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May 20, 2007

Baker, Doctorow, Scalzi and Turtledove Live and in Concert

A couple of weeks ago I participated in a panel at the LA Times Festival of Books, called “Science Fiction: The Road From Here to There.” The panel had me, Cory Doctorow and Kage Baker, with Harry Turtledove moderating, and as you might surmise, when you get all four of us on a panel together, it's fun. Well, it was fun for us anyway, and the crowd seems to have had fun too.

Cory's posted an MP3 of the panel for you to download and enjoy. Here's the direct link the file.

Posted by john at May 20, 2007 08:29 PM

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Chuck Wahl | May 20, 2007 11:05 PM

Harry rocks. He was very funny and talkative when we had him at ConGlomeration last August.
Some friends and I have decided to use and reuse a phrase that he came up with. He was talking and said that he had flown in on Southworst airlines.
So, of course we run with it and act like it is ours. Wouldnt you??

Andrew | May 20, 2007 11:44 PM

Not after I'd experienced America West...

Jacob | May 21, 2007 02:18 AM

Another wizard could use Harry Potter's wand to perform magic (or vice versa).

John Scalzi | May 21, 2007 05:33 AM

But not a muggle. Whereas anyone can use a phaser. The concept still applies.

Anne C. | May 21, 2007 03:01 PM

Thanks for posting that, John. Very interesting.

Anne C. | May 21, 2007 03:06 PM

[thought right after clicking "post"]

Does that mean Batman would technically be an SF hero? The corollary would be "superpowers = magic."

-et- | May 21, 2007 09:13 PM

Chuck Wahl said:
"Some friends and I have decided to use and reuse a phrase that he came up with. He was talking and said that he had flown in on Southworst airlines.

So, of course we run with it and act like it is ours. Wouldnt you??

If you were to work in the industry, you would hear similar nicknames for almost every airline you can name - although some are admittedly "better" than others.

For example: "America's Worst", "Northworst", "Air Chance", etc.

I think that the same type of humor can be found in almost every industry among the people who work in it. The ones that really get to me are the "in" jokes from an acquaintance who is an undertaker . . .

With best wishes,
- Tom -

-et- | May 21, 2007 09:17 PM

Oops - I failed to include Chuck's last sentence within the quotation, so it looks as if it is my first sentence, rather than part of his remarks..

My apologies, Chuck.

With best wishes,
- Tom -

Paul | May 21, 2007 09:37 PM

Lots of fun, John!

Chris Johnston | May 22, 2007 10:28 AM

That was my favorite panel of the Festival!
I'm ever so glad this got posted!

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