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West Coast Science Fantasy Conference. Westercon 36 - Page 15. July 1, 1983 - July 4, 1983. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 15, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/677/show/598.

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West Coast Science Fantasy Conference. (July 1, 1983 - July 4, 1983). Westercon 36 - Page 15. Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/677/show/598

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Title Westercon 36
Creator (LCNAF)
  • West Coast Science Fantasy Conference
Date July 1, 1983 - July 4, 1983
Description A program book for Wetsercon 36/Westerchron.
Donor Leiber, Fritz; Leiber, Justin
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Science fiction conventions
  • Fantasy fiction
  • Science fiction
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Leiber, Fritz
  • West Coast Science Fantasy Conference
  • Tenn, William
  • Austin, Alicia
  • Knight, Damon
Subject.Name (Local)
  • West Coast Science Fantasy Conference
  • Whitmore, Tom
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • San Jose, California
Genre (AAT)
  • brochures
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1984-003, Box 57, Folder 34
ArchivesSpace URI /repositories/2/archival_objects/5306
Original Collection Fritz Leiber Papers
Digital Collection Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/1984_003
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Transcript THE WHITMORE EQUATIONS bv Rebecca Kurland If Tom Whitmore should tell me that eating carrots reminds him of the Incredible String Band or that a story about a Greek philosopher has led him to an epiphany on the history of slapstick, I am not astonished. For some time now I have relied on Tom to make unusual associations without discrimination on'the basis of creed, color, common sense or sensory input. Mv sister remembers fondly that I once said, "Tom Whitmore has the most interesting cross-modal transfers." While I don't recall this myself, internal evidence proves that only I could say that, and anyway, if he can hear symbolic logic or smell plate tectonics, so much the better. I suspect this sort of intersection (more like a traffic circle really) of perception and association that goes on normally in Tom's mind is the source of, inter alia, his fascination with all types of people, his amazingly eclectic tastes, and his ability to extract income with equal facility from booklore, oil import statistics, and poker hands. I have known Tom Whitmore, man and boy, subject and object, premise and conclusion, fish (excuse me, Tom: "ghoti") and fowl, for eleven point something years now. (Tom will appreciate that "point something" is a precise amount arrived at using the magical "fudge factor" government agencies use to bend statistics to their will.) In fact, our early acquaintance is documented in various obscure apas and fanzines which do not bear on the discussion at hand (but do tie in neatly with the occasion). In fact, Tom and I go back so far that I remember a late-teen life-crisis discussion over whether he would become a career bookseller (it was obvious to me that he would, but Tom lacked my Delphic certainty). But enough facts. The point is, I have come, after all these vears oi Tom- watching, to believe that he is best understood as the solution to a series of equations, like the Schroedinger Wave Equations, but more conclusive (well, somewhat more conclusive: although Tom has been fixed physically in certain locations at certain times, mentally he is often at one cross-mode or other, and there's no telling where he'll turn up next). Consider if you will, then, the case of vour fan guest of honor, a 30' 2-vear-old American male: Tom is the summation of a Northern California upbringing literally surrounded bv books (which replace furniture in his parents' house) and mathematics; c\n adolescence devoted to, apparently, committing most oi genre fiction to memory (his emergence as a prodigy book collector occurred at this time); and a college education during which his major field of studv was, at various times, mathematics, chemistry, biology, zoology, paleontology, and library science. (He can still talk knowledgeablv about those fields ^\}d several others.. . ^o ahead, ask him.) 1. A "cross-modal transfer" is said to occur in the brain when stimuli received In one sense translate to responses in another sense, or "mode". In an extreme case, it could be "hearing colors". More commonly, it is what oo f;rs when you hear the shouted command "Stop!" (aural stimuli) and instantly stop what von are doing (neuro-muscular response) What Tom does lies somewhere between these two cases. —Ed. IT'S ABOUT TIME H