A treat (if that’s the word) for younger SF fans

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    Michael E. Walston
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    Most of you older fen will have seen The Eye of Argon at some point.

    But for all who may have missed it, here’s a link to it in all its glory:

    http://www.ansible.co.uk/misc/eyeargon.html

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    jhmcmullen
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    Well, almost all its glory.

    The late George Scithers once said to me in an email message that it took several fen to ensure that the existing typing errors remained. (I corresponded with him for reasons unrelated to SF, but we quickly discovered that we both were fen.)

    I’m told that some cons have had contests, with contestants reading until they make an error…which usually isn’t long.

    Great at theory, terrible at practice.

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    jhmcmullen
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    The PDF version at the same site (http://www.ansible.co.uk/misc/eyeargon.pdf) is truly something to behold. A piece of history.

    Someone tracked down the author at some point, who was at the time unaware of the fame of his creation.

    Great at theory, terrible at practice.

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    temporus
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    I have witnessed several of these readings. They are usually quite fun, as the readers have to read the actual text, mistakes and all. I’ve even seen it where they challenge the audience members to come up and try to read through (usually after the planned readers all fail out.) I think that’s the hardest part, to not automatically correct what you read as you say it out loud. Well, and the not laughing part.

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    Michael E. Walston
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    jhmcmullen wrote:
    The PDF version at the same site (http://www.ansible.co.uk/misc/eyeargon.pdf) is truly something to behold. A piece of history.

    Someone tracked down the author at some point, who was at the time unaware of the fame of his creation.

    Wow, I never knew it won the J. T. Rikosh award for excellence! :woohoo:

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    zette
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    I was always under the impression it was ‘epic’ fantasy.

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    Michael E. Walston
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    zette wrote:
    I was always under the impression it was ‘epic’ fantasy.

    Quite right. I’d call it fantasy too. But trying to read aloud from it without laughing has been an entertaining pastime at SF cons for generations–especially the “challenge of death” where you read in a squeaky voice caused by inhaling helium. :unsure:

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