Quick Capricon Recap

Well, I had fun, in any event. I’ve already detailed my DJing experience, so I won’t go over that again, except to say it was Friday and today is Monday, and I’m still sore, and, clearly, old. But the rest of it went over pretty well, too. I moderated a panel about the Occupy movement and the Tea Party movement, which was well-attended in part because I think there was an expectation that the panelists (which included Cory Doctorow and Michael Z. Williamson) would eventually start stabbing each other, but as it turned out everyone played very well together and instead of a ideology battle we had a substantive conversation on popular protest movements and the impact of modern technology on the same. In other words, they came for the blood but stayed for the nerd. And that was cool by me. I then also did a reading, at which I threatened to bring my ukulele and play it; as you can see from the photo above (by Michael Johns, who gave me permission to post it because he is awesome) I made good on the threat. And I sang! And hit at least half the notes! So there’s that, too. And there are genuinely lovely people who both put on the con and attend it. It’s a very friendly con, and I always felt at home.

And now I have a three-day work week, because next weekend I am at another convention — Boskone, in Boston, where I am the author guest of honor, and at which I will be debuting my latest book, 24 Frames into the Future: Scalzi on Science Fiction Film. Unfortunately I have five days of work to fit into those three days, which is my way of saying that, hey, this week I may not be updating as obsessively as I usually do, on account of pay copy. Yes, life is terribly unfair this way. We must all try to move forward anyway.

Reminder to SFWA Members: Nominate for the Nebulas

I’m gonna put on my “President of SFWA” hat for a moment (it’s a beanie!) to remind SFWA members that there’s only a couple of days left to get in your nominations for this year’s Nebula Awards (as well as the Norton YA award and the Bradbury screenwriting award, which SFWA also presents). So if you haven’t voted yet, now is the time to get it done; the nomination ballot closes Wednesday, February 15, at 11:59pm Pacific time.

If you’re a SFWA member and you want to be reminded of some works you may have read but missed, or works you still have time to peruse, remember that in SFWA’s forums there is a recommendation area, with works suggested by your fellow SFWA members (please note that the recommendation list is not a preliminary nomination ballot — you have to nominate by using the actual nomination ballot). Also, here’s a thread from this site of works suggested by their creators, and another of works suggested by fans.

Don’t worry, we’ll also be reminding you via e-mail about nominating, complete with links to the nominating ballot. But a reminder here doesn’t hurt any, either.