Fundraiser to bring Peter Watts to WorldCon in Australia

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11 Responses to “Fundraiser to bring Peter Watts to WorldCon in Australia”

  1. george57l says:

    UPSIDE: If he goes, and if he gets in to Aus, at least he won’t be leaving Aus in a car that some border patrol guard wants to search.

    • Michael Smith says:

      #5,

      “UPSIDE: If he goes, and if he gets in to Aus, at least he won’t be leaving Aus in a car that some border patrol guard wants to search.”

      It is my theory as an Aussie that you can’t have a real country unless it is surrounded by water.

      And FYI for Peter: the penalty for joking about bombs on the plane while travelling has been increased to 10 years in prison.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i came back in through port huron in 1999 — a sickening, intimidating experience even then. angry angry people.

    • Anonymous says:

      While I believe Peter’s version of what happened last year, I have never had any problem going between the US and Canada, even after 9/11 (though I’ve never gone via Port Huron). Most of the time, I’ve gone over the border from Vermont, where people on both sides are mellow.

      I don’t believe are border guards are inherently awful people. Most TSA agenta are fine too. They’re just making some money and helping to watch the border. It doesn’t mean that some of them don’t overreact at times. Sadly, when they do, innocent people can go to jail.

  3. macrumpton says:

    Surprising the Millennium Group did not have Peter’s back.

  4. Anonymous says:

    According to the comments on Cat spark’s blog post, Peter has a valid visa for Australia already.

  5. Babau says:

    Please, please make sure there’s no pornography on any of your devices when you traverse Australian customs. It’s a stupid law we’ve recently introduced but I’d hate for you to be caught out by it.

    Oh and no fresh food products. We take agricultural security seriously for good reason.

  6. sneldip says:

    Naw. He wants to play games with the BP let him eat the consequences.

  7. pimlottc says:

    Have the organizers done the due diligence to be sure he would be admitted into Australia? I could easily see his prior experience being unjustly held against him in other countries. It would be a shame if they were able to raise the money only to have him turned away.

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