I decided to treat myself to one day of Picocon on Saturday. Both guests very good, Frances Hardinge and Cory Doctorow – Cory gave a disquieting talk on electronic surveillance which I still think I mostly understood. I am now reading Frances’s Gullstruck Island; she is one of those writers who make me feel I have no imagination by comparison. If you haven’t read her books, do, they are amazing.

After some mind-boggling turkey reading and viewing, the day ended with a showing of Galaxy Quest, always enjoyable. Rather sad I couldn’t go again on Sunday and see Kari Sperring and Ian McDonald.

Must try harder next year.

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