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Episode 199: Loncon, Hugos and the future of SF

And we’re back! After traveling for far too long and having had a wonderful time in London at what may have been the biggest and best WorldCon ever, our intrepid commentators are back on Coode St pondering (at length, alas!) what made Loncon a success, the Hugo Awards results, and the future and purpose of SF (of course!).

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast. Next week: Episode 200!!!!

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Episode 198: John Clute, science fiction and Loncon

With Loncon3, the largest WorldCon in history disappearing into the rear-view mirror, convention guest of honour John Clute joins Gary and Jonathan on the podcast to discuss fantastika, the mission of science fiction, the SF Encyclopedia and much more.

In the run-up to episode 200, recorded live in London, we’ll probably have a wrap-up episode shortly. Till then, our thanks to John for joining us and, as always, we hope you enjoy the podcast!

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Away!

We’ve been away for more than a day already.  Miss 12 and I were dropped at Perth International Airport at around 2pm, checked in quickly and easily, and then stopped for coffee and hot chocolate at the Alisa Krasnostein Memorial Dome (i.e. the coffee place we stopped at when going to Toronto).  We were excited and a bit restless.

We boarded the flight to Singapore at 5pm and were in the air quickly. The plane was an older Singapore plane but was comfy. We had a spare seat between us and, after some chatting, settled down to watching movies on the terrible quality in-flight screens. I watched Spiderman 2 and Miss 12 watched the Veronica Mars movie (a rematch to her).

The plane touched down at Changi Airport a little early, giving us time to wander around shops before heading to the gate for our 11.55pm departure. This time we got a big, new-ish A380 and another (!) empty seat between us. All seemed charmed. Miss 12 settled down to watch something or other, while I settled in to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

All was going well. We ate. I fell asleep and then, about 6hrs into the flight, Miss 12 woke me to tell me she’d been sick. The poor girl had vomited all over herself.   It was either something she ate, or the remnants of a virus she’d had, but even after replacing the seat cushion and doing everything that could be done (the Singapore staff were lovely and helpful) she still had another seven hours of flight to get through. It wasn’t pretty.  We dozed and tried to pretend   we didn’t smell.

We arrived at Charles de Gualle at 7am,  cleared customs and had picked up our bags by 8am, before hopping on a shuttle to Terminal 2 to get the train to Rennes. The train station was ok, but nothing special. We were both pretty tired so conversation amounted to an occasional when do we leave or “We’re in France!”.

The train finally left at 9.50am (on time in fairness) and we were on our way to Rennes. Miss 12 dozed and read Divergent, while I watched my way through Suits. We did stop to admire the increasingly lovely countryside and small towns, as we approached our destination, but mostly we were tired.

We got to the Rennes train station at 12.50pm, wandered around a bit, then caught a cab to our hotel. It was only a 5 min walk away, but neither of us speak French, and we were tired.

There were showers etc, and then a wander around town looking for a patisserie (which failed), before  stopping for coffee and crepes (Miss 12s Chocolate Viennoise had TONS of cream on it). And then back to the hotel.  The idea was we’d rest till dinner, have an early meal then bed. Miss 12, though, slept 13hrs, and our day ended there.

We’re about to head off for breakfast, and then off to here! Between here and there, though, driving on the wrong side of the road in a manual vehicle in a place where we don’t speak or read the language. Wish us luck!

T minus a bit

In just over a week Miss 12 and I will be headed to Europe for shennanigans. There’ll be time in Normandy to celebrate the birthday of the fabulous Ellen Klages, with a side trip to Mont Saint-Michel, Paris, with patisseries and museums(!), and London (with Loncon3!). I don’t know if I ever actually thought we’d get to this point.  Bags are being prepped, bookings are being finalised.  We’re almost on the road (or in the air).  Our sincerest thanks to those left behind, Marianne and Miss 14. We owe you one!

Episode 197: Readercon, the World Fantasy Awards and more

With our intrepid hosts preparing to head off to Europe for a sojourn in France before attending WorldCon in London (the biggest Worldcon ever!!), it seems like everything is happening in the gap between now and then. To fill the moments, a new episode(!) where Gary’s time at Readercon, the Shirley Jackson Awards, the World Fantasy Awards and more (not much more) are discussed.

As always, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

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