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Date: 2008-11-19 22:53
Subject: the voice of hutch
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You'll recall a little while ago that I mentioned doing a panel at Newcon last month. Well, it turns out that someone recorded the damn thing. And posted it online, along with most of the other Newcon panels, from what I can see.
Anyway, it's here. You have to click on Number 5, `Does the future of SF lie in media other than traditional literature?' Then you'll be able to hear our very own altariel, uber agent John Jarrold, Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell, and moderator and all-round Good Bloke Steve Longworth all talking good sense, interrupted occasionally by a kind of badly-prepared irritating nasal background noise.
I should tell you, I got as far as hearing me introduce myself and my entire body cringed, so I haven't listened to it and I have no memory of what I said. I suspect it was embarrassing.
There's also a pic of us doing our thang here.
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-11-20 19:01 (UTC)
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I did my first ever panel at EasterCon a couple of years ago in Glasgow. I was supposed to do one about How To Get Published, but we were trying to push copies of the books and Bogna tried to persuade Lisa Tuttle to buy a copy of As The Crow Flies by telling her one of the stories had been bought for The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. "That's interesting," said Lisa, "I'm moderating a panel about horror in twenty minutes and somebody dropped out; do you want to fill in?" Had I been anywhere else, I'd have tried to talk myself out of it, but Bogna wasn't about to let me do that. So that turned out to be my first panel, and it was quite an enjoyable hour or so.
And immediately after that I did `How To Get Published,' for which Mark Robson, Charlie Stross and I basically spent an hour and a half telling the audience why it was pointless even trying to get published because the chances were so slim. ("One of the funniest things I've ever seen." - Ian Whates. But I still think I saw people weeping at the back.)
Anyway, I winged those two, the way I wing most of the interviews I do for work, and they turned out not too bad. Unfortunately I tried to wing the NewCon panel, and I really should have done some homework first. I won't make that mistake again.
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