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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.


Aug. 10th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Da Bears!
Oh, HELL no!!!!!

You got a new wideout, but riddle me this. If Marshall is so good, why is he on his 3rd team? Because dude is OVERRATED.

Forte just got paid. Which means he's going to mail it in. He's a lock for about 800 yards on the year and MAYBE five or six TD's. Dude renegotiated his rookie contract after a solid first season and blew chunks the next one. I had him on my fantasy football team. Not impressed!

And your offensive line. All I have to say is it's VERY offensive, and not in a good way. Cutler will be sucking his thumb on the side line probably the third quarter into his first game. Hell, they dont even trust that line to protect Cutler in preseason games. That's why Cutler sat out last nite!

The thug Detroit Lions will own the Bears this year. We got fresh blood in the secondary from the draft. Who needs a running game? Everybody knew last year where Megatron was at and they STILL couldn't stop him. Dude was making plays in TRIPLE coverage. Suh's head will be on straight and the defensive line will DESTROY quarterbacks. Jim Schwartz built this team up from losers to contenders. He will whip them into shape and make them a well disciplined elite team

And NO, I'm not smoking the same stuff that the Leo's are smoking. :o)
Aug. 12th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Da Bears!
Well, the Bears definitely have a lot of work to do after watching the opener on Thursday. Just because Forte got paid doesn't mean he's not going to perform this year and they have Michael Bush too so their running game is strong. Marshall will put up some decent stats and their 2nd draft pick Alshon Jeffery along with Earl Bennet give them some other good recievers so I'm still confident in their offense performing this season. Feel free to hate on Cutler, I don't think there's a tougher QB in the league. If they lose Cutler to injury again though, I think their screwed.

Calvin Johnson is a beast but if you want to put all the Lions hopes on him and Stafford feel free. Stafford has a history of being easily injured and yes, a good balanced offense does need a good running game. We'll see what happens though...


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