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Wild Cards in Kansas City

As this year's worldcon in Kansas City moves ever closer, schedules are starting to firm up, and there are going to be some exciting things in the works... especially for fans of Wild Cards.

HIGH STAKES, the concluding volume in the current Wild Cards triad and the twenty-third in the overall series, is actually scheduled for hardcover release on August 23, after worldcon is over. However (fingers crossed), Tor is doing all it can to get some advance copies to Kansas City ahead of time, so we can launch the book at worldcon. (This one is our Lovecraftian horror outing. For a taste, check the sample chapter on my website).

To celebrate the release of the new one... and hell, all the old ones too... we are planning to have a huge WILD CARDS MASS SIGNING at the con. It seemed only fitting; there will be more Wild Cards authors (old and new) present in Kansas City than at any other convention ever (yes, even more than at Nolacon in 1988, where Wild Cards lost a Hugo to Watchmen). At last count, the list includes Walter Jon Williams, John Jos. Miller, Gail Gerstner-Miller, Carrie Vaughn, Caroline Spector, Diana Rowland, Walton (Bud) Simons, Bob Wayne, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Stephen Leigh, S.L. Farrell, David D. Levine, Michael Cassutt, Marko Kloos, Saladin Ahmed, Pat Cadigan, Laura J. Mixon, Paul Cornell, Mary Anne Mohanraj... and of course Melinda M. Snodgrass and yours truly. So if you have a large collection of Wild Cards books you'd like defaced... or would like to start a large collection of Wild Cards books... MidAmericon II is the place to do it.



The signing will be sponsored by Rainy Day Books, and will be a ticketed event. It will take place in the Marriott Muhlebach (room tba) on Friday August 19, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Rainy Day Books should have all of the volumes currently in print for sale there, in addition to HIGH STAKES... and also a good selection of other titles by all of the participating writers, for those who would like to sample their non-wild card books. (However, I won't be signing any Ice & Fire events at this event, I have two other general signings in the dealer's room, three hours total, so there will be ample opportunity for readers to get their GAME OF THRONES books signed there).



The signing will not be the only Wild Cards activity at Big MAC II. With so many writers on hand, doing your traditional panel discussion would have been impossible. By the time all the panelists finished introducing themselves, the hour would have been up. Instead we've decided to offer WILD CARDS DEATH MATCHES. Kind of like Thunderdome with writers (and their characters). Sixteen writers enter (well, maybe only twelve, the count keeps jumping around as plans change), and one will emerge. The audience will pick the winners and losers of the fights. That one is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, August 20, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Should be a hoot and a half... or a bloodbath. Who the hell knows? We've never done this sort of thing before.

Put the times and dates down in your worldcon calendar, and come join the fun.

(And hey, for all those who can't be in Kansas City for the mass signing, autographed copies of all the books pictured above are available from the Jean Cocteau Cinema Bookstore, though admittedly they don't have as many signatures as the ones bought in KC are like to have. And yes, we are now taking international orders).

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Matt DeRuyter
Jul. 9th, 2016 07:45 am (UTC)
Ice & Fire in KC?
Sorry if I've missed an obvious answer, but will there be signings of ASOIAF in KC? I'd love to get a chance to meet you and have my books signed!
grrm
Jul. 9th, 2016 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Ice & Fire in KC?
Two of them... as I said in the post JUST ABOVE. Did you read that?

Also a signing for KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS with Gary Gianni.

Keith Russell Dulak
Jul. 9th, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Ice & Fire in KC?
Ouch.
Matt DeRuyter
Jul. 10th, 2016 12:13 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Ice & Fire in KC?
Sorry, I didn't know if the reader's room was also at the event in KC! Looking forward to being there!
grrm
Jul. 10th, 2016 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: Ice & Fire in KC?
Not sure what you mean by "reader's room."

My reading will be in a program room, but there will be no signing there.

Worldcons usually have a large sales and merchandise space which is called "the dealer's room" or (by older fans like me) "the huckster's room." The official autograph area is usually in that room somewhere. I will be doing two signings at the official autograph area.

I will also be doing one signing at Gary Gianni's table in the huckster's room, exclusively for the projects that Gary has worked on.
Adan Ribeiro
Jul. 9th, 2016 03:05 pm (UTC)
I wish you all the luck
I appreciated this notice!
Simon Hilandar
Jul. 9th, 2016 03:39 pm (UTC)
a beautiful dream...
Last night I had a dream unlike any other before. I often dream to be other people and not myself, living in different time periods, being of different gender etc. But I can't remember that I ever dreamed I was a fictional character from a book, especially another man's book.

Well now, last night that changed, because I had a short yet incredibly emotional dream where I was none other than Jon Snow. Mind you, I didn't look like Kit Harrington from the show (no one in the dream did), or myself for that matter. No, it was a face that I have never seen before reflecting at me from a pool of water.

I was walking through the godswood. The air had that sweet smell of spring in it, the birds were chirping, the sun was shining, but there was still just a hint of a chill surrounding it all. I was walking towards the great weirwood tree and there was this mixed feeling in my heart. Joy intertwined with sadness. The tree was still some way off but I could see a young woman sitting under it. Mere sight of her made my mouth twirl into a smile. The tree itself was completely dead. No dreamers inside it, I instinctively knew. The girl saw me. She stood up, stretched her arms in the air and started running. I fastened my pace to meet her. Next moment she was there beside me. Standing still. Looking at me quizzically. With cheeks pink from sudden activity. Her brown hair flew freely around her shoulders. The most gorgeous sight to my eyes. Arya. She flashed me a smile of her own, then hugged me tightly while laying her head into my left shoulder. Our hearts were beating as one.

Then I woke up, kissed my wife and went to work. But the dream stayed with me through the day and for some inexplicable reason I wanted to share it with you.

Best of luck with all your future endeavors from Simon, a true fan from Croatia.
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grrm
Jul. 11th, 2016 05:56 am (UTC)
Re: Help?
Sorry, but the answer is no.

Board game rights to the world of Westeros and my books were licensed many years ago to Fantasy Flight Games, who continue to control them, and to produce very successful and popular board games.

Being a "humble nice fellow" has nothing to do with it. I cannot give you what I have already sold to someone else, even if I wanted to. There are things called contracts. Licenses. Lawyers.

So please cease and desist. Oh, you can go ahead and make a board game, but invent your own "titles, towns, and character names," you cannot use mine.
Ross Chaffin
Jul. 11th, 2016 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Help?
It's quite amazing that a livejournal comments section would be used to solicit publishing rights. But hey. :)

Frankly, more folks should imagine their own content. Could you imagine if "Settlers of Catan" was "Farms of the Shire" and totally Tolkien-skinned? Licensing is great as a reward to content-creators like Mr. Martin, but strike me as a shortcut for the young, up-and-coming game/show/videogame creator.
threehourriverm
Jul. 9th, 2016 11:43 pm (UTC)
Incentive to finally graduate
When I finally graduate next year and can afford to travel, one of my first priorities is to go to a con like this. I wish I were going to this, but alas. Have fun for me, George.
scythrewynn
Jul. 10th, 2016 01:54 am (UTC)
Can't wait
Beyond excited to meet you, my favorite author, and have my KOT7K book signed :) I'm even passing down the torch to my 2 year old via The Ice Dragon lol
aatishgopichand
Jul. 10th, 2016 05:33 am (UTC)
Comic Con
Hey George, will you be at Comic Con this year?
grrm
Jul. 10th, 2016 05:56 am (UTC)
Re: Comic Con
Not this year, no, but there will be a large GAME OF THRONES presence from HBO.
Katral Tobiaz
Jul. 10th, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC)
So many stories
In all honesty George, which story you have written are you currently most proud of?
/T
wallpaperstumbl
Jul. 10th, 2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
Post
Very good
Jake Troshynski
Jul. 10th, 2016 06:47 pm (UTC)
Time and dates
Are there time and dates set for the dealers room that you plan on spending the three hours?
trademarc
Jul. 10th, 2016 09:32 pm (UTC)
If you ever come to (a con in) the Netherlands, you'll be greeted with bread and salt. And I'm sure my fiancée will cook up a storm (she owns a copy of A Feast of Ice and Fire.)
Cassie Otero
Jul. 11th, 2016 01:10 am (UTC)
By the Old Gods and the New ...

I just wanted to thank you again for being such an inspiration in my world--the following pics are from my ASOIAF themed 40th birthday this past June. My family doesn't have a great deal of money but that didn't stop them from making my dream of experiencing an ASOIAF birthday from becoming an actuality via an army of glue guns, sewing needles, paints, and numerous pleadings with the muse.

With the exception of the house banners and the throne cake topper, they made all of the props and extras featured here including baking sugared crystals to resemble the fire in the ice/fire cake, hand painting an actual life-size iron throne of my very own, crafting a music box complete with colored dragon eggs that my kiddos made out of thumb tacks, coloring citadel candles fashioned out of paper towel tubes, and finally sewing a wreath of blue roses for me to wear. My favorite surprise, however, was being presented with a Westie puppy a few days later which they had adopted and subsequently dubbed Khaleesi, Dognaerys--the first of her name--Pupgaryen.

I hope these images made you smile, George, and served as a reminder of how much your work continues to impact your fans. I only wish I could meet you in Kansas. Working my two jobs will just not make a lengthy road trip possible at this time, unfortunately.

Is there any chance at all that you might make Con of Thrones next year in TN? It coincides with my birthday next year, and I'm prepping now to get a group together to make that one for certain.

Thanks again!

_omega_man
Jul. 11th, 2016 04:04 pm (UTC)
Sir, first, apologies for being late to the game.
It does my heart good to see someone of your stature and genius, a creator of worlds, here still among the living and journaling. My own journal has not been updated in nearly a year...your example inspires me to do something about that.
Please accept my humble friendship request.

And happy 714th anniversary of Battle of the Golden Spurs!

Edited at 2016-07-11 04:10 pm (UTC)
Simmy San
Jul. 11th, 2016 06:22 pm (UTC)
smaller events?
George, do you ever do events that are smaller perhaps where fans can chat at length with you about non-book-specific things (i.e. like how philosophy and history have impacted your works)..like a dinner with GRRM night where fans can buy tickets to have dinner with you and a modest group of other ticket holders? (i'm sure you'd have no problem selling those, even if costly.)
grrm
Jul. 11th, 2016 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: smaller events?
I do all sorts of events here at home in New Mexico, mostly in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

On the road, I tend to do mostly conventions and book tours, but every once in a while there's something more unusual.

Check the appearances page of my website regularly. That's where all my public appearances are listed.
Simmy San
Jul. 11th, 2016 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re: smaller events?
Will definitely keep a look-out..and will definitely make the effort to see you at one of your events regardless. all the best.
Ralf Seidl
Jul. 12th, 2016 12:33 am (UTC)
older WC book availability
Hi George,

I know it is slightly off-topic, but having started reading the WC series only recently I was wondering if the books 8-12 will eventually be available again.
Currently I cannot find them and I would prefer to read them chronologically.

grrm
Jul. 12th, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
Re: older WC book availability
Those volumes are long out of print, of course. Yes, if the reissues and new books continue to sell well, our hope is that all the old books will be reprinted in time... but when, I cannot say.

You can probably find used copies through ABE.

The rarest Wild Cards books are the two iBooks volumes, DEUCES DOWN and DEATH DRAWS FIVE.
cashcraig
Jul. 12th, 2016 04:54 pm (UTC)
I am very excited about the Tor reissues of ACE IN THE HOLE and DEAD MAN'S HAND, which fit so well as a pair that I tend to view them as one mega-volume. Out of all the "original" series, these were far and away the best ones.

They do such great service to all the plots and characters from all preceding volumes, serving a climax not just for its own 4-book arc but the first trilogy as well.

Edited at 2016-07-12 04:57 pm (UTC)
grrm
Jul. 12th, 2016 10:14 pm (UTC)
They were originally written as one volume, but Bantam, our publisher at the time, had a problem with the length, so we split them into two volumes. They take place simultaneously.

I agree: those two are among the very best Wild Cards books.
Mitchell Bryan
Jul. 12th, 2016 08:53 pm (UTC)
Where to start?
Hey George,

I've heard about the Wild Cards novels a lot over the years from your blog and I am interested in reading it. I was wondering if the books needed to be read in order, or if it would be possible to start on a later book, as some of the older volumes seem to be hard to find.

Thanks for your time,

-Mitchell
grrm
Jul. 12th, 2016 10:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Where to start?
You don't need to start with volume one.

INSIDE STRAIGHT, the first of the 'next generation' books, is an excellent place to begin. We have signed copies of that one available from the Jean Cocteau.
Kevin Gunter
Jul. 13th, 2016 03:23 am (UTC)
Tickets?
Will the tickets be sold through Rainy Day Books? Or at the signing?
aryagreyjoy
Jul. 13th, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
Hello Mr. Martin.
I write because I have doubts about the books that are already written and I do not think that will be resolved later.
It's about friendship with Jon Robb and Theon's friendship with Robb. Who of us wanted more Robb? In the series it gives the feeling that Theon had better, but in the books seemed to be more united to Jon. Do you really want to Theon Robb as a brother? What would be alive forgiven? If there is a hereafter in books, they would again be united as before?
By killing Robb left us with all those questions you never know.
We wish you sorpredas and no single hero in this saga, I like to have several.
Answer me if you can, please. Thank you.
Sorry for my English is not very good.
desert_dragon42
Jul. 15th, 2016 12:38 am (UTC)
Yay! I am ridiculously excited about this particular Worldcon. Even though I am on staff so will likely miss much.
MrWalker1000
Jul. 16th, 2016 06:50 am (UTC)
kind of random
Hey, do you watch the TV show Preacher? It's based on a graphic novel that I think is really awesome. Right now it's focusing on the backstory of the cahracters.

But i bet you in like season 2 it will become very popular. You should check it out.

Cheers!
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