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When “The Muppet Show” got “Mad” at Readercon …

I recently attended Readercon 28 in Quincy, Mass, and spent 4 days immersed in a sea of speculations on speculative fiction.  (Seriously, the panel discussion “Problematizing Taxonomizing” was sub-titled “Maybe the Most Readercon Panel Ever”, for good reasons.) Mixed in with all the heady and erudite discussions were readings, small-group sit-downs with authors (called “kaffeeklatsches”), …

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The (donut) hole at the center of the SF galaxy

Author/editor Scott Edelman (Science Fiction Age) likes to celebrate his convention attendance with “good conversation with good friends over good food“, and he has been recording and podcasting those munchable moments as “Eating the Fantastic”.  Taking advantage of Readercon‘s move to the historic town of Quincy, Massachusetts, this year, he nabbed a dozen treats from …

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David G. Hartwell, the Provost of SF

The speculative genres (science fiction, fantasy, horror) have lost one of the greats, as David G. Hartwell, senior editor at Tor Books, died this week from a fall at home.  He was 74.  He liked to say that “senior editor” was not just a job title but a personal description, he being the longest-serving editor …

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Follow the reader …

This July, as for many Julys past since 1999, I attended Readercon in Burlington, Massachusetts.  Readercon, as the name implies, is a convention oriented toward the literary aspects of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream).  This year’s Guests of Honor were Peter Straub, Caitlin Kiernan, and Shirley Jackson (the Memorial GoH, or “Ghost” of …

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Conventional Wisdom

Advice given for a convention taking place this weekend: All costume weapons must conform to state and federal law. Projectile costume weapons must be rendered inoperable. Costume swords must be tied to your costume in such a way that they can’t be drawn. Readercon or Comic-Con? Your choice of slings and arrows, I suppose.

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