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up from the deep [Aug. 27th, 2006|09:38 am]
ianmcdonald
surfacing from post-Hugos brainwhack. Entertaining to see Harlan Ellison grab Connie Willi's boob (or so it looked to me from the depths of the fifth row.) Not expecting to win anything so I could sit back and enjoy. Awards pretty much round-up-the-usual suspects, but heartfelt congratulations to the winners anyway: John Scalzi was fidgety as a whippet at the pre-Hugos reception. I myself am a bit of a Serenity agnostic so I wasn't feeling the lurve when this won. The Japanese ran an elegant and civilized party in the Presidential suite at the Marriot, --this year's gift a wooden sake cup, to be filled from the big big barrel in the corner --which I did. Paul Cornell took some small consolation from the fact that at least he wasn't beaten by an incendiary infant --and in full tux looked very James Bond, but hooray for Who! Chatted with palatinate on star glamour (whom I hadn't seen all weekend --it's hard to bump into people here: Pyr has wisely monopolised the Hilton bar, lounge lizards that we are) and Tim and Serena Powers on the big balcony on the merry joys of Disneyland. Then, strangely, I found my brain was shutting down and instead of another demented roar around the party corridor, I dropped into bed and was literally asleep before head hit the proverbial.
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[User Picture]From: slimmeroftheyea
2006-08-27 11:22 pm (UTC)

phone

Got your message this morning - I had forgotten to take the phone up and then couldnt hear it when it rang. Tried to ring you back but couldnt get through.
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[User Picture]From: stevenagy
2006-08-27 11:28 pm (UTC)
Definite hooray for Who.

Winners looked like good choices all round. Sorely missed the con this year. Crossing fingers for next year (how often will anyone have an excuse to visit Japan if it's a place they'd like to visit some day).
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[User Picture]From: asphalteden
2006-08-28 08:56 pm (UTC)
Of course, I was hoping both you and Sheila would win, but all I can say now is that I know I'll be seeing you both on the ballot again. The Serenity thing is a bit of a mystery to me—sometimes I feel like fandom doesn't really care what show it's obsessing over, as long as it is obsessing.

It was a pleasure to meet you finally, even if we were both too wrecked at the Tor party to do much more than laugh!
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[User Picture]From: taraljc
2006-08-30 08:47 pm (UTC)
well, to be fair, Serenity was the most overtly sci-fi of the films it was up against if I recall correctly (Batman is more fantasy, surely, than actual SF, yes?). And it is a fan fave, tho I admit I love the TV series but do not have as much love for the movie. And there us the Cult of Joss factor, as well.
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[User Picture]From: asphalteden
2006-08-30 08:59 pm (UTC)
Wait, it isn't a western? ;)
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[User Picture]From: taraljc
2006-08-30 09:10 pm (UTC)
Firefly almost supplanted The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers as my fave space western. Definitely beat out Earth 2 (which was for all intents and purposes a wagon train).
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From: fionagh
2006-08-29 01:02 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed buzzing around you and all our fellow Pyr authors. And it is entertaining to hear the stories you return with from places like Brazil as I love that kind of thing. Glad to hear about the elegant and civilized party with the Japanese in the presidential suite. Usually on my trips through Japan, the enormous sake barrel in the corner of any party slowly ensures that elegant and civilized creep backwards from the room in favor of boisterous mayhem. I am sorry I missed it because it is one of my favorite moments -- the great pounding-open of the huge sake cask at any Japanese party. It must have been great fun.
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[User Picture]From: ianmcdonald
2006-08-31 08:02 am (UTC)
and a pleasure to meet you too! I missed the actual broaching, but the sake was damn good.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-08-29 07:05 pm (UTC)

Mike Cobley commiserates

Ah, the songs, the songs, the songs, they could melt yer face....
Sorry, been watching too much Black Books. Damn them all to heck for not giving you the bauble! Och, weel - will ya be going to Fantasycon enda Sept? Get yer motor running, could be a gas...
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[User Picture]From: taraljc
2006-08-30 07:46 pm (UTC)

Re: Mike Cobley commiserates

YAY FACE MELTING!
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[User Picture]From: muneraven
2006-08-30 05:31 pm (UTC)

Entertaining . . .

Gosh, your post tells me so much about you. How lovely that you find the sight of a classy woman being groped by a nutcase entertaining.

Well, I hope someday you are on stage with Harlan Ellison and he grabs your balls through your Dockers and gives them a joking little squeeze. I'm sure you'll be greatly entertained.

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[User Picture]From: ianmcdonald
2006-08-30 06:33 pm (UTC)

Re: Entertaining . . .

thus this exchange between myself and fjm.
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[User Picture]From: taraljc
2006-08-30 07:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Entertaining . . .

I've long since lost any desire to read Harlan's stuff (perhaps I'd be even sadder if I had and loved his work as much as the rest of the world does and then discovered he's a prat), because I've been horrified by The Harlan Show. And while I know people who count him as a friend who swear it really is just an act he puts on, that doesn't make it any more acceptable to me for him to treat people (particularly women) the way he does. I think he only gets away with it because it would be too much effort to try and get him to change now. The whole Harlan vs AOL ridiculousness was a sign to me that he does not live in the real world any longer anyway, but the World According to Harlan.
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[User Picture]From: ianmcdonald
2006-08-30 07:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Entertaining . . .

I used to read his stuff and loved it --and that's why on first glance I gave him the benefit of the doubt, that it was part of the act. Wrong thing to do, he was being an utter jerk. What is strange is that no one in the audience called him out.
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[User Picture]From: taraljc
2006-08-30 07:46 pm (UTC)

Re: Entertaining . . .

Because he's been getting away with it for 30 years, and by now everyone's just given up?
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[User Picture]From: ianmcdonald
2006-08-30 07:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Entertaining . . .

I think because it was the Hugos --in a sense, our Big Night of the Year --and there was enough of a fuss as it was. deannahoak asks the same question.
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