The Obligatory Picture Out the Hotel Window, Boston Style (+ Boskone Schedule)

There you have it.

In other news, here I am in Boston, a little early for the Boskone convention, which starts tomorrow. If you live in a hundred mile radius and are not there, we will have words.

Also, for those wondering what I’m doing with myself while I’m at Boskone, here’s my program schedule:

  • Reboots: Refreshing or Depressing? (Panel), Fri 19:00 – 20:00, Harbor I (Westin)
  • SFWA Eastern Regional Meeting (Other), Sat 12:00 – 13:00, Carlton (Westin)
  • Guest of Honor Interview and Portrait Painting (Panel), Sat 14:00 – 15:00, Harbor I (Westin)
  • Release Party — New John Scalzi Book From NESFA Press (Other), Sat 15:00 – 16:00, Galleria-Demo (Westin)
  • H. Beam Piper Retrospective (Panel), Sat 16:00 – 17:00, Burroughs (Westin)
  • Kaffeeklatsche: John Scalzi (Kaffeeklatsche), Sat 17:00 – 18:00, Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1 (Westin)
  • Boskone Saturday Night Award Event (Other), Sat 21:00 – 22:00, Harbor II&III (Westin)
  • My Top Ten Tips for the Prospective Author (Panel), Sun 11:00 – 12:00, Harbor II (Westin)
  • Reading: John Scalzi (Reading), Sun 13:00 – 14:00, Lewis (Westin)

Yes, they’re keeping me busy. I’ll also be doing an autographing in there somewhere. The new book listed in the schedule is 24 Frames Into the Future: Scalzi on Science Fiction Film, a collection of my AMC/ columns. I’ll be posting a photo of it as soon as I get my grubby mitts on the thing, I assure you.

Anyway: Hello, Boston. You have to deal with me for a whole weekend.

Oh, stop screaming. It’s not that bad.

31 Comments on “The Obligatory Picture Out the Hotel Window, Boston Style (+ Boskone Schedule)”

  1. Any chances of the “Top Ten Tips for the Prospective Author” panel turning into a Whatever post at some point? It sounds interesting. (Unless of course it’s already on the site and I haven’t seen it yet).

  2. I know where you’re staying… if you like clam-shack like ambiance, I recommend The Barking Crab (within walking distance) — anything fried is good, but don’t get the lobstah, I think they fish it from the harbor. Calimari app is yummy.

  3. Chicago (or at least the northern environs) seems to have survived your extended presence, so I have hopes that Boston will do the same. (Have you and your knees reconciled yet?)

  4. Since I live about 7mi away from the Westin I am sad I will not be there this weekend as I will be going up north to white(hopefully) northern NH. Enjoy Boston!

  5. John, welcome to Boston! Hope to glimpse you tomorrow.

    Farley: believe that white thing is the outthrust portico of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) across the street from the con hotel. The center is currently hosting the Boat Show.

    They’ve got the boat show, we’ve got the show boat …

  6. crotchetyoldfan – The Crotchety Old Fan is Steve Davidson, also know as Rimworlder on many SF forums. Steve maintains the Rim Worlds Concordance project which is devoted to the works of A. Bertram Chandler and his most enduring character - Commodore John Grimes of the Rim Worlds Naval Reserve. Grimes is science fiction’s original ‘Horatio Hornblower of Space’. More information about Chandler, Grimes and the Rim Worlds can be found at Steve also maintains a visual index of volume 1, number 1 pulp science fiction magazines on the same website and is a devoted collector of the same. ‘I’m an ‘old’ SF fan, which you can take whichever way you like, as I love the old masters (Heinlein, Clarke, Asimov, E.F. Russell, Piper, Cordwainer Smith) and I’m well beyond the age you’re not supposed to trust anymore’. This blog is devoted to an investigation of the growing divide between ‘old’ - or ‘classic’ science fiction and the moderan literary genre that is currently sold under the same name. Steve has also begun writing reviews for, expects to be doing the same for, and is contributing various non-fiction pieces to various other websites, all of them concerned with science fiction of one stripe or another. Early in 2008 he became completely disappointed with the SciFi Channel and created The Classic Science Fiction Channel website that gathers links to public domain radio, television, film and literary properties. Steve had a successful non-fiction writing career - writing articles and books dealing primarily with the paintball industry (Four books and several hundred articles including editorializing, product reviews, sports reporting, educational and more) - which he has since given up in favor of blogging and fiction. (Leaving the paintball industry after 25 years.) One final book on this subjected is scheduled to be released in early 2009 (A Parent's Guide To Paintball). Current work on fiction includes several completed novellettes/novellas curently in submission hell and various chapters of three novels. Freely distributed current work - including several chapters of a science fiction/paintball novel and a pulp/comic book/fairy tale mashup can be found on his website.

    See you tomorrow! Coke Zero (and another little gift of appreciation) will be waiting for you at the Orlando in 2015 table.

  7. Man, I really wish I could make Boskone this year, but with the move a week ahead, it’s not really possible (time or money-wise). But my wife will be there, at least, so I hope to live vicariously through her, and am looking forward to good con stories.

  8. Sorry, man, 30 miles away, but can’t make it. My girlfriend is, however, reading you for the first time, if that makes up for it any. Please ignore that Boston tends to smell like pee, and don’t hold it against the state just to the north (we don’t like the smell much either).

  9. I had hoped to attend on Sunday, but I’ve only just started working again & won’t really have the money to do so. I was at the Westin for Arisia, and can generally reccomend the quasi-Irish bar, especially if you get your food *at* the bar. Then again, I’m a sports fan, so a glass of Bass, fish & chips, and watching the Celtics worked just fine for me.

  10. Will you be able to do autographing on Sunday? That’s the only day I’ll be there, and I may have two books for you to sign if you can.

  11. Josh – Crazy, amicable, and a bastard - Josh is a work in progress. Confused and unsure of what to do with himself, he's currently aiming to be a professional writer.

    Augh! I wanted to go so bad, but I just can’t afford it. And I live 30 minutes away. =|

  12. Did you do something to that photo? Because it looks like it was taken in the 70s and spent the last 30 years fading and discoloring.

  13. I’ve taken this photo myself.

    I’ll be there by late afternoon today…

  14. It’s amazing how often we end up in the same city at the same time. I almost came to see you in Germany, but business was in the way. I was in Boston yesterday too.

  15. Alas, despite being well under the 100 mile radius, I cannot attend; so long as the words are had via e-mail or this forum I can participate but I don’t have time for either Boskone, the trip there, or a face-to-face. Poor planning on my part; maybe next year.

  16. Farley on Feb 16 2:52pm inquired
    What’s that white thing in the foreground?

    According to googoo. that is the mother of all Convention Centers in the northeastern US. has a nice page about Boskone, complete with map. If one turns on the sat view, you get something like this behemoth which looks large enough to accomodate a brace of barges (a few of which should be visible to right).

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