Posted on | August 7, 2011 | No Comments
I had a wonderful time at Readercon. It is an extremely friendly convention and it was also wonderful to catch up with some old friends from Clarion who I hadn’t seen for years. It was all too brief but that is usually the way. I was very happy to meet Samuel R Delany. I read most of his critical work a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Geoff Ryman was the guest of honour and it was wonderful to see him talk as I have just fallen in love with his work. I had just read Air and was blown away by it. Currently reading The Child Garden, which has this quote in its introduction:
“Literature for me… tries to heal the harm done by stories. (How much harm? Most of the atrocities of history have been created by stories, eg. the”Literature for me… tries to heal the harm done by stories. (How much harm? Most of the atrocities of history have been created by stories, eg. the Jews killed Jesus.) I follow Sartre that the freedom the author claims for herself must be shared with the reader. So that would mean that literature is stories that put themselves at the disposal of readers who want to heal themselves. Their healing power lies in their honesty, the freshness of their vision, the new and unexpected things they show, the increase in power and responsibility they give the reader” – Geoff Ryman
My trip to the US also entailed visiting my Clarion buddy Tenea Johnson who just has a new book out today, Smoketown, and my other Clarion buddy Nikki Kimberling and her partner Dawn, who published that book and have a great small press called Blind Eye Books. I would provide links but it is time for bed and besides, you can use Google.
Now I’m in Darwin for a little while maintaining my secret other life as a medical student. I no longer live in Brisbane so have to change the website at some point–currently migratory.
Posted on | April 1, 2011 | No Comments
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.
Posted on | August 31, 2010 | No Comments
I’ll be at the World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne this coming weekend. Schedule as follows:
Fri 1600 Rm 217: Medical ethics in the 21st century
Sun 1000 Rm 215: Reading
I’ll probably be reading from my unpublished novel The Motherland Garden.
I’m also scheduled for a panel on climate change on Monday but won’t be able to make it.
Looking forward to catching up with many lovely people and meeting some new ones.
Posted on | April 16, 2010 | 1 Comment
After a couple of years of letting everything slide, I have now refurbished my website. Still a bit of content to come.