What I learned at Conjure

So I flew back into miserable Melbourne last night. My first con officially over. Of course, I’m dragging it out as long as I can.. going to Cory’s PopCornTaxi talk tonight.

I’m still trying to digest the whole experience.. but here’s what I’ve digested so far.

If you want to be a writer, then write. It’s that simple. And that hard.
It was reassuring to hear that a lot of writers also struggle to find the time to write.

As Bruce said a lot, scifi works best as the spearhead of cognition. Which really resonated with me.
What I most enjoy about a good scifi story is when it makes connections I’d never thought of, or posits something that had been literally unimagineable previously. Bruce was quoting Stanislaw Lem, and he wrote a really good article about him.

Bruce and Cory were great to watch on the panels. They really schooled a few n00bish fellow panelists.

The PostHuman panel was particularly notable. The first three panelists were regurgitating these 20thC notions of post-humanism as being all about uploading your brain into a computer. Bruce then schooled them thoroughly, pointing out the 21thC notions of post-humanism being all about hacking your metabolism and being able to set arbitary states of conciousness. But after his diatribe, the other panelists continued to rave about the perils of uploading your conciousness. I’m really not sure they were listening.

And Cory of course gave another great series of arugments in favour of Creative Commons, blogging and all the great virtues of the ‘net. Plus he liked my t-shirt and my tatt. Cool!

Also I even managed to read a book, Peeps by Scott Westerfeld, who was also at the con. Liz had read it just before the Con, and told Scott she liked it, but not as much as So Yesterday. Which he seemed to like. Weird. And when I congratulated him on getting a film deal for So Yesterday he seemed almost apprehensive.
Well, I’m looking forward to the movie Scott! šŸ™‚

I also had a good time just taking photos of all the panels and stuff. Trying to blog my little heart out.
Some guy was doing the same thing for the ABC.
I think my photo stream was cool though.
I also took my new video camera along too, but we only used that to do little info-dumps after each panel.
I’ll go through them at some stage this week, and if there’s anything notable on there I’ll append them to this post. Yes.

Lastly, I’m not sure what I was expecting of my fellow con-attendee’s, but I somehow thought they’d atleast know what wikipedia was. Gosh!
I guess they were the fantasy fans :-P.

All that said, I’m all set to get tix to my next con Continuum. Charlie Stross! Sweet!!!

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