Posted on | September 11, 2010 | 1 Comment
Well, I did end up chairing a panel on Climate Change: Possible Futures for Planet Earth, which was in a dauntingly large auditorium with a dauntingly heavyweight line up of panelists, but a good discussion was had.
(Kim Stanley Robinson, Sean McMullen, me, Tiki Swain and Jonathan Cowie). (Thanks to Paul Haines for the photo).
Among other things, I ended up crashing a party which I didn’t realise I had been invited too. I was also interviewed for a podcast, Erkpod. I haven’t listened to it, and hope I didn’t say anything too stupid.
The highlight of the convention for me was listening to Kim Stanley Robinson speak. He’s certainly one of my favourite writers, and has had a big influence on me and my writing (though that might not be obvious). It’s always great to find out that someone whose work you admire is also a lovely person and inspiring speaker. He challenged the next generation of writers to create stories which depict utopian futures. ”The more visions we have of a future where things are going right in some large sense, the more we believe in our hearts that we’re headed that way as a consensus culture” (quoted from Gary Kemble’s article).
I will certainly take that under consideration.