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Worldcon is coming up soon... MidAmericon II in Kansas City, Missouri, the long awaited successor to the original 1976 MidAmericon, which some of us old pharts still consider to be the Greatest Worldcon Evah. (It was certainly the most innovative, a true game-changer, for both good and ill).

I will be there, along with hundreds of other writers, artists, and editors, and thousands of fans. If you have never been to a con before, this is the one to go to... assuming you're a reader. Worldcon has always had a strong literary slant, and while costuming, television, films, comics, and games are all included as well, it is the written word that occupies center ring here.

If that interests you, you can join here: http://midamericon2.org/

Join now, and you'll be able to vote for the Hugo Awards (and to nominate next year).

For readers who would like to meet and talk with their favorite writers (including me), a worldcon is a MUCH better place to do so than a booksigning.

For what it's worth, however, there are also booksignings AT worldcon, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to get your books scrawled in, be they rare limited editions or battered paperbacks. I have committed to four (count 'em, 4) booksignings at MAC myself:

-- I'll be doing two ninety-minute signings in the convention autograph area, signing whatever you want me to sign, be it books, comics, swords, games, Funko Pop dolls, t-shirts, or body parts, (but only one item per person, please, and no personalizations or inscriptions, sorry),

-- I will also be doing a one-hour signing in the dealer's room at Gary Gianni's booth, but at that one Gary and I will be signing ONLY copies of A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS, and the new Gianni sketchbook that GG will be debuting at MAC,

-- and in conjunction with Tor Books and a local bookstore, I'll be part of a huge WILD CARDS signing, joined by more than a dozen other Wild Cards authors new and old. My "no personal inscription" rule will still hold for that one, alas, though many of the other writers will inscribe. However, I am suspending my "only one book per person" rule for this event. I'll sign as many books as you want here... so long as they are all Wild Cards books.

Dates, times, and locations will all be forthcoming, so watch this space.

And yes, of course, I'll be doing other stuff in Kansas City as well. A couple of panels, a reading, maybe some other stuff.

See you at Big MAC! And save me some burnt ends!!!


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Pedro Nascimento
Jun. 29th, 2016 06:00 pm (UTC)
Have fun!
Sadly I will be on the other side of the pond, I'm sure it will be a great time GRRM! Hope you dont get asked 'When is...' too often, but lets be real.
Jun. 29th, 2016 06:27 pm (UTC)
Never thought I would be jealous of people in Kansas City
But the wheel weaves as the wheel will.
Jun. 30th, 2016 12:53 am (UTC)
Re: Never thought I would be jealous of people in Kansas City
Why not? Kansas City is a great place to live!

Very much looking forward to Worldcon.
Jun. 29th, 2016 06:35 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing you there! My first Worldcon. Too close to home to miss out.
Michael Virgo
Jun. 29th, 2016 06:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry to miss it
I moved away from KC in April so sorry to miss out on this, but I've always enjoyed seeing that you loved the last KC con so much! Hope the BBQ is great and you get a chance to ride the new streetcar (which I haven't gotten a chance to yet)!
Jun. 29th, 2016 06:46 pm (UTC)
Do you ever travel SouthEast?
Mr. Martin I would love to go to an event like you describe above. Being that I live in S. Florida I was wondering if there are ever any cons/book signing events in my area that you plan to attend?
Jun. 29th, 2016 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thank You
Dear Mr Martin,
Long time lurker first time commentor.
I wanted to use your last entry to thank you for your Song of Ice and Fire. I do not need to guess that you are hearing this all the time and maybe sometimes you even feel sick when you get it. But it comes from the deepest in my heart. Why? I bought my first copy of Game of Thrones on August 11th 2000 at a bookstore in Pittsburgh airport in order to pass the time on my flight back to Germany. I never read anything from you before and had not really heard of you to be honest. If ever there was a lucky buy this was it for me. I have not stopped reading your song since. Sometimes it almost vanishes into a small corner in my mind but I always come back to it. Sometimes for fun sometimes to solve a puzzle or to check a theory and other times to forget the world arround me. Your work has influenced my life in almost every aspect. When my mother died a few years past it was one of the things other than family and friends that kept me togehter.
I have no words at least not in English that could tell you how gratefull I am that I picked your book at that point in my life.
I really wish you all the best and hope that one day you will have pinned this kong of yours to the mat.
Yours sincerely Johannes

Ps: some other stuff wouldn't be... would it? 😉
Jun. 29th, 2016 07:06 pm (UTC)
Not able to attend as I'm in the opposite side of the world, but I'd like to one day. Hoping you enjoy it there!
Jun. 29th, 2016 07:36 pm (UTC)
Your posts about the Hugos were what convinced me to go to Sasquan last year. It was my first Worldcon and my first con of any kind, and I cannot wait for MACII this year.

I will be driving from Massachusetts to Florida to meet a friend, and then from there to the con. Hope to have another great time this year!

Do you think you'll be reading the Damphair chapter again?
(Deleted comment)
Jun. 29th, 2016 09:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, all fandom went to war over that fifty buck fee.

But it was well worth it.
Fifty bucks at the door - Mike Glyer - Jun. 30th, 2016 12:04 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 29th, 2016 08:55 pm (UTC)
Also if you want to vote on the location of next year's North American Science Fiction Convention, you have to be a member of Worldcon to do so. To find out more about voting for NASFiC: http://www.valleyforge2017.org/post/146662863789/how-to-vote-for-us-were-you-so-inclined
Jun. 29th, 2016 11:55 pm (UTC)
I've got work in the artist's alley and the vendor section. Thematically it could not be further away from your work. But I'm always game for fresh eyes and an honest critique.

There's good Thai in KC as well!
Jun. 30th, 2016 12:26 am (UTC)
I feel a certain hint of an oncoming announcement at said event? ;) not anticipating anything, but one can hope right? Wish I could make it though! Have fun
Jun. 30th, 2016 02:41 am (UTC)
Oh, please. Stop with that nonsense.
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Leigha LeGault
Jun. 30th, 2016 05:16 am (UTC)
Just a shout out and thank you to GRRM and the incredible fantasy you have bestowed upon us!

Can hardly wait for WOW!!!

Jun. 30th, 2016 09:28 am (UTC)
See you in KC
Can't wait to see you again. You really need to get to the Steamboat Arabia Museum while you are here.

Tim Keltner
Bernhard Vienna
Jun. 30th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
Have you ever drawn something with your signature? That would be worth a lot of money now.

And could you please draw a dragon with Daenerys on top of it (or maybe Daenerys making love to Jon Snow on top of the dragon) and auction it for charity? That would make international headlines...
Jun. 30th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
RE: Drawings?
I can't draw.

Once in a while I have been known to doodle on request.

But no longer..

Edited at 2016-06-30 09:54 pm (UTC)
Mike Bruno
Jun. 30th, 2016 12:38 pm (UTC)
Hi George! With the exception of TWOIAF, I've never owned a physical copy of one of your books (I'm a Kindle reader). Do you sign e-Reader covers if someone can prove that they purchased your book(s) legally?
Jun. 30th, 2016 09:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've been known to sign Kindles and such. I don't usually demand proof of purchase. I just scrawl.
Steven Lord
Jun. 30th, 2016 03:32 pm (UTC)
What's the most unusual item you've been asked to sign?
Reading through your list of what you'll be willing to sign, I'm curious what the most unusual or unexpected item you've ever been asked to sign at one of these events was. Books, magazines, T-shirts, those I can see. Even body parts don't seem all that unusual. Swords, though? How often does that happen?
Jun. 30th, 2016 09:59 pm (UTC)
Re: What's the most unusual item you've been asked to sign?
Swords are actually pretty common these days, thanks to the Valyrian Steel line of replicas.

Body parts are not unusual either, though the particulars have changed. In the 70s there were more women wanting autographs on their breasts. These days it more often men wanting signatures on their arms, which they then run off to get tattooed over to make permanent. Tattoos are a bigger deal than they were when I started... though tattooed autographs are still... well, odd.

The oddest thing, though? Hmmmmmm. Well, I was once asked to sign a baby. (I declined).
Jun. 30th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'd like to be there to help navigate the voting theory; even if the BM doesn't end up choosing as I would, I think I can be helpful explaining and clarifying. But I'm not sure I can. My tax-deductible fundraiser is stuck at halfway.

George, if you see fit to help publicize this, I'd much appreciate it. Even if you made a front page post disagreeing with the proposals, I think that would help move the dialog forward. Of course, if you do neither, I respect that too.
Jun. 30th, 2016 09:53 pm (UTC)
I am glad to signal boost, so you can be there and explain these proposals.

But I've followed the discussion on FILE 770 closely, and I don't actually think I can support any of these new proposals -- three-stage voting, blackball rounds, negative voting, mercy panels, juries? Thanks but no thanks. I think I will stick with 4/6 and EPH.
Nick Buccino
Jun. 30th, 2016 03:46 pm (UTC)
Did you name...
This has nothing to do with the post but I'm simultaneously a huge Giants fan and a huge ASOIAF fan.

It just occurred to me... did you name Sir Arthur Dayne after Ron Dayne? Because I too was hopeful after his rookie year.
Jake Troshynski
Jun. 30th, 2016 04:30 pm (UTC)
Dates, times, and locations will all be forthcoming, so watch this space.
Does the venue wait to hear from you when you'll have time available for signings or do you wait for them to give you time slots?
Jun. 30th, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC)
And partying! You're also going to Worldcon to party!
Jun. 30th, 2016 04:55 pm (UTC)
Hey George, I had a question about female titles and I couldn't find the answer in any of the books or the wiki.

What exactly does the title Lady mean? For example, in the index of ACoK Robb is king, but Catelyn is listed as Lady of Winterfell. Is this because she is the highest ranking female of House Stark? Would she still be the Lady of Winterfell after Robb married Jeyne? Would they both have the title Lady of Winterfell? When Robb was king, were his sisters the Ladies of Winterfell?

Concerning the future. IF Jon was declared king, would Arya and Sansa both be have the title, Lady of Winterfell, or does it only go to the highest ranking female?

Jul. 1st, 2016 06:16 am (UTC)
Come to worldcon and ask this question. It's off topic here.
Frank Probst
Jun. 30th, 2016 07:37 pm (UTC)
Gary Gianni
Wow. This'll be a new experience for me. You signed my copy of A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms at Balticon, so this'll be the first time I skip over you to go to someone else. I really enjoyed Gary Gianni's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, so I'll get that one scrawled on, too.
Simmy San
Jun. 30th, 2016 07:50 pm (UTC)
i think i love you
don't worry, its your mind i love. I am reading A World of Ice and Fire now (have read the other books) and just wanted to thank you George! I'm an avid reader but your books have been the only ones that bring back the magic of childhood to me!

Hope to meet you one day at one of your events! best of luck in everything
Frank Probst
Jun. 30th, 2016 08:05 pm (UTC)
Have you done a discussion of the Hugos yet? My ballot is already weird. I've got Stephen King in the #2 spot (behind Folding Beijing) in Best Novelette, and this is probably the first and last time that a Campbell nominee (Andy Weir) has already had a novel turned into an Oscar-nominated movie that's already out on video. Best Related Work looks like it should go to Marc Aramini, but I don't know enough about Gene Wolfe to know if this is an accurate "related work", and I'm trying to decide if I should vote for a work that is so long that I won't be able to read in its entirety. And of course, there's Short Story...
Jun. 30th, 2016 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Hugos?
I am still doing my own Hugo reading.

With rare exceptions, I don't usually say who got my votes. Secret ballot, and all that.
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