As well as the panels in the big rooms there were smaller, shorter presentations in a smaller, shorter room. Mr Monkey saw author Robert S. Napier demonstrating a 1933 Plot Genie, an ingenous combination of a wheel of numbers and a big book of long lists which was supposed to help authors think of exciting new storylines. Then Mr Monkey listened to David Haugen and Stu Shiffman of the Sound of the Baskervilles (the Puget Sound scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars) talking about Sherlock Holmes, his relevance today, and how he's been treated over the years. And Mr Monkey correctly identified the story that had inspired a sketch by Stu Shiffman so he was allowed to keep it.
You can read about the Seattle Sherlockians at the Sound of the Baskerville website and about the Plot Genie at the Pulp Companion website.
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