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Season Six Premiere

GAME OF THRONES had its gala season six premiere last week in Hollywood, at the historic and glorious Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

The rest of the world will have to wait until April 24 to see the first episode.

But here's the latest trailer from HBO:

Help Fight Cancer

R.A. Salvatore has organized a "Bookworm" drive to help fund cancer research.

Donate... and you can maybe win a big box o' signed books, including some of my own.

Only a few days left.

You can see all the details, and make a donation, at:

http://www.seecaityrun.com/bookworms-unite/

Ogre Jenni here (not George, just a minion) with a very special announcement!

Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One and Armada, will participate in an interview, Q&A, and book signing at Jean Cocteau Cinema on April 17th. There is a new paperback edition of Armada, and we are thrilled to celebrate its release with Ernest. We will have both hardcover and paperback versions of Ready Player One and Armada available for purchase at the event. If you identify on any level with geek culture, then these novels will fill your nerdy heart with pure joy!

In addition to picking Ernest Cline’s brain and getting books signed, we will have arcade games to play on our movie screen—hooray Pac-Man and Space Invaders! Who will earn the highest score? (Parzival is not allowed to participate.)

See you at the Cocteau!

ABOUT ERNEST CLINE:



Ernest Cline is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. His first novel, Ready Player One, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, appeared on numerous “best of the year” lists, and is set to be adapted into a motion picture by Warner Bros. and director Steven Spielberg. Ernie lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.

ABOUT THE BOOK:



Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer. Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero.

—THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MINIONS OF FEVRE RIVER—

Last Call (Almost)

Hugo nominations close at midnight on March 31.

Time is running out.

Let your voice be heard.

Let's get some good stuff on the ballot!!!

NOMINATE!!!

http://grrm.livejournal.com/479524.html

My name is Jenni, and I am just an ogre living in a human’s world. I also work for Jean Cocteau Cinema, George’s movie theatre and events venue in Santa Fe, New Mexico!

Jean Cocteau Cinema is proud to welcome the magician who stumped Penn and Teller, Francis Menotti, back to its stage on Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd. Our audiences were blown away by his performances last time, and Menotti says that he has written some awesome new material for us!

Francis Menotti has surprised and confounded audiences worldwide with his Scrabble tricks and word games. He runs circles around participants with an intentionally convoluted (but hilarious) script that makes you feel like you're struggling through the vocab section of the GRE—except that it's really fun!



Magicians use sleight-of-hand or physical cues to direct attention away from a trick's execution, and Menotti takes it a step further with his outlandishly ornate vocabulary. You really do have to stop and think for a moment about what he's saying. His wordsmithing is both a brilliant distraction and an integral part of the trick's nerdy flavor.

Menotti also exhibits an appreciation for modern art history—Surrealism in particular. Lobsters and green apples make appearances in his shows, and sometimes he will work original animations and other artistic creations into his acts. His magic shows are funny, artistic, exciting, and absolutely brilliant.



In addition, Menotti agreed to do some up-close prestidigitations and card tricks in the bar after the shows! See you at the Cocteau!

—THIS POST WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MINIONS OF FEVRE RIVER—

Behold, The Mighty Editor

I have my editor's hat on today. (It looks just like my writer's hat, only in a different color). ((No, not really, I am being facetitious. Damn, you guys, don't take everything I say so literally)).

For the past three weeks, the forty-odd (some very odd) members of the Wild Cards consortium have been submitting story proposals and pitches for the three new WC books from Tor, LOW CHICAGO and MISSISSIPPI ROLL and TEXAS HOLD 'EM. Last night at midnight was the deadline for pitches.

As usual, we have more proposals than we need. Only eight writers per book. So today is Decision Day, wherein I decide who gets to be in which book, who is out, who gets to double-dip. It is never easy. So many talented writers, so many great characters, so many fun ideas.

But that's why I get the Big Bucks as editor (that was another joke, yessir, for sure, this is a labor of looooooove).

John Sebastian said it best:

Countdown to Liftoff

Only ten more days remain until the close of nominations for the 2016 Hugo Awards, to be presented in Kansas City at MidAmericon II.

Are you a member of MidAmericon? Were you a member of Sasquan, last year's worldcon in Spokane? Are you a member of the 2017 worldcon, to be held in Helsinki, Finland? If so, you're eligible to nominate the books and stories and artists you loved best in 2015.

So, please... NOMINATE!

You can do it here: http://midamericon2.org/the-hugo-awards/hugo-nominations/

No fan of good will, no one who truly loves SF and fantasy and worldcon and fandom, wants a repeat of what happened to the Hugo Awards last year. I am not going to rehash that sorry mess; there's no point to it, everything that needed to be said has been said, and a lot more besides. I would rather look to the future. Let's restore the silver rocket to its former glory (and, by doing so, make a second round of Alfie Awards unnecessary) as a true measure of the year's best work in imaginative literature.

I made my objections to the Puppy slates clear last year. This time around, the Sad Puppies at least changed from a slate to a recommendation list, to which I have no objections. I've looked at their list. There's some great work on it. There's some bad work on it, writers and books that I don't think belong anywhere near a Hugo. And there's a lot of books and stories that I haven't gotten around to reading yet. The same could be said for most any list, however. There's stuff on the Nebula shortlist I don't like as well, and a lot of books on the LOCUS list that I have not read yet. (I will get to some of them. Too many books, too little time). Sad Puppies 4 played fair, in my estimation, and for that I commend them.

((The Rabid Puppies produced another slate. They have entirely different aims. And no, we will not discuss them here)).

And how about my own recommendations?

I've made a few. I did not issue them all at once, in a single list, but rather category by category over the past five months. I did not get to every category, and even with those I did, my recommendations are by no means exhaustive.

My intent, whenever I make a recommendation, is NOT to say, "Vote for this," but rather, "Here's something I really liked, take a look it it, you may find it deserving as well."

Some of the other recommended reading lists are just lists of titles and names. Fine and good, I suppose, but I prefer to do a little more: to talk about the categories, the books, the authors, the artists and editors, and where I can to discuss WHY I think they deserve a nomination.

My posts are still up. For those who want to read them, here are links:

Short Fiction:
http://grrm.livejournal.com/476905.html

Professional Editor, Long Form:
http://grrm.livejournal.com/474144.html
http://grrm.livejournal.com/472316.html
http://grrm.livejournal.com/471834.html
http://grrm.livejournal.com/470764.html

Professional Editor, Short Form:
http://grrm.livejournal.com/471135.html

Professional Artist:
http://grrm.livejournal.com/462350.html

Graphic Story:
http://grrm.livejournal.com/460106.html

Related Work:
http://grrm.livejournal.com/458605.html

Dramatic Presentation, Short Form:
http://grrm.livejournal.com/453648.html

Dramatic Presentation, Long Form:
http://grrm.livejournal.com/452587.html

Novel:
http://grrm.livejournal.com/457140.html

If any of you go back and read those -- and I hope you will -- read the comments too. There are plenty of other recommendations to be found there, recommendations from my readers and friends. I am only one (overworked) guy, I can't get to everything, it's great to hear from other precincts. Especially when they tell you why they liked whatever it is they liked...

I did mean to get to some of the other categories. Alas, I failed. I am just not knowledgeable enough to make recommendations in some areas.

I did overlook some good choices even in the categories I covered. Naomi Novik's UPROOTED is her best work to date, a very strong fantasy (though I had problems with the ending) and probably worth a nomination in Novel. I forgot about EX MACHINA when talking about Long Form Drama, but it's a gripping and well done film, worthy of consideration. I recommended OUTLANDER for Short Form Drama, but it should be noted that the first season was telecast in two eight-episode arcs, and only the second eight are eligible, as the first eight were broadcast in 2014. I think JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL should be nominated in Long Form as a whole, rather than in Short Form, by episode, but others disagree.

Anyway... quibbles and additions aside... read, watch, consider... and please...

NOMINATE!
Greetings from Ogre Jenni! I’m one of George's minions at Jean Cocteau Cinema, and I have an awesome announcement to make.

Beginning Monday, March 21st we will show free screenings of HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 5. We are not pre-selling the tickets online. The tickets (and seats) will be available on a first come first serve basis, and they must be obtained directly from our box office on the day of the screening.



There will most likely be a line going around the block, but while you are waiting we will bring food, coffee, signed copies of the Song of Ice and Fire books, and other goodies outside for you to purchase! We are also booking some geeky entertainment for you—not that waiting in line isn't fun in its own right.

We will host a costume contest before each screening, and we are giving away some cool Game of Thrones-themed prizes. So we hope to see plenty of Denaeryses, Hounds, Briennes, Sansas, Podricks, or even White Walkers at the screenings!

EPISODE SCHEDULE:

Monday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m. • Episodes 1 and 2
Monday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m. • Episodes 3 and 4
Monday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m. • Episodes 5 and 6
Monday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m. • Episodes 7 and 8
Monday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m. • Episodes 9 and 10

As you might know, Game of Thrones: Season 6 premieres exclusively on the HBO channel Sunday, April 21st. Check out HBO's website for more information.

See you at the Cocteau!

—THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MINIONS OF FEVRE RIVER—

The Big Meow

Meow Wolf opened "The House of Eternal Return" with a roar and a bang last week.

We had a "small" (hoo hah) friends and family 'soft opening' on Wednesday. On Thursday was the Grand VIP Gala. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the doors opened to the public for the first time. Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, and the Handsome Family played. Wonders were unveiled, caves and treehouses and haunted mansions and space gates explored, refrigerators opened...



The reviews, I am thrilled to say, were uniformly raves. Here's a few:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/21/t-magazine/mystery-house-santa-fe-george-rr-martin.html?_r=0

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/art/museum_shows/forever-home-meow-wolf-opens-house-of-eternal-return/article_4f72acf1-b0be-52d4-ad87-d8c48192ca78.html

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/meow-wolf-s-long-anticipated-exhibit-debuts-it-s-awesome/article_5110812e-cc53-54cb-b216-b2cf61c3ea91.html

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/meow-wolf-s-long-anticipated-exhibit-debuts-it-s-awesome/article_5110812e-cc53-54cb-b216-b2cf61c3ea91.html


I am told that 5500 hundred people visited the House on its opening weekend. Most of them went away smiling... especially the kids, who loved the place... but there's plenty there for adults to enjoy as well.

Our hope is that Meow Wolf and the House of Eternal Return will be one of Santa Fe's premiere attractions for many, many years to come. Come visit when you're in town. I promise you, you've never seen anything quite like it.

Autographs! Autographs!!

Here are just a few of the large selection of books who can get SIGNED from the bookstore at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.



Lots of my own books are available too... along with more titles from Gabaldon, Gaiman, Lansdale, Stephenson, Andy Weir, Lisa See, Dennis Lehane... and even a few from Pat Conroy.

For the full list, go to http://www.jeancocteaubooks.com/

And YES, copies of OLD VENUS and OLD MARS are still on sale at 30% off, while the supplies last.

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