The latest Worldcon was held in Pip’s hometown of Wellington, New Zealand, but the pandemic made it have to become virtual
The Hugo are fan voted, and are not strangers to controversy
Pip and Tee discuss that ‘golden age’ of science fiction
George RR Martin was asked to be toastmaster
Tee has been the MC at Pip’s brother’s wedding.
The role requires you talk about the people who the event is for.
The Hugo Awards were about the nominees, but GRRM didn’t get that memo
He then proceeded to pine for the good ole days of John W Campbell, Heinlein, Asimov et al
All of GRRM’s parts were pre-recorded
Tee asks Pip how she feels as a New Zealander and a writer
ConZealand was planned for many, many years
Pip was angry, disappointed and mortified… New Zealand is better than this
Even assuming GRRM was not sent pronunciation, that doesn’t let him off the hook
Pip and Tee remain unsurprised at how his recordings went down
The Hugo Awards have become more diverse but it has a history of being exclusionary
Lots of inside jokes, name dropping… all of these things make sure there is an ‘us’ and ‘them’
Making community means being welcoming
Harking back to an age GRRM has nostalgia about, brings a lot of baggage
Pip talks about the nature of fandom in New Zealand
Fandom needs to think about how they empower people by ignoring their behavior
The award winners were a diverse, world-wide group of people, but GRRM barely mentioned them
The always popular apology-non-apology
Pip dives into how women (especially of an older generation) are taught not to make a fuss in order to be part of the boy’s club
New Zealand’s specific national psyche may have fed into this.
Pip wonders what happened? Did they watch it? Were they afraid of GRRM?
Tee reminds every writer, that this is a professional setting.
Pip confirms New Zealand is massively passive aggressive
There is a way to own it though
But not just GRRM and the con organizers should own it.
We need to be better… as fans and writers.
The Hugo Awards are meant to celebrate about what is best during the last year
Young authors need to feel that they can be in the space of the Hugos. This is a place for them.
Hopefully good changes will come out of this.
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We managed to post on our bi-weekly schedule without fail from the beginning of this year to August 24, but as our break was on account of the upcoming Curse of the Silver Pharaoh, we thought you would be okay wth that. Our next two shows we have pre-recorded and are timeshifting the crap out of them, but we are back on track after a month of hardcore editing!
On this episode of The Shared Desk, we’re following-up with frequent guest and adoptive-Canadian-daughter, author K.T. Bryski, talking about her podcast Six Stories Told at Night. If you recall on Episode #46, we talked about the grant she submitted for this project. Now hear about the end result!
00:00 — Introduction
Tee flies solo in the introduction
So ends the streak.
Getting back on track with author K.T. Bryski.
01:55 — Episode #64: Follwing Up with K.T. Bryski
We like running video with Skype because we like the eye contact.
What brings K.T. back to the Shared Desk?
Back in October 2015, we talked about Grants onIf you recall on Episode #46.
Now, welcome to Episode #64.
A good chunk went to the vocal talent, Blythe Haynes. (And yes, she earned it!)
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