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Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
3:45 pm
Terri Luanna Mountainborne Robinson da Silva, 1974-2004
Terri Luanna Mountainborne Robinson da Silva, daughter of Spider and the late Jeanne Robinson, is now in The Undiscovered Country, occurring Friday, December 5th, 2014, at the age of 40 years, due to Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (which she described as "the most common form of breast cancer"). Waiting for their time to greet her again are her father Spider Robinson, her husband Heron da Silva, her daughter Marissa ("Miss M"), and a huge extended family of relatives and intimate friends, as well as many, many more distant friends around the world.

The announcement came from Laurie O'Neal ("Auntie L") on Terri's WordPress weblog about her life with cancer, "gracefulwomanwarrior" [ http :// gracefulwomanwarrior . com ], and on her Facebook page [ https :// www. facebook . com / pages / Gracefulwomanwarrior / 247095598695612 ] (remove spaces to access the links, of course).

With the name Luanna Mountainborne, she was depicted as dancing on Luna in 1/6 gravity in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert A. Heinlein.

A crowdfunding request for her medical expenses is at [ https :// www . youcaring . com / medical - fundraiser / terri - s - stage - 4 - cancer - fight / 269274 ]

A crowdfunding request for her memorial is at [ http :// www . gofundme . com / icqknk ]

(Again, remove spaces to access the links.)

This information comes from openly accessible web pages and public announcements, no confidences are being violated.

Current Mood: melancholy
Saturday, January 12th, 2013
10:45 am
Happy Birthday to new member beamjockey!
Many happy returns, and welcome to rasff
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
12:08 am
Sorry about the Russian spam
Apologies for the Russian spam; I've taken steps to (I hope) make the community less open to passers-by, and it shouldn't happen again.
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
2:11 pm
Jim Nicoll Hugo Nomination
A list I'm on, of cranky old farts like myself who remember when fandom = fanzines = paperbygodfanzines, included a shocking number of people who don't know the name James Nicoll, and were indignant to see him nominated as a Fan Writer when he neither publishes a fanzine nor LoCs fanzines.

Hey, I think he's one of the more fannish nominees on the list!

Current Mood: confused
Sunday, November 1st, 2009
9:34 am
usenet servers
I just found out ComCast.net doesn't offer a usenet server... BOTHER! Can someone recommend one, free if posable.

Current Mood: aggravated
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
10:16 pm
the Hogo Books '08
For the duration of the 2008 Hugo campaign, Ian McDonald, Robert J. Sawyer, John Scalzi, Charles Stross and their respective publishers are making special electronic editions of their Hugo-nominated works available at request to 2008 Hugo voters. The authors have put together a package of their books for the voters’ convenience. Where can they get these special editions? Well, right here, of course!

2008 Hugo voters are eligible. To be a Hugo voter, you must be a member of Denvention 3, this year’s Worldcon.

Current Mood: optimistic
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
5:40 pm
Charlie Stross at Elysian Brewing Company
This is Charlie at the small beer party in his honor, the night he arrived in Seattle to start his signing tour for Halting State. While he was animated most of the evening, he was, after all, running on too little sleep and too much economy class airtravel, and so I accidentally caught him looking about as tired as he must have been feeling.
Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
12:59 pm
Thursday, April 5th, 2007
11:05 am
Minicon 42
Minicon 42 is this weekend and folks will be posting news & accounts and other stuff to minicon42_2007. Also of note: mnstf

Both communities are open to anyone, of course. If you want to play the Minicon home game, that's cool too! (You'll have to provide your own grenadine).

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, March 6th, 2007
1:13 pm
Best of the New 'Zines
I was thinking the other day about how journals are in many ways a new form of Per 'Zine. And then I started wondering what the best blogs about fandom and science fiction are. I read james_nicoll and he's pretty good about bringing up interesting points about the state of sci-fi and fantasy writing, but are there journals or blogs I should check out? About fandom or about fantasy/science fiction.

On livejournal I'm reading these fannish groups: anonymousclaire, coloradogeeks, con_central, denvention3, fanthropology, gay_geeks, rasff (of course), rasfw, and worldcons. The pretty fannish journals I've found are peteyoung, filkerdave, gerisullivan, james_nicoll, jonsinger, taffbug, and vicarage. James Nicoll is the most active of those.
Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
12:54 pm
Science Fictional Experiment


contains the seven part SF oriented story "Connections," which I am currently converting
into a written word short story as well. The dialog is layered onto futuristic ambient
soundscapes, which differ for each part.
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
8:19 pm
Connections -- Complete (all 7 parts)
Finally finished my "psychoambientfuturism" project: part ambient music,
part therapy session, part SF, part just-plain-nuts.

For anyone CRAZY enough to listen to all 7 parts in a row, here it is:

Connections Parts 1-7 (42:46)

No obligation. Tylenol and headphones recommended. Not suitable for children or the mentally stable.
Contains profanity and insanity.

MANY thanks to Jessica for starring in Parts 6 and 7 as Jennifer.

Individual parts can be found on Mixposure at the usual place
Divergent Future Music
Saturday, December 9th, 2006
6:46 pm
UK - Video Collection FREE TO GOOD HOME
We have a 3000 plus home videoed Film & TV collection if anyone wants it.

It is an eclectic mix: heavy on SF (All Dr Whos etc) and TV Drama. 3000 plus tapes, long play, so each is 8 hours viewing time. Fully catalogued on index card, some cross-referencing. It makes it three deep onto a huge IKEA book case (approx 6.5 X 9 X 1.5 feet) and the book case is included if you wish.

Taken from TV/Cable feed over several years. Must find good home or will be skipped. :-( Can no longer be accommodated as must clear hall space to allow electric wheelchair access. Please feel free to mention details on as appropriate.

Collect only: Bedford, UK.

morgangallagher at hotmail dot co dot uk
Friday, December 1st, 2006
10:49 am
I call the genre 'psychoambientfuturism' but some
of you filkers might like it? maybe?

Here is Part I. Parts II, II, and IV are up on the same site as well.
It is mostly dialog/therapy-session over an ambient futuristic soundscape.

Connections -- Part I

Thursday, October 19th, 2006
11:24 am
Invisibility in Principle!
It will take nano scale enginering, but it is possible as shown by an experiment with microwaves!
Thursday, September 7th, 2006
11:11 pm
The Measure of a Convention
It would be terribly interesting to get actual statistics about the people who go to a SF convention. As opposed to the common knowledge without actual proof that we bandy about in talking about how pagan, white, old, libertarian, etc. conventions are without any actual proof. The difficulty is making is an easy process rather than yet another annoying hoop to jump through. Plus making people feel okay about giving personal information like, "Do you identify as Democrat, Green, Libertarian, Republican, or Non-Affiliated with a party? Philosophically do you identify as communist, conservative, conservative-religious, liberal, liberal-libertarian, libertarian, or socialist?" Unless handled very sensitively such questions will go over with independent minded fans about as well as an inflatable battleship.

If it was just one thing you wanted to know it could possibly be put on the membership card thing and explained that it was for a program item. That we were trying to figure out how diverse the convention is in one particular way and have a discussion about it at such and such a time in salon B. There might be a few people who didn't care to fill it out, but if it was just one thing most people would go along. But if it went beyond one measure then something else would have to be done. Perhaps a station near registration with the incentive to sit down at a computer and answer questions to get entered in a raffle. Thought there would be a bit of a problem having enough robust computers to do the task, one wouldn't cut it. Though perhaps that could be something to do with all those older computers we all have sitting around doing nothing. Load some variety of linux and some sort of tabulation survey program thing.

It would still take work though and for one program item I don't know how many conventions would want to go to the trouble.
Friday, September 1st, 2006
4:38 pm
A Random Study of Worldcon Prices
It's actually a horrible dark conspiracy to keep out the riff-raff. No honest, that's what shelleybear says in this entry, I happened across.

Never mind that if you take the $25 at the door price of Worldcon in 1974 and run it against an inflation calculator you get $101.21 in 2004. So that means that the $200 at the door price today is more or less double what it was in 1974. So if inflation is only that much, why $200? Well, my understanding is that certain weekends, like Labor Day, were much deader for hotels in decades past. This meant that conventions could get really good bargains when going for them, but that's not the case anymore. Now we compete with all the other things that hotels have found will fill those spaces.

Another thing is size. In 1974 the Long List has 3,587 as the total membership. In 2004 the equivalent number is 7,094. This means using larger and more expensive facilities, Sheraton Park Hotel in 1974 and Hynes Convention Center, Sheraton Boston Hotel, & Boston Marriott Copley Place in 2004.

And I've heard tell that Worldcons do somewhat more now than in 1974. Fancy shmancy lighting for the Hugos, professional sound systems, projectors for presentations, etc, etc.

So could Worldcon be less expensive? Almost undoubtedly, if people were willing to make cuts. All those little things that have crept in but aren't necessary to whatever a committee's vision of the core mission of Worldcon. But it would still have to be in big convention centers unless they caped the membership (oh, hey, I guess that would keep out the riff raff as well) or settled on a few very large hotels when in the US. Ultimately it is up to the people who vote on such things and they mostly go to Worldcon, unlike the people who whine about how expensive it is. I'm willing to bet even if prices were lowered these people still wouldn't go because they'd be complaining about the hotel, airfare, etc.
Wednesday, August 30th, 2006
2:47 pm
What Is Going On? Harlan-Gate
The first thing I saw about the now swirling tropical hullabaloo came from the journal of James Nicoll, More Words Deeper Hole. A link from there took me to an entry by Patrick Neilsen-Hayden on things that went wrong at Worldcon. Since then I've seen reports all over.

Additional Commentaries on the Incident
Laurie Mann She was actually on stage when it happened and says, "Connie, class act that she was, didn't miss a beat, continued with the ceremony like an adult. Connie kept the focus of the ceremony on honoring the winners, and not drawing more attention to Harlan's behavior."
A Journal of Impropriety "The even more sad part of all this is that I don't think people will particularly remember this in a year or two except as part of Ellison's general assiness. Because groping a woman without permission doesn't get you shunned in this world."
Emerald City "I’ve refrained from explaining just how badly Harlan behaved at the Hugos because I haven’t had a chance to speak to Connie and I didn’t know if she wanted it made public."
Goblin Mercantile Exchange "This goes beyond literary values, and into human values. I’ve met so many kind, generous, warm, funny, dear friends through the world of science fiction. How long are we going to deal with this?"
Gavin Grant "What’s up with these dirty old men?"

On the Apology
No quotes because they are all some variety of, "We think this is a non-apology."
A Journal of Impropriety
Emerald City
More Words, Deeper Hole
Ed Rants (Edward Champion)

On the Apologists
A Journal of Impropriety "All these excuses remind me of that guy who got his picture taken when he flashed someone on the subway. She posted it on the internets and he got caught. Was he embarrassed? Oh you naïve little children! He said, 'I've met women who enjoy it.'"

Neil Gaiman didn't comment about it because he was in England for his daughter's birthday. In a letter to Come Love Sleep he is paraphrased as saying, " he's not gonna touch this situation with a ten-foot barge-pole, and other women have been accusing him of being "complicit by [my] silence" in Harlan's "public attempt to rape Connie Willis."
Ian McDonald calls it entertaining realizes he did wrong and takes it back here and here.

Worst of the Commentators
Edward Champion accuses Keith Stokes of cultural revisionism, fandom of keeping silent, and sf writers of condoning this on August 28th. If I'm not mistaken it happened that day before so he's going off a bit half-cocked at best and at worst he's behaving a bit more nasty than Ellison on his bad days. I will give him that he's quick to come up with stuff for his blog... and a coke dumped over him if I ever met him under appropriate circumstances.

From the Harlen Ellison Webderland Message Boards
Lynne BatikCollapse )

I pretty much agree with this, except that I haven't liked Harlan Ellison because my experiences with him at a con were very negative.

Harlan EllisonCollapse )

Putting in an "if" makes something almost entirely not apology shaped. It is saying that, "Well I don't think I did anything wrong so I'm only sorry if you took it too seriously." Hard to say what's going on here. I am not objective nor do I know Ellison well enough to decide if he's fumbling when doing something he usually doesn't or if he's really not sorry about it at all.

Tony RavenscoftCollapse )

He is right about this being a dogpile. But I think he misses that this isn't all on Connie Willis's behalf. There are two motivations here that are often mixed. One part "Women shouldn't have to put up with this sort of shit anymore in fandom," and one, "We fans, particularly volunteers, shouldn't have to put up with the shit that Harlan Ellison pulls just because that shtick is popular with his fans." This brouhaha is bigger than over just this incident because it is being using as a sort of focal point of discontent. That doesn't make it wrong for people to be outraged, but I hope for the most part a sense of proportion is kept.

Alex JayCollapse )

Lynne Batik, againCollapse )

Ellen DatlowCollapse )

Commentary later on storyguypress if I still feel like writing about this messy situation.
Thursday, July 6th, 2006
8:00 pm
RIP rich brown
For those who remember him, and have not seen it elsewhere, rich brown died this afternoon. He had been hospitalized since Memorial Day, and had been battling pneumonia, but somehow this still seems sudden to me. Happy trails, rich. May your typewriter ribbons never run dry, nor your blog cup neither. I know you'll be among the host at the crank of the Enchanted Duplicator.
11:15 am
Units of Junk, or "How many piles of crap are there in a herkin buttload?"
My friend solomoning and his friend Moc once worked out a system of units that related "piles of shit" upto full "buttloads". He wrote it down for me a few weeks ago. With his permission, here it is for the world to enjoy.

Units of Junk
10pieces of shit=1pile of crap
10piles of crap=1pile of shit
10piles of shit=1crock of shit
10crocks of shit=1buttload
10buttloads=1herkin buttload
10herkin buttloads=1fuckton

Notice that it's metric. There are a million "pieces of shit" in a "fuckton". If I had noodled it out myself, I would have made it all weird numbers, just to increase the randomness of it.
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