David and Perry talk to Robin Johnson about Aussiecon 1975, and discuss:

Attending Conventions | RJ's career of going to SF cons | Aussiecon | How did Robin get involved? | Coming to Australia | Meeting Merv Binns | Sydney Fandom | Murumbeena convention 1969 | Syncon '70 | Starting the muttering about '75 | Attending Worldcon 1970 in Germany | Garry Hoff | Heidelberg | Big push | Help from the UK | Becoming chairman | Anti-fan movie | Promotional matchboxes | Moving through '72 | Winning the bid in '73 | A problem with Ursula | Jerry Pournelle's demand | Charter of Americans arrives | Art Show crisis | Slide Presentation panic | Convention starts | Don Tuck MIA | Continuous state of panic | Movie Program | Amount of programming | Costume Parade | Evaluation | Schools program re artwork | Art Show | Legacy | Wrap-up | Club houses for SF clubs

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Perry and David discuss:

Introduction | Perry's overseas trip | Hugo Time Machine - 1955 | They'd Rather Be Right | The Darfsteller | Allamagoosa | Kate Atkinson | Case Histories | One Good Turn | When Will There Be Good News? | Started Early, Took My Dog | Life After Life | John Le Carre's Karla trilogy | The Spy Who Came In From the Cold | Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy | The Honourable Schoolboy | Smiley's People

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David and Perry discuss:
What are fanzines? | Amateur Press Associations | John Bangsund and ANZAPA

They also interview Bruce Gillespie, who talks about:
Melton | Bacchus Marsh | Hears about fandom | ASFR | Invited to stay with Bangsund | Meeting Harding, Turner, et al | First convention, MSFC | First 'fanzine' produced as schoolboy | Duplicators | Starting to produce fanzines | ANZAPA | Sent to Ararat | First two issues of SFC | Response from o/seas | Critical reviews of SF outside academia | John Foyster | Resigning from teaching in Ararat | Meets Gerald Murnane | Acquires own duplicator | Aussiecon | 1977 extraordinary year | How have things changed? | Nostrilia Press | IBM Composer | Typesetting for Highland House & others | Desktop publishing comes in | Applying this to fanzines | Modern challenges | Bill Burns' Efanzine site | Will you continue? | Awards

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Perry and David discuss:

Are you a serial or parallel reader? | Retro Hugos | The Hugo Time Machine: 1954 | Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury | The Telling by Ursula Le Guin | A Case of Conscience by James Blish | The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell | Chesley Bonestell | Ex Machina - the movie

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Perry and David, and their guest Leigh Edmonds talk about:

Perihelion Summer by Greg Egan | Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers | The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope | A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket | Problem of walled gardens of content | Geographical restrictions on content | Interview with Leigh Edmonds | Both past and future are unknowable | Both SF and history written for the present | History of Technology  | History of Australia as a struggle to overcome distance | Science Fiction and history | The reason to read SF | History of SF fandom | The sub-cultures of Melbourne | SF floods into the country | The Sydney Push | Fundamental change due to computers |  Fanzine publishing before WWII | Why the history of fandom needs to be written about

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Perry and David talk about:

Hugo Short Fiction | Hugo Time Machine | The Demolished Man | Galaxy Magazine | Hugo Novels | Trail of Lightning | Revenant Gun | The Expanse Series | Standard Ebooks | Copyright | Such is Life | An Unkindness of Ghosts | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse | All is True

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Perry and David talk about:

Hugo Season | Hugo Nominees | Spinning Silver | Space Opera | The Calculating Stars | Australian Crime Fiction | The Mystery of a Hansom Cab | Bony Novels by Arthur Upfield | Scrublands by Chris Hammer | Moon - with Sam Rockwell

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Welcome to our second episode! In this episode Perry Middlemiss and David Grigg talk about:

David's introduction to reading | SF Novellas | Murderbot Series | Binti Series | Wayward Children Series | The Power by Naomi Alderman | Generation Starships | The Voyage That Lasted 600 Years by Don Wilcox | Passengers (the movie) | Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson | Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe | An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon | Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve | Doing Justice by Preet Bharara | Peak Geekdom | Dark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper | 50 years of SF Commentary

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This is the very first episode of Two Chairs Talking, in which David Grigg and Perry Middlemiss, both ex-chairmen of World Science Fiction Conventions talk about:

The genres we read | Australian poetry | How Perry reads so many books | "Dying Inside" by Robert Silverberg | Setting reading quotas | "Records of a Spaceborn Few" by Becky Chambers | Award nominations | "Boy Swallows Universe" by Trent Dalton | "Possession" by A. S. Byatt

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