Okay, I actually went to three things at Readercon; this was the last. As it was a discussion, I didn't take many notes; and since work is going fairly well, I think I can spare a few minutes to type up my few notes while they're fresh (and while I'm waiting for the Advil to kick in. Boo, headaches.).

Short non-spoilered version: There were only six people in the audience, and one of them, well, I had to say at one point, "Excuse me, I wasn't finished talking." Despite, or because of, that John Langan did a nice job as moderator. No-one really had answers for my questions, but a few interesting points were brought up for me to ponder in other areas.

Here's the spoiler version. If you haven't read the books, it won't make any sense; and if you might read the books, it will ruin things for you.

SPOILERS for the ending of the Dark Tower series )

Oh, and hey, I got thanked in the program for the suggestion of this discussion! I am unreasonably chuffed by this.

Due to crushing quantities of work, I won't be at Readercon much this weekend. My current plan is to attend one thing a day, and browse the dealer's room / hang out with anyone I bump into for a bit before or after.

Right now I'm leaning towards these two things as what I most want to see, even though the Saturday one is a bit inconveniently timed in terms of getting work done.

Sat 02:00 F
Traumatized Authors: Encounters with Evil and the Speculative Response. Debra Doyle, Joe Haldeman, Elizabeth Hand, James D. Macdonald, Graham Sleight (+M). "It is possible to see Tolkien as one of a group of `traumatized authors,' all of them extremely influential . . . all of them tending to write fantasy or fable. The group includes . . . Tolkien, Orwell, Golding, Vonnegut . . . C.S. Lewis, T.H. White, and Joseph Heller . . . Most of these authors had close or even direct first-hand experience of some of the worst horrors of the twentieth century, horrors which did not and could not exist before it . . . All of them responded with highly individualized images, and theories of evil." -- Tom Shippey, foreword to J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century. Hence the dominance of speculative rather than mimetic fiction in works that address the horrors of the modern age.

Because it sounds interesting.

Sun 10:00 RI
Stephen King's The Dark Tower Completed. John Langan. Discussion (60 min). The ending of Stephen King's Dark Tower series has been a matter of much controversy and discussion. Join in! (Spoilers, obviously.)

Because I suggested it, and if no-one else showed up I'd feel really bad.

Various LJ people who are going to be around: let me know if you want specifically to meet up around those times. Or, perhaps we'll bump into each other. Whichever.

(No, this is not how I'd like to spend my weekend, but I'm reasonably resigned at the moment.)

I've barely scratched the Readercon program, but the grid shows a Sunday morning discussion called "King's The Dark Tower."

I suggested a discussion on this topic, never heard back from programming, figured they thought it was a dumb idea, and didn't try and fit in a re-read so I could talk sensibly about it (since those of you who have read the spoiler-filled posts will have noted that I am not exactly a model of clarity on the topic).

I'm certainly not implying that the program committee should have done anything otherwise—I'm sure they've enough to do, and they may not have known they were putting it on until the last minute. But, but, I'm going to be so unprepared!

(Also, I woke up with a headache and itch appallingly from eight separate insect bites (acquired in less than five minutes, how I hate biting insects) and am stuck inside on a gorgeous day trying and failing to do loads of critical work. Pout pout pout.)

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