All very stereotyped, I know, and I finally feel secure enough in my own identity to be venturing into the heartland of media SF conventions. Specifically, Redemption, to be held in Hinckley (a small triangle of grass between the M1, M69 and M6, on which someone has built a hotel) this weekend.
Redemption is a once-every-two-years series of conventions based loosely around Babylon 5 and Blake's 7, but now broadened out even to other shows that don't follow the B + numeral pattern. The title is of course - how sad that I know this - taken from the first episode of the second series of B7, in which our heroes, having spent the first series swanning around the galaxy in their stolen alien starship Liberator, are finally called to account by the Liberator's builders who want their ship back. In other words, as Blake helpfully says, redemption. Which, yes, is a technically correct definition of the word, but not how it is generally perceived. I suspect Terry Nation, who wrote the episode, just wanted to use the word in the title.
I have absolutely no idea what to expect, save that I've looked at the membership list and it features some gratifyingly sane people known personally to me.
Partly as a means of getting involved, and partly as a way of making sure I generally have at least a table between me and the Klingons, I've volunteered for various panels. And golly, according to the programme I'm down for seven. Seven! Three of them being back to back on Saturday morning, and me with my incipient sore throat, though it's still best not to be absolutely sure what's happening in a programme until you turn up. They are:
- What would Blake's 7 be like not set in space?
- Room 101 (with the guest of honour!)
- Narnia: film vs the books
- Elections and politics in SF
- What would you cut first? Making a programme to budget (no idea how I got onto this one)
- Legal systems in Babylon 5 and Blake's 7
- Creating an alien culture
"Young man, there's no need to feel down, I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground ...""Day of the Daleks" also has a famous scene of precisely three Daleks being wheeled out of a tunnel, over and over again in different orders and shot from different camera angles, to give the impression that a whole army of pepperpots is invading. Gave me the willies at the time. There was no CGI in those days, children, and we were better off for it.
Anyway, it should all be great fun and I'm looking forward to it. Reports will be made next week, depending on how reportable it all is.