Apropos to this weekend’s “science experiments”:
75,000 people at a single Obama rally in Oregon. Yes, they may be all pot-smoking hippies up there in Oregon, but honestly, even if they are, when was the last time 75,000 pot-smoking hippies managed to get it together enough to be in the same place at the same time? I’ll give you Bonnaroo, but after that it gets dodgy. Certainly anything without a scraggly-haired rock guitarist hasn’t rated this for a decade or two. Alternately, does anyone really believe that John McCain could get 75,000 ham supper-eating fundies to show up to hear him in, say, Alabama? Perhaps if he brought the exhumed husk of Reagan with him. But then they wouldn’t be there for McCain, now, would they.
This is does illustrate the problem McCain and the Republicans are facing in this election. No, Obama’s not some mystical, magical human sent to save us all from ourselves (and I do sense Obama, if elected, is going to face something of a backlash when people eventually realize Saint Obama can’t make everything perfect now). But it’s hard to deny he’s got the sort of charisma that makes people want to believe. Reagan had it, Bill Clinton had it, Obama’s got it. It – along with everything else – gives the GOP a hard row to hoe.
A reminder to various and sundry that I will be spending my Memorial Day weekend in Orlando, Florida as a Special Guest of Oasis 21, which also includes David Gerrold, Paul Vincenti and Bill and Brenda Sutton as Guests of Honor. This is my only scheduled appearance in Florida this year, so if you live in the Sunshine State and want to meet me, this is where to do it. While I’m there I’ll be participating in panels, signing books and doing a reading, and also floating about and being available, as Special Guests should.
Here’s my schedule for the convention. Most of what’s noted here are panels, on which I will be participating with other fabulous guests.
3:00 PM Peace Through Superior Firepower: Military SF – What is the role the military in the future?
7:00 PM Opening Ceremonies – Come and Meet the guests. There will be refreshments.
9:00 PM Alien Artifacts – Our intergalactic archaeologists have all the answers. They just never agree.
11:00 AM Special Guest Writer – John Scalzi (I think this is a reading, although it might be a signing session. If it’s a reading, I’ll read from The High Castle, which is coming out next year).
1:00 PM The Big Three: Heinlein, Asimov, and Clarke – The three giants of science fiction are now gone. How did they influence the field and the world.
2:00 PM Copyright or Copywrong – How will the proposed new copyright laws affect writers and artists in the future?
8:00 PM SyFy Radio – Join in on a live broadcast of the show which is taking Internet by storm (this is an interview)
11:00 AM Blogging: Who Cares? – Is there is too much information out there. Is what is out there accurate?
1:00 PM Evolution of Gender and Sex Roles in SF – How has treatment of sexuality and gender changed in science fiction.
4:00 PM Closing Ceremonies
You can see the entire program here (note: PDF link), and as you can see they’re keeping me pretty busy during the convention. Which is as it should be; that’s why I am there, after all. But it does mean your chances of spotting me at, say, Disney World, are kinda slim. If you want to see me, come to Oasis.