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May 16, 2007

Upcoming Events/Appearances

Now that I'm back from my tour, you'd think I would never want to leave home again, and indeed roght now, I don't -- and won't! So there. However, in a week or so I'll start showing up in public again, because, well, what can I say. I like people.

So, for the stalkers, here are the places I know I'll be through the end of the year. This list isn't definitive in the sense that these will be the only places I'll be -- it's entirely possible I'll tuck in a few more dates here and there as 2007 goes along -- but these are the things I've said "yes" to.

5/22, Columbus, Ohio -- Reading/Signing at Barnes & Noble (1739 Olentangy River Road) at 7pm.

5/24, Dayton, Ohio -- Reading/Signing at Books & Co (at The Greene) at 7pm.

5/31, Cincinnati, Ohio -- Reading/Signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (2692 Madison Rd), 7pm

6/6, Eaton, Ohio -- Library appearance, at (I think) 7pm. More details coming.

6/22 - 6/24, Washington DC -- ALA Conference, where with others I will speaking on "The Literature of Ideas."

6/30, Kokomo, IN -- Signing at Don's Books at 1pm. With Tobias "Ragamuffin" Buckell.

7/6 - 7/8, Kansas City, MO -- The Heinlein Centennial, where I'll be full of panelist goodness.

8/3 - 8/5, Mountain View, CA -- Science Foo Camp (a bunch of scientists, techno-geeks and etc hanging out at Google and thinking of new and exciting ways to TAKE OVER THE WORLD)

10/31 - 11/4, Nantes, France -- Utopiales: Festival International de Science-Fiction de Nantes. A big deal over there; gets something like 35,000 visitors each year. Since I have a number of European editions out now, this seems like a good time to visit. And it will be my first time in France. w00t!

Other possible appearances between now and the end of 2007: Confluence, Capclave, Context (funny how all these science fiction conventions start with "C," he said, only half-winkingly), all of whom have invited me, and which I'd like to attend, particularly Confluence, whom I've been stringing along for three years now, like a cad. I feel like such a heel about that. The problem this year is that it's up against a long-standing personal commitment for that weekend (this is also why I was unable to consider Libertycon, which is also that weekend. Stupid real life). We'll have to see.

I'm open to other convention possibilities between now and the end of 2007, pending workload and availability (and also financial considerations, because, you know, spending a few hundred dollars a shot to attend conventions adds up over time) so if programming committees want to ping me I can put them on the list to consider.

Speaking of financial considerations, I'm still on the bubble re: Nippon 2007; basically, I wouldn't have time to do anything other than go there and come back, and I'm wondering whether it's worth thousands of dollars to fly to a whole new country just to spend five days in a hotel and then fly right home (yes, I'm doing this at Utopiales, but there I'm a featured guest of the festival, which is nice). I'll have to make a decision soon, in any event, because otherwise I'll simply price myself out of consideration.

In any event, this is where I know I will be between now and 2008. Aside from being at home, of course, writing quality literature for y'all.

Update, 10:47pm -- Well, definitely not going to Capclave this year; it's the same weekend as my 20th high school reunion. Gotta go to that instead. Sorry, Capclave!

Posted by john at May 16, 2007 10:49 AM

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Neth | May 16, 2007 10:53 AM

Seems to me your obligated to go to Japan and place that tiara on your successor's head ala Miss America.

John Scalzi | May 16, 2007 10:58 AM

Well, Neth, and if you want to start a "Send John to Japan so He Can Hand-Deliver a Tiara" fund, I'll enthusiastically cheer you on!

Eric R | May 16, 2007 10:59 AM

Why must you always come to Joseph-Beth's on a Thursday, on which eve I'm always previously committed? Is there some market research that says people are more likely to come out to see you on a Thursday? Or perhaps Thursdays have magical book-selling properties dating back to the age of the Druids or some suchness. Feh.

Now, begging your pardon, I'm going to go off and mope a bit.

John Scalzi | May 16, 2007 11:04 AM

Eric R, come up to Dayton on the 24th. It's not that long of a trip.

Neth | May 16, 2007 11:05 AM

Hmmm...let's say I take a 10, no 20% cut off the top then I'll happily take on such an important campain.

Jeremiah | May 16, 2007 11:26 AM

I'd go to Japan. I've always wanted to. But that's just me

Elaine | May 16, 2007 11:31 AM

Will you have time for a drink or food with some of your local (really, we're not groupies ...) adoring fans while you're in DC?

And since I'm here, I wanted to point at today's post at A webcomic of romance,
sarcasm, math, and language.
It immediately made me think of you (and your cat).

joelfinkle | May 16, 2007 11:32 AM

What, no love for Chicago?
I know we lost our one major SF/F bookstore a few years ago, but there are a few bookstores (Anderson's, and even a couple of Borders) known for big signing events.

Lou | May 16, 2007 11:52 AM

Whatsamatta, Columbus Resident too good for Youngstown/ Kent/ Akron/ Cleveland??

I'm only partially offended...

John Scalzi | May 16, 2007 12:03 PM

Who is a Columbus resident?

PixelFish | May 16, 2007 12:14 PM

Foo Camp is tonnes of fun from what I hear. My ex-boyfriend went a few years back, made some friends, and brought me back lots of goodies.

I think it would be neat if you went to Nippon to pass on the tiara but also note that it is a pretty big financial bite.

Steve Buchheit | May 16, 2007 12:25 PM

Neth, if you're not taking 33%, you aren't working hard enough for it, you know.

John is so good to us stalkers. I mean, would Kevin Bacon post his schedule? So at Foo camp, is there actual worship of Pinky and the Brain?

Rachel Brown | May 16, 2007 12:29 PM

If you think there's a chance you'll ever go to Japan and stay longer, save your money-- it's well worth visiting at your leisure.

If you think that you'd never go to Japan unless you go to Nippon 07, go. Even a couple nights on the town in Tokyo is better than never going at all.

Laurie Mann | May 16, 2007 12:47 PM

Well, I hope you can consider Confluence. We have an interesting set of program participants, and we'd love to add you!


When I asked Gardner what he'd like to do for Confluence, he said he'd like a dunk tank. Our new hotel has nice outdoor space, so a dunk tank is a real possibility... ;->

Cathy | May 16, 2007 12:49 PM

So who else is speaking with you at ALA? Looking forward to seeing you there!

Adam Rakunas | May 16, 2007 12:57 PM

I hear that the streets of Yokohama are lined with DDR pads. How can you pass that up?

Steve Buchheit | May 16, 2007 01:14 PM

Laurie Mann, dunk tank?

Oh, I'm saving up my money for that one!

Hugh Casey | May 16, 2007 01:22 PM

Will you still be interested in Philcon this year? We'll be happy to have you back!

Mike Cane | May 16, 2007 01:23 PM


First Max Barry, now you.

WTF do publishers have against sending authors to NYC?!!?

It's me, isn't it?!!?

Maria Lima | May 16, 2007 01:26 PM

Sweet - you're coming back to DC and we'll actually both be in the same general location at the same time. (I was sorry to have to miss your earlier DC visit).

I'll be at ALA on that Saturday, staffing Sisters in Crime booth and hanging out at my publishers booth. Hope to touch base with you. :)

Mary Kay | May 16, 2007 01:30 PM

We're going to Japan. Need somebody to carry the tiara if you don't go? Alternatively, need someone to go dancing with if you do?


Laurie Mann | May 16, 2007 02:06 PM

Gardner envisioned it as a way for all the writers whom he rejected to have their little bit of revenge...

Gina Black | May 16, 2007 02:45 PM

Going to Japan without taking the time to actually *be* in Japan would be a real shame IMHO. It is an amazing place: a strange blending of ancient and future, East and West, and there's those bullet trains too. :)

Plus, there's Mister Donut.

handdrummer | May 16, 2007 03:18 PM

A group of us are going to Paris for a few days after Utopiales. You should join us. It would be a shame to travel to France and not see Paris....

Jenny Rae Rappaport | May 16, 2007 03:43 PM

I want to go to Japan too, but it's not happening for the same financial reasons... =(

But you know, if you did want to go, and wanted to take someone along as a translator, I do speak enough Japanese to get by...

Steve Buchheit | May 16, 2007 04:05 PM

Laurie Mann, I've got one or two rejection letters with his name on them. I might be able to pry myself away from a beer klatch or two to stand in line for that. :)

Laurie Mann | May 16, 2007 04:34 PM

Steve, our other option might be Nerf balls if we can't get a dunk tank... ;->

Lou | May 16, 2007 04:43 PM

Everything South of 76 is Columbus.

Steve Buchheit | May 16, 2007 04:57 PM

Laurie, mmm, random acts of senseless nerf-violence during his keynote. While fun from the audience stand point, maybe not so condusive to con business. (insert evil giggle here). Let the pelting begin. :)

Kristy | May 16, 2007 06:14 PM

Science Foo Camp sounds geektastic and I'm now even more jealous of you than I was before.

Adam Ziegler | May 16, 2007 07:30 PM

5/22? Tuesday is Guys Night! Holy Frack! What were you thinking?

I don't know if we can "go to a reading" for Guys Night. It's like a law or something...

Brian | May 16, 2007 09:36 PM

Lou, I think there are chunks of Dayton and Cincinnati that might argue with you there. ;-)

hnu | May 17, 2007 12:32 AM

Yeee-haw! See you in Nantes, at the Utopiales! I am really, really happy you'll be there, I am 99% certain that I'll go too. Please, set aside some beer-time with one of your Romanian fans :)

Connie | May 17, 2007 01:15 AM

I will also look forward to seeing you at ALA. Is this the science fiction authors panel?

grhm | May 17, 2007 04:46 AM

Just so I might stand a chance of stalking you...

Would your trip to France include a stopover in the loveliness that is London Heathrow?

The offer to stay in the beautiful Wiltshire countrside is still open. See Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, the local Ottermans bookstore and much more!

John Scalzi | May 17, 2007 08:36 AM

I have no idea what my travel arrangements will be yet, grhm, but thanks!

Peter Ahlstrom | May 17, 2007 12:25 PM

(^Fairborn native and Books & Co. fan.)
That Books & Co. is in Beavercreek! Okay, fine, Beavercreek has a Dayton mailing address for some wacky reason, but it's not even in the same county!

jess a. | May 17, 2007 01:23 PM

Hm. Books & Co. on The Greene is only about 5 minutes from our new house. Unfortunately, that's the day I leave for WisCon! Drat!

Glen Murie | May 17, 2007 08:58 PM

You may also want to consider the big games convention. GenCON.

John Scalzi | May 17, 2007 09:02 PM

If they invite me, I'll consider 'em.

Rikhei | May 18, 2007 01:40 PM

Dude, it's so cool you're going to ALA. (Sadly, I will not be.)

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