Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A bunch of nice things

Lots of nice news in the last 48 hours. First, I'm going to be this year's Guest of Honour at GenreCon, the nifty one-day genre-fiction con held in Sarnia, Ontario; the date is Saturday, May 12. Robert Charles Wilson and I were at GenreCon two years ago for the Rob and Bob Tour for Mindscan and Spin, and we had a blast.

Second, A.Y. Jackson, a high school in Toronto, has selected my Far-Seer as the book for its school-wide "Jackson Reads" program; I'll be going in to spend a day with the students in April.

The Ottawa Citizen commissioned another op-ed piece from me -- more about that later.

Got a reprint story of mine accepted for the limited-edition anthology being put together by Stephen Jones for the Toronto World Horror Convention.

Got asked to appear on the Toronto radio program Benmergui in the Morning on Jazz FM91, to talk about the future of music-listening technology; I'll post the air date here as soon as I know it.

Received my membership reimbursement from last year's Worldcon (panelists have to buy a membership like anyone else, but if the con makes money, they get a refund).

Betsy Wollheim of DAW Books phoned, just to thank me for blurbing one of her upcoming books.

A friend gave me DVDs with copies of most of the episodes of Search, a 1972 TV series I loved that's never been released commercially on VHS or DVD.

Life be good. :)



At January 11, 2007 2:26 AM , Anonymous Jim Shannon said...

Hi Rob, I hear World Con will be in Japan this year any concerns or opinions about this? Personally I think its great.

At January 11, 2007 6:51 AM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Hey Rob the GenreCon sounds great. Any links that you can provide? I googled the library put its not on their events tab yet.

I did send an email to Jeffery Beeler who ran last year's event so hopefully that will prove fruitful.

At January 11, 2007 7:23 AM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Concerns? None whatsoever. I'm 100% in favour of making the "World" part of "Wordcon" meaningful. I know many of the Japanese fans who are involved with the convention personally, and have great confidence in them.

At January 11, 2007 8:48 AM , Anonymous don said...

"to talk about the future of music-listening technology"

Now THAT I'd REALLY be interested in hearing what YOUR thoughts are.

Being a freak when it comes to music playback and listening (that would be audiophile in other circles) I am very concerned about the trend of poorer and poorer audio quality being flogged on the masses.

And I mean all aspects, from the horrible engineering and mastering techniques used of late to the lossy "portable file formats" to the poor playback electronics.

But. On the flip-side, the masses don't seem to care about what sounds good or what music should even sound like. Music has become nothing more than background noise to drown out the, say, noise of the city.

Now I don't mean everyone has to be like me, and I do love watching the look on people's faces when they listen to something on my system, but we have to learn not sit back and accept whatever crap is thrown to us.


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