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18 July 2006



Hit me!

Dan Percival

May I play? I'm almost done writing up my WisCon notes, so I'm just about ready for a new assignment. Yes, I am slow.

David Moles

Me, too.


That's an interesting observation about the east/west coast thing. As generalizations go I think it's a fair one; those levels of earnestness (not quite the right word, but you know what I mean) get absorbed and adopted throughout groups of people who spend time together. It's all in the subtle twists of attitude. When I moved from east coast to west, I was struck by basically the same thing, although I thought about it in different terms.

Heather Shaw

Oh, I'd like some questions, please!

(And, not trying to suck up or anything, but I really enjoyed reading your answers to yours! May I clone your dream house? The only things I'd add are a swimming pool and a courtyard/ atrium.)

Jed Hartman

Fascinating east/west distinction. From my point of view -- as a west-coast native who spent years out east but was never really comfortable there -- it's almost the opposite: my experience of the east coast (aside from Swarthmore and my friends, so maybe I'm talking more about my stereotyped mental image than about actual experience) is of a certain grimness about life and intentional distancing of people from each other, while in California I feel like people are more laid back and relaxed, in general.

...But maybe that's a different axis from what you're talking about. I guess I do expect more Irony from eastcoasterners (which can take the form of self-deprecating humor, but can also serve the purpose of distancing), and more Earnestness from westcoasterners (which can take the form of an endearing passion about important things, but can also lead to taking self too seriously and to apparent naivete).

Then again, most of my time on both coasts has been spent with liberal intellectuals who take things seriously but also like to laugh, so I'm not sure that any of my generalizations are based in actual observation.


I promised myself that I'd get questions written for y'all before I left for the birthday celebrations, and I'm cutting it a little close, but here goes.

Questions for Niall:

1) (This one is a shameless copy of a question Greg asked me, but I'm really curious.) What has surprised you the most about working for Strange Horizons? (Positive or negative surprise, I'm not as picky as Greg was.)

2) What do you like best about your neighborhood?

3) Through some unspecified handwaving magical mechanism, you can have any three restaurants in the world relocated to be within walking distance of your house. Which three do you take, and why?

4) What's your favorite science-fictional invention?

5) What do you have as your computer desktop background?

Questions for Dan:

1) How did you and Nadya meet?

2) Do you ever wear nailpolish? If so, what's your favorite color nailpolish? If not, why not?

3) What three books do you think everyone you know really ought to read?

4) Why did you decide to be a vegetarian?

5) If you could change one thing about the city of Berkeley, what would it be?

Questions for David:

1) Robots or superheroes?

2) What did you like best about Oxford?

3) The Arbitrary Fortune Fairy gives you five thousand dollars, but you have to spend it all in the next 72 hours. What do you spend it on?

4) I'm not a fan of those "if you could live in any past time or place" questions, so I'm not going to ask that. But I am going to ask this: if you could bring the dominant clothing style from any past time or place back into fashion, what would it be?

5) Which author, living or dead, would you most like to be favorably compared to?

Questions for Heather:

1) What's your dream job?

2) All of your friends are going to be in town at the same time, and it's been decided that everyone's coming over to your house for a movie marathon. What movies do you show? (This does, of course, assume that you have a fabulous house large enough to seat everyone, with a comparably fabulous entertainment center.)

3) When you publish your first novel, what are some phrases you'd like to see show up in the blurbs?

4) I tend to assume that all children have some item that they really wish their parents would buy them, but the parents never come through. (For me, it was a Betty Crocker EZ-Bake Oven.) Did you have one? What was it?

5) What do you miss most about Indiana?

I think that's everyone. More comment on the East Coast / West Coast thing if I have time when I get back from dinner.

Dan Percival

Can it be that I'm the first of us to finish my interview? Astounding!


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