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Coming to Chicago

Leaving for Chicon TOMORROW, so I figured I'd bump this one back up to the top.

Should be a great con! See you there, boys and girls.

Worldcon is coming up soon: Chicon 7, to be held in Chicago over Labor Day Weekend (worldcon's traditional weekend, where it AND IT ALONE belongs). I'll be there. Hell, I've only missed one worldcon in the last thirty years. Of course I will be there.

Just finished nailing down the details of my programming at the con.

Here's where you will find me:

THURSDAY August 30
3:00 - 4:30 pm autographing, dealer's room

FRIDAY August 31
1:30 - 3:00 pm autographing, dealer's room
4:30 - 6:00 pm WILD CARDS panel, Crystal A

SATURDAY September 1
12:00 - 1:30pm GAME OF THRONES discussion w/ Mo Ryan of THE HUFFINGTON POST,
Columbus EF
3:00 - 4:30pm SECRET HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION panel w/ Resnick, Dozois, Silverberg,
Crystal B

SUNDAY September 2
1:30 - 3:00pm reading from THE WINDS OF WINTER, Columbus EF
8:00 pm HUGO AWARDS, Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom

MONDAY September 3
1:30 - 3:00pm autographing, dealer's room

Of course, I will also be found partying in the evenings. Look for the Brotherhood Without Banners bash. It will be the best party at the con, it always is. If I'm not there, I likely will be soon. I will also be at the Hugo Loser's Party and Keith's chili party, but you probably can't get into those... the BWB parties are open. And if Kansas City throws a bid party (I expect they will), I will be there too.

Cons, as I have said many a time, are a MUCH better place to meet and hang with your favorite author (or me, if your favorite isn't there) than any booksigning.

Do please note, however: I have scheduled myself for three ninety-minutes autograph sessions, so I will be defacing books for four and a half hours at this worldcon. If you want your book signed, come to one of those. PLEASE do not ask me to sign outside of those scheduled events.

If you come across me walking through the hall, visiting the art show, browsing in the dealer's room, attending a program item, leaving my panel or rushing to the next one, waiting for a cab, eating dinner, eating lunch, eating breakfast... by all means say hi, but don't ask me to sign anything. That's what those autograph sessions are for.

And at parties, or in the bar, hey, by all means, come up, say hi, introduce yourself, start a conversation, offer to buy me a drink (I may or may not accept), flirt with me (I may or may not respond)... but DON'T ask me to sign stuff, okay? And while I certainly don't mind talking about my books or the TV show, remember, I have done a thousand interviews on these subjects, and asking me about my favorite character or telling me who YOUR favorite character is will likely just send me slouching off to find someone who wants to talk about Jack Vance, sing old TV theme songs, or argue whether Sanchez or Tebow should QB the Jets.

'nuff said.

See you in Chicago, I hope.


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Aug. 9th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
I'll be there! We met very briefly at Eastercon--6 ft tall bespectacled redhead. I'd just had my book deal announced and you said something along the lines of "you poor soul." Har. :D Looking forward to my first Worldcon!
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:44 am (UTC)
Chicago/GO.T Discussion
I'd like to be part of the Game of Thrones discussion - if it concerned the HBO series... 'Ah, yeah - so next up we have Jaime Lannister in the third season begging Brienne, in tears, to protect him and see him home safely' because we have no clue!'

I'm still going to watch it. Damn it.
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:53 am (UTC)
Oh geez, how I would love to go to Worldcon...maybe next year. I've been to WonderCon many times. In fact I was there when Game of Thrones was introduced. Little did I know I'd be rushed into another wonderfully addicting fantasy world. I just finished A Dance with Dragons. I loved the book (all the books), but I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I have to come back to reality. lol Now the waiting begins. Something to look forward to. Take care, George. :)
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:58 am (UTC)
George, have you ever come to Russia? We also want autographs :(
Aug. 9th, 2012 08:02 am (UTC)
Don't pick Mark Sanchez for Fantasy Team
Tebow will come marching in and take all the red zone TD's.
The Old and the New Gods are with that one.

One day I will go to Worldcon. And if my Mom came she would so flirt with you she needs a new husband. But for now I'll live vicariously through westeros.org, and have to deal with a father who doesn't have any books on the NY Times Bestsellers list.

Have fun and please think about posting the ADWD paperback preview chapter online.
March 26th feels like a lifetime.
Aug. 9th, 2012 08:50 am (UTC)
And don't forget the Golden Rule! DON'T ask when The Winds of Winter will be finished/released.

It'll be done when it's done.
Aug. 9th, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
I sense a bit of snark toward D*C being on Labor Day weekend... ;-)
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
How about food? I'm terrible at talking about football, but excellent with food.

I'm very excited you're coming to my hometown...
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
Given the location of Worldcon this year, I'm betting you will also be involved in several arguments conversations about pizza :-> See you soon!
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
Over a topic as controversial as pizza, I expect nothing less than parking lot fisticuffs. Or pistols at dawn.
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
Oh, the Jets should be good conversation fodder. Brawls at training camp, Tebow looking like he's done a few cycles and sporting an honest-to-gawd neckbeard...

Edited at 2012-08-09 11:30 am (UTC)
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
Looking forward to catching up with you both!

And, to echo the others, some Chicago pizza.

Getting bouncy now :)

Aug. 9th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
If you have time between your party schedule, come check out the Barfleet parties, too! I don't know what rooms we're in yet, but we're throwing BIG open parties on Friday and Saturday night. Multiple rooms linked together for one big, booming, dancing, drinking, laughing, geeking party.
Aug. 9th, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC)
Never likely to meet you & even if I did, I'd give an exact impression of Podrick Payne. But in blog land my opening gambits would be (a ) have you checked out Jack Vance's new official website with free ebooks? (b) Did you know Germany has 14 wild wolf packs & maps its 'wolf forests' and German school kids get buttons saying 'Little Red Riding Wolf was a Big Fat Liar' and (c )what's your poison?
Aug. 9th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
Looking forwards to it! Cya there, and good luck!
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
I believe my hubby enjoyed a brief conversation with you about American football at Eastercon. Not sure if it was after you and that Lisa Tuttle nicked our seats in the bar. I tell you, get up for a second and wham...;p
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Will we see you at a Jets game?
that would be a great combination of two hobbies :)
Aug. 9th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Sanchez. Sanchez, Sanchez, Sanchez- and this is coming from a Pats fan. Sadly, I never make it to these cons, so the likelihood of us ever discussing this in person is slim. Have a good time! :)
Kimmy Benton
Aug. 9th, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the etiquette tips ;D
Aug. 9th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
Cowboys rule...
and the Giants drool! See you in Chicago!
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Worldcon Autographs
I live in Chicago but have never been to a convention like this, you are the only author of the fantasy genre I read. Anyway, i am thinking about coming Monday for the autograph session to get my Nook cover autographed. Is there a charge for autographs? I know there is a day charge to get in. Thanks and I hope you enjoy Chicago - I would not live anywhere else. GO BEARS!

Edited at 2012-08-09 06:41 pm (UTC)
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Worldcon Autographs
No, I do not charge for autographs.
Re: Worldcon Autographs - winterwarrior - Aug. 10th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Daniel De Vivo Creazzo
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
So... Why couldn't you go to the event that 1 time?
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
what to talk to George about...
I won't be there,but I dare someone to go up to George and tell him that Clay Matthews is correct, the Packers gave the Giants the win. Justin Tuck needs to just suck up. Then tell him that Amani Toomer is correct, Tony Romo is better than Eli. Then go Demarcus Ware is better than Lawrence Taylor. Tell him that the Patriots can't be beat so it doesn't matter who starts for the Jets. Then say that Nick Mangold's little sister(she is an Olympic Weight Lifter) should be playing Guard instead of Vladimir Ducasse. Bill Bellichek turned down the Jets job because he was mad about what happening to 'you know who' at the end of Game of Thrones. It was his favorite character. He didn't want to coach a team that George supports.

Then engage him in a debate about politics. Make sure to take the farthest right wing most tea party position you can.

Then finally go, anyway you can introduce me to Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck I love their books.

Then finally ask him how the last battle will turn out in a Memory of Light. You heard he was friends with Robert Jordan and has read the ending.
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Aug. 9th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
I hope those are the biggest rooms Chicon has got!

I remember all your panels going Black Hole of Calcutta in Montreal in 2009.

So if I see you I ask about about Jack Vance, sing old TV theme songs, argue whether Sanchez or Tebow should QB the Jets But what about the G-Men?

Also can I ask more questions about life in Bayonne?
Aug. 9th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Da Bears!
I'll probably be there on Thursday. Forget the Jets, they can't even practice without brawling. It's all about the Bears this year, ha!
Aug. 10th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
Re: Da Bears!
Every team has fights during training camps. Guys practicing in full pads in 90 degree weather, trying to make a name for themselves and getting frustrated with the amount of cheap shots they're taking. Fights are bound to happen, sometimes they're set up by coaches and team veterans to see what the rookies or new guys are made of.
Re: Da Bears! - montydelrogue - Aug. 10th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Da Bears! - m00nprophet - Aug. 12th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
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