When I agreed to be co-head of programming for Westercon 67 in Salt Lake City, it was before a book decided to bonk me over the head and say in no uncertain terms: Deirdre, remember that careful timeline you had of all your writing projects? Eff that. I’m the book you should write NOW NOW […]
(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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I heard earlier this afternoon that science fiction fan and convention runner, Kathryn Daugherty, passed away. She’d had a reoccurrence of colorectal cancer and had recently had surgery and started a second round of chemo. She’s been married to James Stanley Daugherty for almost 40 years. She was a friend and a mentor, and I’ll […]
Rick and I just had one of those, “Human! Learn to use the device!” moments. But maybe I should step back and say where that comes from. In 2008, when we were going to see the last gasp (at the time, it’s since been revived) of the Star Trek Experience in Vegas, I was sitting […]
Those of you who haven’t been paying attention may not have known about the recent uproar about the the semi-prozine Hugo category. Essentially, for many years, the nominee list had become so stagnant that the sentiment among many SMOFs was to do away with the category entirely. In 2009, Weird Tales won the Hugo in […]
It’s clear to me that Randall Munroe is a fan even though his fan art is outside fanzines. I offer these three examples from 2010 as proof. Link to original post on LiveJournal.
Skipped all the panels, hung out in Autographings for a while, took a nap, then went out to dinner with Steve Eley, Erin Cashier, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and others. Great fun! It was mostly a Viable Paradise alumni gathering, though not strictly so.