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Coming to Texas

I have a lot of readers in Texas, it would seem. Every time I make a book tour or attend a convention or blog about my travels to Europe or Australia or wherever, I get a rush of emails asking, "When are you coming to Texas?"

I can finally give the answer you Texans want to hear: I am coming to Texas NEXT WEEK.

I will be flying in on Thursday, March 21, to College Station, home of Texas A&M University, where my papers and manuscripts and such are all on deposit in Special Collections at Cushing Memorial Library. (A&M has one of the country's great SF and fantasy collections, a treasure trove for scholars of the genre). I'll be doing a reading, a signing, and speaking at a fundraising dinner, and many of my manuscripts and papers and collectibles will be on display.

DTS teaser

More information here: http://deeperthanswords.library.tamu.edu/

The library events, scheduled for March 21 and March 22, are all sold out, alas.

However, immediately after "Deeper Than Swords" comes AGGIECON, A&M's storied sf/fantasy convention. I am staying for that one as well, so if you miss me on Thursday and Friday, you can still catch me on Saturday and Sunday.

You can check out the Aggiecon details at http://cephvar.tamu.edu/aggiecon .

Sign up there or at the door. Besides me, Aggiecon 44 (I told you, this is an old and storied convention) will also feature Ernest Cline of READY PLAYER ONE fame, and a number of other great guests. Ty Franck (also known as the back half of James S.A. Corey) will be coming with me, Howard Waldrop says he'll be coming down from Austin, and some of my other Wild Cards writers may turn up too.

Last time I attended an Aggiecon it was... oh, I don't know, 1980 or thereabouts... but I have fond memories of past visits to A&M, most of them involving great Texas barbeque, too much bheer, pretty college girls, and Aggies in uniforms politely but firmly asking me to remove my hat. 'twill be interesting to see if any of that still applies. Somewhere in A&M's student union may be my lost youth... I know I had it the last time I visited...

And for those of you who can't make it to College Station... have no fear, I will be coming back to Texas again this year, for worldcon in San Antonio over Labor Day. It's too late to nominate for the Hugos now, but there's still plenty of time to sign up for LoneStarCon 3, and see them awarded.


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Mar. 12th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
Don't forget about your fans in...
Philadelphia and South Jersey. I hope to see a date added on your appearance page scheduling a reading in the city of brotherly love.
Mar. 12th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Scotland or Belgium?
Any chance of you visiting Scotland or Belgium in the near future? I live in Belgium now but I am from Scotland so travel there frequently :)
Mar. 12th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
WOW! GRRM is going to be in Texas! You should come to Temple!!!! WOW!
Carleen De Armon
Mar. 12th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
Aggiecon 44
We are so excited about your Aggiecon visit! Thank you for mentioning us in your blog!
Mar. 12th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, may I ask you when will you come to Hungary?:) You got a lot of readers here too!
Mar. 13th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
HOWDY! I'm so excited you're coming to A&M!

I wanted to ask, will you be signing books at aggiecon? :D
Mar. 13th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
Yes, though there will be limitations, depending on the length of the queue. In most of my recent signings, I have only done straight signatures, no inscriptions or personalizations... it's the only way to survive the crush. But if the con is small enough, I might be able to soften that policy. We shall see.
re: Aggiecon - Nicolai Antonov - Mar. 14th, 2013 05:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Aggiecon - grrm - Mar. 14th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 13th, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)
Im gonna be there..
Driving in from Austin to see you there... Looking forward to the event.. I unfortunately couldn't spring for the Dinner the night before, but I hope that's good..

But the exhibit, the signing, the lecture, and screening of "Valar Dohaeris" will make for an amazing day.
Steve Bousfield
Mar. 13th, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
While we are on the subject...
G'day George! So when are you coming to Perth, Western Australia? It's very nice hear and the perfect spot to do some writing, readings and book signings. I'll even come to any signings you do and buy an extra copy of DwD just for you to sign. Can't say fairer than that. The plane trip is quite long from the USofA so also another opportunity to finish a certain book. Thanks mate!
Mar. 13th, 2013 12:22 pm (UTC)
Aggiecon's at the Hilton, so you can keep your hat on this time.
Mar. 13th, 2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
Whoop! and don't walk on the grass either.
Mar. 13th, 2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
Will you be doing any events in San Antonio outside of LoneStarCon? My finances are such that I can't afford it, and I'd like to get a copy of Dance with Dragons signed to go with my other signed books. I am willing to bake you a batch of cookies!
Mar. 13th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
What about you Egyptian fans? We would love for you to be here, have a conference at The Bibliotheca Alexandrina for example.
Sarah Schroeder
Mar. 13th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
The hat...
Uhm...yes... removing of the hat in the Memorial Student Center still applies.
Jayme Lynn Blaschke
Mar. 13th, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
Aggiecon 20
You last attended Aggiecon in 1989. Beauty & the Beast was a Big Deal. Octavia Butler was the other main GoH. That was my very first Aggiecon and I was working the dealer's room as a student. The hat issue caused us no small amount of distress, I assure you! ;-)
Taki Dallis
Mar. 13th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
Incredibly Exciting
Mr. Martin,

As a former student of Texas A&M and proud lifelong Aggie (class of 1998)(former member of Cepheid Variable and worked many an Aggiecon) I am so excited you are coming back to Texas and my hometown of College Station (will be attending the dinner). Texas A&M has grown up a great deal since you were last here and we are honored to host your visit. I hope you find some great Texas BBQ and warm hospitality during your visit. I, for one, cannot wait!
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