Re: Mel Gibson:

Any additional thoughts on today’s rather more extensive apology about the drunken anti-semitic outburst?

Your Hugo/Campbell Blatheration Thread

Hugo/Campbell voting is now officially closed, and since it was not performed on Diebold machines, I think that we can say that all the votes will be counted in an efficient and truthful manner, untainted by scandal. I promised that after the polls closed that I would open up a thread to let people chat about the Hugos/Campbell, so here you are. Chat away.

Before you ask: Yes, I have my thoughts about who will win the Hugos/Campbell, including in the categories for which I am nominated; no, I’m not going to discuss them publicly, because I think it would be inappropriate for me to do so as a nominee. I’ll wait until after the awards ceremony to say anything about it. But by all means, you folks discuss the slate and your favorites and so on — it’s too late to influence the voting, of course, but there’s still four weeks until the awards. Lots of time to speculate.

Back in the Day

In honor of MTV turning 25 today, here’s the very first video the station ever played:

We don’t need to kvetch about how MTV doesn’t play videos anymore, now that we have YouTube.

In other news, I’m thinking of attending the Hugos in a silver lame suit and a skinny tie, just like the Buggles are wearing at the end of the video.

My LACon IV Schedule

Holy crap, I’m doing a lot of stuff at the upcoming Worldcon — my schedule is of Strossian proportions. Here’s what they have me doing and when. I’m cutting and pasting from the e-mail:

Wed 8/23 4:00 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Robin Wayne Bailey
Buzz Dixon
Nancy Holder
Robert J. Sawyer(M)
John Scalzi
Precis: How to manage your life as a writer.

Wed 8/23 5:30 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Paul A. Abell
Steven Lopata(M)
Wil McCarthy
John Scalzi
Sam Scheiner
Precis: Many SF writers and SF fans are scientists in real life.How do they combine the two? What is doing science for a living really like? Are we all really mad scientists who want to rule the world?

Thu 8/24 11:30 AM, 60-90 minutes.
Tad Daley
John DeChancie
John Maddox Roberts
John Scalzi
Bill Thomasson(M)
Precis: Which political ideologies from science fiction novels could and/or do work in real life? Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress or Starship Troopers? Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaids Tale? The whole Star Trek universe?

Thu 8/24 3:00 PM, 60 minutes.

Thu 8/24 4:00 PM, 60 minutes.
READING: John Scalzi

Fri 8/25 10:00 AM, 60-90 minutes.
ElizaBeth Gilligan
David F. McMahon, MD(M)
John Scalzi
John Strickland
Bill Thomasson
Precis: Medicine is evolving at an amazing pace. New discoveries, technology, etc. are announced every day. What will medicine be like in 100 years? Will we have tricorders and neuroscanners like in Star Trek? How about growing or cloning organs? Will we be using organics to solve problems instead of nanobots?

Fri 8/25 1:00 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Peter S. Beagle
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff(M)
Lee Martindale
John Scalzi
Stanley Schmidt
Precis: There’s a time and place for everything. Or is there? Does humor have a place in modern fiction? Can there ever be too much?

Fri 8/25 4:00 PM, 60-90 minutes.
David Friedman(M)
Nancy Kress
Jody Lynn Nye
John Scalzi
Bill Thomasson
Precis: What are the ethical problems of the Human Genome Project? Are we playing God when we fool around with genes and chromosomes? Can a world of all blonde and blue-eyed children be far behind? When we can work miracles on the molecular level, will the people in areas we can “correct” be discriminated against?

Fri 8/25 5:30 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Geoffrey A. Landis
Thomas R. McDonough(M)
G. David Nordley
Robert J. Sawyer
John Scalzi
Precis: Where are the Extraterrestrials? Why haven’t we been contacted? A gold mine for SF ideas, the academic study of this problem has come a long way in the last 10 years. Are we victims of a galactic conspiracy, or is the forest full of wolves?

Sun 8/27 10:00 AM, 60-90 minutes.
Joe W. Haldeman
J.G. Hertzler
Steven Lopata
Hank Reinhardt(M)
John Scalzi
Precis: An awful lot of ‘hard SF’ is set in a military milieu. Is that to be our destiny in space? Or are Gordon Dickson, Robert Heinlein, and Jerry Pournelle just giving us some rip-roaring adventures? Besides, what’s wrong with militarism?


The good news is that they didn’t put me on anything in before 10am or that starts after 5:30pm, and I have Saturday off. Clearly I’ll have to do all my socializing then. Although I do understand there’s some sort of ceremony then that I need to consider attending. I’ll have to give it some thought.