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Penguicon and the SF Warfare Panel 
22nd-Apr-2006 05:18 pm
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I'll certainly have more to say later, but I want to tell this story right now, mostly in an attempt to strike while the iron is hot.

I was hanging out with John Scalzi (scalzifeed), Jeff Beeler (jeffreyab) and Tobias Buckell (tobiasbuckell) outside of a conversation pit where Jeff and John were going to be on a panel concerning Warfare in Science Fiction. At that moment, a few minutes before the panel was set to start, the head of programming approached and informed John and Jeff that the panel would have to be moved into a cafe enclosure across the hall, in which three other events were taking place simultaneously, because the hotel did not want War discussed in an open area like the conversation pit.

So I merrily suggested they discuss Tea Parties in Science Fiction instead (since a tea party was one of the events that was occurring in the cafe space I mentioned), as in John's Hugo-nominated science fiction novel, Old Man's Tea Party.

And they took it, and ran with it. They included the other two panelists on the... analogy, then clued in the rest of the audience. And away they went. Toby did an audio recording of the whole thing on his Palm, and hopefully it'll be up at his website soon.

What was most amazing was that after about five or ten minutes of sniggering and sly looks, the whole thing settled down into a really awesome dsicussion of warfare in science fiction--with tea-relaed words and concepts slotted in. Panel and audience together only slipped up a handful of times, maybe less.

This certainly approaches the level of the Authors Who Did Not Attend Clarion panel at Chicon in 2000.
Comments 
22nd-Apr-2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
This certainly approaches the level of the Authors Who Did Not Attend Clarion panel at Chicon in 2000.

Has it been 6 years already? Seems like only yesterday.

I wish I could have attended the Tea Party panel. That, and the Black Sweater Party.
23rd-Apr-2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
No kidding.

Any chance you'll be at WorldCon this year?

I think Aegis is going to keep doing the Black Sweater Party at Michigan cons, so you certainly haven't missed your only chance. :)
23rd-Apr-2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
Any chance you'll be at WorldCon this year?

Nope, not this year.

There will be a Black Sweater Party someday, I hope...
24th-Apr-2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Mega Bummer.

But yes, I'm sure at some point you'll be able to get your "Jack Bauer ya-yas on" as someone so colorfully noted elsewhere. :)
23rd-Apr-2006 12:36 am (UTC)
Hey, GO, you!
23rd-Apr-2006 04:10 am (UTC)
That's fantastic.
23rd-Apr-2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
You would have loved it. Hopefully Toby will get the audio up so you can love it in the inexpensive comfort of your own home.
28th-Apr-2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
Watch out! The reward for clever solutions is usually a harder job. The concom may be watching you. ;)
30th-Apr-2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
I hope you'll post again when the link is up. It sounds extraordinary.
30th-Apr-2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
Errr... I did :)
3rd-May-2006 06:08 pm (UTC) - Playing Catchup
I know: I caught it further up the loop. I suspect I thanked you for it at that point, but if not: Thanks! V. cool.
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Всё чисто, не одной жалоб. Сделан на утерянные документы. Всё законно.
Если нужно, то есть сертификаты ещё.
Стучацо в личную почту на Вебмани.

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