ianmcdonald (ianmcdonald) wrote,

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Seattle x2, and small angsts x2

I'm going to be at Norwescon 33 this Easter, rather than Heathrow (though it's another airport hotel: then again, I'm one of those people who can sit with fine wine and happily watch an airport for hours). Cyberabad Days is up for a Philip K Dick award, but I fancied going anyway and found a fantastic airfare after much web-watching. The draw-back is that there's a tight transfer at Paris CDG, the airport in Satan's haemmorhoids. Loking forward to the Con a lot. It's good to be out and about.

Should you be interested, I'll be a busy boy:

Friday, Noon, Cascade 6
Beyond Doctor Who: Other British Sci-fi
Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Blake's 7, and The Survivors. Come find out
about other BBC sci-fi shows you may not have heard of.
Ryan K. Johnson (M), Janet Borkowski, Ian McDonald

Friday, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m., Cascade 3
Reading: Ian McDonald
Ian McDonald

Friday, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Grand 2
PK Dick Awards
William Sadorus (M), Carlos Cortes, Dr. John G. Cramer, Cory Doctorow, Daryl
Gregory, David Hartwell, Ian McDonald, John Jude Palencar, Vernor Vinge

Saturday, 11:00 a.m., Cascade 6
The Editor and Writer Relationship
A good editor can be a writer's best friend. What should a writer expect
from their editor? What should they ask for; and how should they respond to
their editor's requests for changes? Editors will provide guidelines for
new writers on the etiquette of the editor/writer relationship.
Greg Cox (M), Ian McDonald, Anthony Pryor, Ken Scholes, Janna Silverstein

Saturday, 1:00 p.m., Evergreen 3 & 4
Autograph Session #2

Saturday, 5:00 p.m., Cascade 8
Narrative Structure
Most readers read for story; but a story has to hang from a structure, and
if the structure fails the story will collapse. The story's structure
dictates where the story starts, where it ends, where each of the plot
elements fits, and charts the space in which your characters' change and
developments take place. Structure more than anything else will keep the
reader's eyes glued to the page to find out what happens next. Writers
share how they approach narrative structure and plot.
Leslie Howle (M), Daryl Gregory, Ian McDonald, Cat Rambo, G.Robin Smith

Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Evergreen 1
Surveillance in the 21st Century - is it Good or Bad?
This is the age of hidden cameras, X-ray scans, the e-mail trail, and the
illegal act caught on tape. Surveillance immediately conjures up images of
Big Brother and nefarious uses of eavesdropping technology. But it can have
its positive uses, including the detection of robberies. Surveillance is
everywhere, wanted or unwanted; is it good or bad? Where is surveillance
technology going - what are the technologies and the implications?
Cat Rambo (M), Cory Doctorow, Eileen Gunn, Ian McDonald

Saturday, 10:00 p.m., Cascade 6
Can We Change the World through Science Fiction?
The literature of speculative fiction provides the perfect oeuvre to hold a
mirror up to humanity and look at who we are and what we might become. By
telling tales of "the other" we discover ourselves. By projecting current
trends forward, we ask "what if?" and compare the world that is with worlds
that might be. Fantastic fiction has long been the home of astute social
commentary and in-depth exploration of what it means to be human; but can it
be used as an art form to teach critical thinking? Writers have long used
SF to tell allegorical stories that criticize political realties and
challenge us to question the status quo. How deep of an impact can
literature, or any art form, have on informing people's thoughts and
Leslie Howle (M), Caren Gussoff, Todd Lockwood, Ian McDonald, David J.

And now, the small angst: while inputting my data to the pre-flight clearance, I submitted all the data, got a code but accidentally clicked close rather than copy and vanished it, alogn with the subsequent confirmation window. Did it all go through? What to do? You know how we foreigners fear US Immigration --any suggestions/experiences/wisdom?

The other angst is that I fly off to Norwescon the day after I turn 50.
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