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It seems as though San Diego Comicon and my nine-city book tour just ended yesterday, and yet here comes worldcon, bearing down on me like a wedge of charging knights.

As I said at every one of my tour appearances, the BEST place to meet your favorite writers (including me, if I'm one of them) is not at a bookstore signing, but at a con. And there's no con like worldcon. Yes, comicon is bigger. So is Gencon, Dragoncon, and many more. But worldcon is the source from whence they all sprang, the granddaddy of them all, and still the center of the SF/ fantasy universe.

And hey, they give the HUGOs there!

Here's my schedule for Reno:

THURSDAY, August 18
1:00 pm A reading, from THE WINDS OF WINTER (AO1+6, RSCC)
3:00 pm autographing (Hall 2, RSCC)

FRIDAY August 19
11:00 am The Art of Ice & Fire, with John Picacio and Martina Pilcerova

SATURDAY August 20
11:00 am - 1:00 pm "The Pointy End" - a special screening of my episode from
the first season of the HBO series, with commentary

4:00 pm The Ethics of Adaptation, a debate/ dialogue w/ Melinda Snodgrass

8:00 pm HUGO AWARDS (Peppermill, Tuscany Ballroom) I will be presenting.

SUNDAY August 21

12:00 noon WILD CARDS panel (Ao1+6, RSCC)
1:00 pm autographing (Hall 2, RSCC)

Of course, the daytime programming is only a small part of what worldcon is all about. The other part is the room parties. And yes, I'll be hitting those as well, partying every night -- and you can expect that the Brotherhood Without Banners will once again throw the best, most kickass party at the con, as they've done for most of the past decade.

Unlike comicon, worldcon does not sell out. Full memberships and day passes will be available at the door. All you need do to attend is make it to Reno.

For most information, go to http://www.renovationsf.org/

See you in Reno!


Aug. 10th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
Your Awesomeness!!!!
I've been a big fan of yours for the past 2 years, read ASOIAF 3 times while waiting for ADWD and I wish that I was there in the land of the free you call USA.

I spent a good part of the past month drinking in the pages of ADWD and the only reason I didnt finish it sooner is because it's so heavy, I can't carry it on the tube with me to work.

Can't wait for the next book!!

And many thanks for sharing your world with us fans!!!

Aug. 10th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Speaking of cons...
I know it's a bit in the future but what are the chances you will be at NY Comic Con in October?
Aneta Bereda
Aug. 10th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
From Poland with Gratitude
Hi George. Glad you're catching a breath and pressing on. How does Groucho Marx's saying go about belonging to groups...? You're now the darling of the ball and no one can deny you the winners' circle, the satisfaction from being in it, or the duties of showing the flag.

This is more a private comment but I want you to know that, sometimes and in some specific instances, it may be close to impossible for a guy like me to get to a "local" convention. I know I was very lucky to have you visit Poland but I did not know anything about the convention until hours before. I cannot tell you how many strings Aneta and I had to pull to get the HBO invitation let alone arrange the car trip to Nidzica. I could not stay overnight that day as the car had to be back in Warsaw.

If I could have buttonholed you at your leisure, I would have. I can only imagine that you were spinning like a pinwheel since book tour organisers like to squeeze their money's worth in blood if need be. Somewhere the words of Stan Lee on great power and responsibility resonate.

I am in a pickle here. I have no one to read my stuff. I could send my chapters to TOR in hope someone there takes an interest. But the chances are that whatever I send will be put into a submission file, and I am not ready to be that monogamous. I need a few other voices before I choose to submit. I live in isolation here. Even Aneta, my constant companion, does not apprehend my vocabulary range.

Anyways, I just do not want you to think that I was imposing on you on purpose or do not appreciate the situation you were in. I simply had very little opportunity and was making the best with what I had like anyone else in my situation and circumstance.

I am glad for your success and I hope, one day, we will meet again in better circumstances. Take care,
Richard Whipple
Aug. 10th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
I am so excited for worldcon 2012 in Chicago- one in my city! I won't be able to go to any of these events in Reno... but next year, oh, next year. :D
Aug. 10th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you, George, for your continued support of the World Science Fiction Convention and the Hugo Awards. When much of the feedback I tend to hear is, more or less, "Unless there's 50K or 100K people there, it isn't a real convention," and "It's not successful unless you have to spend eight hours waiting in line for a one panel," it's nice to hear people pointing out what the value is in what is nowadays a "midsize" convention of "only" 3000-6000 attendees.

I've attended every Worldcon since 1989, and I wouldn't trade them for any number of Monster Huge Standing In Line Conventions.
Aug. 10th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
BWB really does throw the most reliably awesome party! It's not necessarily always the awesomest, but it's reliably awesome, and that's just what you need after wandering for a bit.

See you there!
Aug. 11th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
So after this tWoW reading, will the Ice and Fire sample on your website be updated to include it?
Aug. 11th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
A reading from The Winds of Winter?
I hope this will be appearing in your sample chapter shortly after the Con.

(serious question: Are you currently working on book 6, or is on the back burner while you were finishing up your book signing tour and recent and future cons? Is it too early to ask for a page count?)

The worst part of your books Mr. Martin, is that they end... and I am going through serious Dance withdrawal. If it is anything like Feast withdrawal... it will last 2-3 years (followed by 2-3 years of anticipation). So anything like that helps (sample chapters, interviews, etc.)

The best part about waiting for Winds, is that at least every year, for 3 months or so, I have the HBO series to tide me over.
Aug. 11th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
1:00 pm A reading, from THE WINDS OF WINTER (AO1+6, RSCC0)

I hope you release whatever you read as a teaser chapter somewhere on line or in a magazine soon. I am a HUGE fan of teasers even though many people call them spoilers.
Aug. 11th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing you and Parris. The KC in 2016 Not A Bid Yet Party will be Friday night.
Aug. 11th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Do you have a location for "The Pointy End" screening? It doesn't seem to be listed in the current program, and I'd love to attend this ...
Aug. 11th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
I asked this of others on Twitter, but would care for your input. What's your view on fairweather "fans" who don't attend Worldcon? The whip or the noose?
Aug. 11th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
Re: Fairweather
Hey, truefen come in many shapes and sizes and flavors. Con fans are only one variety. To each his own.
Aug. 11th, 2011 10:01 am (UTC)
See you at WorldCon!
Aug. 11th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
I've noticed a lot of your comments concerning the lack of personalizations and quality time during the book tour and SDCC. I only live a few miles from NYC, yet painfully chose not to attend the B&N signing. Not that I plan to set up camp at your table or anything, but I'd sure rather have the opportuniy to shake your hand, exchange a few words, and perhaps get an inscription or two, rather than slide my book under a moving pen only to be quickly whisked away by a store employee for loitering. I can't help but be reminded of the mall Santa scene from A Christmas Story...

In short, is THIS the con I'm looking for?! :)
Aug. 11th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Yay Wild Cards Panel Woooooooooooooooooo! Fort Freak is awesome, by the way. Jokertown is the greatest place on earth.
Aug. 12th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Reading request
I own Dance but won't be done by Reno. Is it possble to read a chapter that won't spoil Dance? Maybe from a POV character not seen since Feast?

If impossible, no prob.
Aug. 13th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
I just found out that I'm heading to Reno for work on Tues/Wed next week. Unfortunately the latest flight I could get out on Thursday was at 3:30 in the afternoon so I won't make it to your book signing. I tried to find something later but getting back to Edmonton from Reno is tricky.

Is there anything happening on Wednesday night? Also any ideas on what the wait time for the reading Thursday may be like?
Aug. 13th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: wednesday?
There won't be a "wait time." Worldcon is not comicon. Anyone who comes to the reading will get in.

Mind you, some of them may find them have to stand or sit on the floor. That's happened before. It will depends on the size of the room the con has alloted to us. I am told it is "big," but that's a vague term, I'm not sure how many it will actually seat, or how many people will show up.
Aug. 14th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: wednesday?
wonderful! I can't wait to get down there and am looking forward to the opportunity to meet you. My brother had been at Comicon and warned me that he could not get near anything Game of Thrones so I was concerned that I would spend my half day at the con waiting in line.


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