20190704_085815 St. Vardan's Armenian Apostolic Church
20190703_180718 Double rainbow on the road to Vilnius
20190703_163944 R and E in a giant chair
20190703_163352 R in the small-leaved linden alley
EX43 Sharon Shinn at the opening ceremony of ArmadilloCon 2004
Following the ArmadilloCon tradition, the toastmaster K. D. Wentworth gave a humorous speech. She addressed the audience as a fourth grade schoolteacher, which she actually was for the most of her working life. She chastised SF fandom for forgetting their geeky, eccentric roots and becoming too mainstream. To instill a sense of geeky pride in the fans, K. D. Wentworth and several other guests perform "The Fan Eye for a Mundane Guy" makeover on a guy they picked from the audience. The Guest of Honor Sharon Shinn also played part in it -- she and Barbara Hambly gave the guy pointers on fannish grooming.
Note: My transcription of this speech is not completely accurate since I had to work off of a poor quality tape recording. With this caveat, it can be found on my web site .
Also, here is an interview with Sharon Shinn at ArmadilloCon 2004, where she was a writer Guest of Honor. How does she combine her prolific writing with a full-time job, what role religion plays in her fiction, and why are mothers in her books so horrible?
Here are blog posts from some other panels from ArmadilloCon 2004:
Cyberpunk after 9/11. Why have the cyberpunks abandoned the future? Do William Gibson's "Pattern Recognition" and Bruce Sterling's "The Zenith Angle" evidence a trend? Are they science fiction? What makes them different from more mainstream techno-thrillers? What does it mean for the future of SF?
Beyond Slipstream. What distinguishes slipstream from more conventional SF, fantasy, and mainstream fiction? Has slipstream finally arrived as a genre in its own right?
Interactive Fantasy World Building. The audience and the panelists brainstorm a fantasy world, complete with fantastic beasts, magic, social structure and such, while the artist R. Cat Conrad draws their creations on a whiteboard.