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My Second Life

I can barely keep up with my first life, if truth be told... but all the same, I'll be having a second life come Thursday.

Yes, I'm making a virtual appearance in Bantam's virtual bookstore on Second Life. For those of you who don't know it, Second Life is... well, sort of like World of Warcraft without the axes, swords, and monsters. Our world, kinda sorta, virtually. Anyway, I'll be there this Thursday evening, in avatar form, doing a reading from A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and doing a Q&A afterwards. Proceedings will start at 9:00pm eastern and run about an hour. This will be a first for me, so it will be fun to see how it goes. Ah, 'tis a brave new world, surely.

If you'd like to be part of the festivities, get thee to You can sign up there, download the software, and design your own avatar. (I've never done a reading with monsters in the audience before, at least not the sort you could tell my looking at 'em).

The virtual bookstore can only hold about sixty avatars, but the overflow will be able to see and hear the reading from satellite sites, and send questions via IM.

I've never done this before either, so that's about all I can tell you about how things will work... but if you live out in the bookdocks where I'm never likely to visit on a book tour, this virtual appearance could be the next best thing. See you there!


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May. 29th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
hahahaha the world is insane

Maybe some people will burn virtual books >-)
May. 29th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
oh wow! this sounds like major fun... and major stress, too. =P

I hope everything goes well and that you'll enjoy yourself there!
happy living!
May. 29th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
I trust you've been warned about the flying virtual, uh, body parts that sometimes are unleashed upon such occasions?
May. 30th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
ha. one of our in-world stunts crashed the servers, and half the avs came back naked, wearing odd hats. LOL (I was spared that indignity, but I got stuck in the crotch of my editor-in-chief's avatar. And lo, a new term was born: boss-crotching.)
May. 29th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Such appendages as you've never seen, sir. Or so I'm told. Good luck, though! Hope it goes off with out much disruption.
May. 29th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
I've known about this for a while, and I've been looking forward to it. I didn't realize you'd be reading from Dance, though! This should be quite a treat, especially since I do in fact live off in the middle of nowhere, where you're unlikely to visit.

Anyway, SL does have some minor issues that can bog down a live event like this, but am hoping it'll go smoothly! Now I just need to be sure to get in early to get a seat.
May. 30th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
woo hoo, i'm in second life, in fact it's my secret addiction. I'll be there!
May. 30th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
World of Warcraft? I'm curious and I know you won't respond to this, but do you play?

Come close to WV someday. =)
May. 30th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Can hear the time for writing sucking away into a great abyss. lmao
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May. 30th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)


Have to check timezone to know what time that is going to be here.
May. 30th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Speaking of boondocks, (not really, but an effective segway all the same) you should come to Ann Arbor again! I missed you then, but allegedly you recognized a picture of me dressed up as Jon Snow.

A virtual reading though... You should hold a virtual reading/re-enactment in World of Warcraft, because seeing a 'A Song of Ice and Fire' battle re-enacted would be pretty awesome.
May. 30th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
By the way, if while you're there the virtual Bantam's sound system starts playing "The Rains of Catamere"... GET OUT.
May. 30th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
Good luck with the reading (and dealing with your avatar), George. Make sure you can IM with an organizer in-world for the inevitable server dump (they can teleport you back instead of you mistakenly flying off to Fursuit Isle). I'll give it a go to join -- got work obligations and I'm unsure how late that will run. In any case, have fun!! :)
May. 30th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
you know... i've realised when you come to canada you rarely go to montreal..

you'd love it here... and there is a large english speaking crowd despite it being a french province...
May. 30th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Just plain awesome.
May. 30th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
BLAST! The names Ilyn, and Podrick are already taken!
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May. 30th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
I'm too middle class to understand this technical mumbo-jumbo.
Second Life scares and confuses me almost as much as tax returns.
May. 30th, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
By the way, if while you're there the virtual Bantam's sound system starts playing "The Rains of Catamere"... GET OUT.

Aahahaha! I actually just roared with laughter reading that!

Does anyone know if there will be a recording? It's a good time for we Australians, but I have to work! Damn!

May. 30th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
Appearing in Second Life to read from a book written in Wordstar?

Consider my mind boggled :)
May. 30th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
Hahahaha, excellent, especially for those of us who don't have a lot of chances to see you at an appearance like this!
May. 30th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
please,read only the APPENDIX from the book.because i cant be there at the time.
and i hope robert baratheon,eddard stark,lord tywin and maybe king aerys are living too.
maybe only for SL.
May. 30th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Sounds entirely too much like the metaverse in Snow Crash, which someone mentioned to me was the basis for Second Life. Don't know if that is true or not thought.
May. 30th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
It's a heck of a lot like the metaverse, although there are probably more furries in SL than Stephenson planned for.

Nice avatar, by the way.
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May. 30th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Hopefully it will be a fun and painless journey. If you have time, let us know how it goes!
May. 30th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Curses! I think such an event could be the only thing that could drag me back to SL... Good thing it runs on Macs as well.
May. 30th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
This will probably be the only thing that can get me back on Second Life.

Sigh. I keep trying to get out and it keeps dragging me back in.
May. 30th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
Got a landmark to the book launch area please? Is this event listed under the search engine in-world? Thanks in advance and hope to see you there.
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May. 30th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
That sounds just too awesome.

Having had the pleasure of hearing you on the Feast of Crows tour, I know that will be a good time. :)

May. 30th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
I now greatly worry their bookstore will be blown out of the water with avatars . . . but hopefully see you there!
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