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Off to Worldcon

It's August, so it must be time for worldcon. (Truth be told, that sentence should read "It's Labor Day, so it must be time for worldcon, but that fight may be lost, alas, alas). The annual gathering of the tribes, our fannish family reunion. Time for rockets, time for parties, time for the fannish faithful to gather and howl at the moon.

This year the gathering takes place in Kansas City, Missouri. MidAmericon II. Which just happens to be forty years after MidAmericon I in 1976, the first KC worldcon and (in my not so humble opinion) one of the best worldcons ever, and certainly the most innovative. MAC II has a lot to live up to, but I'm looking forward to a great week.



All that and world class barbeque too! Burnt ends rule!!!

For those of you who will be attending, here's my own schedule at the con:

THURSDAY August 18
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm AUTOGRAPHING Convention Center, room 3501H

FRIDAY August 19
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm READING Convention Center, room 3501H

5:00pm - 8:00 pm HIGH STAKES launch and mass Wild Cards signing, Count Basie Ballroom,
Downtown Marriott (ticketed event)

SATURDAY August 20
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm AUTOGRAPHING Convention Center, room 3501H

3:00pm - 5:00pm WILD CARDS Death Matches Convention Center, Tucker Stage

SUNDAY August 21

11:45 am KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS signing w/ Gary Gianni
dealer's room, Convention Center

2:00pm - 3:00 pm panel: REMEMBERING BIG MAC I Convention Center, Tucker Stage

Those are my Official Public Appearances.

Mind you, I will be around for the rest of the con as well. You'll see me at parties, wandering the dealer's room, enjoying the art shows, popping into other panels, attending the Hugo Awards, drinking at the bar, eating at various local restaurants and barbeque joints. And of course, I'm always glad to say hi. Especially at those parties. Parties are the soul of worldcon.

That being said, I would ask that you do NOT ask me to sign books or pose for photographs at these sorts of chance encounters. I've scheduled seven hours for autographing, spread over several days and several venues... the rest of the time I just want to enjoy the con like everyone else.

(A good thing to keep in mind in dealing with ALL your favorite writers, by the way, not just me).

And yes, I will be throwing another Hugo Losers Party. How not? This is the fortieth anniversary of the first one, held in my room at the old Muehlebach Hotel, the night after I lost two Hugos. But I haven't listed that here since it's not open to the general public, sorry. Invitation only.

See you in KC. Let's party like it's 1976!

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MeereeneseKnot
Aug. 15th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
Very much wish that I could make it! Do you know what you are going to read yet, or will the reading audience get a choice?
jcherry
Aug. 15th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
Have a great time!
Damn I am jealous! Have a great time. Have you ever considered posting your reading at a con on your not a blog for us who want to be there but simply can't? That way we can share in at least a small part of the experience.
Tanmay Kulkarni
Aug. 15th, 2016 05:22 pm (UTC)
All the very best to you George, have a blast! We love you!

So you are going to read something on Friday. Can we hope for a new, never before revealed chapter from WINDS? (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

Edited at 2016-08-15 05:26 pm (UTC)
terrymcmahon312
Aug. 15th, 2016 06:09 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a hell of a week
I think you're going to be glad you devoted not just a lot of time to your fans (which we all appreciate) but to yourself as well. (And to your friends--your description of Hugo Losers Parties past has me so jealous.) When I travel, I find it works best to have enough scheduled time that I feel productive but also plenty of downtime to just enjoy the experience. And now that you've stopped most of your travel & con stuff, I'm going to guess you'll really enjoy getting to be just a fan more or less anonymously for a little while. Have fun!
cashcraig
Aug. 15th, 2016 06:15 pm (UTC)
Invites?
What if I haven't lost a Hugo but I am just simply a huge pitiful loser in general?

Speaking hypothetically, of course.

Edited at 2016-08-15 06:17 pm (UTC)
olliethehound
Aug. 15th, 2016 06:25 pm (UTC)
Have a grand time!
Sounds like quite a time. I seriously considered making the drive that way to attend, but as I've never been to a con before and had no one to go with me, so I decided id pass. I wasn't too sure what to expect at this type of con, though the parties and all of the like minded people really tempted me.
Enjoy your time and stay safe everyone! Much love over here from Lake Powell! Perhaps I'll bring myself next time. I bet the tickets are all sold out by this point in time any how!
Judith Carol Bemis
Aug. 16th, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
Re: Have a grand time!
memberships are still available in all forms at the door
BryndenBFish
Aug. 15th, 2016 06:30 pm (UTC)
Worldcon Reading
Having really enjoyed your reading at Balticon 50, I wondered what was the first public reading at Worldcon you ever did and what the audience's reaction was to it?

Also, any hints as to the reading on Friday afternoon?
grrm
Aug. 15th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Worldcon Reading
Actually my first worldcon reading was at Big Mac I.
Re: Worldcon Reading - cyniclclasicist - Aug. 17th, 2016 10:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Worldcon Reading - ADragonDemands - Aug. 17th, 2016 12:22 am (UTC) - Expand
sistercrow
Aug. 15th, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
Enjoy Big MAC 2
I believe it was at the first MidAmeriCon that we met. Somewhere around the house, I have a picture of your beautiful wife, Parris. Send her my love, and party like it's 1976!

*Kathleen McBride
Russ Nickel
Aug. 15th, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
So excited for my first Worldcon! Lucky enough to have a movie screening there, which is finally getting me off my butt and onto a plane! Huzzah!
ravenclaw_eric
Aug. 15th, 2016 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'll be there with bells on!
lisa_marli
Aug. 16th, 2016 02:00 am (UTC)
See you at the con. I'll be working around San Jose in 2018.
caravaggio2012
Aug. 16th, 2016 03:37 am (UTC)
costume
I say go as someone pretending to be you when you walk around. People would never know. Plus, you might win a costume contest.
lisa_marli
Aug. 16th, 2016 07:05 am (UTC)
See you at the con. I'll be working around San Jose in 2018.
Noah Cohen
Aug. 17th, 2016 01:28 am (UTC)
Wild Card Death Match
GRRM,

I am a huge fan of the Wild Card series. Unfortunately I am unable to attend Worldcon but I would have liked to see you there and picked up a copy of High Stakes and possibly even have gotten it signed. I am extremely interested in the Wild Card Death Matches. If it is not too much trouble, can you post the results? I would love to know the outcome. Safe Travels!
sourbillytipton
Aug. 17th, 2016 01:38 am (UTC)
Who is the most...
memorable person that's given you their autograph?
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