Charles Stross will be in the Seattle area . . . sometime soonish.
The Usenix talk sounds pretty neat. (I’ve been doing a lot of reading on security recently. God damn, there are a lot of clever people out there. Honestly, the Sumarians had it right with cuneiform: Bake the valuable info into tamper-evident clay balls and bury them for millennia).
I’d love to see a panel with Stross, Vinge, Rucker and Plauger [yeah, he wrote SF back in the 70s], and maybe Gibson.