I’m really behind on reviews. To those who have asked, and not heard back yet, thank you for your patience. The long Labor Day weekend should help clear some of it.
- The Fated Sky – Mary Robinette Kowal ~ Read
- My Year of Creative Reading – M. Todd Gallowglas ~ Read (No review)
- Space Opera – Catherynne M. Valente ~ DNF
- Yaqteenya: The Old World – Yassar Bahjatt ~ DNF
Exhausted! By the time I got home Sunday afternoon, I was veering into walls.
Wow! Lots of interesting questions about contacting extra-terrestrial intelligence. While there was a massive amount of smarts on the panel, it was really cool to learn Vatican City has an observatory, and the director of the observatory, Guy J. Consolmagno, was on the panel.
“We’re always looking for ourselves.”
How do we not anthropomorphize aliens?
Maybe we should warn them about us?
What are we not including/asking?
What is our motivation for searching for extraterrestrial intelligence?
What are the consequences of contact?
Will aliens be truthful? (Based on human history, there’s been a lot of dissembling.)
Should we just remain quiet?
Should we be more powerful?
Would You Baptize An Extraterrestrial?
After the panel it was time for another swing through the Dealer’s Room, and find the line for a John Scalzi autograph.
What a great weekend!
The must do event was the KaffeeKlatsche with @Mary Robinette Kowal and @astroKjell (Kjell Lindgren) . MRK has written two of my favorite books ever, her Lady Astronaut series. (Reviews coming much later when I get caught up with stuff.)
Getting to sit at a table and talk to the woman who wrote a fantastic book whose protagonist is strong, smart and an advocate for women in the space program knocked my socks off. Oh, and a real live astronaut. What a great way to start the day.
Mary and Kjell are some of the best people I’ve ever met. They were kind and generous with their time, and allowed the 10 of us at their table to ask questions. I’m grateful to for the opportunity to meet and engage with them.
1001 Nights is the first anthology ever.
“Fiction gives voice to the voiceless.”
Science fiction writing is booming in the Middle East now. Yasser Bahjatt started a publishing house so that these voices can be heard. One of his goals is to work with translators so that English readers get to hear the voices too. It’s a really exciting development for world science fiction/fantasy
Frankenstein in Baghdad
Celebrity sighting: George R R Martin in the audience
Women Who Out Steampunked Steampunk: Real Life Soldiers, Inventors, Travellers – Carrie Sessarego.
I couldn’t possibly do justice to Carrie’s roll call of Regency and Victorian era women who “broke” the rules.
- Ellen Eglui – invented the clothes wringer for washing machines
- Sarah Breedlove (Madame CJ Walker) – first self-made female millionaire in the US who made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of beauty and hair products for black women
- Sarah Guppy – invented a bed which converted to a home gym
- Mary Dixon Kies – received a patent for weaving straw with silk and thread to make hats (possibly first woman to receive a patent in the US)
- Margaret Knight – invented the paper bag folding machine
- Mary Anning – Paleontologist, the rhyme “she sells sea shells by the sea shore” is about Mary Anning
- Harvard Computers aka Pickering’s Harem – Harvard was the first institution to hire women mathematicians to work in astronomy
- Henrietta Swan Leavitt – astronomer
- Williamina Fleming – astronomer
- Mary Lua Adelia Davis Treat – naturalist, corresponded with Charles Darwin
- Sophie Blanchard – hot air balloonist
- Isabella Bird – explorer
- Annie Royle Taylor – explorer, missionary in Tibet
Two thoughts: Failure is how we learn, and make new mistakes
I left fandom years ago because I wasn’t really enjoying myself. Old friends have died or moved on and I wandered off to figure out me. Early cons are where I realized I was “too freaky for the mundanes, and too mundane for the freaks.”
While WorldCon76 was my second worldcon, it was my best con ever! Big backpack stuffed with con survival gear (food, books, journals, pens, etc.), bowler hat squarely on my head, I wandered the convention center with a big smile on my face. Thank you Richard for insisting I go.
My recaps are an effort to wrangle my notes into one accessible place. Notes are incomplete because there’s no way I could keep up with people like @MGallowglas or Shayma Alshareef and Yasser Bahjatt. Mistakes are mine, not theirs.
Geeks Guide to Literary Theory – M Todd Gallowglas – @MGallowglas
- Kameron Hurley & @Kameronhurley for her feminist SF/F lit crit (The Geek Feminist Revolution)
- The Broken Earth Series by N. K. Jemisin (@nkjemisin)
- Jennifer Egan & @Egangoonsquad
- The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory by Gregory Castle
- Wizardry and Wild Romance by Michael Moorcock
- The American Shore by Samuel R. Delany
After the panel I wandered down to the Dealer’s Room to table F19 and talked to Todd for a few minutes and picked up a copy of My Year of Creative Reading, which he signed for me.