Kadrey reading failed because the author bailed via twitter, but
new author I'd never heard of, Henry
Lien, had props and music for reading from his book about girl
power and figure-skater style kung fu. Hey, look, there's wireless in
here, I can instantly!
I wandered around until I found pho to eat for lunch. It was
good, but messy.
Minds: What is Possible and What Can We Do with Them? had most of
the same panelists as yesterday's panel on alien life. The focus was on
communication, which some panelists thought would have to be feasible
in some fashion, but others thought would be impossible, since humans
can barely communicate with each other. No conclusion was reached,
which probably shows something.
Campbell Finalists was Rebecca Roanhorse (part of a short urban
fantasy story about a deer woman and murder), Sarah Kuhn (the beginning
of the third book in her series about Asian-American superheroines in
San Francisco, which was funny enough to make me get the second and
third books even though I was only so-so on the first one), and
Jeannette Ng, who is probably an escaped Love
Nikki character (the beginning of Under the Pendulum
Sun, in which British missionaries travel to a marvelously
surreal fairyland, which is bound to go well).
Body and the Shadow of the Imagination did not convince me that
describing characters is unnecessary, but I can't argue that a telling
detail is worth any number of listed features. (I probably knew
that, but it never hurts to be reminded.)
Beer with Linda Nagata was held not in the convention center but at
a nearby bar, which meant it was terrible, because bars suck. I bailed
after just a few minutes.
This time we went to the Indian place right next to
the Malaysian place for dinner. Mmm, naan.