Should be a great con! See you there, boys and girls.
Worldcon is coming up soon: Chicon 7, to be held in Chicago over Labor Day Weekend (worldcon's traditional weekend, where it AND IT ALONE belongs). I'll be there. Hell, I've only missed one worldcon in the last thirty years. Of course I will be there.
Just finished nailing down the details of my programming at the con.
Here's where you will find me:
THURSDAY August 30
3:00 - 4:30 pm autographing, dealer's room
FRIDAY August 31
1:30 - 3:00 pm autographing, dealer's room
4:30 - 6:00 pm WILD CARDS panel, Crystal A
SATURDAY September 1
12:00 - 1:30pm GAME OF THRONES discussion w/ Mo Ryan of THE HUFFINGTON POST,
3:00 - 4:30pm SECRET HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION panel w/ Resnick, Dozois, Silverberg,
SUNDAY September 2
1:30 - 3:00pm reading from THE WINDS OF WINTER, Columbus EF
8:00 pm HUGO AWARDS, Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom
MONDAY September 3
1:30 - 3:00pm autographing, dealer's room
Of course, I will also be found partying in the evenings. Look for the Brotherhood Without Banners bash. It will be the best party at the con, it always is. If I'm not there, I likely will be soon. I will also be at the Hugo Loser's Party and Keith's chili party, but you probably can't get into those... the BWB parties are open. And if Kansas City throws a bid party (I expect they will), I will be there too.
Cons, as I have said many a time, are a MUCH better place to meet and hang with your favorite author (or me, if your favorite isn't there) than any booksigning.
Do please note, however: I have scheduled myself for three ninety-minutes autograph sessions, so I will be defacing books for four and a half hours at this worldcon. If you want your book signed, come to one of those. PLEASE do not ask me to sign outside of those scheduled events.
If you come across me walking through the hall, visiting the art show, browsing in the dealer's room, attending a program item, leaving my panel or rushing to the next one, waiting for a cab, eating dinner, eating lunch, eating breakfast... by all means say hi, but don't ask me to sign anything. That's what those autograph sessions are for.
And at parties, or in the bar, hey, by all means, come up, say hi, introduce yourself, start a conversation, offer to buy me a drink (I may or may not accept), flirt with me (I may or may not respond)... but DON'T ask me to sign stuff, okay? And while I certainly don't mind talking about my books or the TV show, remember, I have done a thousand interviews on these subjects, and asking me about my favorite character or telling me who YOUR favorite character is will likely just send me slouching off to find someone who wants to talk about Jack Vance, sing old TV theme songs, or argue whether Sanchez or Tebow should QB the Jets.
See you in Chicago, I hope.