I’ve recently learned that my nickname, which my friend Karen bestowed on me back in 1989, is a term of art in fan fiction. To ‘whump’ a character is to write a fic where awful things happen to him, often at the hands of other characters from the book/show/movie, after which everyone realizes they’ve done [...]
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Cynthia and I went to the California Steampunk Convention this weekend. Wrist computer (non-functional) from Got Steam? In a recent piece for Fantasy Magazine, Stephen H. Segal wrote on why Steampunk is popular: It’s equal opportunity geekery for women and men. An aesthetic response to the glossy surfaces and clean lines of contemporary SF media [...]
Building a Calculator in Little Big Planet: am I intrigued enough to get a Playstation III? I don’t know, but there is a lot to be learned from the casual building tools in that game. Reviewing the premiere of the seventh, and last season of Firefly: now that’s fan fiction taken to the meta level. [...]
Sad news from Kevin Standlee, who just flew out to Cincinatti for MARCON. Robert Asprin, author of all those pun laden MythAdventures books about Skeeve and his demonic friend Aahz, died Friday. Asprin was to be MARCON’s author guest of honor. I’ll remember those books for Kelley Freas’ covers, which were as full of visual [...]
Hi. I normally do not post public entries here, but wanted to respond to kate_nepveu’s concerns about the “WisCon and Live Journal” panel.
As read, the panel description sounds rather wank-tastic, however, given the background of my co-panelists, I’m s…
You may have heard that Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld books, recently learned he had early-onset Alzheimer’s. A couple of days ago, he gave the UK’s Alzheimer’s charity a half a million UKP donation. When Pat Cadigan, an expat American science fiction writer living in the UK, heard about that she kicked in a [...]
Anita Roland at NorthernVoice in Vancouver, BC. Originally uploaded by roland. Back in 1999 and 2000, Anita Rowland helped bridge the online journaling and weblog communities, with her weblog and her journal, Anita’s Book of Days, she also helped run the Seattle Blogger Meetups. I met Anita through Science Fiction Fandom, especially Potlatch where she [...]
You wouldn’t be surprised to meet Ruby enthusiasts at a Japanese science fiction convention. Shimura’s got embedded Ruby running in Illustrator. Press a button, and that evals to ’7′. The back story: Shimura’s part of Cafe Scifi+tique, a performance event put together by Japanese science fiction fans to invert and parody the creepy ‘maid cafe’ [...]
Some people write fan fiction. Others do fan engineering.
Dai means big, as in the Daibutsu. Con is short for “convention,” as in science fiction conventions. That’s why the gentleman in the photo has a giant radish on the back of his tunic. In 1983, at Daicon 4, a group of animators premiered a fan video. The over the top sequence introduced several visual [...]