Christopher J. Garcia is a writer, historian, fanzine editor (editor of The Drink Tank and co-editor (with James Bacon) of Journey Planet), and filmmaker from Santa Clara, California. He’s lost 16 Hugos in three categories, but managed to win Best Fanzine in 2011. He’s a Curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. He is also working on a fannish documentary series called 5 Cons.

Shifted Realties – The Story of a Shorts Film Program

by Christopher J. Garcia

For the last 13 years, I’ve been a part of the Cinequest Film Festival‘s Shorts Programming team. Every year, usually starting in June, I’ll watch hundreds of shorts from around the world. Yeah, it’s a lot of viewing, but the films are all 40 minutes or less. In the old days, when we still got our submissions on VHS, nearly half of the films we got had some terrible problem….they looked like hell or the sound popped and creaked. They were entirely amateur, and looked it. As time went by, and DVD replaced VHS, we found our selves getting films that were technically more sound in general. Where once we could instantly discount half the films, now we had more to consider. The explosion in inexpensive digital cameras of quality helped even those with little knowledge make films that looked great. It also meant that we could focus more on story and less on technical issues. Once on-line submissions replaced DVDs, we found something incredible – genre films, and more specifically science fiction films.
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Christopher J. Garcia is a writer, historian, fanzine editor (editor of The Drink Tank and co-editor (with James Bacon) of Journey Planet), and filmmaker from Santa Clara, California. He’s lost 16 Hugos in three categories, but managed to win Best Fanzine in 2011. He’s a Curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. He is also working on a fannish documentary series called 5 Cons.

Conversations at the Bottom of the Escalator
A Museumer Looks at a Hall of Fame

by Chris Garcia

What if we treated everything like a museum?

I think like that a lot. I mean I’ve been in the museum game for almost fifteen years, so it would make sense that it would have soaked in to my bones. I think about strange things like “How would I turn that novel into a 25K square foot exhibit?”, or “Where should I hang these prints to form a cohesive message about their unity of theme?”, or even “How much space do I need to put around that Hugo Award to have an ADA compliant path?” These are the questions that get to me, the ones that might explain why I’m typing this at 2:40 am instead of dreaming of a world where “Remedial Chaos Theory” beat Doctor Who for Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form last year.

And whenever I think of Museums — and since I’m almost always thinking of Science Fiction and Fantasy in one form or another — my mind turns to things like the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
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Christopher J. Garcia is a writer, historian, fanzine editor (editor of The Drink Tank and co-editor (with James Bacon) of Journey Planet), and filmmaker from Santa Clara, California. He’s lost 16 Hugos in three categories, but managed to win Best Fanzine in 2011. He’s a Curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. He is also working on a fannish documentary series called 5 Cons.

Conversations at the Bottom of the Escalator
An Open Letter to John DeNardo

Dear John,

First off, congrats! You’ve got your second Hugo which can now be used as bookends! That’s the best thing about getting your second, so I’ve been told, and as long as one of the books between them is All Our Yesterdays by Harry Warner, I’ll never complain about comin’ in second to ya on both of ‘em!
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Christopher J. Garcia, 5Cons and Worldcon Video

One of the many highlights of Worldcon in San Antonio was seeing Christopher J. Garcia, editor of The Drink Tank and co-editor (with James Bacon) of Journey Planet, again. We first met at last year’s Worldcon in Chicago.

As part of his 5Cons Documentary, Chris interviewed several Worldcon attendess, including Michael J. Martinez, Mary Robinette Kowal, Terry Fong, Howard Tayler, Liz, Norman Spinrad, and the top of Mark Oshiro’s head.

Here’s that video.

Bonus: Gary Wolfe on piano!

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In episode 169 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Christopher J. Garcia, winner of the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine (along with James Bacon) for The Drink Tank.
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