Two Steps Forward, One Step Back


I just read the news, and it looks like Brett Kavanaugh will be the newest member of the US Supreme Court. Regardless of how he dispenses justice - and I’m not particularly optimistic about that point - the greater damage to the nation is the message it sends to the abused women who rose up to support his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford: That their words will never be sufficient. That a wealthy white man’s entitlement is always greater than theirs.

The repercussions of this will have long-lasting effects, for decades to come, but I hope that some will be positive.

Nevertheless, she persisted.

Let us continue to rage. Let us continue to scare these men, who know their past misdeeds even if they won’t admit them. Let us use our voices to shame them instead of ourselves. Let us exercise the right to vote. To run for office. To turn a profit and occupy positions of power.

Our anger is palpable. Our progress is inevitable.

WorldCon 76: Where You Can Find Me

The 76th World Science Fiction Convention starts on Thursday, August 16. I'll be there with a packed schedule. Here's where you can find me, though if you want to guarantee time to chat, sign up for my Kaffeeklatsch:


From Dystopia to Utopia (and back again)
Format: Panel
16 Aug 2018, Thursday 14:00 - 15:00, 210C (San Jose Convention Center)

Kaffeeklatsch: SB Divya
17 Aug 2018, Friday 13:00 - 14:00, 211B1 (San Jose Convention Center)

Stress Management for Creative People
17 Aug 2018, Friday 3:00 - 4:00pm, 210G (San Jose Convention Center)

Autographing (San Jose Convention Center)
17 Aug 2018, Friday 4:00 - 5:00pm

Escape Pod - Live at Worldcon
Format: Podcast
18 Aug 2018, Saturday 10:00 - 11:30, 210DH (San Jose Convention Center)

Stop Killing Us
18 Aug 2018, Saturday 3:00 - 4:00pm, 211C (San Jose Convention Center)

Reading: Escape Artists (Note: I'm attending this, not participating)
Saturday, 4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM  |  San Jose Convention Center , 211A

SETI: What Do We Do When We Find Them?
19 Aug 2018, Sunday 12:00 - 1:00pm, 210DH (San Jose Convention Center)

Reading: Hugo Finalist Uncanny Magazine
Format: Readings
19 Aug 2018, Sunday 1:00 - 2:00pm, 211A (San Jose Convention Center)

So You Want To Build A Science Fictional Device
Format: Panel/Improv
19 Aug 2018, Sunday 3:00 - 4:00pm, 210G (San Jose Convention Center)

Hugo Ceremony
Format: Main Event
19 Aug 2018, Sunday 8:00 - 11:00pm, Grand Ballroom (San Jose Convention Center)