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Got back from MystiCon on Monday. It was a fun weekend, and did much to restore my spirits. After all the internet rancor that has dominated on-line discussion of late, it was good to be reminded of what cons are all about... and how warm, welcoming, and open fandom can be. The Roanoke crowd seemed like good folks. And it was great to see how many young people and first-timers were at the con (I asked for a show of hands on several occasions). All the alarums about the demise of traditional SF fandom may be somewhat premature, I'm thinking.

Back home, of course, I had the usual thousand new emails waiting in my inbox. But among them, at long long last, was my Hugo PIN from MidAmericon II. I can finally begin nominating for this year's awards. I urge all of you to do the same. (And will have a few more Hugo thoughts and recommendations in subsequent posts).

We had a great event at the JCC with Tony DiTerlizzi of THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. And one last week, before I left, with Joe Lansdale and HAP & LEONARD. Plenty of signed books from Tony and Joe both are now available in the Cocteau bookstore. If you're an autograph hunter, strike now while the supply lasts.

We have more fun events coming up in the next few months as well. Magician Francis Menotti will be making a return appearance, with the trick that fooled Penn & Teller, and we have booksignings scheduled with Darynda Jones, Joe Hill, and Stephen Graham Jones. And a little further out, Neil Gaiman will be appearing with some gigantic Tasmanian cave spiders. Go to the JCC website and sign up for our email newsletter if you'd like more details on forthcoming events at the theatre.

Meow Wolf's opening comes closer every day. The gang down at Silva Lanes is working overtime right now, getting a little frantic as they labor to make sure everything is ready for opening weekend.

Oh, and GAME OF THRONES season six is drawing nigh as well. You may have heard. Before the season six debut on April 24, the JCC will be running a season five marathon. Weekly screenings, two hours per week, of the S5 episodes on our big medium-sized screen. And admission is FREE. First come, first seated.

I am sure there's more. Life is busy. Hope yours is too.


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Matthew DiGiacomo
Mar. 4th, 2016 01:41 am (UTC)
Hey George, speaking of THRONES.. Have you any idea when a trailer would be coming?
Mar. 4th, 2016 03:00 am (UTC)
The Armageddon Rag
Dear George,

Many months ago I asked you about your musical tastes and you responded by letting me know that much and more could be discovered on that topic if I dipped into your 1983 work "The Armageddon Rag".

After almost a year of trying to find a hardcover copy of the book at ANY bookstore, I finally just ordered it online and recently finished it.

I loved the book. as an artist and musician myself I can say it spoke very directly to me about the thread of time and art and the way our mindsets can define who we are and destroy us if we don't try to understand and marry them with reality. I would love to rant and write all day about it but it turns out the Armageddon Rag doesn't have quite as significant an online following as A Song Of Ice And Fire (who would have thought)(also I'm working on building that up for you).

I have one question, and I'm pretty sure I know the answer but here it is: What if he took the shot? (I don't want to use names to spoil anything)

It was a fantastic and meaningful book, one I will definitely reread and pass around to all my culture loving friends, and one that actually might reignite their love for reading.

Take care, Good luck with everything, and thanks for being there.

Gordon Shaw
Mar. 4th, 2016 03:20 am (UTC)

Thank you so much for a memorable time at Mysticon. It was our first con and my wife and I had such a great time we have already signed up to see you again at Balticon.

Really enjoyed your stories and of course the reading. We eagerly await book #6, but no rush; let the garden grow at it's own pace :)

In short, "we love you, man!"

Keith Russell Dulak
Mar. 4th, 2016 03:22 am (UTC)
Just to add a reminder that The Spiders War by Daniel Abraham is out this tuesday! Carry on.
Mar. 4th, 2016 05:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for all that you do. Sending love from UGA.
Mar. 4th, 2016 01:13 pm (UTC)
Slightly off topic but it DOES kinda relate to the show/books - I honestly see that somehow the Repulican Convention could shape up to mirror the Night's Watch Lord Commander Election in A Storm of Swords, with Trump as Janos Slynt, Cruz as Cotter Pyke and Rubio as Denys Malleister. Will Kasich be the John Snow or will it literally be someone unknown out of nowhere?
Tanmay Kulkarni
Mar. 4th, 2016 02:16 pm (UTC)
A question
Seven blessings to you George.
Do you have any plans for releasing a chapter or two before the Season 6 airs?
Mar. 4th, 2016 04:12 pm (UTC)
Preview chapters?
Do you have any plans to release another TWOW preview chapter before season 6, like you did before the last two seasons?

(Regardless, I really appreciate that you take the time to update us on your life and work on your blog. Thanks for all you do!)
Mar. 4th, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Preview chapters?
Maybe. Though I've already released and/or read a lot of chapters.
Re: Preview chapters? - Rasmus B Wayne - Mar. 4th, 2016 09:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Preview chapters? - Ahsan Syed - Mar. 5th, 2016 02:57 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Preview chapters? - grrm - Mar. 5th, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Preview chapters? - amarbh - Mar. 7th, 2016 10:50 am (UTC) - Expand
Dan Mcreedeez
Mar. 4th, 2016 09:57 pm (UTC)
Good to hear the Con was a great time. I always find that people are usually much nicer in person than online. Are you attending any Cons coming up in the Northeast? I need to get back into the Con game it's been so long...
Mar. 5th, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC)
Well, Baltimore is next for me...
Sean Hall
Mar. 4th, 2016 11:26 pm (UTC)
Any chance of you playing the season 6 premiere at the Jean Cocteau like previous seasons? . . .I'm assuming no since this season is much more secretive than past seasons with HBO not even releasing press copies of the first few episodes like they have in the past.
Mar. 6th, 2016 09:28 pm (UTC)
Alas, no. We are doing a season 5 marathon, but not season 6 premiere.
Mar. 5th, 2016 01:13 am (UTC)
Thank You from MystiCon!
On behalf of everyone here at MystiCon in Roanoke, Virginia, Carla Brindle and I would like to thank you, Mr. Martin, for taking time out of your busy schedule to attend our 2016 convention. We are happy to hear you enjoyed yourself and that we may have contributed, in some small way, to restoring your faith in SF Fandom. We are grateful to you for all the panels and signings you did at MystiCon for your fans, as well as your generous donation to the MystiCon 2016 scholarship auction.

Again, thank you for being MystiCon 2016's Convention Guest of Honor and know that you are always welcome in our little corner of Westeros.

Carl Kesner, MystiCon 2016 President
Carla Brindle, MystiCon 2016 Convention Chair
Mar. 5th, 2016 03:06 am (UTC)
I had a great time at the con, and I'm looking forward to Balticon. At dinner, I asked you about sending my friend's custom Westeros map to you, and you told me to email so that I could get the address; I sent an email to grrmbooks@gmail.com; if that is no longer the email I should use to contact your office administrator, please let me know the correct email address.
Tanmay Kulkarni
Mar. 5th, 2016 01:21 pm (UTC)
About GoT marathon
Why don't you tell your underlings/agents to run a GoT marathon in some indian theatres? :P

-- question on behalf of your millions of Indian fans.
Mar. 5th, 2016 02:25 pm (UTC)
Anthology of 120 Campbell-eligible authors
Hi George,

Since you're a huge proponent of the Hugos and the not-a-Hugo Campbell, I thought you'd like to know that we've just finished putting together an anthology of as many 2016 Campbell-eligible writers as we could get. The book is downloadable for free here: http://www.badmenagerie.com/up-and-coming-stories-from-the-2016-campbell-eligible-writers/

It includes:

* 120 authors
* 230 works of fiction
* over 1.1 million words
* at least 3 Nebula-nominated pieces
* stories from dozens of magazines, from F&SF, Analog, and Asimov's to Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com, plus novel excerpts from books with Simon & Schuster, Angry Robot, HarperVoyager, and more.

It will be available for free for all of March, and it's meant both to aid with Campbell nominations and to celebrate and showcase this year's qualifying writers. If you're so inclined to drop a note about it to your readers when discussing the Campbell, we'd be over the moon.

Thanks for your time!
Lisa Fowler
Mar. 5th, 2016 06:22 pm (UTC)
So awesome to see you at Mysticon and glad you love our little city ! :)
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