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Worldcon Saturday

Most conventions are three days long, just short enough that it's possible to get by on a little too little sleep. As Worldcon is five days long, sleep is even more important. Thus, after a full Friday, my schedule has been somewhat lighter ever since. Saturday's highlights included a docent tour of the art show, a highly entertaining rendition of "Just a Minute", the Masquerade, and catching up with andromakie at the Chicago, Swedish, George R.R. Martin, and Austrlian parties.

"Just a Minute" is a British quiz show which half of the contestants didn't know how to play either. Nevertheless, they all gamely and competitively rose to the challenge of discussing topics such as "Brides of Dracula" and "Garden gnomes" without hesitation, repetition, or digression for one minute - while aggressively stealing parts of that minute back and forth from each other. Truthfulness was optional.

SF/F convention masquerades are not big balls where everyone wears costumes (much as that would be fun). They're costume competitions, done up on stage, with the audience watching. guyelfkin co-hosted the event before being transformed into a secret ingredient for the half-time show, "Ready, Steady, Sew: Iron Costumer", along with his lovely co-host, Sue Mason. There were strikingly few group entries, but the most spectacular was, of all things, a chaos costume entry, a vignette of a soldier being struck down, with death, DEATH, Death of Rats, death by chocolate, and a good four or five other types of death all competing for him. Tom was splashily coutured in a Knave of Hearts outfit. Best in Show was a phenomenally quilted exercise in storytelling.

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dark_age_gal
Aug. 8th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
So did you actually *meet* George RR Martin, or was there a George RR Martin-themed party. You'll understand that, either way, I'm wildly envious. I'm glad you're having such a fascinating time...
owlfish
Aug. 9th, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to tell you that I very easily could have met George RR Martin since he was at the party, and lots of other events around the con, but didn't bother since I haven't read any of his work (although several people have highly reccommended them to me). If I were to read one of them, where should I start?
dark_age_gal
Aug. 9th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC)
His most popular series is "A Song of Ice and Fire", which starts with "A Game of Thrones." These are by far my favorite fantasy books (Lord of the Rings being taken out of the equation, because that's just not fair). Great characters, betrayals, murders, plot twists...very fun. And, George RR Martin has this thing about allowing his characters far more suffering than most fantasy authors. The series is about several different factions fighting for control of one kingdom. In my opinion, what makes it brilliant is that GRRM tells the story through the eyes of a certain character within each sub-plot, meaning that the reader can see each group's motivations from its perspective. As a result, you are never quite sure who the "good guys" or the "bad guys" actually are.

I also suggest his sci-fi book "Tuf Voyaging," which is really more a collection of related short stories about a mercenary named Tuf who gains a ship capable of reforming the environment of entire planets. Each is quite clever, and the book is a fast read. Ok, I'll stop now, seeing as I could sing the praises of GRRM ad infinitum...
guyelfkin
Aug. 11th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
I'd agree aboout the "Song of ce and Fire" books so long as you don't mind character after character being killed-off just as you get to know and "like/dislkie them - it's arecurring theme.

My favourite of his books (and my all-time favourite Vampire story) is "Fevre Dream"

I don't do the Science Fiction thing, so can't comment on his SF rather than Fantasy books.

Teddy
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