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Just last night I was reminded of just how bad it had gotten

So, did everybody on my reading list have an August 1 deadline? Or does it just seem that way?

What is that, six or seven of you?

Progress notes for 31 July 2006:

A Companion to Wolves (seven thousandth edit pass)

Deadline: September 1
Reason for stopping: Done with my editing pass. Off it goes to truepenny.

The post-novel ennui is gonna hit like a motherfucker any day now.

Stimulants:  jasmine tea
Exercise: Gym, ski machine, weights
Mammalian assistance: Mebd does not understand this concept of "too hot to sit on my lap, you little furry freak."
Mail: Locus! With a picture of the Genre car.

A livejournal user whom I am losing on the transitions.

SFRevu likes The Chains that You Refuse. Although, as usual, the stories that I like best are not the ones anybody else likes. *g*

Muire has another fan, though, I hope that bodes well for All the Windwracked Stars.

Today's words Word don't know: holmgang
Words I'm surprised Word do know: mulct, skald.

Mean Things: A whole lot of quasiconsensual sex, several maimings, a broken collarbone, and some second-dregree facial burns. Also, heaps of dead people.
Jerry-rigging: Shoehorned a little more Vethulf in wherever I could fit it. Also, I had to take out the same piece of character exposition like three times, because we kept introducing this one character earlier in the narrative.

There's always one more quirk in the character: Isolfr is in fact capable of picking a pointless fight. Who knew?

Books in progress: Barbara Hambly, Days of the Dead
The glamour!: Gah. Hot.

Also, I have a Worldcon Schedule. Which looks like this:



Panel 1:  Thu 8/24 11:30 AM, 60-90 minutes. 
Title: WHY CYBERPUNK IS DEAD

John Barnes, Elizabeth Bear (M), K. A. Bedford, Takayuki Tatsumi, Mark von Schlegell

Precis:    Twenty years ago, Cyberpunk was "it" in science fiction. It was bold, exciting, full of new ideas. What happened? Or is it still with us in different clothes?

Panel 2:  Thu 8/24  2:30 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Title: POST-APOCALYPTIC SF

Elizabeth Bear(M), Ed Green, John G. Hemry, Nick Sagan, Takayuki Tatsumi,

Precis:    John Varley said "We all love after-the-bomb stories. If we didn't, why would there be so many of them?" Why do we all love them? During the Cold War, the threat of nuclear annihilation was very real; today, the world is a different place, but the threat of annihilation is once again very real. Has the sub-genre changed? How are 21st Century post-apocalyptic stories different from those written during the Cold War era?


Panel 3:  Fri 8/25  4:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: AUTOGRAPHING: Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear



Panel 4:  Fri 8/25  5:30 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Title: WHY IS SCIENCE FICTION SO WHITE?

Elizabeth Bear (M), James Frenkel, Fiona Patton, Alan Rodgers

Precis:    An exploration of minorities in Science Fiction, both the writers and their characters.

...yes, as far as I know, everybody on this panel is at least nominally Caucasian. So I expect hecklers. Just saying it now.


Panel 5:  Sat 8/26  1:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: KAFFEKLATSCH: Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear

Panel 6:  Sat 8/26  5:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: READING: Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear



Drat. I really wanted the Shakespeare in SF panel. O Well.

ETA: Hah!

Sun 8/27 10:00 AM
PANEL: Shakespeare & Science Fiction
PARTICIPANTS: Amy Sterling Casil(M), Sheila Finch, Sarah Monette, Mary A. Turzillo


On the other hand, I wonder who I impressed or offended to wind up moderating all three panels.

Comments

The other side of the coin is novels being hailed as 'The Great New Cyberpunk Novel of the 21st Century!!!" when as far as I can see, they ain't cyberpunk.

Like Richard K. Morgan's Broken Angels I'm not dissing him particularly, I actually liked it. But I don't see how it's cyberpunk. The only definition of 'cyberpunk' that I can see it fitting is "It's gritty and dark and virtual reality exists."

It actually reminded me more of Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades (which I also read for the first time just recently) than, say, Neuromancer, just to pick a book everybody agrees is cyberpunk.

If I had to summarize/genre-pick Broken Angels, I'd say it's milSF with body-independent humans (personality stored in datastacks installed in the spine, so death isn't permanent unless it's vaporized), virtuality, and a Lost Progenitor Race with cool tech. It actually kind of echos Thomas Harlan's Wasteland of Flint, too, in that there's a team of archaeologists trying to recover Progenitor Tech while being minded by a bunch of military philistines.
SFRevu likes The Chains that You Refuse.

And, nicely, is very keen on the stories that have to-be-published books attached (Ice and One-Eyed Jack).
This? Is in-deed good news. *g*
Fifteen-odd years ago, there was an elderly punk - we're talking first-generation old-school punk - who hung out around Trafalgar Square a lot. The back of his jacket said PUNK ISN'T DEAD IT JUST SMELLS THAT WAY.

He looked like a skinny version of the bloke who played Blank Reg in Max Headroom. "Remember how we used to say 'no future', kids? Well, this is it. Next up, more of the same."

So I'd have an urge to yell "Cyberpunk's not dead! It's just post-movement!" and run out of the panel before anybody parsed what I'd said.

But I'm not helpful.
Oh good, maybe our schedules will arrive soon. I'd really like to be able to make some plans.

Like planning which kaffeeklatsches to sign up for....;-)

MKK
Oh wait, there it is. In my junk folder...

MKK
Yanno, I have a Shakespeare Action Ficture.

Here, you deserve this icon.

The Shakespeare panel

It's Sunday morning when you don't have anything and it only has 3 people plus a moderator. You could ask to be added to it either beforehand in email or at the con in greenroom/program ops.

MKK

Re: The Shakespeare panel

I'll just go and heckle from the audience. *g* That's more fun anyway.
*Raises hand on the 1 Aug deadline* (critical monograph, making final pass through, hope to get it off this evening)
*cheers*
On the other hand, I wonder who I impressed or offended to wind up moderating all three panels.

If you would rather not, let Craig know now. And there is one other thing for your schedule...
There's far more than one other thing. Right now, I'm waiting to find out what my publisher-induced responsibilities are.
Title: WHY IS SCIENCE FICTION SO WHITE?
...yes, as far as I know, everybody on this panel is at least nominally Caucasian. So I expect hecklers. Just saying it now.


You mean to tell me they couldn't find one non-white writer? That's hilarious.

Good luck with it all! I'm skipping this Worldcon, alas, which irks me to no end since LA is like a second home to me.
There is the possibility that everybody of a non-European background went "Fuckit, I'm not signing up to be the poster child for Black! SF! this year." Which is reasonable.

Just, even.
Title: WHY CYBERPUNK IS DEAD

ACKKKKKK! OMFG!

:head explodes:
It's only been dead since 1987. I dunno why everybody is still kicking the corpse. This is one of those "The question is the answer, let's go to the bar!" panels--Why *is* Something that was Interesting 25 years ago a little played now?

Um. Dunno.

Let me get back to you on that?
MY deadline is 9th August so i have a whole 8 days to start work... oh sh*t.
la la la.
I have a Aug 1st deadline - shit! that's TODAY - another deadline for Aug 15th, and a third for Sept 1st. All are articles, nothing longer than a couple thousand words. And it's so hot I can't keep my computer on for very long.

But that's why I haven't started reading Blood and Iron. I bought it last week at Dream Haven, when I went to hear Naomi Kritzer and buy Freedom's Sisters hot off the press. And the pbs of Melusine and Wordwired. I know if I start any of these, I won't get my writing done.

Have fun at Worldcon!
Write write write!

I'm working on an article for Broad Universe now...
Eee, a panel with Fee! Kinda cool. :)
I suspect we enjoy after-the-Bomb stories the same way we enjoy castaway stories and people-shifted-into-another-(usually nontechnological)-world-where-magic-works stories. That is, that we have a cultural impression at the backs of our minds that we're choking on our own past successes, and so it's refreshing to imagine ourselves starting from Square One again.

Days of the Dead was a good book. Fever Season remains the best in that series, but DOTD was up there.
I got my WorldCon schedule too: they let me on one panel. (First-novel-land is an interesting place).

On the up side, the topic is right in my wheelhouse. It's a realistic fantasy thing, and that's the weird balance I'm goofing around with.
See, this Worldcon hasn't Monday panels, which is where they stuck me, my first one....