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I'm baaaack!

I'm back, staggeringly jetlagged and tired but very happy, from a fantastic visit to London and Loncon 3/Worldcon. I'll be catching up on emails shortly. Pictures and reports of my English adventures will follow. You have been warned.

For now, let me say that the third and final installment of my "Looking Back on Genre History" series entitled "Seeking Dumbledore's Mother: Harry Potter in a Native American Context" is now live on StarShipSofa. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. Here are links to all three segments:
- "Seeking Dumbledore's Mother": Part 1 of 3
- "Seeking Dumbledore's Mother": Part 2 of 3
- "Seeking Dumbledore's Mother": Part 3 of 3

I'll leave you with a couple of my photos of notes left by fans at the The Sherlock Holmes Museum in London.

Notes Left by Fans at the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London

Notes Left by Fans at the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London

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wellinghall
Aug. 19th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
I am pleased you enjoyed it, even though I didn't get to go myself, or give you even a hug at secondhand via adaese.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 21st, 2014 03:29 pm (UTC)
I felt you there in spirit! :D

Edited at 2014-08-21 03:30 pm (UTC)
Katherine Sas
Aug. 20th, 2014 01:15 pm (UTC)
Glad you had a good time at Loncon! Looking forward to hearing more about your experience.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 21st, 2014 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was fantastic!
i_llbedammned
Aug. 20th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
Wow. Those notes are pretty intense to see. People from all over the world have left notes about the works that have influenced them.

I am glad you had fun. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 21st, 2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
Those notes are pretty intense to see. People from all over the world have left notes about the works that have influenced them.

Yes! I found those notes to be extremely moving. What a testament to how those stories have influenced lives around the world!

I am glad you had fun. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.

Aw, thanks so much! :)
gloriana
Aug. 20th, 2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
Hey, I was in your audience!
Went to your talk at Loncon - and enjoyed it immensely. (I saw an earlier version - in Denver?? The cons do blend together...) The tech difficulties must have been a pain for you, though :( Tech ops certainly seemed to cause the most problems at this con, along with just having too many people wanting to see various panels and the room allocation not always working out which ones would be the most popular.

I liked the distinctions you were drawing between the way early juveniles used dystopias as the obstacles the protagonist has to overcome; versus the current stress on the dystopic state itself. I don't remember that from the earlier version of this talk, and that was quite illuminating.

I probably should have come and said hello afterwards, but it has been so long since I've been online that I doubted you would remember me :) Hopefully we'll catch up again sometime on this side of the Atlantic...
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 22nd, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey, I was in your audience!
Oh, thank you so much for coming to the talk! I'm so tickled. I thought I saw a very familiar face - now I know it was you! :) Was it Montreal when we first met?

I'm so sorry about the tech (and my frequent tripping over the wires, LOL).

Tech ops certainly seemed to cause the most problems at this con, along with just having too many people wanting to see various panels and the room allocation not always working out which ones would be the most popular.

It's a rule: something must go wrong, right? I'd rather have the tech issues than the overcrowding. At the start of my talk on Thursday ("Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction"), the ExCeL security officers closed the doors - the room was packed! - and I later found out that dozens of people (including the StarShipSofa crew) were turned away. Augh!!! I felt terrible about that.

I liked the distinctions you were drawing between the way early juveniles used dystopias as the obstacles the protagonist has to overcome; versus the current stress on the dystopic state itself. I don't remember that from the earlier version of this talk, and that was quite illuminating.

Oh, thank you so much! That's great to hear. I'm still working through my analysis, but that trend really does seem to be gaining steam, and I'm fascinated by what that means about the agency and efficacy of the protagonists (and, of course, what readers take away from that).

I do hope our paths cross again soon, so we can chat in person! What cons are on the schedule for you? I'm not sure about Spokane, but I'll definitely be at Kansas City in 2016.

Edited at 2014-08-22 03:01 pm (UTC)
karmaku
Aug. 20th, 2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, I loved the pictures. Can't wait to know more about your London trip.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 22nd, 2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks so much! :D
sally_maria
Aug. 21st, 2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
I haven't been on LJ for far too long, because I was sitting in your Sherlock presentation going - is that? surely it is - but wasn't sure enough to say anything.

It was a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable talk, in any case and I'd love to hear more about your London trip.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 22nd, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
I was sitting in your Sherlock presentation going - is that? surely it is - but wasn't sure enough to say anything.

Oh wow!!! Thank you so much for coming to my talk. You've made my day.

(Oh, hey, next time, please come up and say hello! *g* What's on your con agenda? I don't know about Spokane, but I'll definitely be at Kansas City.)

Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate them. I'll be posting more soon! How was the rest of your Worldcon experience? Very good, I hope.
sally_maria
Aug. 22nd, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to get to the next couple of Worldcons, cross-Atlantic flights are outside my budget, but if they manage to make it to Dublin in 2019, or even possibly Helsinki in 2017, then I'll certainly do my best to be there. It was a wonderful weekend, the only problem was having far too many things to do. (There are worse problems. ;-D)

I will certainly make a point of saying hello if we do wind up in the same place in future.
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