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The door to the registry office is the door out of Bohemia
Arthur Ransome (wearing his scabrous boho hat, not his ripping-adventures-in-the-Lakes/Broads/Fens one)

Here is a poll about weddings )

In other news, I'm in full on blagging mode (really not a pretty sight) for a lift to Infest. Reliable sources inform me that the Infest Bus is not an Infest Bus this time round, but an Infest Minibus, and an already-full Infest Minibus to boot. There is also a rather strange bus going from London and advertising on the Infest LJ community, but that is likely to be full of hairdressers from what I can see, and seems like an altogether strange deal. I fear it. So, y'know, I was wondering, is anyone who's driving up likely to have a few microns of space unstuffed with gigantic UV-reactive platforms and available to accommodate me? I'm frightfully witty and amusing and can tell you wildly funny anecdotes all the way. Or, err, shut up, if that's what you prefer? G'wan. I'll be your friend...

(Pathetic, isn't it?)
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I think there is not enough traffic on www.serendipiccy.co.uk, and you should all go and contribute. Actually, if you haven't before, go and have a look at all of [livejournal.com profile] sarahloo's stuff at www.slhodkinson.co.uk, as it's really really good, and she's quite irritatingly talented! (Do I get a free print for the plug? ;-) ). She should put that picture of the flags that she had on her journal the other day up on her site, too, though. It's very Now and Zen-era Robert Plant.

Which reminds me, does anyone fancy coming and seeing him in December? £30, unfortunately, but it's bound to be a good show. I've not seen him since the Unled-ed tour in 1994!

I presume that the usual suspects are VNV-ing at Islington Academy? Suzi said she wasn't, I think, but lots of the rest of you will, won't you?

Beneath this cut tag is a poll about Infest, about which I'm almost ridiculously over-excited already... )
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Is there an Infest bus from London this year, does anyone know? I'm trying to get organised as early as poss this time. M-O-O-N, that spells 'organisation', that does. Lawks, yes.

I spent a few minutes earlier completing [livejournal.com profile] fjm's Questionnaire on children's science fiction. This is none of your lj questionnaire tomfoolery, but real gen-u-ine academic research for an actual purpose. It will take hardly any time at all, so if you have even the slightest interest, do please go and complete and return it! I'm sure Farah will be jolly grateful, and you'll have that warm glow of Being Consulted.

Doing the questionnaire made me think a little about my own reading habits. I would not by any stretch of the imagination term myself a genre SF reader. I will happily read science fiction, but wouldn't go out of my way to read it qua science fiction. Also, many of the best science fiction books that I have read are maybe not often thought of primarily as science fiction: I'm thinking, for instance, Brave New World or 1984. Can I even squeeze Gulliver's Travels in, or is that too much like special pleading for what is more properly Utopian literature than sf as such?

What I wonder, though, is: does this just demonstrate that I'm horrendously prejudiced against science fiction? Do I prefer to see Neuromancer as an interesting permutation on hard-boiled detective fiction a la Chandler rather than as sf because I'm just plain bigoted? Or do the really good works of any genre trascend that genre?

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