Panels on Harry Potter ("Harry Potter Has Put Children's Fantasy Back Fifty Years"), science and pseudoscience (featuring Guy Consolmagno SJ, the Vatican's own astronomer
), and blogging as an author (with an incredible motormouth, who I think was John Scalzi although I was too far back to see his name sign). Also spent four hours chatting with my old friend Jessica and her husband, getting them interested in fandom in the bargain. (More about this elsewhere.)
Back to the hotel to change clothes, and then to the Hilton and the Swedish party. Spent a couple of hours cleaning tables, filling up with more sandwiches, cleaning plastic cups and getting more drinks from the kitchen. Reliable witnesses claim it was probably the best party that night, possibly during the whole con.Sunday:
• Fannish Etiquette: A Primer
• Speculative Evolution of Dinosaurs
• Subverted Elves, Hard Assed Fairies with Attitude, and Dragons Taking Tea
• When I Were A Lad, We Used To Dream of 64K (as tuwr
noted, something is seriously wrong when the panelists start shouting chip numbers at each other and laughing, and half the audience gets it as well)
• Deep in the Heart of Empire
Chatted with people, went out for dinner with Johan, Mårten and Magnus (very nice Asian food — Thai, in my case), back to see the Hugo awards (Susanna Clarke won the award for Best Novel with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
), dropped by the Hilton for the Finnish party, but left after 45 minutes (too tired). Met corruptedjasper
, among others.
Bought loads of books and a KFC (Kids for Cthulhu (Tentacle Lickin' Good)) t-shirt.