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Coming to Chicago

Leaving for Chicon TOMORROW, so I figured I'd bump this one back up to the top.

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,
Columbus EF
3:00 - 4:30pm SECRET HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION panel w/ Resnick, Dozois, Silverberg,
Crystal B

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.

'nuff said.

See you in Chicago, I hope.


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Aug. 9th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Will we see you at a Jets game?
that would be a great combination of two hobbies :)
Aug. 9th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Sanchez. Sanchez, Sanchez, Sanchez- and this is coming from a Pats fan. Sadly, I never make it to these cons, so the likelihood of us ever discussing this in person is slim. Have a good time! :)
Kimmy Benton
Aug. 9th, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the etiquette tips ;D
Aug. 9th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
Cowboys rule...
and the Giants drool! See you in Chicago!
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Worldcon Autographs
I live in Chicago but have never been to a convention like this, you are the only author of the fantasy genre I read. Anyway, i am thinking about coming Monday for the autograph session to get my Nook cover autographed. Is there a charge for autographs? I know there is a day charge to get in. Thanks and I hope you enjoy Chicago - I would not live anywhere else. GO BEARS!

Edited at 2012-08-09 06:41 pm (UTC)
Aug. 9th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Worldcon Autographs
No, I do not charge for autographs.
Re: Worldcon Autographs - winterwarrior - Aug. 10th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Daniel De Vivo Creazzo
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
So... Why couldn't you go to the event that 1 time?
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
what to talk to George about...
I won't be there,but I dare someone to go up to George and tell him that Clay Matthews is correct, the Packers gave the Giants the win. Justin Tuck needs to just suck up. Then tell him that Amani Toomer is correct, Tony Romo is better than Eli. Then go Demarcus Ware is better than Lawrence Taylor. Tell him that the Patriots can't be beat so it doesn't matter who starts for the Jets. Then say that Nick Mangold's little sister(she is an Olympic Weight Lifter) should be playing Guard instead of Vladimir Ducasse. Bill Bellichek turned down the Jets job because he was mad about what happening to 'you know who' at the end of Game of Thrones. It was his favorite character. He didn't want to coach a team that George supports.

Then engage him in a debate about politics. Make sure to take the farthest right wing most tea party position you can.

Then finally go, anyway you can introduce me to Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck I love their books.

Then finally ask him how the last battle will turn out in a Memory of Light. You heard he was friends with Robert Jordan and has read the ending.
(Deleted comment)
Aug. 9th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
I hope those are the biggest rooms Chicon has got!

I remember all your panels going Black Hole of Calcutta in Montreal in 2009.

So if I see you I ask about about Jack Vance, sing old TV theme songs, argue whether Sanchez or Tebow should QB the Jets But what about the G-Men?

Also can I ask more questions about life in Bayonne?
Aug. 9th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Da Bears!
I'll probably be there on Thursday. Forget the Jets, they can't even practice without brawling. It's all about the Bears this year, ha!
Aug. 10th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
Re: Da Bears!
Every team has fights during training camps. Guys practicing in full pads in 90 degree weather, trying to make a name for themselves and getting frustrated with the amount of cheap shots they're taking. Fights are bound to happen, sometimes they're set up by coaches and team veterans to see what the rookies or new guys are made of.
Re: Da Bears! - montydelrogue - Aug. 10th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Da Bears! - m00nprophet - Aug. 12th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 10th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Fingers Crossed
Good luck in Chicago, Ser. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that the Hugo for best novel ends up in the hands of the most deserving author!

I really came by to say that I saw the cover art for Winds with the black background and the Horn of Joramun linked on Tumblr and I could barely contain my excitement!

I already have next year's calendar sitting on my desk just waiting for the release date announcement.

Lowball in my stocking and a release date for Winds would make this the best Christmas since, well, last year when my girlfriend gave me the reprint of Wild Cards I. :D
Aug. 10th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)

come back to NJ sometime! :).

Would like to take you out for a drink. Or come for NYCC. That'd be cool too :).
Aug. 10th, 2012 06:01 am (UTC)
I met George at the World Con in San Antonio in 97 back when I was a book cover illustrator of some note promoting my art. George wandered by my booth in the dealers room and I stopped him for a bit of a chat. Game of Thrones had just come out in paperback. But I had brought along to the Con my first edition hardcover and he signed it. I actually talked to George about his book, my art, and a few other things for probably 15-20 minutes. He couldn't have been a nicer fellow. I am sure he has zero recollection of the exchange, but I will remember it for the rest of my life. Thanks, dude (George).
Aug. 10th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
Please, who in their right mind would argue for Tebow's elevation? The seven hells for them!
Joanne Lyle
Aug. 10th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
East Coast Tour in the Cards?
I am still learning to navigate your site, please forgive me if this question has already been answered in one of the areas where I haven't explored.

Will you come east? If so, do you know when? I'd like to make arrangements to attend a signing or reading.

Again as Friendly,

(Tazeria Korialstraz)
Aug. 10th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: East Coast Tour in the Cards?
All of my currently scheduled appearances can be found on the appearances page of my website.
Re: East Coast Tour in the Cards? - starshineblue - Aug. 10th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Re: East Coast Tour in the Cards? - grrm - Aug. 11th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Re: East Coast Tour in the Cards? - starshineblue - Aug. 11th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: East Coast Tour in the Cards? - Joanne Lyle - Aug. 11th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: East Coast Tour in the Cards? - Joanne Lyle - Aug. 11th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
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