DAMN!

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Well that’ll teach me to be productive at work. I have only now come across this posting on Charlie Stross’ webjournal, which states simply:

I’m going to be in Washington DC tomorrow, with jet-lag, not to mention my wife (also jet-lagged). In an attempt to stave off the jet-lag by staying awake until local time 10:30pm, we’ll be drinking in The Brickskeller at 1523 22nd St NW from about 7pm onwards. If you’re in Washington DC and good beer and extremely jet-lagged authors interest you, that’s the place to be on Tuesday 1st.

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to read any of Stross’ work, you’ve missed some far-future science fiction as well as some delightful stories set in the present time, albeit a present where the ancient other-worldly horrors from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu are real and there’s a supernatural cold war going on. Think occult James Bond – with a lot of humor – and you have the picture. His most current book, Halting State, is in the running for a Hugo and is waiting patiently on my nightstand for me to start it. (Thanks, Arlington library!)

So, if you had the good fortune to hoist a beer with Mr Stross last night while I was shouting myself hoarse at the Verizon Center, I hope you gave him a positive impression about our fair city. Maybe you saw him and didn’t realize it – a comment in his announcement post stated “I will be using a large green plush Cthulhu as an identification tag” so if you saw a plush and friendly gibbering horror, you sat near a famous writer.

2 Comments so far

  1. wamitchell on April 2nd, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

    Ack! I feel your pain… wish I had known about this gathering, too. I dig what Stross has done with Lovecraft.


  2. intangiblearts on April 3rd, 2008 @ 9:56 am

    The plush Cthulhu is a magical thing. Mine took a good stab at the White House and despite a total lack of media attention, slaughtered the competition… Now it sounds like I need to start reading some Stross.



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