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Con Time!

Convention season is truly upon us.

It seems like just yesterday that I returned from the San Diego Comicon, but in less than a week I will be on the road again... first down to Albuquerque for our annual local NM sf con, Bubonicon, and then off to the red wilds of Texas for LoneStarCon 3, the world science fiction convention, this year being held in San Antonio.  [There are links to both of these cons on the appearances page of my website, for those who'd like more details].

Here's the schedule of my public events and appearances for each con:

Friday Aug 23        7:30 pm            READING
Saturday Aug 24  12:00 noon         Dark Fantasy discussion, w/ Tim Powers
                               5:20 pm            mass autographing

Thursday Aug 29       4:00pm          signing
Friday     Aug 30        5:00pm          READING
Saturday Aug 31        4:00pm          Howard & George Show, w/ Howard Waldrop
Sunday   Sept 1         8:00pm          HUGO AWARDS
Monday   Sept 2       11:00am          signing

Some will observe that this schedule looks light.  Hoo hah.  These are only my public events.  What's not showing here are all the parties, lunches, parties, breakfasts, parties, dinners, business meetings, and... did I mention the parties?  The parties are the heart of any good con, and I expect to be at several.  I am, alas, not the party animal I was twenty years ago, but I still love hanging with others writers, and my fellow fans.  And yes, I still consider myself a fan.

I have been going to SF cons since 1971 (and comic cons since 1964).  Some are better than others, mind you, and I've seen a lot of changes over my years... some of which are cool, others that I really hate, but cons are still are important part of my life.  Especially worldcon.  I've said this a hundred times, but let me say it once more -- bookstore signings are great if all you want is to get your book signed, but if you really want to meet me (or any of the other SF or fantasy writers whose work you have enjoyed), hang, talk, flirt, drunkenly debate the state of the field or the nature of the universe, you need to come to a convention.

Speaking of signing, though... if you look at the schedule above, you'll see that I've got an autographing at Bubonicon (the mass signing, a truly terrific concept, where all the writers at the con are available to sign in the same room at the same time, a collector's nirvana), and two dealer's room signing for LoneStarCon.  If you want your books defaced with my illegible scrawl, you should try to get yourself to one of those.  I am not going to be signing in the hallways, before or after panels, while eating dinner (or lunch, or breakfast), and I am REALLY not going to be signing books at parties.  Parties for partying, not autographing.  It is a major lapse of con etiquette to ask me (or any other writer) to sign your books at a party.  The only worse no-no is is thrusting a manuscript or screenplay -- or these days, a self-published book -- into my hand for me to read and/or blurb.  So don't.  Please.

The big excitement at any worldcon is, of course, the Hugo Awards, the oldest major honor in our field, and still the most important.  (I hope you all nominated.  I hope you all voted).  GAME OF THRONES is up this year in the "Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form" category, for the season two episode "Blackwater," which I scripted.  Last year we won in "Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form," but this year the competition is fierce, since we're up against an episode of FRINGE and three, count 'em THREE, episodes of DOCTOR WHO.  The Doctor has pretty much owned the Short Form category ever since it was created, and it remains to be seen if we can prevail against three Doctors at once.  I'd rate us as underdogs, but we shall see.  If we do somehow prevail over the Doctor, his companions, and all those legions of Daleks, Time Lords, and Whoovians, however, I will have some terrific help in accepting the award.  HBO is flying in our very own Hound, Rory McCann, to accept the award on behalf of Dan and David and the rest of the cast and crew (all of whom are very busy at the moment filming season four), should we win.  Parris has been been trying to convince him to wear his kilt to the awards ceremony.  Come to the Hugos and find out if she's been successful.

(And if we lose, feel free to buy me a drink afterward and tell me 'you wuz robbed.'  You'll need to find me at the secret chili party first, though, drowning my sorrows in a bowl of Keith Kato's hottest red).


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Aug. 19th, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
I have to say, I can't wait to go!

The Angels Take Manhattan made me want to cry, but Blackwater made me want to sing....
Thomas Barnes
Aug. 19th, 2013 03:03 am (UTC)
When you play the game of Hugos, you win or....you party?
Aug. 19th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Worldcon
As a matter of fact, the Hugo Losers Party is the most exclusive party at Worldcon.
Aug. 19th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Autograph question
I'm asking now that way I won't feel rude about it during the con. I am working the gaming room but want to try and get away to meet you at least one of the events posted above. I have never attended/worked a con this big so I'm excited but not sure what to expect so I have two questions for you. 1) For your signings do you charge? 2) At my job we are in the middle of our Back to School sell so management doesn't get much time off. I have a supervisor and manager who have been big fans of your books for years and want to meet you but can't get the time off needed to attend the con. If I bring their books for them would you be willing to sign them for them?
Thanks for your time.
Aug. 20th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: Autograph question
No, I don't charge.

Usually considerable standing in line is involved, however.

You can get books signed for other people. However, depending on the length of the line, there is usually a limit on how many books each individual can get signed. Often, of late, it is two books. So if you have been sign one for your manager and one for your supervisor, you will need to get in the back of the line again to get your own books defaced with my illegible scrawl.

You should bring your manager and supervisor to the Saturday night party. Unless they work all night, they should be able to make that.
Re: Autograph question - idrissong - Aug. 20th, 2013 06:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Zachary Winslett
Aug. 20th, 2013 06:24 am (UTC)
Atlanta's DragonCOn
I really wish you (or any ASOIAF/GoT related people) would be at Atlanta's DragonCon this year :(.

Have fun and safe trips to all the places this year.
Aug. 21st, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Atlanta's DragonCOn
Several people from the HBO mini-series will be at D-Con including "Tonks/Osha".

The two cons do not conflict this year so a chance for devoted fans to attend both.

Tom Maringer
Aug. 20th, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
Dragon Coins at Worldcon
We will be doing the first release of the Dragon Coins at Worldcon! I have a box of them for you. Can we meet? Also a new copper penny from Walder Frey. The Shire Post Mint booth will be the first on the right as you come in the center entrance of the dealer room. Parris knows how to contact me. See you soon! Tom Maringer
Timothy Brown
Aug. 20th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
This makes me sad
I'd love the opportunity to meet you and have you sign one of my books but alas it's not meant to be i'm broke and simply can't afford to attend this years lone star con in san antonio shame i was looking forward to this all year
Aug. 20th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
Feel free to let us know what secret parties you'll be attending...and where...and time...and the after parties of those parties! See you in San Antonio!
Aug. 20th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
I will definitely be attending the Brotherhood Without Banners party... but that's not secret. Expect I will turn up at the Finland party too.
Aug. 20th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
limited signings
Will there be a limited number of books we can have signed by you at Lonestar?
Aug. 20th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Re: limited signings
Re: limited signings - kthulhu89 - Aug. 20th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: limited signings - grrm - Aug. 20th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Curtis A. DeBaun IV
Aug. 21st, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
Indiana Comic con
Is there the slightest chance you would come to Indiana's first Comic con next year? That would be really, really, really awesome.
Aug. 22nd, 2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Indiana Comic con
Unlikely I will add anything for next year. Check out my appearances page, I'm now booking for 2017.
Re: lonstar con 3 - Timothy Brown - Sep. 2nd, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 22nd, 2013 07:55 am (UTC)
It is sad for me that I am missing all of this, mostly that I am missing you reading - I think this would be the most wonderful thing about both events, apart from the general fantastic and exuberant company of course. I hope y'all have an absolute Ball! x
Aug. 26th, 2013 03:03 am (UTC)
Hello George,

I guess I just want to echo your comments about attending a World Science Fiction Convention. My first was last year at Chicon 2012 and everyone (authors, dealers, guests and fans) were extremely kind, friendly and helpful. And, to anyone wanting to speak to or get a book signed by an author, this is the best place to do it. In fact, I was able to exchange a few words with GRRM during one of his scheduled signings and -- as crazy as it seems -- there was no line up.

Thanks again, George, for introducing me to the Brotherhood Without Banners. They are a fine and talented group of people. Some of the maps of Westeros a few of them put together were truly works of art. And, when it comes to partying, the Brotherhood can certainly put away a cocktail or two (or five).

While I will not be going to LoneStarCon, a visit to another Worldcon in future is on my bucket list.

Enjoy convention season!
Aug. 31st, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
San Antonio

My girlfriend would love to meet you. You should come to Bar Du Mon Ami after the conference on Saturday night. I think you would like this bar a lot, it's really chill and low key. Thanks for coming to South Texas, we love your books and you are an amazing author. Don't stop writing. Love you.
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