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October 10th, 2007

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08:01 am - Stross, Hamilton, Barker
faintheart and I went to hear Charlie Stross read last night at the Science Fiction Museum. I was doing my usual waffle but the tickets were at will-call under my name & membership, so I girded my loins and off we went. We took the monorail in, which was cool as it had been a long long time since I'd ridden it - this was the first time, actually, since EMP was built around it, that I recall.

After circumnavigating the EMP/SFM building we finally found where we were supposed to be. This happens to me pretty much every time I visit - I always choose the entrance that is the farthest away from where I'm actually going, it seems. But we knew we'd found the right place when we saw Duane from the University of Washington bookstore's Science Fiction department holding court amid a huge spread of books. Even better, we found nihilistech. I resisted buying any (more) books and we went in and ensconced ourselves in the auditorium.

Stross is a delightful reader and entertaining character. His t-shirt said I make stuff up. As far as Halting State goes, it's more like he extrapolates really well. (I hope he's making the Atrocity Archives up, though. Fervently.) He read from Halting State, and now I have to get ahold of a copy to find out how it all ends up - but I was approaching my limits wrt peopleness, so instead of elbowing my way thru the crowd to get a copy from the table on the way out, I/we merely headed home.

FYI: The UW bookstore is also co-sponsoring appearances by Laurel K. Hamilton on November 1st (at the U District store) and Clive Barker on November 5th (at EMP/SFM).
Current Music: Tanz Mit Dem Teufel [Klirrfaktor Remix] - Melotron

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Date:October 10th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
You can have my copy of Halting State when I'm done scanning it, if you want.
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Date:October 10th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Sure! Sweet. Thanks..
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Date:October 12th, 2007 10:17 am (UTC)
Hi, I was there too. I passed up a free screening of Elizabeth: the Golden Age to be there. I've really been looking forward to that movie, but I decided that I really could break down and spring for a ticket for the movie. Whereas Stross being British, trying to come up with another occasion to see him would be considerably more difficult to arrange.

I liked Stross's ability to extrapolate too. During the Q&A, when he got off on that riff about cell phones -- how they've changed things already and what that means, and what's likely to come next and what that will mean -- I had such a mental picture of the future enfolding in my head. The last generation to understand the concept of being lost. Hmmm, interesting. Although the first thing that came to my mind was...oh they'll find out when they lose the cell phone. Probably will make them even more panicky.

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