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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.


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


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