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May 09, 2007

Richmond Says Hi


I lived in Virginia for four years, and yet tonight was the first time I had actually been in the state capital. I can say that it was worth the wait: Not only was it a good crowd, but they also sang me "Happy Birthday" (because my birthday is tomorrow) and I got cake and cool presents! This is the best May 9 ever.

And with tonight's reading, I am officially done with the tour. Tomorrow I hie myself off to the airport and head to see my family. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to that.

I'll have more to say on this later, I'm sure. But for now I'll have one last room service dinner on Tor, and then head to sleep. Tomorrow I'll be another year older, and on my way home.

Posted by john at May 9, 2007 09:22 PM

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Steve Buchheit | May 9, 2007 09:34 PM


Happy Happy, John. And you get the best presents evar, to go home to a wonderful child and a magnificent wife. Lucky man, you are.

Simon Owens | May 9, 2007 10:20 PM

It was good seeing you, John

Brian | May 9, 2007 11:18 PM

Have to admit, from the pictures it looks like all the venues on your tour were well-attended for their size... congrats for a successful tour!

Randomscrub | May 10, 2007 12:16 AM

Happy birthday! If I buy your book today, does that count as a present to you, or me? In any event, I plan to do it regardless!

Kelly | May 10, 2007 12:18 AM

Yay! Thank you, John! And thank you to the people who showed up to see one of our favorite authors! There's a bunch of people who didn't make the inside of the frame....and thanks to them too.

Please come back any and every time you're on tour. You've always got a bookstore home in Richmond. And we'll get you a cake even if it's not your birthday.

sam young | May 10, 2007 04:54 AM

happy birthday, john!

i envy your adventures.
although i hate flying and i hate airports, too.

Scott Mactavish | May 10, 2007 06:55 AM

Scalzi- I just missed you. I was in DC on a gig and just couldn't break away.

And a note about Fountain- I self-published my first book and sold a couple of thousand out of the trunk of my car before Little, Brown bought it at auction. I started in Westport, CT. and drove straight down 95 to Savannah, and Fountain was one of my first accounts. They were enthusiastic and friendly, and I encourage those visiting Richmond to stop by and buy stuff. And then, head down to Bottom's Up Pizza for a slice, and tell Coalter that Mactavish said 'Wassup.' No need to do weird rap-hands.

Congrats on the tour. I hope Chang and Nathan didn't show up shirtless, with their faces painted.

Steve Buchheit | May 10, 2007 09:00 AM

Scott Mactavish "I hope Chang and Nathan didn't show up shirtless, with their faces painted."

Okay, I'd pay money to see that (not a lot, but micropayments add up)

Steve Buchheit | May 10, 2007 09:01 AM

Scott Mactavish "I hope Chang and Nathan didn't show up shirtless, with their faces painted."

Okay, I'd pay money to see that (not a lot, but micropayments add up)

Dave Singleton | May 10, 2007 09:12 AM


I also enjoyed meeting you last night, and I hopefully broadened my 14 year old daughter's reading scope at the same time by dragging her along. She enjoys fantasy trilogies, but my two successful recommendations in SF over the past 6 months have been Citizen of the Galaxy and The Android's Dream. So you are in rare company. Still, I shouldn't have complaints about anyone who reads 2 to 3 novels a week just for fun. She was bugging me first thing this morning to dig up my copy of Old Man's War.

I liked the aside about "Space Cruiser Yamato." I loved that show; I saw it when it was repackaged as "Star Blazers." Did the original still have that rocking theme song? The best thing about the show was when they fired the wave motion gun. A barrel the size of a freakin' battleship and a 5 minute firing protocol, using a pistol grip and trigger on the bridge! Classic stuff.

Jeremiah | May 10, 2007 09:51 PM

Dude you guys talked about Yamato? I remember that show from when I was little. Awesome.

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