This next weekend I’m going to be at the Epic Confusion science fiction/fantasy convention in Troy, Michigan, along with Patrick Rothfuss, Jim C. Hines, Joe Abercombie, Brent Weeks, Elizabeth Bear, Saladin Ahmed, Tobias Buckell, Robin Hobb and so many other fabulous writers that your brain will just assplode from excitement. And if all those super spectacular writers isn’t enough of a reason for you to get your butt to this particular convention, here’s what Subterranean Press and I are doing to sweeten the pot: The first 900 people to show up at the convention get a hardcover copy of “The Sagan Diary,” my novelette, told from the point of view of Jane Sagan, that takes place between the events of the novels of The Ghost Brigades and The Last Colony, Illustrated by Hugo-winning artist Bob Eggleton.
Why? Because we like you. And we like the Confusion convention. And yes, I’ll be happy to sign the book. All nine hundred.
No, it’s not a bribe. The convention’s going to be awesome no matter what. This is just icing on some tasty, tasty cake.
Speaking of which, here’s my schedule at the convention, so you know where to find me:
7pm, Friday Salon E
Our Guest of Honor, Toastmaster, and other writing luminaries play “dueling suck” with their own works, trying to see who can best generate a vacuum.
Jim Hines Patrick Rothfuss John Scalzi Scott Lynch Joe Abercrombie
1pm, Saturday Salon H
Natural Sounding Dialogue
Writing dialogue is not just recreating how people talk, but an art within the art of writing, distilling conversation down to bare essentials. Who does it well, and how do you do it in your own writing?
Kristine Smith John Scalzi Myke Cole Christine Purcell Christian Klaver
4pm, Saturday Salon H
The Lure of the Undead
In books, movies, and video games, the various forms of the undead are as popular as ever. We’re dating vampires, gunning down zombies, and… mostly ignoring mummies, but only for now. Come listen to our writers discuss the appeal to the undead, and what might be done to keep them fresh and new, so to speak.
John Scalzi DJ DeSmyter Carrie Harris Steve Buchheit Ferrett Steinmetz
5pm, Saturday Salon E
Mass Autograph Session
This is where I’ll be doing oh so much signing.
10am, Sunday Athens
Toby Buckell and I catch you up on our latest writing.
John Scalzi Tobias Buckell
11am, Sunday Salon H
The Multi-Creative Author
Creativity does not always strike in a single direction, and many authors have creative impulses in other media. From music to drawing, acting to the fiber arts, writers express their creativity in any number of alternative ways. Come listen to a few discuss their favorite creative hobbies and how it impacts their writing, if at all.
Catherine Shaffer John Scalzi Steve Piziks Myke Cole Anne Harris
Other than this I will be hanging about with friends, probably in the bar area. Come say hello.
Regarding signing books, I usually ask people to wait until the official signing time to get stuff signed, and I really would like people to try to get the signing done there. But given the number of Sagan Diaries that will be out and about next weekend, I’ll make an exception and will pretty much sign them whenever you see me (except when I’m actively eating a meal, because, c’mon, a guy’s gotta eat, or if I’m on my way to a panel). Do me a favor and bring a pen, please. I often forget to carry one.
See you next weekend!