(excerpted from a longer piece) Ken said there was a science fiction convention coming up over Easter weekend. There would be gaming, which I was looking forward to. He was volunteering and said I should too. So I did, claiming that I was in fact over 18—required for volunteers at that con at that time—when […]
For those of you not tuned into the romance world, you may have missed the big kerfluffle over the RT Booklovers convention signing. Like some of the smaller pro-heavy cons in SF/F that are open to all, namely World Fantasy and the SFWA Nebula Weekend, there’s a huge signing called the Giant Book Fair. At […]
Some time ago, I realized I’d missed the two opening rounds of tickets for this year’s World Domination Summit and added myself to the notification list for the third round. And promptly forgot about it. Over the weekend, I’d gotten an email reminding me that more tickets would be available soon, so I went over […]
For conventions that move around, you get to interact with people who you don’t know and see if they’ll fit into the program. It’s always an interesting process. I keep seeing emails that reduce to the following: Hi, I’m A and I’m a writer [most are, anyway]. I’d like to be a panelist at Westercon. […]
The Hugo Awards site has the full nomination list. Look, I don’t vote in every category every time. I will be voting in a category I haven’t voted in before, though. Natalie has some commentary (and quite a few comments) over on her site. Me? I vote for the work, not the person, but there […]
This is a really great report of a panel at a Supernatural con. Sebastian Roché has the attention span of a fruit fly on meth[…]. And, about a prior con: Misha comes on stage with a small pig, because why not?
I’ll be speaking at FogCon this weekend: Friday, 4:30: Invisible Disabilities in Salon C. Saturday, 1:30: Cryptography and Codes in Salon A/B. Hope to see you!
We don’t know each other, but we have something in common: a former relationship with Scientology. Only I didn’t grow up at its centre, then in East Grinstead, Sussex, the way you did. I got in when I was 18. I read your piece Storms and how they start, and I get that Jonathan Ross […]
Best related work: Fic by Anne Jamison, a history of fanfiction. Best fan artist: Randall Munroe. Last cartoon of the year is 1311 and first of 2013 was 1155 (thank you @xkcdfeed). Three of note: 1158 (it’s all about physics), 1167 (Star Trek Into Darkness), 1177 (Time Robot). For those who feel he isn’t eligible, […]
Yes, I’m recommending a technical paper written by a Microsoft researcher for a Hugo Award for Best Short Story. Wait. Come back. There is a narrative in there….about the 2nd person narrator, son John, and the generational differences in chip design between the two of them. As a child in 1977, John had met Gordon […]