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September 20, 2006

Where I'll Be and What I'm Doing 9/20/06

For those of you who care, a quick catch-up on everything I'm doing for the next couple of months.

1. Reminder that I will be at the Marion Public Library tonight at 7:00 to talk about writing, science fiction, being a dork and what have you. I've found that library appearances tend to be a lot of fun, so I hope some of you central Ohio folks can make it.

2. However! This will not be my only mid-Ohio area appearance this year. I will also be doing an appearance/signing/whatever at the the Barnes & Noble at 4005 Townsfair Way in Columbus on Thursday, November 9th at 7pm. That's the B&N in the Easton Town Center, for all you Columbus types (I'd call you Columbians, but I don't know how you'd feel about that). This appearance would be a lovely time for you to pick up The Android's Dream and have me sign it, hint, hint.

I'm looking in to doing at least a few other Ohio bookstore appearances this November; I'll let you now what pans out.

3. The folks at Philcon have extended their invitation to have me show up and blather, and I took them up on the offer. So I'll be there, November 17-19. Charlie Stross will be the guest of honor, so you know it's going to be fun. This will also be a good place to have me sign your new Android's Dream book.

4. Now some bad news: Because I'm a complete moron and forgot about a previous personal commitment from which I cannot back out, I will not be attending Capclave this year. This sucks for me in all sorts of ways, among them being that quite a few of my friends will be there, and the entire line-up of participants reads like a who's who of people I want to hang with. And of course I feel like a dick for backing out. But there's not much to be done about it. I hope the one or two of you who were thinking of attending Capclave because of me will join the hundreds of other people who are attending it for other reasons anyway; it looks like a great convention, and I'm sorry I'm going to miss it.

5. A couple of weekends ago I made an appearance at the Kerrytown Book Fair in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and I spoke on a panel with fellow science fiction/fantasy writers Toby Buckell, Sarah Zettel and Anne Harris. We had an almost obscene amount of fun on the panel, and fortunately the panel was recorded, and turned into part of a podcast here. We are both amusing and full of useful thoughts on the science fiction writing life, which is a good combination. The panel portion of the podcast starts about 25 minutes in. Enjoy!

6. And now for something that's not entirely about me: I've been a little slack in the last month about my author interviews on AOL, mostly because, well, you know, I was trying to finish my own book. But I'll be ramping those up again, because they're fun and also because the response to them has been very good -- good enough, in fact, that I may be doing something new through AOL to highlight them (and writing in general) in the next few months. I'll have more on that when/if it happens, but in the short term you can expect the interviews to return, hopefully within the next couple of weeks. Folks I have on the deck for interviews include Jo Walton, Mark Budz, Sean Williams, Karen Traviss and Catherynne M. Valente. Now all I have to do is get them all their questions. Yes, I'm the weak link here. Kill me now.

Posted by john at September 20, 2006 08:25 AM

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Eric | September 20, 2006 09:23 AM

Is one of those Ohio bookstore visits in the Cincinnati area? Hopefully Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Rookwood Pavillion about a mile from my apartment. Or the Barnes & Noble near the Kenwood Mall. Either one. Please. PLEASE!

John Scalzi | September 20, 2006 09:26 AM

I'm friendly with some of the Joseph-Beth folks, so it's entirely possible that I'll do an appearance at the Cincinnati store. We'll have to see what happens with that.

Jenny Rae Rappaport | September 20, 2006 10:06 AM

Hmm, now I'm tempted to go to Philcon, since it's only an hour or so away.

Chang "The Sebago Scupper" | September 20, 2006 11:21 AM

Damn. Ohio is so far away. If only I could fold space.

Think, dammit! Think!

Janiece | September 20, 2006 11:24 AM


You can borrow my space bender, but just this once.

Jennie | September 20, 2006 11:29 AM

Ok, I wasn't going to, but now I am definitely going to PhilCon. See you there!

Steve | September 20, 2006 11:38 AM

Oh sure. Now that I've moved and live nowhere near Philadelphia, Philcon gets a couple of really cool participants. Fine. Be that way.

Oh, and I just finished (last night) Mark Budz's first novel Clade. It's very good.

Laurie Mann | September 20, 2006 03:23 PM

Sorry to hear you won't be at Capclave. I was hoping you'd wear your tiara to the fancy dress party Saturday night! ;->

Bryan Price | September 20, 2006 04:03 PM

No times when I'll be in the area (but I'll be looking for something close to Jacksonville... :) )

And as a former Columbusite, that is what I use to reference (funny, I originally typed reverence) those that are residents. ALthough it seems that most of my friends are now in place like Hilliard(s), Worthington, Dublin and Reynoldsburg instead of Columbus proper.

Johnny Carruthers | September 20, 2006 04:19 PM

So, you're going to be talking to the Marion librarians?

Patty | September 20, 2006 08:33 PM

Your presence will be one more reason Philcon will rock for me.

And congrats on finishing THE LAST COLONY.

PixelFish | September 21, 2006 01:26 PM

Any updates on whether or not you will be at Borderlands or other bookstores in the Bay Area during the booksellers convention? I would like to get my copy of OMW signed. :)

(Also, I made my boyfriend buy OMW last night in the bookstore. Yes, I could have loaned him my copy, but if he likes the book, he'll just end up buying it anyway, so we skipped the lending and went straight to getting him his own copy. He is now two chapters in and reports back positively.)

Jan | September 21, 2006 02:11 PM

Finally! A Columbus visit!

Barring personal catastrophes, I'll be there with book in hand. If I were a major-league pitcher, I could throw a rock and hit Easton Town Center from my front porch.

Phillip | May 14, 2007 09:34 PM

Good job, here and there!!! Keep it up, I like your guestbook!!! Please add your comments at my :)

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