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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.
cory_of_nefer
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.
reynardine
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.
dhhargat
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)!
jcherry
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?
johannes82
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? 😉
kuroi_diary
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!
rjcollins
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?
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grrm
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
yagathai
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
retech_org
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!
olliethehound
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
grrm
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)
THANK YOU GRRM!
Just a shout out and thank you to GRRM and the incredible fantasy you have bestowed upon us!

Can hardly wait for WOW!!!

drkstr0130
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)
Drawings?
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...
grrm
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..

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