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david bowie realism _ truepenny

i've seen the lights go down on broadway.

Like so many, I have my Worldcon schedule. And now, so do you.

Interview. Elizabeth Bear and David Anthony Durham: First Novels
When: Thu 16:30
Location:  P-513B
Session ID:  773
Duration:  0:30 hrs:min
All Participants:  David Anthony Durham, Elizabeth Bear
Description:  Elizabeth Bear and David Anthony Durham interview each other about how they work and how they got their first book(s) published.

This should be fun. David is up for the Campbell this year. I can't wait to see who winds up in the tiara.

First Contact: What will the Neighbors Think?

When: Thu 19:00
Location:  P-516E
Session ID:  835
Duration:  1:00 hrs:min
All Participants:  Brad Templeton, Chandra Rooney, Elizabeth Bear, James Strauss, James Stanley Daugherty
Moderator:  Brad Templeton
Description:  We’ll examine perceptions and preconceptions. What would aliens think about our planet, our society, and our lives? Imagine
you’ve come to Earth, or Canada, for the first time; what do you see? What do you experience?
Notes:  Also can discuss prejudice, "not in my backyard", and other scenarios...

I get to dust off my anthropologist cap....

Elizabeth Bear Signing

When: Fri 14:00
Location:  P-Autographs
Session ID:  1245
All Participants:  Elizabeth Bear
Duration:  1:00 hrs:min

The Campbell Awards (Not a Hugo, Honest!)
When: Fri 17:00
Location:  P-511A
Session ID:  560
Duration:  1:30 hrs:min
All Participants:  Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Wen Spencer
Moderator:  Jay Lake
Description:  Jay Lake and other previous winners explain why you should read and vote.

Not a Hugo, but you get the pin!

Writing Workshop H
When: Sat 13:00
Location:  D-Royer
Session ID:  687
Duration:  2:00 hrs:min
All Participants:  Elizabeth Bear, Josepha Sherman
Description:  Critique session for previously submitted manuscripts

Playlists, Side One
When: Sat 17:00
Location:  P-511A
Session ID:  105
All Participants:  Ann VanderMeer, Edd Vick, Elizabeth Bear, Stephen H. Segal
Moderator:  Meeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Duration:  1:30 hrs:min
Description:  Panelists introduce samples of their 10 favourite science-fiction/fantasy songs from outside the filk world, from Charlie Poole to the Flaming Lips.

Yes, I am taking suggestions.

Author Reading
When: Sun 10:00
Location:  P-522A
Session ID:  215
All Participants:  Elizabeth Bear, Odellia Firebird, Debra Doyle
Duration:  1:00 hrs:min

Yes. I am also taking requests.

Okay, so I have some copies of the ARC for By the Mountain Bound here, which I need to give away. First one goes to the person who suggests the best SFF-related song (mainstream music, not filk, please). By "best," I mean the one that makes me go "OH AWESOME I FORGOT THAT EXISTED." Nominations close at midnight tomorrow; all decisions of the judges (me) are final. Honorable Mention prizes may be awarded at my discretion.


I have a list of my own I want to talk about, but it never hurts to go looking for reminders.

Miles to Isengard: 336.4


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Boston: "Third Stage"
Queen: "Flash" (the whole soundtrack, I suppose)
The Campbell Awards (Not a Hugo, Honest!)
Not a Hugo, but you get the pin!

The Campbell pin is made of AWESOME!!!

That said, I'm not giving back my shiny rocketship pin. :)

Edited at 2009-07-20 04:28 pm (UTC)
Hee. Rocketship!

I wonder what they will do for rocketship pins this year.... did they get the mold back? Does anybody know?
Best song: Queen, "'39."
Amen. Great song, totally science fictional.
David Bowie: "Space Oddity"
Peter Schilling: "Major Tom"
Warren Zevon: Transverse City

Here's the hum of desperation
Heres the test tube mating call
Here's the latest carbon cycle
Here's the clergy of the mall
Here's the song of shear and torsion
Here's the bloodbath magazine
Here's the harvest of contusions
Here's the narcoleptic dream
Jonathan Coulton: "Still Alive" (I prefer the version sung by Ellen McLain)
Although I'm not sure if that counts as mainstream.
Oh shucks, I was going to say Queen's "39" (from "A Night At THe Opera") but since someone beat me to it, how about dipping into the Rush catalog - "Red Barchetta", "The Necromancer", "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" and "2112".
Mwahahahah! There's a lot of Buffet that could work, actually. He gets weirdly apocalyptic sometimes....
Moby's "Southside." With or without Gwen Stefani, whatever one prefers. :)
I'm afraid I'm going to be laughed at, because this song is both new and popular, but I'll put forward MGMT's 'Electric Feel' (youtube, lyrics).

It's been all over the radio, here, all summer -- I wish I could recommend something oldschool, but this one's been in the forefront of my mind. Also, I love it.

All along the eastern shore
Put your circuits in the sea
This is what the world is for
Making electricity
You can feel it in your mind
Oh, you can do it all the time
Plug it in and change the world
You are my electric girl
I know for a fact I'll get laughed at, but I adore the opening song from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It helps that we just watched Forbidden Planet the other night.

Or the Young Fresh Fellows with The New John Agar.

Yeah, I'm being decidedly non-helpful with the mainstream part. But I'll still post just because I love these two songs.

lick those lips!

Me and a couple of my CW students sort of spontaneously broke into "Science Fiction Double Feature" one night while I was teaching.


It happens with perhaps unsurprising regularity around here.

more unsolicited SF music

Janelle Monae has this really interesting science fiction concept album out right now. I heard her on NPR, and went to watch the video, then got hooked and bought the albums. She's got a cool voice too. Kind of Kate Bush-esque.

Here's the video to many moons, on her myspace page
Zager and Evans, "In the Year 2525".

Warren Zevon, "Werewolves of London".

Michael Nesmith, "Eldorado to the Moon".
Also Sprach Zarathustra</a>, which was used as the theme for 2001.
I might be at WorldCon Friday night through Sunday. If so, I'd love to see you!
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