Cue Spooky Theme.
I forgot to mention that I was on Thursday afternoon called The Retrofuturism of JJ Abrams. How remiss of me.
I felt that there was a certain bias in the choice of panelists, with three of them being academics, which coloured the tone of the panel. I took a Devil's advocate position, by arguing that Hollywood is all about bums on seats, and that retro-futurism goes back way further than the work of J J Abrams. Still it went well enough, despite car crash caused by me pointing out to Pawel that if one is going to quote a figure one really needs a reference.
Still I had several people come up to me to thank me for my contributions, and for coming down on the misuse of statistics to lend pseudo academic credence to what is being said.
One thing I took away from this panel was that reading out peoples bios is probably not the best way to introduce one's panelists. On the other hand maybe I should have been thorough in listing my credentials, because I use to be a minion of science. Part of my job involved interpreting statistics from the results of research trials, and using them to set up health services. Just didn't think it was relevant at the time I volunteered to be a panelist.
Cue Reminder. Now to get back to Saturday.
|Left to right: Iain Clark, Jacey Bedford, Saxon Bullock and Abigail Brady.|
I was also very pleased when John Medany came up afterward and told me I had done good. He also told me I was shaking and that I shouldn't be nervous, to which I replied that wasn't nerves that was excitement. Still think we was robbed when Game of Thrones won though.
I'll just say it again, all my panelists were fabulous.
|Left to right: Rohan Shah, Joe Haldeman, Jean Johnson and Myke Cole.|
Myke Cole asked us some really interesting questions, which due to the fact I wasn't on the round robin email, I had to field cold. Afterwards he said that was a good thing, for definitions of good that probably meant challenging. I liked his attitude and he was an excellent moderator. I reviewed his first novel here, and I will be buying the sequels soon.
|Me pontificating about who knows what, and Myke frowning, so I was probably talking out my ass.|
I may be biased, but it's true. Honest.
|Gay & Joe Haldeman.|
|Right to left: Ken MacLeod, Martin Poultier, Teresa Nielson Hayden, me and Russell Blackford.|
The hall was packed and again I received a lot of very positive feedback from members of the audience, and not just, who the heck are you? On Sunday I was sitting in a room waiting for another panel to start, and I heard people discussing what sounded like a very interesting panel they had gone to. I turned around and asked what it was, only to be told it was the one I had been on.
A bit of an embarrassing moment for me.
|Left to right: Viktorya H, Michael Morelli, Justina Robson, JY Yang.|
I had started the topic with how I understood why authors used aliens to represent issues like being a Black American in the 1950s. I should of perhaps mentioned the Star Trek episode with the white/black ve black/white aliens, but I was tired, and my brain not fully firing on all cylinders. This resulted in JY Yang making a rather pointed response.
Fortunately, the moderator opened up the discussion to the audience, and we were able to talk about the topic.
Exhausted we went to the Masquerade and watched the display of quality costuming. Afterwards we went to the bar for a drink, meeting up with friends old and new. Then it was time for the long walk back to the hotel. Hoorah as Myke Cole might say, "Work those legs, further, harder faster."
To be continued...