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Sorry, New York

I wanted to announce -- just in case anyone reading this was making plans on going there to see me or get a book signed -- that I am scrapping my plans to attend this year's New York City Comicon.

Hey, it's still a great show, with lots of terrific guests. So attend, by all means. But not just for me... I won't be there.

It's nothing about the show, and certainly nothing about the city. New York is one of my favorites cities in the world, and I like to visit whenever I can. And I will try to get there sometime in the next year. Maybe in February.

This is purely a time crunch. I have two huge international trips coming up within the next couple of months. In less than two weeks, we leave for Australia for the World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne. We will be doing some promotion and travel afterward, so I won't be home from that until late September. Then, in mid October, we're off to Ireland, where I am GOH at Octocon, the Irish national SF con in Dublin. After the Dublin con, I will be visiting Belfast (guess why), London (my publishers), and possibly Malta (same guess). The New York City Comicon fell square in between those two dates.

And, of course, I have this book to finish.

Australia and Ireland are conventions that I committed to years ago. Worldcon is the biggest date on the SF calendar, and I have only missed one in the last thirty-five years (Japan, 2007, which I still regret). The comicon, on the other hand, was a recent addition to my schedule. In fact, it's not actually on my schedule, as you can see on my Appearances page. It was never more than tentative. I am not a guest of the convention (unlike Dublin, where I'm the GOH), and my presence has never been officially announced or advertised, so it's the most painless of the three cons to scratch. My publishers had initially brought up the idea of bringing me there, but more recently seem to have cooled on that... which, to tell the truth, comes as a bit of a relief. Sandwiching in NYC between Australia and Ireland was always a bit of a push. I can accomplish more (I hope) here at home.

So... sorry, New York. I still love your football teams and your pizza. See you in 2011?

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sartan0
Aug. 9th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
I hear you. It can be tough when you have so much to do and so many places to go!
jencendiary
Aug. 9th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
I'm sure the New York fans will forgive you wholeheartedly. A book signing in the near future would be worth an unscheduled con stop.

Can't wait to see the pics from your travels!
liedra
Aug. 9th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Will you be doing anything public in London? :D
blueseaisland
Aug. 9th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
Londoners will be glad to see you around :)
smofbabe
Aug. 9th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
Hopefully this increases the odds of your going to NYC in February, which increases the odds of your going to Boskone :->
flowzilla
Aug. 9th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
Totally understandable, that you don't want to live on airports for the next month.

Since you mentioned pizza and I'm visiting NYC in two weeks for the first time: Where would you go, for the best pizza in New York?
grrm
Aug. 9th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
NYC is full of great pizza. Picking one place is hard.

Lombardo's in Little Italy might be a good choice. First pizza place in America, and the pie is still cooked in coal-fired ovens.

If you're more in midtown, John's off Times Square in the theatre district is pretty good.

There are some great places in Brooklyn, I know, none of which I have been to. One of these days, I hope.

Avoid all chains, of course. (The fact that there is a thriving multi-story Sbarro on Times Square itself, crappy mall pizza in the heart of pizza heaven, is surely a sign of the last days).

I'd also avoid any place with "Ray's" in the name. Ray's, Famous Ray's, Original Ray's, Famous Original Ray's, Not Ray's. I know some say the actual original Ray's is good, but in my experience, they're all crap.
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parrismcb
Aug. 9th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
check George's appearances at his site
www.georgerrmartin.com where the events he's already committed to attend for the next several years are posted and updated when needed.

as mentioned in this post, George is going to be in Dublin, Ireland for http://www.octocon.com/ in mid-October.

The British SF/F fans are bidding to hold the WorldCon in 2014. If you'd like to help them promote their bid, assist the committee during the bidding period, or just want more information go to: http://www.londonin2014.org/

At this time, George is not planning on any public events while/if he is in London in late October/early November. That may change as the trips details are worked out. He usually signs at the Forbidden Planet in London, so you can keep an eye on their calendar of events as well as George's web site, his LJ posts, and the news and BWB sections of www.westeros.org
nicnac
Aug. 9th, 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
Hey, there's only one of you and you're doing your best!

*note to self: investigate cloning GRRM*
sword_morning
Aug. 9th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
London, doesn't have great pizzas, but you shouldn't miss the warm beer and curry here!

I've heard from relatives that Australia is gastronomic heaven, the produce are extremely fresh and there a great South East Asian fusion influence in the top restaurants.
gillan
Aug. 9th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
Please do come in 2011! I just moved to NYC and getting to meet you would be fantastic.
nycfalcon
Aug. 9th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
George got a good turnout during his Feast signing. I hope the brass sends him back. I might stand on line this time... so far, Muhammed Ali has been the only person I've done that for. After all, he's the Greatest!

If you want to meet him then you'll be better off checking out the Westeros.org folks. They get together and attend some of his appearances.
drcaptainmorgan
Aug. 9th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
Just thought I'd say we are very grateful that you are working hard on the book and are sacrificing comicon for it. I know there are several reasons, obviously, but that one is certainly important!
baruch_mi
Aug. 9th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
pizza
no news here, but to eat a really wonderful pizza, Mr. Martin, please come visit us here in Italy. I'm a new reader (just finished storm of swords, started feast for crows) and so I have my entire brand new asoiaf collection and no book signed :-)
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ickle_tayto
Aug. 9th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Octocon is this october.. And only one weekend... it won't hurt your studies too much.. honest :o)
barbarienne
Aug. 9th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you won't make it to NYC soon, but I'm envious of you getting to Malta. I was there last year and loved loved loved it.
k26dp
Aug. 9th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Frowny-face egg-shaped head is ridiculously sad.
sleepynonah
Aug. 9th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Any chance of a book signing in Dublin?
I only noticed the last one after the date :(
grrm
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Any chance of a book signing in Dublin?
I will be signing lots of books at the con. Come to the con. It's open to all.
childdoll
Aug. 9th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
No worries, we'll save ya a slice of pizza for the next time you come! ;) Happy travels!
rappy7
Aug. 9th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
Worldcon in South Africa
It's too bad there's never been a Worldcon in South Africa. I think it's about time. I was there this summer, and there's used bookstores everywhere. They love them some literature over there.
parrismcb
Aug. 9th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Worldcon in South Africa
well, it's easy to hold a WorldCon, just have to convince a majority of WorldCon members to vote for your bid during the annual site selection ballot. Here's a link to the WorldCon site: http://www.worldcon.org/ that lists information about current and past WorldCons. You can find much information on SF/F websites, lists, and message boards about the bidding process, what you need for a good committee, a bid promotion plan, and what to consider when choosing facilities and venues.

and may the good gods have mercy upon you.

managore
Aug. 9th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Australia
Is there any chance you'll drop by Sydney during your time in Australia?
grrm
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Australia
Yes, though it remains to be seen whether I will do anything public there in the way of signings, readings, etc.

The best place to see me will be the worldcon in Melbourne.
irishkate
Aug. 9th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Very glad you will still be in Dublin - looking forward to that for a while now..

dunknegg
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Do you typically bring a laptop when on trips in case inspiration visits your doorstep? You never know when you'll need to hack at frayed knots or shovel Snow.
parrismcb
Aug. 9th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
nope.
After WorldCon is over, this is a vacation trip. I'm taking George to the Great Barrier Reef and the Blue Mountains, not Westeros.

George's place of comfort to write is his office. We once hauled an early 'portable' computer (I think it weighed more than 15lbs, without needed additional gear) around on what was to be a 'working sometimes in the hotel room but mostly it's a vacation trip' and it didn't work at all. Except for a few brief trips to conventions, he's been working mostly 7 days a week all year, and it's vacation time in 3 weeks.
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userj
Aug. 9th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Hey, it seems like you're working well and smoothly and DANCE! I know in my work I often cancel/delay trips when I'm making good progress - really better not to break up the flow.
pattenphoto
Aug. 9th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Your Family Will Miss You
Dear Brother,
We were all looking forward to seeing you and Parris in Oct. I even found some new pizza places for you, I guess they will have to wait until Feb. Dean and a classmate will be attending the convention with me. You can just image how my day will be with the two of them.LOL See you soon . Love,JP
theswornsword
Aug. 9th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Pizza Crawl
Any chance of reviving that Pizza Crawl anytime soon?
grrm
Aug. 9th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Pizza Crawl
New Haven? Maybe in February. Watch this space.
thebrushguy
Aug. 9th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
I accidentally walked into Easons last year when you were signing there, and I decided to get AGOT.

Will you be doing any presentations at Octocon when you are there?
grrm
Aug. 10th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
Sure. I'm the Guest of Honor. That means I'll be doing readings, speeches, interviews, signings, what have you. And drinking in the bar at night. Lots of that too.
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