September 2nd, 2012

Dead Dog Cat

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Two tidbits I'm posting mostly for the memories:

First, the day we flew, mid-morning, my wife was shocked when two coyotes trotted past our house on the sidewalk. What the heck?

Second, on the elevator this morning, heading to our room after the parties, some young drunk started sassing my wife. She didn't kill him. His gf apologized for his behavior...
Dead Dog Cat

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So, here I am at WorldCon while in the middle of taking a course in Fantasy and Science Fiction Literature. If you think that the books and stories we are reading have no bearing on the field at present, let me tell you a few of the things that I've run into here.

First, two hours after I'd finished reading the material, I sat in on a radio play version of The Island of Dr. Moreau performed by the Moebius Theater Group.

Second, we read The Raven recently; at one of the huckster room booths, they were selling a raven hand puppet.

Third, same hucksters room, one of the dealers was pushing a table of classics in the field; he had three different editions of Frankenstein, all in print.

Fourth, I went to the Masquerade a few hours ago, and one of the Masters-level costumers did a skit of Rumplestiltskin, costuming a half-dozen or so folks for it.

I've also seen the Cory Doctorow book on sale here; I'm sure I've missed other books we've dealt with. It's just too big a convention for me to be everywhere and see everything.

Still, it impressed me that so much of what we're doing is clearly acknowledged in the genre.
Dead Dog Cat

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Saturday is always the busiest day at a WorldCon, even though there's still Sunday and Monday for more festivities.

We were awoken by the cleaning staff, and slowly got it together thereafter.

I got to the panel Heinlein's Heroes, but it was in a tiny room, and was severely over-crowded (I suspect the ConCom have no clue as to the continuing popularity of Heinlein so as to give the topic a room with double or triple the space for fans to sit). I just couldn't see standing for 75 minutes, so I slipped out, and went to the Con Suite for a snack/breakfast. Chatted with several people, and connected with a fellow who still plays Traveller with his kids; his eldest apparently has turned into a first-rate gamemaster, and more than twenty people of all ages show up when he runs the game. Nice to hear...

I then went to Space Battles. For the most part, the panelists grumbled about the lack of reality to most of the media's productions when they show space combat, with the possible exception of Babylon 5. They also had little nice to say about most written works on the subject, though they accepted some of what David Weber writes on the topic. OTOH, they said that if you've got a missile up to .7c, simply having it hit a ship would be enough to do major damage, why bother to blow up the missile to pump out an X-Ray laser? Anyway, there was a solid discussion, which was enlightening.

From there, it was the Eureka vs. Warehouse 13 Smackdown. I ran into my wife there, but we didn't find it very interesting, and so we slipped out of the over-full room. The intent of this panel was for the panelists to choose characters from the show that they were defending to perform certain actions, and have the audience vote on how well they described how things would go; two were for the former show, and two from the latter. It fell flat for us, and we left.

I wandered with forestcats in the hucksters' room, and ended up fascinated by a series, and scaring up all four books. I also got a book of writings by Mike Resnick about his life in Fandom and a couple of books of discussions of military blunders. I'm still under budget, which is solid, with a day and a half to go in the convention.

We ran into Joe, and had dinner with Joe and Tom, and then the lot of us went to the Masquerade. 27 entries became 24, and we were mostly unimpressed; many of the hall costumes were better. We didn't wait to hear the judging.

Then, parties. We had a nice time at the Spokane 2015 party, chatted with some folks; we got nibbles from here and there, and were driven out of four parties either due to music way too loud, or crowd noise way too loud. Back to the room to rest.

And so on to today...