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MeCon report

Jolly good fun. Much thanks due to captainlucy, h0pal0ng, xipuloxx and wiselamb for organising it. I dragged Anne along to the quiz on the Friday night, and we came third, in a team with ianmcdonald, slimmeroftheyea and a guy called Brian from Canada.

I went to about five panels in all (which is probably more than I went to at WorldCon last year, apart from the ones I was actually on), including two on Doctor Who, where the charming doyle_sb4 was every bit as impressive in person as on the screen. ianmcdonald moderated a select discussion of C.S. Lewis immediately after his Guest of Honour speech. Some time afterwards, we ended up having a very nice meal at the Rajput, which is as good as ever, along with slimmeroftheyea, wiselamb and mizkit.

I showed my face much more briefly today, though was able to give Ken MacLeod a printout of the Celebrity Deathmatch Hugo commentary. Also very good to see slovobooks and ephiriel again, for certain plotting and nefarious purposes, and to receive my own copy of "Puny Earthling" featuring my article on Northern Ireland in science fiction. Very nice also to see davesangel, and anyone else who I haven't yet mentioned.

I also managed to get into town and buy:

Comics
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
Preacher: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis

Books
Sixteenth Century Ireland, by Colm Lennon
Year's Best SF 11, ed. Hartwell/Cramer
Epic, by Conor Kostick
McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, ed. Michael Chabon
Doctor Who: Short Trips: Past Tense, ed. Ian Farrington
Vellum, by Hal Duncan, who was actually there at MeCon but I forgot to ask him to sign it
Winter Moon - in fact not bought in town but kindly given by mizkit who is one of the three authors, the other two being Mercedes Lackey and Tanith Lee

DVDs
Chronicles of Narnia boxed set of the four stories done by the BBC in the 1980s
Doctor Who: Lost in Time assorted episodes from the First and Second Doctors where the rest of the story has been deleted
Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani - possibly the Fifth Doctor's best story, certainly (sadly) his last
Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric - I've been told that the Seventh Doctor's last season is actually rather good, well, now I'll find out if it's true!

Anyway, great to see you all there. Next year, perhaps?

Comments

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wwhyte
Aug. 7th, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
The Curse of Fenric is very good indeed, with the exception of the mystifying seduction scene (you'll understand when you get to it). If you got the two-disc special edition I'd watch the feature-length version (extra material, no episode breaks). It's the fullest story ever, except possibly Ghost Light or Androzani: huge cast, lots of interesting stuff going on, every character the centre of their own story.
slimmeroftheyea
Aug. 7th, 2006 11:22 am (UTC)
boat trips to Coney
Great to see yiz! Great article as well. Checked out boat trips to Coney - they run on Sundays and at other times by prior arrangement. Contact Paddy Prunty (or probably anyone else there!) at Kinnego Marina on 02838 327573 either way and he will be more than glad to help you!!!!!!!
slovobooks
Aug. 7th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, next year sounds like a plan. Glad you liked PE. A review, perhaps??
nwhyte
Aug. 22nd, 2006 09:10 am (UTC)
Briefly done here!
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