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April 27, 2007

San Francisco Says Hi


I noted earlier that I was looking forward to coming to Borderlands Books, and I'm happy to say I was not in the least disappointed; it was a great crowd, which included my sister and brother-in-law, as well as one of my best friends from high school (no pressure there), and of course Borderlands Books itself is just such a great store. And I met Ripley, the store's famous hairless cat. Very cute, in a "I've been left in the tub for 10 hours and now I'm all wrinkly" sort of way.

Many thanks to Alan and Jude and all the rest of the Borderlands staff for making me feel welcome and at home during my visit. I love this store, loads and loads.

Today: I'm off to the Google mothership for a lunch event there, and then will slowly wind my way back up the peninsula, signing stock as I go, to end up at Dark Carnival in Berkeley at 5:30. I'll be signing there, and then I'm off to the airport to land in Los Angeles, where tomorrow -- gasp! -- I have a day off, which I will spend sleeping and hopefully seeing friends. Sunday I have my LA Times Festival of Books appearance, with Cory Doctorow, Kage Baker and Harry Turtledove. That's pretty good company.

Posted by john at April 27, 2007 09:28 AM

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Chang, for rizzle. | April 27, 2007 10:26 AM

Are you going to tell us which one is your sister or do we have to guess?

My money's on 2nd from left or 2nd from right with the glasses.

John Scalzi | April 27, 2007 10:48 AM

She's not in that picture, actually.

Chang, for rizzle. | April 27, 2007 10:49 AM

Ah, I figured that somehow.

John Scalzi | April 27, 2007 10:51 AM

No you didn't! You said she was one of two different people! Lies! Lies!

Chang, for rizzle. | April 27, 2007 10:52 AM

Uh, I mean that, uh, I thought that she was to the left of the tree and that, uh...

Oh, no. I wet myself again.

Reader | April 27, 2007 11:07 AM

John, have you been meeting lots of people that you'd never met before in person (ie. only through the blogosphere previously)?

I just thought it would be funny if two of your fans met through one of your events .. just think - they could tell your grandkids that you brought together! Aahahaha.

Anne C. | April 27, 2007 11:24 AM

Glad you have a day off, 'cause if you're already "robotic" (from the ficlets blog) on day 5, you're going to need to be replaced by a robot somewhere around day 14.
On the other hand, it might be interesting to read your later blogs, where you alternate between twitchy ons and zombiesque offs. In the interests of science and fellow writers who would like to be able to write it realistically. (Muahahahaha) Er, did I just write that aloud?

Michael Rawdon | April 27, 2007 11:34 AM

I love Borderland Books (and not just because of Ripley). I'm not at all surprised that it lived up to your hopes.

Gina Black | April 27, 2007 11:48 AM

Looking forward to your panel at the LAT Fest of books!

Looks like tomorrow will be a gorgeous day here in sunny SoCal. Have a nice day off. :)

Espana Sheriff | April 27, 2007 11:54 AM

That was loads of fun, even taking into account the sad lack of monkey dancing.

Heather Doan | April 27, 2007 12:39 PM

Hey John we had a great time last night, it was so good to see you(Kevin too!). Ripley was very cool, now Jason wants a cat like that. Where's the picture of us?:) Have a great rest of your tour.

Martin Wagner | April 27, 2007 04:40 PM

The dude in the back making gang signs? Puh-lease. You're whiter than I am!

Espana Sheriff | April 27, 2007 04:53 PM

Well... yeah... that's what makes it funny, right?

Unless Lassen actually joined the Nortenos or something while I wasn't paying attention.

Queenie | April 27, 2007 05:15 PM

You get to meet Kage Sagan, Cory Doctorow, and...and HARRY TURTLEDOVE? And it's "pretty good company"?

Hey, I have an idea. Why don't I get plastic surgery so I look like Mr. Scalzi, and then creep into the conference so I can go see HARRY TURTLEDOVE?

Claudia | April 27, 2007 11:10 PM

Hey, Mr. S.., just finished Old Man's War and it is very, very good! Can't wait to read the next one and I will as soon as I can get to a book store. Will you say "Howdy" to Kage Baker from one of her admirers from the old days of DeadCities..I'm a friend of Gabe's and he introduced me to her books, which are also among my all time favorites. She might know me as Clucky1. Wow, you are in good company!!
Best wishes and look forward to your visit to the Twin Cities, MN.

Samantha Jeter | May 4, 2007 04:06 PM

Thans for talking about and making this book. When i read it I felt good then again sad inside.I don't know why i just did. Thanks again.

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