Grace Dugan

Back from Worldcon

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.


One Response to “Back from Worldcon”

  1. Adam Ford
    July 20th, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    Hi Grace,
    I videoed the panel, it has been up on youtube for a while, but I just found your blog post. Here it is:

    Also I was lucky enough to interview Kim Stanley Robinson on a number of topics they are up on my channel too (TheRationalFuture).

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    Grace Dugan is an Australian fiction writer living in Nelson, New Zealand.