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  • Capt. Xerox 5:45 pm on April 8, 2013 Permalink
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    In this op-ed piece, Robert Sawyer complains that the Canadian Council never gives him grant money. http://t.co/hImGxNKz3Q

  • Capt. Xerox 6:58 pm on April 7, 2013 Permalink
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    Interesting interview with Robert J. Sawyer who notes many people don’t buy book series now until they’re complete. http://t.co/LYTP54hLPi

  • Capt. Xerox 4:46 pm on April 3, 2013 Permalink
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    Always nice to see a Canadian #scifi film get some love, even if it’s something as cheesy as Manborg. http://t.co/OcAiDkv1bl

  • Capt. Xerox 11:35 am on January 18, 2013 Permalink
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    Canadian genre TV series are finding success in the U.S. http://t.co/aDokYlwE

  • Capt. Xerox 5:23 pm on January 15, 2013 Permalink
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    I’ve had similar experiences with A.E. Van Vogt stories as this reader did. I still can’t figure him out. http://t.co/vTAH13fX

    • Lazarus 1:20 pm on January 16, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I remember my terrible disappointment reading Slan many years ago and then posting a stinging review. Haven’t read any of his books since then. The only other book of his I read was in my teens (`’Children of Tomorrow’?), but I don`t remember anything regarding that title.

  • Capt. Xerox 7:15 pm on January 10, 2013 Permalink
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    This sounds cool: A Canadian #scifi TV show called Borealis which imagines a future frontier town in the Arctic. http://t.co/P6bldWSO

  • Capt. Xerox 1:11 pm on September 18, 2012 Permalink
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    Sound’s like Ottawa’s Can-Con is growing. Too bad Montreal’s Con*Cept is going in the opposite direction. http://t.co/Scr3VIzq

    • Lazarus 4:17 pm on September 18, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Still small for sure but I find it hard to believe that last year there were only 125 people. That number is probably from the first year and there was a noticeable increase last year.

      I had an interesting conversation last weekend at the Montreal Comicon (I went Saturday only) with someone who was trying to keep Concept afloat. He thought that the recent success of those comicons probably had an influence on the downturn at traditional SF cons. It’s hard to argue. I went to both Ottawa and Montreal comicons this year and spent considerable coin at each. I can easily see people having to decide on one or the other. I guess I’ll find out this weekend at Can-con.

      • Capt. Xerox 2:08 pm on September 19, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The subject has come up at other cons. Comicon and media-related cons are bringing in the young folks, but the traditional fan cons are declining in attendance because those fans are aging and they’re not being replaced in sustainable numbers. What are media cons doing that the others aren’t or is it the subject matter?

  • Capt. Xerox 2:17 am on August 26, 2012 Permalink
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    Were you aware that Toronto is the capital of #scifi and #horror movies? The Star reaches back to 1980 to make its case.http://t.co/g2VZoodq

  • Capt. Xerox 9:03 pm on August 13, 2012 Permalink
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    Heroes of the North sure is cheesy, but a friend appears in the latest webisode so thought I’d give it a shout out. http://t.co/nLk8H2xp

  • Capt. Xerox 5:20 am on April 2, 2012 Permalink
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    Didn’t take me long to figure out the news of Margaret Atwood launching a new #scifi magazine was an April Fool’s joke. http://t.co/gG4qXC4W

  • Capt. Xerox 3:05 pm on March 27, 2012 Permalink
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    The Globe and Mail reviews three strong speculative-fiction books from Canadian writers. Beauty, eh? http://t.co/rrjhhtA2

  • Capt. Xerox 6:06 pm on February 14, 2012 Permalink
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    I’m not sure what to make of the news that Kevin J. Anderson will “novelize” the latest album from the band Rush. http://t.co/kzRoHe4u

  • Capt. Xerox 3:51 pm on January 3, 2012 Permalink
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    A nice writeup and interview with the very likeable Jo Walton on the subject of her new book Among Others. http://t.co/XWQbxobK

  • Capt. Xerox 3:34 am on November 23, 2011 Permalink
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    Star Wars Identities is coming to Montreal and will then tour 12 cities in North America. I’ll take my kids soon. http://t.co/v1sJSvb6

  • Capt. Xerox 5:27 pm on October 26, 2011 Permalink
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    Want to see William Shatner live in his birthplace of Montreal? You can now get tickets to his show for half price. http://t.co/LbTeGI9A

  • Capt. Xerox 9:24 pm on October 20, 2011 Permalink
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    Montreal's fan-run science fiction convention, Con*Cept, has had its ups and downs over the past 22 years, but it keeps soldiering on.  I've been to all of them except two and still have the programmes squirrelled away somewhere to prove it. The most recent edition of the now venerable con was this past weekend.
    Time constraints usually mean I can only attend one day of the three-day convention so I normally choose Saturday which is the busiest of the three. This year's author Guest of Honour was the prolific Eric Flint, a name which is certainly familiar, but I can't say I've read much of his work.
    After registering, I took in a panel about e-books upon which Flint was one of the panelists. Many of the fans in attendance were brandishing Kindles or Kobos and seemed to be converts to ebooks. The panelists agreed that electronic books had a bright future, but Flint doubted that they would supplant paper books completely. He figured they would develop in parallel and stated that history is filled with instances of one technology coming along to edge another aside, but not completely eliminating it. Perhaps, but I don't see many people listening to music on 8-track tapes or reading texts on papyrus scrolls.
    Next up was the GoH speech from Flint. He spoke at length about his upcoming books that are part of his sprawling 1632 series which are alternate history stories. The bulk of Flints books are co-authored with other writers so he spoke a bit about collaborations and how they work. Flint came across as a no-nonsense type who knows how to make a buck out of writing.
    I then sat in on the speech from the media GoH which was Agam Darshi, a Vancouver actress who appears in the TV show Sanctuary. I can't say I've ever seen a single episode, but thought she might have something interesting to say. She didn't. She just seemed young and not used to speaking to an audience. She admitted that it was her first convention and seemed happy that it was a small one, there were perhaps 30 people in the room for her speech.
    I spent a bit of time in the dealer's room, but can't say I bought very much. I bought a few pins for one of my kids, a book and a used board game. There wasn't much there of interest to me. I normally gravitate to the book dealers, but there was only one small-press publisher selling his wares, a few obscure fantasy and vampire authors with their books and some used books in the con's "garage sale" section.
    The next panel was probably the most interesting. It was about politics in science fiction which quickly evolved into a discussion about science fiction and politics. The distinction being they didn't discuss books with political content as much as they spoke about the poltical climate in which authors work or have worked.
    The final panel I sat in on was called Anarchy and State and didn't have much in the way of science fiction content and, while not exactly an anarchic affair, it wasn't far off.
    The last event I attended was the annual auction with half of the proceeds going to a literacy charity. The lots weren't very interesting which meant there wasn't much in the way of heavy bidding. The only thing that I really wanted was a lot of four Steve Jackson board games, but when the bidding hit $90,  I dropped out, figuring I could buy the same games for about $100 so what was the point? I did pick up a lot of 5 graphic novels for $12, though, which was a pretty good score.
    Since I was operating on a mere 5 hours sleep from the day before, I decided to check out early and headed home.
    I can't say it was the best Con*Cept I had ever attended, but I'm glad I went. Support your local con, I always say.

  • Capt. Xerox 12:34 am on October 17, 2011 Permalink
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    You’ve read the reviews of Margaret Atwood’s In Other Worlds, now read the 1st of 3 exercepts from the National Post: http://t.co/onPcjpFX

  • Capt. Xerox 4:10 pm on October 10, 2011 Permalink
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    Headline: “Atwood isn’t shy about her love of sci-fi”. How come she never admits to writing it? http://ow.ly/6SI7T

  • Capt. Xerox 2:48 am on August 8, 2011 Permalink
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    I’m aways glad to support Canadian scifi. Kasma Science Fiction is looking for stories and they pay, but not much. http://ow.ly/5Xnsx

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