Next week I'll be up at this year's World Science Fiction Convention, Interaction in Glasgow. More than happy to meet any of you who might be there. My programme items are:
The Pros and Cons of Blogging Science, Friday at 11.00
How Have Worlds Changed, Friday at 14:00
Exploring the Planets, Friday at 15:30
A reading on Saturday at 11.00
and "The Long Tail": Economics of a Post-Scarcity World, Saturday at 15:30
I'm particularly chuffed to have a reading. I've never given a public reading before; I'll probably offer a little bit of the work in progress, and my one piece of science fiction. I imagine it will be packed, as the only competition is some bloke called Pratchett...
Any input any of you have for any of the panels (especially you, Chris, out there in RSS land) most welcome. The Exploring the Planets event will give me the opportunity to question David Southwood, so let me know if there's anything you want raised about ESA. (I wonder whether he read this?)
I have no idea whether I'll be blogging while I'm up there. It seems a fairly sure thing that Cheryl will be, though.
It's a very long time since I've been to a worldcon (I'm not a regular at any type of con), and I have to say I'm looking forward to it quite a lot. They really are the most remarkable events, organised on a wonderfully dedicated volunteer basis, and offering everything from insight into future pandemics to the psychology of isolation to cargo cults to belly dancing lessons to war trains made of lego to the open source approach to science to whether lesbianism in genre TV is progressive to the fractured narrative and the causal world to Simon Conway Morris and Jack Cohen on extraterrestrial life to how to mosh, slam and stage dive. All human life is here...