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WorldCon 2016 in Kansas City [Aug. 6th, 2016|08:12 pm]
e_moon60
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Yup, I'm going.  Riding the train to St. Louis, then switching to the other train to Kansas City.  I have my final schedule; it's below the cut:

Science Fiction as Epic

Thursday 13:00 - 14:00, 3501F (Kansas City Convention Center)

Often science fiction that is epic in nature is dismissed as "space opera," but science fiction can be epic without resorting to the world destroying of Edmond Hamilton or the dogfighting X-Wings of Star Wars. What constitutes epic science fiction and what does it do that more personal stories can't?

John Kessel (M) , Frederick Turner, Elizabeth Moon, Walter Jon Williams, Cynthia War

Autographing: Tina Connolly, Brendan DuBois, Laura Lederman, PJ Manney, Elizabeth Moon, Mary Thompson

Friday 12:00 - 13:00, Autographing Space (Kansas City Convention Center)

Tina Connolly, Brendan DuBois, Laura Lederman, PJ Manney, Elizabeth Moon, Mary Thompson

Space and Human Speciation

Friday 16:00 - 17:00, 3501B (Kansas City Convention Center)

Human speciation in an interstellar culture. Isolated by travel times in decades or centuries, interstellar settlements might satisfy some of the criteria for speciation, even with low birthrates. Genetic drift or intentional modifications might leave some parts of humanity unable to breed with others, at least by normal methods. How long would that take? Can we imagine what our great to the nth grandchildren might look like?

Elizabeth Moon, Ms Rachel Neumeier (M), G. David Nordley, Frederick Turner, Mr. Preston Grassmann

SIGMA: Planning the Future Today

Saturday 10:00 - 11:00, 2503B (Kansas City Convention Center)

The SIGMA Forum is a collection of science fiction writers who offer futurism consulting to the United States government and appropriate NGOs.

Dr. Charles Gannon, Bud Sparhawk, Greg Bear, Elizabeth Moon (M)

Medical Myths and Errors in SF

Saturday 16:00 - 17:00, 2502A (Kansas City Convention Center)

You've done what now? Er, pretty sure that would kill you. And so goes the medical community when they read or watch yet another amusingly bad medical error. Come along and find out more.

Perrianne Lurie (M), Dr. Brad Aiken, H.G. Stratmann, Elizabeth Moon, Virginia Campen

Reading: Elizabeth Moon

Saturday 18:00 - 19:00, 2203 (Readings) (Kansas City Convention Center)

Elizabeth Moon

Kaffeeklatsch: Eleanor Arnason, David Brin, Elizabeth Moon

Sunday 10:00 - 11:00, 2211 (KKs) (Kansas City Convention Center)

Eleanor Arnason, Elizabeth Moon, David Brin

Terraforming Terra: Geoengineering for Climate Change Survival

Sunday 12:00 - 13:00, 3501B (Kansas City Convention Center)

What can we do in terms of really big engineering projects to change or adapt to what looks like a pretty hot, wet, and stormy future?

Gregory Benford , Ian McDonald, Patricia MacEwen, John DeLaughter PhD, Elizabeth Moon, Mrs. Laurel Anne Hill (M)




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[User Picture]From: gifted
2016-08-07 01:21 am (UTC)
Ohhh wish I could come. Hope you have a blast, and safe travels.
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[User Picture]From: draconin
2016-08-07 10:46 am (UTC)
I wish I were going but the airfare from Australia is just a mite prohibitive. :-( I hope you have a great time and meet some nice people.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-08-07 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the US/Australia airfare is a major reason I don't show up Down Under frequently. I've enjoyed my visits, but...$$$.
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[User Picture]From: draconin
2016-08-08 11:10 am (UTC)
I ran into you at a bookshop in Perth some years back; I got my copy of The Deed of Paksenarrion autographed (thank you!). I hope you make it back sometime.
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[User Picture]From: blueeowyn
2016-08-07 12:07 pm (UTC)
Have fun, be safe, enjoy the knitting. Hopefully the Plot Machine will let you get some sleep.
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From: sheff_dogs
2016-08-08 07:09 pm (UTC)
Just what I wanted to say. I hope you can pace yourself so all the fun gives you a boost.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2016-08-07 05:01 pm (UTC)
I do wish I could come! You be sensible, now, and don't overdo it - better to cancel a panel than to make yourself ill again.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-08-07 05:41 pm (UTC)
I'll try...but I do get "faux-energized" at conventions and fail to recognize how far under I am. My plan is to spend much more time resting than usual.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2016-08-07 05:42 pm (UTC)
You'll have need to, or you'll find you can't get out of bed for most of the following week! I do so wish I could be there.....
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2016-08-11 02:33 am (UTC)
A filk concert is an excellent place to put your feet up & rest. There're something like more than twice as many as usual, so plenty of chances to enjoy good music. Most of the hour time-slots are split between two performers, so it's very flexible, schedule-wise.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-08-11 03:33 am (UTC)
Filk concerts aren't relaxing for me, unfortunately. Music hypes me up, particularly when listening with other people, and particularly lively music. I will go back to my hotel room and play Elgar's "Enigma Variations" on my CD player, because that's one I can relax to. (I will not play the first chorus of Bach's _Christmas Oratorio_, or any of the Brandenburg concerti, because those wake me up.) I can reliably alter mood by the music I put on (or play inside my head, when I know it well enough.)
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2016-08-11 03:46 am (UTC)
Music is a wonderful thing, adaptable to many purposes. Back in college days, when I was running late, I used to get a fast hymn going in my head and walk across campus in time to it. That way, I'd arrive quickly, but not very out of breath.

I hope you have a big time at the con. I look forward to reading your adventures, before, during, and after.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-08-11 04:36 am (UTC)
My mother had original Broadway cast recordings of Oklahoma, South Pacific, Anne Get Your Gun, Show Boat. Many a time I ran home from school singing a show tune at the top of my lungs. Didn't matter whose song it was in the show--I knew them all. Sang them all. And that was an era when group singing--not formal choirs just groups singing--were still extant. We sang in Brownies and in Girl Scouts; we sang hymns in church. My mother bought a collection of operettas--I started singing anything out of that that I liked. A friend of my grandfather's gave me an old (OLD!) album of recordings, including Nelly Melba singing the Mad Scene from Lucia de Lammermoor, and I tried to sing *that* because it was so gorgeous. Badly, no doubt, but yeah. Then in 8th grade, I tried choir, and was told I couldn't sing. Tried to quit (singing only with records at home) and a high school friend in that choir got me singing with her.

But along with that two other streams were running: classical music, which I was hooked on early by a couple of albums, then by a year of piano lessons and then by the Community Concerts series. I loved the sounds of an orchestra, and trying to hear individual instruments' parts and how they braided together. And then...Mexican music and its south Texas descendant, conjunto. Tejana is OK, but conjunto is my toe-tapping, have-to-dance music.
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2016-08-11 12:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, music is kind of the capillaries underlying everything: sometimes imperceptible, but absolutely essential.

Both my grandparents worked in the textile mills in Lagrange, Ga; when my mom was in high school, she'd have to rush home to get dinner started, the house cleaned, etc. She'd check opera albums out of the library & fill the house with music as she worked. I love that image.

By the time I came along, she was more into folk, so I was raised on that, showtunes, southern rock, etc. I thought everyone was into pretty much everything--quelle surprise! when they weren't. My high school music was the cassettes I made from my French teacher's albums. I'd play them and sing along, walking home from school. Years later, I tracked down cds of those albums & enjoy them to this day.

I've not heard of conjunto; can you recommend some artists to check out?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-08-12 12:42 am (UTC)
Origin in S. Texas, fusion of German & Czech dance music w/accordion, with mariachi type Mexican music. I have YouTube links by the dozen. But anything with Max Baca on the big 12 string guitar, or Flaco Jimenez, will be good. Here's a few:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP1WSgyzWtA Los Texmaniacs playing at Library of Congress (you have to endure the pedantic announcer, first, but the first song gives you a lot of the feel. And that is Max Baca of New Mexico on the bajo sexto. Very high quality recording.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovW0umAQ2MQ Flaco Jimenez and Max Baca together in San Antonio. This is they way I heard the music as a kid, when it was a Saturday night dance in the VFW hall in Donna, Texas and I was staying over with my step-grandmother one vacant lot away. Though sometimes they had a violin as well back then. Notice the resonance of that big guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dureo_C1nhw Some history (in Spanish, but the pictures are good, and the music is too.) You can see in the old pictures, nothing was electrified, and no drum sets (a guy with a small drum, maybe). Often a string base as well as the bajo sexto, sometimes a violin or two. If that band was going more Mexican, it would also have some brass--a trumpet or two.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWYRtRfjbZY Narciso Martinez played a lot in my area in my childhood. Reynosa was across the river from my home town and he was known up and down the Valley.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2gu4mMXMoU And this is what a baile (dance) is like down there; San Benito is about 30 miles from my home town. Same cultures. Notice the dance style is more restrained than the German dances to some of the same music.
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2016-08-12 04:00 am (UTC)
What fun links! Thank you for sharing them. I especially enjoyed the Folkways concert and the baile from San Benito. That brought back memories. I lived around the Valley during my mission, in Brownsville, Edinburg, Raymondville, Weslaco, & especially Harlingen. There was a panaderia on W Fillmore in Harlingen that had calabaza empanadas that were out of this world--& we know about out of this world, we sf fen.

;)

I wonder if the bajo sextos are as fiddly to keep in tune as the 12-string guitars I see in filk circles.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-08-12 02:56 pm (UTC)
My mother grew up in Donna; her father and a partner eventually had a chain of hardware stores in Donna, Weslaco, Mercedes, San Benito, Brownsville, and McAllen. I was born in the old county hospital in Edinburg. The Depression plus the '33 hurricane finished off the San Benito and Brownsville stores (built up in the more prosperous 1920s) and the partnership finally severed years after my grandfather's death, with the partner's family taking the Weslaco and Mercedes stores, and the partners on "our" side taking (and then splitting up) the Donna and McAllen stores. The guy with only 10% of a 50% (half) share ended up with the Donna store and a big lot in Donna (swindled my step-grandmother out of it) but I still have the McAllen store, as the survivor. Hasn't been a hardware store for a long, long, time. But since you knew Weslaco (and probably Mercedes) if you ever saw "Borderland Hardware" that was the name of all the stores originally.

I spent my first nine years immersed in the sounds and smells and sights of an old-fashioned hardware store on a smallish town's Main Street (until my grandfather died, I had the run of the McAllen and Donna stores and Main Streets, and often visited the Weslaco store when he did. I can still tell good iron & steel from crap-metal by the smell coming off it, good tools from bad, good basic fishing and hunting gear from inferior. My love for good knives was there as a small child; the first money I ever earned was spent on a good hunting knife. And conjunto is one of the musics of my heart. I liked it better before the addition of drumsets and amplifiers, but I still love it.
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2016-08-12 04:54 pm (UTC)
When I was little, & my mom was shopping, after looking around the toy department [far less gender-segregated than the blinding pink-and-everything-else on offer nowadays], I'd go to the jewelry counter & look at the knives. Not as practical as your education, of course, but I have always enjoyed looking at & playing with pointy things. If I were more into costuming, I'm so short, a dagger is a short sword on me, which would be a great saving. [As a filker, I've been known to claim that a ukulele becomes a full guitar on me. ;)]

The conjunto is lots of fun. I've put the Texmaniacs on my wishlist on the cd-swapping site I'm on.
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[User Picture]From: seekerval
2016-08-07 08:50 pm (UTC)
Looks like a fun and even challenging set of panels. That KaffeeKlatsch sounds particularly entertaining. Hope you have a great time and opportunities to rest up whenever you need them. Safe travels.
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[User Picture]From: Susan H Beaty
2016-08-08 02:28 am (UTC)

WorldCon

Hope to get a chance to meet you next week. I'll add these to my schedule
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