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02 March 2014 @ 07:43 am
Damning with faint praise  
The good part of Loncon's effort to make Jonathan Ross the toastmaster is that they didn't pick a showbiz star who would say, "Sci-fi? Is that the flying saucer stuff?" The bad part is everything else. Back in the days before Worldcon aspired to be almost as good as DragonCon, the concom would pick one of the many amusing people who write the stuff, such as Marta Randall or Bob Shaw, and the ceremony would be fun for everybody, and the tabloids wouldn't care about us. Once again, Charlie Stross gets it right.
Maia Cmaiac on March 2nd, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
An update at the bottom of Charlie Stross' post says that Jonathan Ross has withdrawn as emcee. Thus showing he has at least better grasp of reality than the Loncon committee showed by inviting him.
Dave O'Neilldaveon on March 2nd, 2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not convinced that the tabloids would actually care a lot about him doing Loncon to be honest... it's not juicy enough for them. He's already known as a weirdo SF fan, there's little ammo there. They might get mileage out of ROSS TOO EXTREME FOR SCI-FI WEIRDOS! Why is this man on the BBC? Page 7 etc...
(Anonymous) on March 4th, 2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
I am shocked -- shocked! I tell you -- that a Worldcon committee would screw things up and piss people off.

(Full disclosure: I am not shocked.)

-- Bruce Arthurs