Chicagoland: SOON I WILL BE IN YOU

A reminder to all and sundry that in less than a month from now I will be Author Guest of Honor at Capricon XXXI, which will take place February 10 – 13, at the Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, Illinois. Whilst there I will be on panels, probably do a reading and/or a Q&A session, sign books, and show you crazy earthlings the true meaning of love. Yes! All that and more. And I will be joined in Guest of Honorosity by John Picaco (awesome artist), Janice Gelb & Stephen Boucher (fantastic fans) and special guest Bryan Palaszewski of NASA.

If you are in the Chicagoland and/or Tri-State area and you miss this, your nerd accreditation will be revoked. I’m sorry, but that’s just the way it is. Hey, I don’t make the Nerd Rules. I’m telling you simply that they will be enforced.

Also, you will probably be amused by my Guest of Honor bio.

Also, for those of you for whom this matters, at the moment this is my only scheduled public appearance in Chicago for 2011 (obviously, I’ll be back in 2012), so if you want to see me this year in or at least near the great city of Chicago, this is probably the time to do it.

See you there.

25 Comments on “Chicagoland: SOON I WILL BE IN YOU”

  1. A sci-fi show doesn’t gain street cred until it’s been canceled, so I guess this is a good Con to go to, now.

  2. Aww, man! Just one more reason to make me miss living in Chicago.

    I hate you, Mr. Scalzi!

    Well, not really, but maybe “thoroughly despise with overtones of insane jealousy” gets closer.


  3. That bio is awesome. I makes me want to go dig in the garden in search of loamy revelation. However, since the garden is frozen I shall not be revelated today.

  4. We shall see you there! Please, stop by the Farscape party I’ll be throwing. Margarita shooters (jello ones)!

  5. Capricon was always my favorite con when I lived in Chicago… especially when it was at the Purple Hyatt. Ah, those were the days! Enjoy the heck out of it!

  6. But… earthworms don’t like pie.

    Well, mud pie. But only the kind momdad used to make.

  7. I’ll see you there, John. I’m guessing you’re not coming in early or staying late, but if you are and want a Sri Lankan rice and curry meal for you and a few of your dearest friends, do let me know. :-)

    Did I mention that I’m teaching your blog for a week this semester? New course on ‘online creative nonfiction.’ If you have any particular entries you would like undergrads to write papers on (aside from “Being Poor,” which we’re already planning to cover), do let me know.


    That’s probably the most arresting statement i’ve read on the internet in the last few weeks….

  9. If I have a really, really good excuse for not being there, can I keep my nerd cred?

  10. I showed this post and the convention website to my 9YO brainiac son and he wants to go, which is cool by me. He’s already got an autographed copy of OMW but he’s still poring over The Rough Guide, which is un-autographed, a situation which he hopes to correct there.

    Now, how to parlay this desire of his into some benefit for me? Oh, look, there’s snow on the driveway. Yes, I’m quite certain we can work out some kind of arrangement, me and the 9YO brainiac!

    See you there, hopefully. I’ll be the old dude w/ a 9YO KIT.

  11. Seriously, it is so much better to be a nerd now than in any time in history I can think of. You are a funny man and have a wonderful imagination, but something I think I read your blog just to feel the nerdy love. Thanks. Michele

  12. Beware of attaching “Soon I Will Be In You” as a declarative clause in too many situations. I can only think of a few instances in which it is permissible without causing great social discomfort.

    Just thought I’d point it out. Nerds have to help fellow nerds out with that mystery of social interaction.

    Note: It should never be used in a bar, at best you’ll be slapped. Perhaps receive a restraining order.

  13. @ 17:

    cf. Oswalt, Patton, and his description of trick-or-treating children dressed as Remy. (“You’re inside me right now!”)

  14. @ 8 – Kelly – glad you always liked us, and always feel free to come back home!

    @ 14 – Steven, nope. No reason is good enough.

    To everyone, as the head of Capricon’s Programming Department, I can tell you that yes, John is indeed on a panel about the True Meaning of Love. Or maybe it was The Hugo Awards. They’re so similar…

    But you can see for yourself next week when the program goes live on the website (figure Wednesday-ish).

    Pre-registration ends at the end of January – same website to register.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone! It’s going to be AWESOME!

  15. So very excited! I’ll be the one handing out “I f***ing love cats!” ribbons to any who want them. :)

  16. Not going to be there, but if you run into special guest Bryan Palaszewski while you’re there, say hi from me. Bryan spent the summer with me and 150 other 20s-ish space professional students at the International Space University 1992 summer session in Kitakyushu, Japan.

    I know that he’s there only because of your link to the guest bios, but it’s a small world…

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