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My Eastercon programme, let me show you it. [Mar. 29th, 2010|03:45 pm]
Douglas Spencer
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The annual British national science fiction convention is called Eastercon, and takes place over the Easter weekend.

This year, the 61st Eastercon is called Odyssey, and takes place at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, near Heathrow.

My programme appearances are as follows:
  • Friday 16:00 "Hitchhiker Games" -- ZZ9 are running a session of silly games, and I'll be running "Towel Fu".
  • Friday 22:00 "Physics of BDSM" -- lproven and I will be teaching you some science. He's a biologist and I'm a mathematician, I think that making us both do physics is where the BDSM comes in.
  • Sunday 10:00 "Easter Service - Christian" -- It's Easter, one of the principal festivals of the Christian year, and Christians would normally expect to be in Church on Sunday morning. My background draws on Methodist, Anglican, Roman and Reformed traditions, so there should be something recognisable here for most Christians. Eucharist, Holy Communion, Lord's Supper, call it what you will, with myself as Celebrant.
  • Sunday 16:00 "GUFF Trip Report and Candidate Interviews" -- Northern Hemisphere administrator ang_grrr presents her trip report, and then interviews southbound candidates lostcarpark and myself about our respective candidacies.
  • Sunday 19:15 "Harry Plokta and the Half-Cut Prince" -- The SF crossover musical, revised and re-staged from our critical success at <plokta.con> last year.
  • Monday 12:00 "Scrabble Tactics" -- You've got "NO IDEAS" on your rack and your opponent's last word is "SUPERB". What do you do?[1]
  • Monday 21:00 "Bad Sex in SF" -- We have steadfastly scoured our shelves in order to bring you some very badly-written sex scenes. It'll be awful, really very nasty indeed.

Additionally I'm intending to get to the fan-fund auction on Saturday evening where I may be helping out in a vain attempt to prevent myself from spending any money. Otherwise I'll probably be in the bar.

Vote in the GUFF race, if you haven't done so already and you're active in fandom; candidates are lostcarpark and me, and you can find ballot papers and so on here. Voting closes at 23:59 GMT on April 5th.

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[1] Play "adonise" alongside "superb" to make "so", "un", "pi", "es" and "re" with 50 bonus points.

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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-03-29 03:12 pm (UTC)
I would be really interested in a treatise on how and why BDSM and sci-fi are linked. What % of Easterconners would be fans of both, do you think? Is it related to particular types of sci-fi / sword and sorcery / gothness?

I know nothing. Or, not much, at any rate.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-03-29 03:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure that there's a strong correlation between SF fans and BDSM fans. The suspicion is that while there's no particular link, the way in which certain kinds of SF fan fail to see why they should censor their conversation means that someone who is a fan of both is more likely to talk about one interest in an environment where (s)he might be expected to talk only about the other.

There's a popular myth that SF Fandom is a "safe space" where people are at liberty to be themselves more completely than they can in the wider world, without fear of being opressed. But what happens is that they come into conflict with people who think that SF Fandom is a "safe space" where they can be free from having their environment polluted by people flaunting their sexuality inappropriately.
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[User Picture]From: jon_a_five
2010-03-29 09:41 pm (UTC)
Remember the 'Fetish in Fandom' panel we did two years ago?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-03-31 01:02 pm (UTC)
It occurs to me that you may be missing a little bit of context, about the debate about how much BDSM and other non-SF programming there is at Eastercon.

If you're familiar with navigation in Yahoo! Groups you might want to look at the huge discussion sparked by this message earlier this month, and then return to LJ to read the discussion under this post yesterday.

Something to entertain you until your leg starts working again.
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[User Picture]From: frandowdsofa
2010-03-29 03:12 pm (UTC)
It would depend where the SUPERB was and if you can get alongside it. You might be as well using the B to make BEDSONIA if there is a double or triple word score available, and you'd still get the bonus. ADENOSIS using the S would work too, or ADONISES, and they are that bit more flexible. Lower scoring, though.
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[User Picture]From: reverendjim
2010-03-29 03:22 pm (UTC)
I tried to bed Sonia once but she wouldn't let me. Which was fine in the end as I discovered the "bonus" was chlamydia.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-03-29 03:40 pm (UTC)
It's actually quite difficult to get chlamydia -- you're relying on at least two letters already in place to go with the seven in your rack.


Edited at 2010-03-29 03:49 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-03-29 03:50 pm (UTC)
I might have been better to say "your opponent's first word..." -- unless there's an opportunity to go through two double-word scores, which is sometimes pleasing.
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[User Picture]From: pinkdormouse
2010-03-30 06:08 am (UTC)
I'd already highlighted Hitchhiker Games and Bad Sex in SF in my advance programme. No guarantee I'll get to either, but I'll try to make at least one.
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