Readercon Riff #1

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And another few things about Readercon:

  • Dr. Carl Frederick’s physics lecture. Off the cuff, funny, and almost truly understandable, it was a romp through the last hundred years of physics, ending up with a theory something about how universes fill the landscapes available to them. Must learn more. What a wonderful teacher.
  • Favorite physics tidbit: how it is conjectured in the holographic principal that the information in the 3-d universe is available in the two-dimensional space of the boundary. That is, the number of “boxels” in the universe is equal to the number of pixels in the boundary of the universe. How strange is That? (Don’t get it? Me either, but it is still wonderful.)
  • Getting into my room on Thursday and finding a big gift basket full of chocolate, wine, and lovely snacks. This, from one of the con organizers who loved my work and Louise Marley’s, and wanted to reward us for our long trip. Louise drank most of the wine since she was up early and got bored.
  • Thrilled to find that on the plane ride I was able to write the first draft of a short story due to Solaris soon for their Solaris Book of New SF. Tangled Up in Blue, is the working title, with a nod to Dylan. I’ve had this story idea for a couple years now but it wouldn’t jell until I discovered that I had the wrong age for the POV character. Then it was all clear. I think I really like it but must give it to Thomas to read, my main guy, you know.

      5 Responses

      1. dsgood says:

        Title’s been used

        Which doesn’t make it automatically non-usable. There’ve been two novels titled Minions of the Moon, for example.

        Title: Tangled Up in Blue
        Author: Joan D. Vinge
        Year: 2000
        Type: NOVEL
        Series: The Snow Queen Cycle

        Publications:

        * Tangled Up in Blue, (Jul 2000 , Joan D. Vinge, Tor, 0-312-87196-1, $23.95, 235pp, hc) Cover: Michael Whelan – [VERIFIED]
        * Tangled Up in Blue, (2001 , Joan D. Vinge, Tor, 0-812-57636-5, $6.99, 304pp, pb) Cover: Michael Whelan

      2. Anonymous says:

        Re: Title’s been used

        That’s very helpful to know. I think I’ll change it. Thanks!

      3. Kay says:

        Re: Title’s been used

        Didn’t mean to appear “anonymous.” Thanks for warning me away from the title.

      4. Anonymous says:

        I can’t help but think that the whole concept of Mundane SF is one only insiders in the genre will give a **** (insert valuable item of your choice) about. Readers of spec fic want to GO somewhere. It’s really interesting if we can go someplace far away, as in one of Greg Bear’s amazing novels (try ANVIL OF STARS) and we’re not, as readers, particularly going to care that his science is as speculative as his fiction. It’s still great, extrapolated from solid existing science.

        Mundane would be, let’s say, predicting that humans can’t fly, or that no one will ever want a personal computer in their home. Or that the Earth is flat, and if the dragons don’t get us, we’ll fall off the edge.

        It’s our job, as sf writers, to think way, way, way out of the box. Manifestos are nice (manifestoes? manifesti?) but strange and unknown worlds are nicer. And I don’t think there’s much evidence that when the New World got discovered, the Old Worlders started trashing their homelands. That’s a silly premise. Clearly Earthers don’t need to believe in other worlds in order to trash their own. They’re well on the way to doing that already.

        And–ahem. If my novel THE CHILD GODDESS–which takes place on another planet reachable only by FTL travel–isn’t people’s dreams, hopes, and inner lives, I don’t know what book is.

        Thanks, Kenyon. Good discussion.

      5. Anonymous says:

        Actually cons haven’t been unique to the book world for a while now — at least since Star Trek cons began. There are ones mostly devoted to TV and/or movies.

        On the people who attend cons, I would add: Some of the non-writers know more than you do, and you can learn from them. They can tell you, for example, that your wonderful new story idea was used in 1947 — though the best-known use was later, around the time the editor you had in mind started reading sf/fantasy. Or where to find Medieval court cases on the web.

        Also, one of the teenagers at the con might be your editor ten years down the road.

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