- Firstly, Avalon is a very strange place to put an airport.
- I haven't read any Charles Stross, but he was a great guest. There were all sorts of other interesting people as well — I'm never quite sure what Dave Cake does (apart from his work on Borderlands), but he always has good things to say.
- Last year's great debate proved an impossible act to follow, but this year's one (on whether we have achieved the future we were promised) had some fascinating points to make — even if it was hard to tell who was on which side.
- Given the lesser number of panels, I suspect my suggestion to talk about Dario Argento was sensibly vetoed. However, I do think some more specialised horror is still a good idea. We did of course have two panels on Stephen King, but that was justified by the presence of our very own King super-expert, Rocky Wood. And anyway, I was on both and can (and probably did) ramble rather a lot on the subject. One was supposed to be a debate over his literary worth, but we couldn't find anyone to argue the negative. I was playing devil's advocate somewhat, and it was interesting to see the reactions to some of the things I was less keen on.
- I was also on the panel about gore vs suspence in horror flicks. Like the King one there was little actual debate, as we all agree gore was a good tool in the right hands, and then we just talked about our favourite movies. I brought up Nekromantic for no apparent reason, but I think I was working towards a comparison with Kissed somewhere down the line.
- Speaking of movies, the panel on coming attractions gave me the impression I wouldn't be visiting the cinema any time soon — but The Prestige does look funky.
- The distopia panel was strangely optimistic, whereas the political correctness panel almost descended into actual argument.
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