Potlatch 13: Progress Report 4

        POTLATCH 13 -- PROGRESS REPORT 4 -- 10 February 2004
     Where writers and readers of science fiction and fantasy
                      meet on common ground.
               February 27, 28, 29, 2004 + Seattle, WA

     Important Note
     Membership Info
     Hotel News
     Reserve Your Banquet Ticket
     Tiptree Bake Sale
     WiFi @ Potlatch.con
     Our Book of Honor
     Nippon in 2007
     The Gamboling Puppy (Thursday night pre-party)
     Our Lovely Consuite
     The Dealers' Room
     Friday Hours
     Clarion West Scholarship Auction
     Program Descriptions

     Whew, this PR is a biggie. You'll want to read every word,
     though! There's a lot of good information herein.

     There are several easy options to join Potlatch 13!

You can join using PayPal on our website. That URL again:

Or, you can use our mail in form at:

     Rates currently are:
         $40 until 14 February 2004 postmark or via PayPal
           -- mail in memberships close at that point
         $22 each for Banquet Tickets
         $50 via PayPal until 20 February
           -- after that, memberships are at the door only
         $20 for people aged 11-17 (under 11 free when accompanied
           by an adult).
         $10 supporting (convert to attending by paying difference
           at time of conversion.)

For our current membership list, please check our website:

     Our intrepid hotel liaison was recently informed that the Best
     Western Executive Inn has two other groups in the hotel on
     Friday night. They're using little, if any function space,
     and will be out by Saturday.

     What this means, though, is that there aren't many rooms left
     for Friday night, and those are going fast.

     If you haven't yet made reservations, you can still get rooms
     at our rate.

     Here's the hotel contact information:

      200 Taylor Avenue North (Seattle)
      Phone: 206-448-9444
      Fax: 206-441-7929
      Toll Free Reservations: 800-351-9444

     Please call or fax in your reservation directly to the hotel
     numbers listed above.

     Potlatch rates are: $79.00/single or double occupancy;
     $99.00/triple or quad plus tax.

     And to get to the hotel, please go to our website:

     We still have plenty of room to attend our lovely banquet.
     The menu includes Cheese or Spanish Omelets, Apple Crepes,
     Bacon or Sausage, Sesame Chicken Teriyaki, Green Salad,
     Spinach Salad, Pasta Salad, Cheese and Fruit Board, Bread and
     Pastry Board, Rice Pilaf, Vegetables, Home Fries, Assorted
     Desserts, Coffee and Tea.

     The after banquet entertainment will feature a presentation
     on the Science Fiction Experience Museum, set to open later
     in 2004. And then, of course, is the auction.

     You can mail in your banquet reservation until 14 February,
     and you can use PayPal until 20 February. After that, you
     must request a ticket by emailing Suzanne Tompkins at suzlet
     [at] aol.com, and telling her how many you want. You can then
     buy the tickets when you register.

     Potlatch time is very near now and that means we need to be
     thinking about the Tiptree Bake Sale too. The proceeds go to
     support the Tiptree Award, given for fiction which explores
     and expands our understanding of gender. If you want to know
     more about it check out this URL http://www.tiptree.org/

     The things that sell best at bake sales tend, for some
     reason, to be chocolate. Cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and
     muffins are all easily transportable and sell very well. Of
     course, if you want to bring a whole pie or cake, by all
     means! I'll have cutting and serving implements as well as
     baggies, plates, napkins and the like.

     So here's what you need to do
     1. Email me marykay@kare.ws to tell me what you're going to
     2. Bake your goodies and bring them with you
     3. Also, bring a list of all ingredients in your goodies
         (very important to people with food sensitivities)
     4. Get them to me at least 1/2 hour before the sale (which
     is Saturday afternoon, 3 p.m., in the consuite.)

     Then simply bask in the radiations of gratitude from me, the
     rest of the concom, the Tiptree committee, and, not least,
     the Potlatch attendees who are eating those yummy baked
     --  Mary Kay Kare

     Want to stay connected while you are at Potlatch?

     The convention hotel has Wireless Internet (WiFi) service
     through a local ISP. Normally this costs $10 a day per
     person, so it would come to $30 for service every day at the
     convention. However we have made a deal with the Service
     Provider to provide unmetered service during Potlatch for a
     flat fee of $250. If you would like to use the service at the
     convention we will have a signup sheet and a donation jar in
     the con suite. The suggested donation is $15 (or half the
     regular cost of WiFi at the hotel). If you are interested in
     participating please email Jack Bell (jackb [at] sff.net) and
     let him know. If enough people commit to using the service at
     the convention we will decrease the suggested donation even

     So, what do you need other than a donation? Just a laptop and
     a Wireless Networking (802.11B) card. If you don't have the
     card, let us know and we will see if we can round one up for
     you, but you can probably find one for less than $50 at any
     major computer store.
     -- Jack William Bell

BOOK OF HONOR: The Shockwave Rider, by John Brunner
     First published in 1975, The Shockwave Rider has influenced
     many a computer geek and sf writer. Unfortunately, the book
     is out of print. Fortunately, you can find used copies online
     at powells.com, half.com, and abebooks.com. Your local used
     bookstores might have it, but either call ahead or expect to
     visit a few. Read it ­ or reread it. Get ready.

      We'd like to thank the Nippon in 2007 worldcon bid and its
      American agent, Peggy Rae Sapienza, for their generous
      donation to Potlatch 13. If the bid wins, Nippon in 2007 will
      be Japan's first worldcon, an honor that's long overdue.
      For more information, please go to http://www.Nippon2007.org.

THE GAMBOLING PUPPY (Thursday night pre-party)
     If you're an early arrival or a Seattle resident, please join
     us Thursday night (26 February) for our packet stuffing
     party, starting about 7:30 P.M. at the home of Marci
     Malinowycz. Call 206-763-2623 for directions. Or, email Kate
     Schaefer at kate [at] oz.net to arrange transportation from
     the hotel.

     Our consuite this year is actually not in a suite! It's a
     function room very near our main programming area. We'll have
     food and drink, games, craft stuff and comfy areas for
     relaxing and chatting. Special food events at various times
     because the hotel likes it like that -- the fruit kabobs
     Saturday night are my favorite! We'll also have tempura
     prawns on Friday night and seafood-stuffed mushrooms Saturday
     -- Anita Rowland

     Once again, Potlatch brings you the dealers' room with the
     highest per-attendee ratio of actual book dealers of any
     convention, of any size, of any where in this or any known
     universe! Among the dealers attending are:

     Aqueduct Books, Book Universe, Bryan Barrett, David and Linda
     K Bray, Lady Jayne Books, Talebones, Tom Whitmore, Violet
     Books, Wrigley-Cross Books, WYSIWYG Books.

     We're still arranging our final schedule, but our Friday
     hours will be: Consuite opens at 3. If you get there sooner,
     you can help set up. Registration opens at 3, also. The
     dealers' room opens at 5 or as soon as they finish setting
     up. Friday night, in the consuite, join us for tempura prawns
     and Terrascaping Jane's Head, our first programming item.

     This year's auction features many terrific books, including
     autographed books by William Gibson, Samuel R. Delany, Donna
     Barr, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Joe Haldeman, Ursula K. LeGuin,
     and Vonda N. McIntyre. You could buy a shoe shopping
     expedition with Eileen Gunn, a fabulous beaded scarf or book
     opener made by Vonda McIntyre, an amazing watercolor painting
     by Kathleen Goonan, or a cool one-of-a-kind garment by Kate

     As in the past, the auction will have two parts: silent and
     noisy. The silent auction will take place during programming
     on Saturday. The majority of cataloged items are slated for
     this silent auction. Items with multiple bids, intrinsic
     interest, or great amusement value will go to the voice
     auction on Sunday, after the banquet.

     Cash, checks, and credit card will all be accepted. All
     proceeds will go to the Clarion West Scholarship Fund to help
     aspiring SF writers attend the Clarion West Writers Workshop.
     The Potlatch auction has been the largest single source of
     scholarship funds for Clarion West students since the first
     Potlatch in 1992. More information on Clarion West is
     available at the Web site, www.clarionwest.org.
     --  Kate Schaefer

     Some books cut deep crevasses and throw up new mountain
     ranges in the plains of your inner landscape. A single new
     idea, an affecting narrative, or a new way of organizing
     information you already have can refocus your vision and make
     it fresh and surprising, like the first time you put on
     glasses and see the leaves on the trees. What books
     revolutionized the way you think, feel, or view the world?
     Come with some favorites to share fiction or non-fiction, SF
     or not, -- and we'll compile a booklist that will rock the

     John Brunner's close-knit town of Precipice is among the most
     appealing and livable visions of created community in science
     fiction. But the wherewithal to design human spaces, self-
     selected physical and virtual communities, is available now.
     Does it work? How does the reality of deliberated social
     space compare to SF's vision? Are we really headed for the
     franchise burbclaves of Snow Crash, and privatization of
     public space as in Virtual Light? What makes real community
     work, and what makes fictional community believable?

     Shockwave Rider can be read as a face-off between two
     incompatible theories of information management. Most of the
     novel explores a systematically deceptive regime. Then, at
     the climax, a computer network infection throws open the
     coffers of truth to anyone interested enough to look. Whether
     the truth precipitates revolution is left as an exercise to
     the reader. Contrast this to novels such as Vinge's Deepness
     in the Sky, where effective deception is necessary to both
     sides, and transparency is not an option. Or compare it to
     the conflicts between deception and transparency in national
     and global politics. SF fans may believe that transparency
     should, and would, win, but how realistic is that hope? Will
     the truth make us free?

     Shockwave Rider, building on Alvin Toffler's Future Shock,
     envisions an America where the speed of technological and
     social change is so rapid that it has spawned a weird
     menagerie of artificial coping mechanisms and corresponding
     psychological dysfunctions in response. The loss of
     permanence and connection is papered over with dizzyingly
     ever faster changes in social scene, household décor, spouse,
     job, or part of the country as the population perpetually
     uproots itself. Meanwhile bizarre and humiliating reality
     television, and betting pools based on future prediction,
     provide extra distraction. This is the novel that first
     posited a computer virus (or worm) and was grandfather to
     cyberpunk and its uberhacker anti-heros, yet it still
     inspires a frisson of recognition today. While it isn't the
     business of SF to predict the future, here Brunner does so
     uncannily well. What is it about this book that has kept it
     fresh, over a quarter century later?

     What happens after catastrophic change? How are societies
     reformed by the Copernican revolutions? The invention of the
     printing press, high speed xerography, universal
     electrification, the Internet, and similar big ideas change
     our realities and our perceptions of them. How do people and
     societies and the fabric of life itself adjust to change so
     great it was literally unpredictable before it happened?

     Eileen Gunn and John D. Berry play a riff on what's on their
     minds right now. It might be about the place of online
     magazines and "flash fiction" and good design in the future
     of reading. It might involve throwing ducks around. It's sure
     to be entertaining.

     The exciting trivia game where everyone competes! Beware of
     low-flying chocolate. You mustn't miss this!

     Returning Turbo-charged Party Animal DJ, Andy Hooper, spins
     the favorites as we bop 'til we drop. It doesn't get any more
     fong wa than this.

     Experience SF, the science fiction museum, opens in June of
     this year at Seattle Center. This multimedia presentation
     will provide a first glimpse at the Exploring Mars exhibit
     that premieres in June, author interviews about the project,
     and the latest updates on progress and plans for the museum.
     -- Ulrika O'Brien

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