Arrival

Aug. 4th, 2005 04:35 pm
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I have arrived at worldcon. It's big, isn't it?
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Hey, everyone else is doing it. This is when you'll be able to find me at Interaction.

my schedule )

And because I'm losing track, and need a list of the people I should try to at least say hello to:

[Poll #523842]
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For the past four years, Picocon and Caption have been the only cons I've attended. I've wanted to go to others, but just not been organised; and it's not easy to get a group of students to all afford a minimum of UKP150 for a weekend con at the same time.

This year, I'm going to be organised. I want to go to Eastercon, and probably some of the Oxford Literary Festival (let's face it, 'festival' is just the establishment word for 'con'), and possibly End of Days as well (although that one really is expensive). And then there's Interaction, the 2005 Worldcon, for which it would probably be a good idea to book sooner rather than later.

Anyone care to jump in on any of those?

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