- they both took place on St. Valentine’s Day;
- (by mutual agreement) I hadn’t gotten any flowers or other gift;
- it costs nothing but my time (and was very well received); and
- it is practice for writing lengthier tomes.
Heard all about Conspiracy II, the next Sci Fi convention to take place in Wellington on Queen’s Birthday weekend (1-4 June 2007). Looks interesting, if somewhat demonically inspired.
Heard about an interesting turn of phrase, "Speculative Fiction" which is a new term to describe what it is that we enjoy. I feel it is a much more accurate term than "Science Fiction" because these days, there’s very little science to do with our genre. I mean, get real, demons and ghosts or life on other planets or time travel or "what if" scenarios are great dramatic devices, but not particularly scientific. Neither, for that matter is Evolution, but that’s material for another rant another day.