Call Me Ismael. No, wait. I am born. No, not quite. How about, Hot Damn, It’s Worldcon time again!!!!
These entries will be episodic and on the fly, so please pardon if they seem a bit chaotic.
Robot rights – The singularity comes up again as a core part of the discusson. Will it come too fast for us to work this out before we reach it? What are the requirements for conferring rights? They’ve brought up: Feeling pain & self awareness & intelligence. No one has mentioned the act of demanding rights!
International SF – Hey! Its Kathy & Jim Morrow & Chris (Not on the panel). A little odd,with no international SF folk on the panel, but here goes…Jim is working on an anthology of European SF writers, including translations.
Jim’s admitted generalizations – euro sf is more pedantic, more political, more surrealistic, more tragic (in the classical sense), more grounded in deep history.
Suggestions of folks to read:
“The Century After Beatrice”
Predicting The Next 10 Years – Ahh, SF Pundetry at its finest. The general idea is that the panelists make 5 predictions each, the predictions will be pulbished in the con newsletter, and then 10 years hence, the second half of the panel will convene just to see how far off the predictions were.
No David Gerrold.
But we get Joe Haldeman! His take, the biotech revolution will take full hold and make the Internet revolution look like a piker.
Justin Ackroyd – Kangaroos will be eaten commonly in australia. The abandonment of family farms. Intensification of drought due to global warming.
This is somewhat boring. I’m bailing. No Gerrold.