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the bring peter watts to aussiecon campaign

Ok, so here’s my sekrit project…Many of you will be familiar with this story already but for anyone who isn’t:Last year Canadian marine biologist and science fiction writer Dr Peter Watts underwent a terrifying ordeal at the hands of over zealous border crossing guards in Port Huron, USA. While leaving the United States on December 8, 2009, he was subject to an exit search, then beaten, maced and arrested when he tried to find out what was going on.A full account of the incident and what was to follow is up on Tor.comOr hear him interviewed about his experience, podcast at Starship SofaEven though all he did was fail to promptly comply with border guards’ instructions, he narrowly escaped a prison sentence and is now officially a convicted felon and therefore no longer able to attend US conventions. Peter’s short story ‘The Island’ from The New Space Opera 2, edited…