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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.
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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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oldcastro
Aug. 10th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Fingers Crossed
Good luck in Chicago, Ser. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that the Hugo for best novel ends up in the hands of the most deserving author!

I really came by to say that I saw the cover art for Winds with the black background and the Horn of Joramun linked on Tumblr and I could barely contain my excitement!

I already have next year's calendar sitting on my desk just waiting for the release date announcement.

Lowball in my stocking and a release date for Winds would make this the best Christmas since, well, last year when my girlfriend gave me the reprint of Wild Cards I. :D
phyrexians
Aug. 10th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
Hey,

come back to NJ sometime! :).

Would like to take you out for a drink. Or come for NYCC. That'd be cool too :).
Brian Lee Durfee
Aug. 10th, 2012 06:01 am (UTC)
I met George at the World Con in San Antonio in 97 back when I was a book cover illustrator of some note promoting my art. George wandered by my booth in the dealers room and I stopped him for a bit of a chat. Game of Thrones had just come out in paperback. But I had brought along to the Con my first edition hardcover and he signed it. I actually talked to George about his book, my art, and a few other things for probably 15-20 minutes. He couldn't have been a nicer fellow. I am sure he has zero recollection of the exchange, but I will remember it for the rest of my life. Thanks, dude (George).
superscienceser
Aug. 10th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
Please, who in their right mind would argue for Tebow's elevation? The seven hells for them!
Joanne Lyle
Aug. 10th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
East Coast Tour in the Cards?
I am still learning to navigate your site, please forgive me if this question has already been answered in one of the areas where I haven't explored.

Will you come east? If so, do you know when? I'd like to make arrangements to attend a signing or reading.

Again as Friendly,

Joanne
(Tazeria Korialstraz)
grrm
Aug. 10th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: East Coast Tour in the Cards?
All of my currently scheduled appearances can be found on the appearances page of my website.
starshineblue
Aug. 10th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
Re: East Coast Tour in the Cards?
You know, if you come to Brooklyn, I can tell you of a restaurant where they make bacon doughnuts. Just throwing out that proverbial carrot out there.
grrm
Aug. 11th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Re: Re: East Coast Tour in the Cards?
When I come to Brooklyn, I want pizza, not bacon doughnuts.
Re: Re: East Coast Tour in the Cards? - starshineblue - Aug. 11th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: East Coast Tour in the Cards? - Joanne Lyle - Aug. 11th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Joanne Lyle
Aug. 11th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: East Coast Tour in the Cards?
AHA! Thanks for directing me to the proper page. Now I feel like a total dumbass.

Maryland soon!!

I am going to see if there can be some adjustments made to my schedule so I might attend. "crosses fingers and spits over her left shoulder"

Ever Friendly,
Tazeria
Chad Cottle
Aug. 11th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
A Dance with Dragons -- Cracks top 50 Hardback bestsellers since 1977
I just updated my database and ran a re-calculation of the top 50 hardback bestselling novels on the NYT list since 1997 to today, and A Dance With Dragons is sitting at #38. Just fantastic. I'm thrilled.

(This calculation only takes into account the top 15 that have appeared on every weekly Hardback list since January 1977. This ensures fairness between all the books since I don't have the top 35 from before two years ago.)

If it is in the top 15 this Friday, it will edge upward one slot past Clear and Present Danger.

1 The Da Vinci Code
2 The Bridges Of Madison County
3 The Celestine Prophecy
4 Oh, The Places You'll Go
5 The Five People You Meet In Heaven
6 The Help
7 Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
8 The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
9 Illusions
10 The Lovely Bones
11 The Thorn Birds
12 Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
13 Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
14 War And Remembrance
15 The Silmarillion
16 Cold Mountain
17 The Bonfire Of The Vanities
18 The Host
19 Like Water For Chocolate
20 Red Storm Rising
21 Lake Wobegon Days
22 The Pelican Brief
23 The Notebook
24 Noble House
25 A Thousand Splendid Suns
26 Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
27 The Client
28 The Name Of The Rose
29 Masquerade
30 Chesapeake
31 The Firm
32 The Mammoth Hunters
33 Presumed Innocent
34 Memoirs Of A Geisha
35 The Covenant
36 The Crash Of '79
37 Clear And Present Danger
38 A Dance With Dragons
39 The Cardinal Of The Kremlin
40 The Parsifal Mosaic
41 Gorky Park
42 The Valley Of Horses
43 The Matarese Circle
44 Sophie's Choice
45 Space
46 Poland
47 Angels & Demons
48 Patriot Games
49 Master Of The Game
50 Princess Daisy
EmpireofComet
Aug. 11th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
Dear King of Bards,

I'm sorry I have no time to read all of the site since I find fantasies have curiously become my everyday life, however, I did not find you coming anywhere too near Europe, well, for as much as I see on the official site. It saddens me terribly, as I would love to leave for the West, but not at this time...
It would be a great honour to know if you are planning to cross the ocean anytime this year. Gods only know when my work here in Eurasia is done and I can storm the seas.

Yours truly – and you might have gotten the gist I mean it –

Evia Z.
komeeta.naak [at] gmail [dot] com
grrm
Aug. 11th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
I just RETURNED from Europe.

sigh
EmpireofComet
Aug. 11th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
Oh dear. Well, I've just been a bit too busy being wild and neverminding the Internets.. my bad. Hope you liked it, though – as far as I see, it's a rather nasty place in terms of administration. On the plus side, however, much land to roam as all please.. yes, surprisingly.
I do hope to meet you someday. I have a tingling that says you might find me an interesting person to chat with.
Off to bed now, though. 5 AM here, lights out, and we all need some sleep from time to time. Winter is coming, at least here it's been in the air for two weeks. Summer did not exactly come this year :)
<3, E.
tripleneck
Aug. 11th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting us know it's ok to say hi. I might not otherwise, if I hadn't read this. If I ever do run into you, I just hope I don't have a case of brainfreeze so that I can speak intelligently about something other than the weather.
hc_131090
Aug. 11th, 2012 12:45 pm (UTC)
Best of Luck for HUGO
I came to know about books after watching the TV series & finished Dance just a week ago.The impact that books had on me i probably cannot describe in words. But what i can do is thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating such fine piece of literature & pray & hope that Dance wins the HUGO ...
{Fingers Crossed}
LionOfLannister
Aug. 11th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
Yo George!
I met you in Seattle at a book signing right after Dance came out. You noticed the Seahawks sweater and we exchanged condolences for being Seahawks and Jets fans, lol. I said there's always next year and you said who's going to QB for us? Well...now we've got Matt Flynn baby!! And now the Jets have Tebow...(who's that Sanchez guy?), my how the tides have turned. Who am I kidding, right?
Raymond Low
Aug. 12th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
This will be my first WorldCon and am looking forward to it! Coming from Toronto and having missed TorCons 1 thru 4, I can't think of a better city than Chicago to attend my first WorldCon.

George, you've mentioned one of your earlier trips to a WorldCon was one hosted in Toronto (back in your beardless youth). Any quick tips for getting the most out of the convention for a newbie like myself?

And, I wish you luck for the Hugo.

Take Care.
grrm
Aug. 12th, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
Hook up with the Brotherhood Without Banners as soon as you can.

Volunteer. The concom always needs help with myriad tasks, be it setting up the art show, or registration, or whatever. Do an hour, two hours, ten, however much you're inclined to. Every little bit helps and you will meet some cool people.

Remember, half the convention is at night. A surprising number of newbies just go to the program, then back to their hotel. But the heart of a worldcon is its room parties.

Have fun!
shleay
Aug. 13th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
WorldCon reading
I was wondering if the reading that you are planning to do at ChiCon will be new? Something no one has heard before?

Anyway, very excited to see you(and everything else) in Chicago. HOOOOT!!!
grrm
Aug. 13th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: WorldCon reading
I haven't actually decided what to read in Chicago yet.

I may read a chapter or two from THE WINDS OF WINTER, but if so, it will likely be ones I have read before... though they will still be new to most of my audience.

Or I may read an excerpt from the new Ice & Fire companion book we have been working on, THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE, with details of the past history of the Seven Kingdoms.

Any preferences?
shleay
Aug. 13th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: WorldCon reading
Hmmm...preferences? :D
That companion book sounds very interesting. The history can be hard to keep track of at times. That would be very cool.

I think I would like to hear the Arianne chap where she is going to meet...a certain someone. I haven't actually heard that one in person, only read other's notes on it.
Cristian Muñoz
Aug. 29th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
Re: WorldCon reading
excerpt of the world of I&F! when it's coming out?
Greg Rivera
Aug. 13th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
WorldCon Party
WorldCon Party
Hey George I'm a friend of Shleay who I met over at ToweroftheHand.com and we along with other people met on the Website and are trying to make WorldCon an annual bash we dont have the numbers that the BWOB from Westeros have(yet) but we have a pretty awesome collection of fans and a flyby by GRRM himself to our party to say hi on your way to the BWOB party would go a long way to upping our numbers to compare with there's for next year and beyond

Anyway whether you can or cant thanks for the hours of happiness

Hope to see you soon!

Edited at 2012-08-13 11:46 pm (UTC)
grrm
Aug. 14th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
Re: WorldCon Party
Well, let me know the time and date of your party at Chicon, and I will try to swing by.

I do a lot of party-hopping at worldcon.
Albano Calefato
Aug. 28th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Do you ever plan coming to the southest country, Argentina? You'd love our Wall called "Perito Moreno Glatiar", and I'd love to have "A Dance With Dragons" signed by you honorable knight.
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