Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
November 2007 (Volume 10, Issue 11)
WOSSNAME is a FREE publication for members of the
worldwide Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates,
including the North American Discworld Society and other
continental groups. Are you a member? Yes, if you sent in
your name, country and e-mail address. Are there any dues? No. As a
member of the Klatchian Foreign Legion, you'd only forget them...
Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
Editor Emeritus (retd): Joseph Schaumburger
News Editor: T.F. (Tiff) Peasey
Staff Writers: Asti Osborn, Paul Blake, Steven D'Aprano
Convention Reporters: Mithtrethth Hania Ogg et al
Staff Technomancer: Jason Parlevliet
Book Reviews: Drusilla D'Afanguin
Puzzle Editor: incognito
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
DW Horoscope: Lady Anaemia Asterisk
Emergency Staff: Jason Parlevliet, Nathan Clissold, Dylan Williams
Art Director: Rhett Pennell
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano
Copyright 2007 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
====Part 1 -- ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
2) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR
3) PTERRY HIMSELF: I ATE'NT DEAD
4) HOGFATHER AUSTRALIAN DVD RELEASE
5) NADWCON NEWS: IT'S ON!
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS
6) DWCON 2008 NEWS
7) ACTION REPLAY: PTERRY GOES TO WASHINGTON
8) GETTING INSIDE PTERRY'S HEAD
9) UNSEEN THEATRE AUDITIONS
10) STEPHEN FRY NEEDS TO READ DISCWORLD NOVELS!
11) THE GOOD WEBBE GUIDE
12) THE UNOFFICIAL PTERRY COMPANION: REVIEW
====Part 3 -- ...AND MORE... AND ALICE
13) LU-TZE'S YEARBOOK OF ENLIGHTENMENT: REVIEW
14) THE CLACKS LOG OF WEIRD ALICE LANCREVIC
====Part 4 -- MORE ALICE
15) WEIRD ALICE, CONTINUED
====Part 5 -- MORE ALICE, AND HOROSCOPE
16) WEIRD ALICE, CONTINUED
17) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE MAR>SEP
====Part 6 -- HOROSCOPE, CONTINUED, AND CLOSE
18) YOUR MONTHLY DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE SEP>MAR
1) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"In fact it's the view of the more thoughtful historians,
particularly those who have spent time in the same bar as the
theoretical physicists, that the entirety of human history can be
considered as a sort of blooper reel. All those wars, all those
famines caused by malign stupidity, all that determined, mindless
repetition of the same old errors, are in the great cosmic scheme of
things only equivalent to Mr Spock's ears falling off."
-- footnote in The Last Continent, p. 195, Doubleday hardcover
2) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
This is a very short editor's letter to say that this is a very long
issue! The master is alive and well, no-one's choked on a concubine,
and there are some interesting new publications recently out or
-- Annie Mac, Editor
3) A WORD FROM THE MASTER
...who provably -- note spelling -- ate'nt dead:
Various people have been enquiring about my health and so this,
short of jokes like "at last I can't remember the 60's, so I was
there" is how we think the story goes:
As far as we can tell, I had a minor stroke about two years ago. I
didn't know it at the time. I was working hard on Wintersmith and
then immediately on Making Money and the fact that my typing seemed
more erratic than usual I put down to hard work and, not to put too
finer point on it, old age creeping on. It was only a couple of
months ago that I was thinking about having an MRI scan, mostly
because I had just typed a sentence that I couldn't understand!
It appears to have been "one of those things". Frankly, over the
years I have suffered from "those things" so often that I might as
well check into the Royal Things hospital. The only other effect
seems to be slightly more tiredness and less mental alertness at the
end of the day.
And that's it. I was astonished to get through the six hour twenty-
five minutes signing at Forbidden Planet in London the other week
and still be in a shape to go out for a business dinner afterwards,
especially since my previous best time of five hours fifty-eight
minutes left me hallucinating. Clearly adrenalin is the best
medicine. In the longer term, though, there really is going to have
to be a reduction in touring. What I will add, though, is that all
current commitments including the Australian tour, the UK Discworld
Convention next year and the proposed US Discworld Convention in
2009 will be honoured, provided my health is no worse than it is
...AND HOW THE PRESS TOLD IT
Terry Pratchett: 'I had a stroke - and I didn't even notice'
Daily Mail UK:
4) HOGFATHER DVD NOW AVAILABLE IN XXXX
At last! The DVD of Hogfather is being released in Australia!
Copies can be pre-ordered through Video Ezy, who claim that
Hogfather DVDs will be available in-store on 6th December:
True Gamer are offering a good discount price:
...as are DeVoteD DVD:
Now you know just what to get to give that extra touch of class to
the pile of pressies under your inappropriately decorated eucalyptus
5) NADWCON NEWS: ALL THE INFO
The Official Announcement!
The First North American Discworld Convention will be held September
4-7, 2009 (Labor Day weekend which includes a Monday holiday) at the
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in downtown Tempe, Arizona (near Phoenix).
It will be a celebration of the Discworld universe created by our
Guest of Honor Terry Pratchett. Other guests will include Diane
Duane, Peter Morwood, and Esther Friesner, with more to be
announced. During the weekend we will have many panels,
presentations, readings and other activities for Discworld fans. We
are also planning to have a Maskerade, a Banquet, a Marketplace
(dealer's room/art show), a Charity Auction to benefit the Orangutan
Foundation, a Hospitality Suite, and other activities for attendees.
The North American Discworld Convention is being sponsored by
Leprecon, Inc., an Arizona non-profit volunteer corporation.
Our Guest of Honor, Terry Pratchett, is the international best-
selling author of the Discworld novel series, which began in 1983
with The Colour of Magic and most recently continued in Making
Money. His young adult and children's books, including the Johnny
Maxwell series and the Tiffany Aching Discworld YA books, have been
well received, and he was awarded the 2001 Carnegie Medal for The
Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. He also co-wrote Good
Omens with Neil Gaiman.
Our additional guests are fans of Terry's work and good friends of
Terry's. They are also excellent convention guests in their own
right and we're looking forward to having them join us.
Diane Duane and Peter Morwood have written many novels, comics, and
screenplays, both singly and as collaborations. They co-wrote The
Ring of the Nibelungs miniseries (aired in the U.S. on SciFi as Dark
Kingdom: The Dragon King), and each has several new novels and
projects in the works.
Esther Friesner is a science fiction and fantasy writer best known
for her humorous stories and anthologies (such as Alien Pregnant by
Elvis and the Chicks in Chainmail series) and her fantasy novel
series (Majyk, Demons, New York by Knight, and Gnome Man's Land).
She's recently embarked on a young adult series featuring a young
Helen of Troy with Nobody's Princess and the upcoming Nobody's
We will be hosting other guests with connections to Terry and
Discworld in addition to those above and will announce them as they
The convention will run from early afternoon on Friday, September
4th to late afternoon on Monday, September 7th. There may be some
limited activities available for pre-registered members on Thursday
night, September 3rd, depending on the travel schedule of our
guests. Tentative plans for major events include a special event on
Friday night, the Maskerade on Saturday night, and a Banquet in the
early evening on Sunday. We will have special panels with our guests
including a spotlight talk/interview with Terry Pratchett, probably
on Saturday afternoon. Outside of the major panels and events we
plan to have more discussion panels, presentations, readings,
demonstrations, games, and other activities that will make this a
fun and memorable weekend for everyone.
The Charity Auction will benefit Terry Pratchett's favorite charity,
the Orangutan Foundation, and will likely be held on Sunday
afternoon. There may be some additional fund-raising activities
during the weekend as well.
Our venue is the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Arizona.
Leprecon, Inc. has recently hosted the 2004 World Fantasy Convention
and the 2006 Nebula Awards weekend at the Tempe Mission Palms and it
has received acclaim from fans and pros at those events. The hotel
is located in the heart of downtown Tempe with a varied selection of
restaurants, shopping and nightlife nearby. It is a short distance
from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and is accessible via
the Phoenix Light Rail system, which will be opening in late 2008.
Our room rates are US $119 per night S/D, US $129 T, and US $139 Q
with a US $9.75 per night hospitality fee that includes airport
shuttle, valet and self parking, internet access, a fitness center,
and more. The online booking code and the reservation phone number
will soon be available on our website.
The initial membership rate will be US $60 for a full weekend
membership, or US $30 for a supporting membership. Children 6-11
will pay US $30 with kids 5 and under free with an adult membership.
These rates will be in effect until March 31, 2008. This rate
includes all regular convention events, panels and presentations.
The Banquet and a possible VIP event/charityevent will cost extra
and will be announced when details are finalized. Payments can be
made via the mail or online via Paypal. Full details are on our
website. We are planning to cap membership in the 900 attendee range
to ensure that all attendees will be able to be seated at the major
functions in our ballroom.
For those wanting to mix in some tourism around the convention we
will be looking into making arrangements with local touring
companies for trips before and/or after the convention with the
possibility for some special excursions being arranged for
attendees. Keep an eye on our website for details.
We're looking forward to hosting a fun weekend for all of our
attendees and our guests. Please be sure to visit our website at
and join in the discussions on our message
board and livejournal community.
2009 North American Discworld Chair
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