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Wiscon Panels 
27th-Apr-2007 08:36 am
Isn't it a little early to be posting these? I guess it depends on whether the purpose of doing it is to build pre-con enthusiasm in people who aren't going yet, or to express one's own excitement/enthusiasm that "in a few days *I'll* be there."

Possibly, I'm just asleep through a paradigm change in the group mind of fandom--from reveling in spontaneity to desiring to model stage directions for the future -- lest one be left out of it. Or (most likely), the panel schedules are just grist for chit chat, like any other current event that fuels LiveJournal conversation.

Anyway, I'll be a sheep and post mine now (although I'm probably cheating myself of "see you there" comment responses with this Spacecrabby meta-speculation):

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Revisiting the Wow: Books That Changed Everything (Reading, Viewing, and Critiquing SF&F)
Saturday, 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Remember that early work you experienced, the one that twisted off the top of your head and let new ideas in? Rereading breakthrough works can be a mixed blessing: insight into their power, disappointment with the writing or the concepts, embarrassment or bewilderment at what was so intriguing the first time around. Revisit one of your sparkplug works and come to share the experience.

James P. Roberts, M: Jesse Kaysen, Chris Hill, Carrie L Ferguson, Lenny Bailes
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I had a lot of fun with this concept when it was presented at L.A.ConIV and moderated by Harry Turtledove. See you at WisCon (or the geeks among you, anyway, who can make themselves get up and eat breakfast before 8:30AM on a Saturday morning).
Comments 
27th-Apr-2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Fandom is now too old to be spontaneous.

K.
27th-Apr-2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
I suppose people post their schedules because they just got the news and they're excited. I recall that last summer there was a certain degree of excitement over the fact that Denver won a Worldcon. That wasn't going to happen for two years! Can't they wait? No, because ... it's news. They're excited.

So what books got mentioned, and by whom, at the L.A.Con version of this panel?
29th-Apr-2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
I had a whole bunch of notes on that L.A.ConIV program that seem to have disappeared.

The precis was slightly different from the upcoming WisCon one, in that it called for "books that changed my life," rather than "breakthrough works."

My recollection of titles cited by other participants includes "Dangerous Visions," "Lest Darkness Fall" (from Harry, naturally), LOTR and the Narnia books. I divided my titles into categories: changing my life in childhood, adolescence, post-adolescence, citing fiction and non-fiction.

I don't want to steal thunder from the upcoming discussion, but I'll mention that the childhood ones included "The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet" and "Half Magic," Van Vogt's "Away and Beyond" (read at age 10), as well as "What is Mathematics?" (Courant-Robbins), "One, Two, Three, Infinity!" (George Gamow), and the entire "Book of Knowledge" (a Grolier encyclopedia for children). Buying that (along with the "Encyclopedia Americana" and "Lands and Peoples") was probably the best gift my parents ever gave me.

As I may have mentioned to you before, reading books by Edward Eager and C.S. Lewis inspired me to start correspondences with both authors -- who actually wrote back!
30th-Apr-2007 06:22 am (UTC)
Yes, you told me about your Lewis correspondence, and the fact that you no longer have the letter. And I've been meaning to ask if you'd be willing to write up what you remember, especially about what Lewis said regarding the order of Narnia, so that I may share it with some Lewis scholars who would be extremely interested. I don't want to use my account of what you said: that's one step more removed from the source than necessary.
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