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August 8, 2008

Tor party logistics
Posted by Teresa at 11:57 AM * 16 comments

Greetings from Denvention!*

If you’re at the worldcon and feel like lending a helping hand this afternoon, Tor has a logistical bottleneck. We’re shorthanded this convention, and Denvention doesn’t have the kind of clearly delineated relationship with its hotels that makes it possible to drive up to the Furengba Hotel’s main entrance, bestow advance tokens of esteem on the bellhops, and have them carry all the supplies up to the party suite.*

The other difficulty is that we’re not yet sure when we’re going to arrive at the Furengba with our supplies. Obviously, we don’t expect anyone to keep their entire afternoon schedule clear; you’d be volunteering to help if our arrival time coincides with the time you’re available.

To volunteer, email your cellphone number to and We’ll also try to post info updates in the comment thread.

Comments on Tor party logistics:
#1 ::: Mark Wise ::: (view all by) ::: August 08, 2008, 02:08 PM:

I saw the thread title and immediately thought,"Vote the Tor ticket in 2012."

No doubt fund raising will start soon. Maybe a tip jar at the party?

#2 ::: JulieB ::: (view all by) ::: August 08, 2008, 02:21 PM:

I just passed this info along so to some folks I know who are up there in hopes they can give you guys a hand.

#3 ::: Geri Sullivan ::: (view all by) ::: August 08, 2008, 04:06 PM:

Update: Reno in 2011 is providing opaque plastic bins that P&T can use to have the bellhops transport the Tor Office Supplies from their car up to the Tor Party Suite for tonight.

#4 ::: Max Kaehn ::: (view all by) ::: August 08, 2008, 04:41 PM:

Disemvowel filibusters! Vote Tor in 2012!

#5 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: August 08, 2008, 04:53 PM:

I like your puzzle clues to the location in question. Expose via BitTorrent or Gnutella one thousand kilograms at the cube of two's lower integral bound!

If suspiciously unsuitable persons appear at the door will they be required to mentally extract the cube root of 74088, or to prove that any cat has nine tails, before being permitted to enter?

#6 ::: Bob Webber ::: (view all by) ::: August 08, 2008, 05:49 PM:

Hey, Mark Wise:

Your second sentence irks me. While a donation jar at a convention party is not unheard-of, at a publisher's party it would be a once-in-a-career spectacle.

Asking people who know you to help schlep some party supplies at a worldcon is a completely different kettle of fans from asking for money from party guests. Your comment unfortunately juxtaposes a jest with a minor insult.

#7 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: August 08, 2008, 06:09 PM:

Hey, Bob Webber,

The whole comment was a joke. The tip jar was clearly meant as the way to start a political party, not to buy the drinks.

Me, I think that they should start an aristocracy instead, and prepend everybody important's name with Tor. So I'd be Abi Torsutherland. You could be Bob Torwebber. And of course there'd be Patrick and Teresa Tornielsen Torhayden...

Anyone there named Kosigan?

#8 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: August 08, 2008, 07:00 PM:

abi #7: Since 'Count' has already been taken by those Vor thieves, and none of us generally feel like duking it out, or consuming barons of beef, might I suggest -- ever so humbly -- that the lords of, ahem,Torrayar, adopt the style of Marquis?

#9 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: August 08, 2008, 07:13 PM:

Hmmm, I might vote for Teresa for President. Or for Empress.

#10 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: August 08, 2008, 07:29 PM:

One could quite legitimately bestow the title of Earl so as to avoid confusion with the pesky Barrayarans, with Precedence then settled by the date of creation of the title.

Of course, FTL might lead to arguments over that.

#11 ::: Bruce E. Durocher II ::: (view all by) ::: August 08, 2008, 11:22 PM:

Francis Tower Laney is attending the Tor party? Where is George Romero with the film crew?

#12 ::: Mark Wise ::: (view all by) ::: August 09, 2008, 07:58 AM:

Abi @ #7


#13 ::: Torie ::: (view all by) ::: August 09, 2008, 10:15 AM:

@7 abi:

Yes! I'm already way ahead of the curve! Tors of the world unite!

#14 ::: TomB ::: (view all by) ::: August 09, 2008, 12:45 PM:

"Count" is taken, but many other operators are available. More powerful too, and easier to abbreviate.

#15 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: August 09, 2008, 02:10 PM:

Torie @13:

And you the power behind the PNH on The secret engines of the world stand revealed!

I, for one*...

* two...three... wrong kind of Count? AH-ha-ha...

#16 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: August 09, 2008, 08:30 PM:

Clifton @ 9

Why waste her talents? I'd nominate and vote for her for The Power That Is.

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