Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Yes, more Loncon 3 photos

More photos from Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, held August 14-18, 2014, in London.

 Kathleen Ann Goonan, writer,
"The Politics of Utopia"

 Kim Stanley Robinson, writer,
"The Politics of Utopia"

David Farnell, scholar,
"The Politics of Utopia"

Worldcon Philharmonic Orchestra

Broadway at the ExCel London convention center. 

Fan Village

George R.R. Martin
reading from his forthcoming book.

David Langford, writer and editor, and Jonathan Clements, writer and editor,
"The Evolution of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction"

 Neal Tringham, writer and editor,
"The Evolution of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction"

 John Clute, critic and editor,
"The Evolution of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction"

 Graham Sleight, critic and editor, and Rick Wilber, writer and editor,
"The Evolution of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction"

 Kim Stanley Robinson, writer,
reading from his forthcoming novel.

Ian R. MacLeod, writer,
reading from his forthcoming novel.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Still more Loncon 3 photos

More photos from Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, held August 14-18, 2014, in London.

Nina Allan, writer,
"The Darkening Garden"

Lisa Tuttle, writer,
"The Darkening Garden"

Paul Kincaid, critic,
"The Darkening Garden"

 Helen Marshall, writer,
"The Darkening Garden"

 Paul March-Russell, critic,
"The Darkening Garden"

 Anne Lyle, writer,
"Fantasy vs. SF: Is the Universe Looking Out for You?"

Ian R. MacLeod, writer, 
"Fantasy vs. SF: Is the Universe Looking Out for You?"

Stephen Hunt, writer,
"Fantasy vs. SF: Is the Universe Looking Out for You?"

Robert Reed, writer,
"Fantasy vs. SF: Is the Universe Looking Out for You?"

Rebecca Levene, writer,
"Fantasy vs. SF: Is the Universe Looking Out for You?"

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

More Loncon 3 panel photos

More photos from panel discussions I attended at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, held August 14-18, 2014, in London.

Christopher Priest, writer,
"Becoming History" panel

Elizabeth Hand, writer, 
"Becoming History" panel

Graham Sleight, critic,
"Becoming History" panel

John Clute, critic,
"Becoming History" panel

 Peter Higgins, writer,
"Becoming History" panel

Kate Nepveu, reviewer,
"The Canon is Dead. What now?"

Connie Willis, writer,
"The Canon is Dead. What now?"

Joe Monti, editor.
"The Canon is Dead. What now?"

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, writer,
"The Canon is Dead. What now?"

 Chris Beckett, writer,
"The Canon is Dead. What now?"

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Loncon 3 panel photos

Here are photos from some of the panels I attended at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, held August 14-18, 2014, in London. Starting with "A Conversation with Malcolm Edwards" an editor and critic, as well as one of the convention's Guests of Honor. Click to enlarge.

 Malcolm Edwards, Guest of Honor.
"A Conversation with Malcolm Edwards"

Chris Evans, author. 
"A Conversation with Malcolm Edwards"

Stephen Baxter, author.
"A Conversation with Malcolm Edwards"

One of the books that Malcolm Edwards championed early in his career.

Tansy Rayner Roberts, writer, and Alisa Krasnostein, editor, 
"The Review is Political"

Kevin McVeigh, editor,
"The Review is Political" 

Elias Combarro, scholar,
"The Review is Political" 

Abigail Nussbaum, reviews editor,
"The Review is Political"

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Eaton Collection receives
$3.5 million gift

Science fiction fan and photographer Jay Kay Klein left his $3.5 million estate, as well as thousands of photographs, to the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy at the University of California, Riverside.

Klein began photographing science fiction conventions in the 1940s. His collection includes photographs, slides, and glass slides, as well as other memorabilia, including correspondence with Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, L. Sprague de Camp, Robert A. Heinlein, and others, over a period of 40 years.

According to the news release from UC Riverside:
Klein agreed to donate his collection to UCR after developing a friendship with Melissa Conway, head of Special Collections and University Archives, “who greatly admired his encyclopedic knowledge,” according to the memorandum of understanding establishing the Jay K. Klein Endowed Fund for the Support and Preservation of Science Fiction and Fantasy Collections of the UCR Libraries. 
The Eaton Collection is the largest publicly accessible collection of science fiction and fantasy in the world.

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Edited to add, related link:
UCR's sci-fi collection gets $3.5 million gift (The Press-Enterprise)

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

John Clute kaffeeklatsch

At the 10 a.m. Monday (18 August) small-group kaffeekatsch with LonCon3 Guest of Honor John Clute one of the convention members collapsed. From the floor he said that he was in distress. A LonCon3 representative was summoned, who in turn summoned a paramedic, who arrived in just a few minutes. After some private conversation with the paramedic, the distressed convention member was able to leave under his own power, escorted by the paramedic. While LonCon3 was in many ways a surprisingly successful, fun, and interesting convention, I mention this incident to illustrate that real life does not take a holiday.

John Clute at the Guest of Honor Interview, LonCon3.
John Clute recognized the potential seriousness of the incident above, kept an eye on the situation throughout, and delegated one of our small group to get help. He nevertheless was able to continue with aplomb to weave together a discussion that incorporated many threads of topics he raised at his Guest of Honor Interview Friday (15 August) and other appearances at the convention. Some points that were touched on:

  • Herbert Marcuse, a philosopher whose work, according to Clute, is underrated and should be reconsidered and appreciated.
  • Marcuse's notion of "Repressive Tolerance" (1965), where he describes how capitalist democracies have totalitarian tendencies, using techniques so subtle that the majority embrace their servitude. Clute holds that this analysis is even more valuable and true now than when it was written.
  • Clute offered a rigorous definition of "fungibility" and its relationship to critical thought.
  • A discussion of prehistoric thaumatropes, used both as flip-disks made of images etched on bone or ivory, and the light of flickering flames on France's Chauvet Cave drawings.

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How prehistoric artists make their paintings move (Daily Mail)

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

2014 Hugo Award winners

The 2014 Hugo Awards were presented tonight (17 August 2014) at the ExCel Center in London during LonCon3, the World Science Fiction Convention. Click photos to enlarge.

Best Novel: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie 

Best Novella: "Equoid" by Charles Stross 

Best Novelette: "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" by Mary Robinette Kowal

 Best Short Story: "The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere" by John Chu

Best Editor - Long Form: Ginjer Buchanan 

Best Fanzine: A Dribble of Ink by Aidan Moher

Best Editor - Short Form: Ellen Datlow 

Best Graphic Story: "Time" by Randall Munroe (not present).
Cory Doctorow (above) accepted the award for Munroe.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were present to accept their Hugo Award (Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form: Game of Thrones, "The Rains of Castamere"). They both left before the photo session. No other award winners were actually present to accept their awards.

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For a complete list of 2014 Hugo Award winners, follow here.
For all the voting statistics, follow here for the PDF.
(Note: In the nominating stats, on page 19 of the PDF, I see that Neil Gaiman withdrew his novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It was the second most nominated novel.)

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