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Alan Ball on creation

Was lucky enough to attend the Alan Ball interview at the Opera House tonight. He’s a warm, funny man & down to earth, surprised, I think, by the event & the crowd. I thought: this is what you get when you talk to a real writer, that acknowledgement of how …

AA-ed

It was bittersweet being at the LAST Fantastic Queensland AA ceremony. Before FQ took over, I never even attended an AA event. But they made such a classy event out of it that eventually I found I couldn’t NOT attend. I’m looking forward to hearing which brave souls take up …

WFC 09

Alas, over already. I kept opening the blog during the week only to shut it again from severe brain drain. Some highlights: * Firstly, this has been my favourite WFC so far. * Wednesday: the Caltrain from San Francisco to San Jose is a straightforward commute, though it’s not designed …

Ansible makes me laugh

From the latest Ansible: Ursula K. Le Guin laments the passing of the squid: ‘[L]ast night on the Lehrer news hour Margaret Atwood did not say she did not write science fiction because she did not write about talking squids, but said that she did not write science fiction because …