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the bring peter watts to aussiecon campaign

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Ok, so here's my sekrit project...


Many of you will be familiar with this story already but for anyone who isn’t:

Last year Canadian marine biologist and science fiction writer Dr Peter Watts underwent a terrifying ordeal at the hands of over zealous border crossing guards in Port Huron, USA. While leaving the United States on December 8, 2009, he was subject to an exit search, then beaten, maced and arrested when he tried to find out what was going on.

A full account of the incident and what was to follow is up on Tor.com

Or hear him interviewed about his experience, podcast at Starship Sofa

Even though all he did was fail to promptly comply with border guards’ instructions, he narrowly escaped a prison sentence and is now officially a convicted felon and therefore no longer able to attend US conventions.

Peter’s short story ‘The Island’ from The New Space Opera 2, edited by Gardner Dozois and our own Jonathan Strahan has been nominated for a Hugo award. What with Worldcon being on Aussie soil in September this year, I thought it would be a good thing if he could fly out here for both the Hugos and Aussiecon itself.

To that end, with Peter’s permission, I am raising money for his airfare and accommodation via tuckerisation in his next novel State of Grace. Peter says:

“make sure that all entrants realize that their namesakes will most likely come to a really painful and unpleasant end.  And they may not be especially cuddly as characters before then…”

The Aussiecon committee has very kindly donated Peter’s membership. The rest is up to us. If you think the guy deserves a break, how about taking part in the raffle or making a donation?

I’ve never met Peter face-to-face but we’ve been email buddies since I sent him a gushing fan letter after reading his first novel Starfish some years back.

He is well known as an excellent value panelist and would be a fantastic asset to the ‘hard science fiction’ end of the con’s literary stream. He has also consented to participating in Dudcon where he will hand out the Ditmars and generally partake of other silliness as required.

To have a chance of being tuckerised in State of Grace send AUS $10 via Paypal to watts2aussiecon@gmail.com

Email me privately if you’d prefer to participate via some other medium: cat at catsparks.net

If you’re not into tuckerisation but would like to sling a few bucks into the pot, that’s awesome too.

Any funds raised surplus to requirements will be donated to a reputable charity of Peter’s choice.

Feel free to re-post this message on your own blog if you consider this to be a worthy project

Thank you!
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On June 13th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC), time_shark commented:
Will his U.S. conviction cause any problems with his travel to Australia? (If not, awesome!)
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On June 13th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC), catsparx replied:
no it won't -- we have thoroughly researched this issue and Dr Watts has been issued with a visa
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On June 13th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC), chuckmck1 commented:
Count me in.
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On June 13th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC), catsparx replied:
Good man!
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On June 13th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC), catsparx replied:
heh. Yeah.
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On June 13th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC), callistra commented:
Awesome! Reposted
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Will buy a ticket or two ASAP
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On June 13th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC), catsparx replied:
very much obliged!
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On June 14th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC), alanbaxter commented:
Blogged, tweeted and facebooked. Great idea, Cat - you can count me in.
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On June 14th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC), catsparx replied:
Good man!
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On June 14th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC), benpayne commented:
Lovely idea, Cat.
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On June 14th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC), catsparx replied:
Ta! Now what do I have to do to get you to Aussiecon? :-)
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On June 14th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC), ellen_datlow commented:
Done and I posted to facebook. I can't figure out how to copy the post with photo onto my lj ....
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On June 14th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC), mrteufel commented:
Email sent.
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On June 14th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC), catsparx replied:
awesome dude. Thanks very much.
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On June 14th, 2010 07:40 am (UTC), austspecfic commented:
Easy and done!
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On June 14th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC), catsparx replied:
goodonya darl! XX
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On June 14th, 2010 11:13 am (UTC), gutter_monkey commented:
$20 from me should be winging it's way to you via the intertubes as we speak.
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On June 14th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC), catsparx replied:
thank you kindly!
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On June 14th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC), doctor_k_ commented:
So how's the fundraising going so far? mere hours after this has begun
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On June 14th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC), catsparx replied:
going well -- I'll do a blog post later today
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On June 14th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC), lauragoodin commented:
Hey, you made it onto boingboing! I sit at the feet of greatness.
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On June 15th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC), catsparx replied:
woah indeed!
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On June 15th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC), chrisbarnes commented:
Great work, Cat! I've sent my $10.
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On June 15th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC), catsparx replied:
Goodonya!
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On June 17th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC), chookette commented:
I'll be sending my $10 directly. Was explaining this to hubby and he wanted to know why there was the rule about him not being able to attend US conventions. Is this some weird, spooky American law or a weird spooky US Worldcon rule?
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On June 17th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC), catsparx replied:
Peter has a criminal conviction as a result of the border crossing incident. This means he is not allowed to set foot on American soil.
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On June 17th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Peter at AussieCon4
Peter doesn't seem to have mentioned this on his blog, is there a reason? I bet lots of Canadian and US fans would love to contribute as well.

I'm really looking forward to chatting over dinner or drinks with Peter again. I last saw him on my second last trip to Canada in 2004. I still had his voice in my head narrating while I read about the destruction of Vancouver in the Rifters trilogy, while I was visiting Vancouver, just a week later. :-)
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On June 17th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC), catsparx replied:
Re: Peter at AussieCon4
It's me asking for money rather than Peter himself so I suspect this is why he hasn't blogged it.
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