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CONsummation: LibertyCon After Action Report Part 2c, Sunday

This is part 3 of an increasingly ineptly named trilogy of posts. Follow the links for Part 1 and Part 2a and Part 2b And now our voyage is almost complete! We’ve arrived at Sunday, the last day of the con. This summation of the con has not been very summary, but then again one should never rush consummation in
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CONsummation: LibertyCon After Action Report Part 2b, Saturday.

This is part 3 of an increasingly inaccurately named trilogy of posts. Follow the links for Part 1 and Part 2. And we come to Saturday and the real fun begins. Panels started at 10AM and ran until 1AM. Yep, AM skipping right through the PM back into AM. So for those of you with short attention spans or limited
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CONsummation: LibertyCon After Action Report Part 2a

Our first panel was the “What’s New in Space Opera” and boy, did it set the tone for the rest of the con. It started off with defining the difference between space opera and science fiction, (Space Opera=Star Wars, Science Fiction = Star Trek) but quickly devolved into a discussion of the appendages of mythological creatures.

PreCONceptions: LibertyCon After Action Report, Part 1

As the weekend approached, Friday evening, I decided I would do it. I picked out a couple of geeky shirts I wanted to wear and showed them to Lissa, saying, “This is what I’m planning to wear to LibertyCon. What do you think?”

Now to me, included in that statement was notification to her that I was going to go to LibertyCon. Not so much.

Thoughts on my Birthday

Five years ago, I had the most intense birthday of my life.

Sad Puppies, Science Fiction, the Hugo, and Frank Sinatra

Why do recent Hugo winning stories suck? For those of you who don’t know, I’m a science geek, and I love reading science fiction (SF). Been reading it ever since I found my first Heinlein story in the library. Currently, there’s an uprising in the SF world as fans of old school fiction try to wrest control of the field’s
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SFF Fans Can’t Read; Only True Fen Can

The central premise of the Sad Puppies campaign (led in its third iteration by Brad Torgersen)  is to show that the Hugo Award no longer reflects the tastes of the overwhelming majority of science fiction and fantasy fans. As Brad says: Because (as I have stated many times in the last few years) “fandom” does not really represent FANDOM anymore.
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Shop Locally? I Don’t Think So!

CC: (Scans a few items, stopping at some sheets.) Oh, these are just darling! They are going to look so good on the baby’s bed. Boy or girl?
CU: A girl. We’re going to name her Jessica after my husband’s mother. I wanted to name her after my grandmother, but my husband didn’t think ‘Mildred’ was a good name for a girl. Too old fashioned.
CC: Hmph! Men. Mildred may be a touch out of date, but shorten it to Millie and it’s Thoroughly Modern! Get it? Thoroughly Modern Millie? I crack myself up.
CU: (mumbles)Yeah, I got it. And it’s sorta why he didn’t want the name. I’m starting to see his point.
CC: What honey?
CU: Oh, just that there’s no point in arguing. Besides, it scores points with the mother-in-law.

The Mother Anthony: Quenching my Thirst

More years ago than I really care to think about, I was a sophomore in high school. I, along with the rest of my classmates, was tasked by Mr. Heiser, my English teacher, with writing an original tall tale, similar to American whoppers involving larger than life heroes like Mike Fink, Paul Bunyan, or Johnny Appleseed. I had never tried
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Fare Thee Well, Facebook.

Add me to the long list of people who’ve had it with Facebook. I’ll still maintain an account, and I’ll link my posts here over there so my friends can find them if they are interested, but I’m not going to spend a lot of time writing, posting or commenting on Facebook anymore; it’s a waste of time to put
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