February 18th, 2011

When there's just too much awesome in one spot.

Leaving Dakota is in Lacrosse WI this weekend, but it's also at BosKone! If you're in Boston, seven time Hugo award winner Michael Freaking Swanwick will be showing it up there, and I'd love to be a fly on the wall when y'all talk about what the plot is. I don't have details, but I'm sure it'll be all abuzz at Boskone. Let me know if you're there.

On top of that, this Saturday (2/19/2011) Tom Freaking Purdom is giving a lecture on the Royal Navy's fifty year campaign against the African slave trade at two p.m. in the Panorama theater of the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. It's based on the research he did for his amazingly wonderful fantastically awesome story The Mists of Time which is about two academics and the bureaucracy surrounding what it takes to take a time machine back to witness an event in history. The characters are believable, the story adventurous (it was one of the Years Best SF that year), and it spun much research on the history of the slave trade.

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If you ever find yourself at the end of a long line at the other end of which is either Tom Purdom or Michael Swanwick and you find yourself debating whether to stay in that line and get your tchotchke signed or to go to the hotel bar and see how many Belgian beers you can possibly consume before the masquerade begins -- for the love of all that is good -- stay in that line.

And if you're at BosKone this weekend, do go and see Leaving Dakota and tell Michael and Maryanne hello. And if you're in Philadelphia, I'll see you at Tom's lecture.
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