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  • As a pre-con holiday, I went on a reading week with thirteen other people. A reading week involves taking a lot of books to a self-catering cottage in a beautiful location and then letting nature take its course.
and then there was a con )

I am vastly behind on email, so if you've sent me something that requires a response in the last ten days, please bear with me. Normal service will be resumed, etc.
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As I mentioned a few days ago, the programme for this year's Eastercon is up. Here's my schedule.
Friday, April 14
1330-1430, Argyll 2: The Creative Possibilities of the Fanzine
Fanzines have come a long way since being mimeo'd onto Twiltone. What further creative prospects are there?

Sunday, April 16
1100-1200, Argyll 2: "Why can't they just write it so people can understand?"
What makes writing inaccessible? Are challenging ideas enough to make a challenging work of fiction, or must they be matched by complex language and structures?

1300-1400, Argyll 3: Harrison, Harrison and Clute

1530-1700, Orkney: BSFA Award shorts book group
Group discussion of the short stories nominated for this year's BSFA Award

Monday, April 17
1000-1100, Boardroom: Communal Criticism
Is blogging bringing reviewers out of their ivory towers?

1300-1400, Argyll 1: Does Anyone Watch Broadcast TV Any More?
Between downloading episodes and buying the DVD compilation, does anyone actually watch the original broadcast of SF series any more? How might this change the culture of mutual appreciation of a show?
In summary: call me Mr Eclectic. This is gonna be a good, if occasionally somewhat intimidating, con. So, the obvious question:

[Poll #704540]


Mar. 26th, 2005 07:59 pm
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Christopher Eccleston is fantastic. A lot of the dialogue was sharp. The rest ... well, it wasn't all actively shit. Some of it was just meh. The direction was pedestrian, the effects just weren't up to scratch, and the music was dire.

There's potential, and next week's does look better, but at the moment it really wouldn't bother me much if I missed the rest of the series.

But everyone else liked it.
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How to explain an Eastercon to someone who's never been, or even heard of it? It's six hundred fans (literature fans, mind...) in the same place, over the same weekend, doing a very wide range of things: attending or contributing to panel discussions on anything sf-related you can think of, selling or buying books, producing (or complaining about) the con newsletter, filking (god help us), costuming, building robots, demonstrating how a Tesla coil works, drinking, and, of course, arguing about the definition of a sandwich. But it's also so much more than that.

Read more... )

So how did it all go down?

Friday might have been the best day. Read more... )

A couple of notes on a couple of things:

Read more... )

Other reports:

Geneva on paper vs. web|Sarah on media programming at cons

And to conclude, the obligatory list of media exchanges.

Read more... )

And now, I'm off into town. I'll have to catch up on my friends page later.

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