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Melbourne Writers Festival

July 20th, 2013

I have three appearances at MWF this August. If you’re in Melbourne, now might be a good time to book them. (The first appears to be sold out already.)

NOTE: The MWF brochure says that adults can only come to school events if they are accompanying a child. On the website, however, you can just buy an “Extra Adult” ticket alone. Or, you can just rent a kid. I’m not sure anyone will actually kick you out either way.

Tuesday 27 Aug 2013 at 12.30 pm
SCIENCE/FICTION

Scott Westerfeld grew up surrounded by science and technology. It’s no wonder that his books – including Uglies, Leviathan, Midnighters and Peeps – are shaped by science. Find out what makes his stories tick, and how science can be a novelist’s best friend.

Venue: ACMI Cinema 2
Code: 2603; Age: Year 6-9
Price: $7 (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday 28 Aug 2013 at 10.00 am
THE STEAMPUNK WORLD OF LEVIATHAN

The Leviathan trilogy is set in a steampunk World War I. The books even look like they were published in 1914, when almost all books were illustrated, even books for adults. Tour this extraordinarily rich world with the perfect guide, author Scott Westerfeld.

Venue: Deakin Edge
Code: 1701; Age: Year 5-8
Price: $7

Wednesday 28 Aug 2013 at 12.30 pm
SCIENCE FICTION SCIENCE FACT

Scott Westerfeld and Michael Pryor talk about the inventions and ideas first put forward in fiction, later proved to be fact – or wildly off the mark. Who is the better guide: scientist or novelist? Or does the future rely on both?

Venue: ACMI Cinema 2
Code: 2703; Age: Year 5-8
Price: $7

Click here for more info and to book tickets.

47 Responses to “Melbourne Writers Festival”

  1. 1
    Midshipman K
    July 20th, 2013 06:16

    First comment!

  2. 2
    Midshipman K
    July 20th, 2013 06:19

    YES! I am so happy! I’ve never been the first comment before….ANYWAY.
    I am so supremely jealous of anyone who goes to these events. ESPECIALLY that second one. *sob*

    Now, I actually have to go finish my Alpha story and try not to actually pull all my hair out for having to rewrite it in a different POV….

  3. 3
    Roxanne
    July 20th, 2013 06:28

    @2: “Supremely jealous”? You got to MEET Scott on a personal(ish) level no signing can live up to. You got TWO lectures from him, and even had lunch together I believe — experiences that aren’t likely to ever be beaten by a signing or panel or whatever.
    No offense, but I don’t feel sorry for you one bit! ;)

  4. 4
    Panzercrappitastica
    July 20th, 2013 06:57

    Huh. It’s not the twentieth here yet. That being the first thing I notice. The second being: Aw, I can’t come; and the third: Midnighters? Science centered? No, no, it’s really just fantasy. And fourth: YAY! Scott posted something again!

  5. 5
    Middy Joe
    July 20th, 2013 07:51

    I’m never anywhere near the places Mr. Westerfeld goes…*sob*

    Why is it that almost every person I ask has read the Uglies series, but I have yet to find someone who at least has HEARD of Leviathan? Deryn and Alek need more love.
    On the other hand, I was looking at somebody’s Deviantart gallery, and I found some random Leviathan fanart. :’D

  6. 6
    Panzercrappitastica
    July 20th, 2013 08:22

    @5: I haz read Leviathan! And Uglies! And Midnighters and Peeps and So Yesterday and Succession! Has anyone else read Succession; that’s what I’d like to know! I’ve found one other person who has so far.

  7. 7
    Roxanne
    July 20th, 2013 08:32

    @5: I KNOW!!! Uglies is so mainstream, but beautiful, amazing, perfect LBG is virtually unheard of. :\
    You should just type in “Deryn Alek” into the DeviantArt search engine….it makes me happy (I often search “funny” too, there are some pretty good LBG memes, :D ).

    @6: I’ve read LBG (obviously), about half of Uglies (the book, not the series), the first two Midnighters books, Peeps (love!), and The Last Days (eh…). I really want to read Succession, but ya know, LIFE. ;)

  8. 8
    Panzercrappitastica
    July 20th, 2013 20:40

    @7: I really liked Uglies, too. And The Last Days. And… all of them.

    Has anyone else noticed that the winky face: ;) kind of looks like someone with their face contorted in pain? Or is that just me?

  9. 9
    Midshipman K
    July 20th, 2013 21:00

    @3: Okay, yeah, I have no reason to complain. He was here for four days….

    @5: I have read LBG! (obviously) There’s lots of Dalek on dA! There are so many groups! Deryn-and-Alek, Leviathaneers, The Leviathan Crew, Leviathan Middies….others I don’t remember right now.

    @8: I think it looks fine….

  10. 10
    Middy Miles
    July 20th, 2013 21:00

    Tenth Comment!

  11. 11
    Middy Miles
    July 20th, 2013 21:03

    @2. Really, Midshipman K? You’re jealous of the people who get to see him speak in front of potentially hundreds of people, when you spent four days with him in a group of twenty students? I think our experiences pwn theirs.

  12. 12
    Middy Miles
    July 20th, 2013 21:04

    @9. Oh, didn’t see that comment. :)

  13. 13
    Midshipman K
    July 20th, 2013 21:15

    @11&12: Haha YEAH. But I’m gonna shut up now because we were very lucky.

  14. 14
    Roxanne
    July 20th, 2013 22:30

    @9: Leviathaneers? I like that. :D

  15. 15
    Zac-la
    July 22nd, 2013 06:22

    Has anyone watched the new Catching Fire trailer? I have to say that this movie may very well be better than the 1st one!

  16. 16
    MMI373
    July 22nd, 2013 06:33

    Awww. I can never come to your talks! Any chance you’ll come to Kansas City in the near future? (Like in a year or whatever…)

  17. 17
    Roxanne
    July 22nd, 2013 07:07

    @15: Yes! It looks AMAZING!!! :D :D :D
    I’m disappointed there was literally only a split second of Finnick though… :\ I’m sure they’ll come out with another trailer though, and there’s only 4 more months until it comes out anyway! :D

  18. 18
    Zac-la
    July 22nd, 2013 10:31

    @17 at least we got to see him and the other Tributes (even if it was for just a second :P ) and the AREANA!!!!!!

    Heaps of people were saying – and I completely agree – that Finnick is wearing too much clothing. Haha that sounds really strange but in the book I believe he is just wearing a net..

  19. 19
    Middy Me
    July 22nd, 2013 18:43

    @15- it does!! I do hope it’s better, the last one I didn’t like so much.
    @18- but that was just in one part of the book, no? Just the tribute parade.

  20. 20
    Roxanne
    July 22nd, 2013 23:24

    @Zac-la and Middy Me: I don’t really remember how much clothes he was wearing. But as for the arena, it looks EXACTLY how I imagined it! :D

  21. 21
    Panzercrappitastica
    July 23rd, 2013 02:03

    @15: I hope so…

  22. 22
    SteampunkJedi
    July 23rd, 2013 06:44

    I hope a lot of people enjoy seeing you at the event. Sadly, I’m nowhere near Melbourne.

    @15: It certainly looks interesting.

  23. 23
    SteampunkJedi
    July 23rd, 2013 06:50

    @20: The arena is just how I imagine it as well. It must have been described thoroughly, although I can’t remember the specifics.

  24. 24
    Roxanne
    July 23rd, 2013 10:40

    OMG YOU GUYS I KNOW MIDK’S REAL NAME!!! I KNOW IT!

    ….hehe…sorry…ignore me. ;)

  25. 25
    Middy Me
    July 24th, 2013 06:27

    @20 – well I rewatched the trailer and I think he is wearing a net, though it looks more like a towel….weird. Besides, he doesn’t look at all how I imagined him but well, the arena does look amazing :)

  26. 26
    Zac-la
    July 29th, 2013 09:54

    What’s Midshipman’s real name????!!!!!!!!!! Does it begin with ‘K’ or was I totally amusing wrong there…

    This blog is starting to remind me of a empty field… no (fence)POSTS and not much interest :P

  27. 27
    Zac-la
    July 29th, 2013 09:55

    @25 Heaps of people seem to be saying they don’t like Sam Claifin (Finnick).. personally I thought he was exactly like the O’Dair I’d imagined but anyway..

  28. 28
    Zac-la
    July 29th, 2013 11:10

    Still no replies :’(

    Does anyone have a link to the Goliath bonus chapter? Midk?? I really feel like reading it again

  29. 29
    Middy Me
    July 30th, 2013 00:23

    @ Zac-la – sorry for not replying. For some reason all through yesterday and the day before I’ve been trying to get into this website but it kept saying “bandwidth exceeded” or something like that. Dunno why….but it works now!!

    I don’t like him as Finnick, you know, no offense. I imagined him looking younger and frankly, a bit more handsome. But that’s me, I haven’t really asked much people what do they think.

    For the Bonus Chapter I don’t have a link, but there’s a little search box near the top of the page that says “search site”, maybe you could try there :)

  30. 30
    Roxanne
    July 30th, 2013 04:27

    @Middy Me: I was having the same problem!

    @Zac-la: Haha, I’ll never tell! :D I think it’s safe to say it does start with a ‘K’ though (didn’t she already mention that on here?).

    Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair is perfection! (I’ve only seen him in SW&Huntsman, and I didn’t know it was Finnick at the time so I wasn’t judging him, but based on looks alone, he is fantastic! I hope he pulls off the arrogant sexiness properly! :)

  31. 31
    Middy Me
    July 30th, 2013 06:09

    @Roxanne – you did?? I thought my internet had screwed up! Well now I know it’s okay, though I still have no idea what happened.

    And well, Sam Claflin is not Finnick for me. But perhaps I’ll like him better when I see the movie, who knows?

    On another subject, look at what I found!!

    http://www.bornrich.com/the-orb-a-bluetooth-headset-that-turns-into-a-ring.html

    It looks just like the interface rings in Pretties!

  32. 32
    Middy Miles
    July 30th, 2013 06:20

    @14. I prefer the term “Leviafans”, personally.

    I know MidK’s name, too :) And Roxanne’s. And mine.

    @28. Here’s the link to the Bonus Chapter: http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/2011/12/bonus-goliath-chapter-and-art/
    If you Google search “Bonus Goliath Chapter and Art” it’s the first hit.

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    Nick
    August 20th, 2013 11:31

    My brother is going to the first event. Oh I am so jealous!

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