Seems like this is officially a Thing Authors Do, so for anyone wanting to track me down at WorldCon — a.k.a. LoneStarCon 3 in San Antonio, Texas — this is what I’ll be up to. This will not only be my first WorldCon, but pretty much my very first science fiction convention, so I’m pretty excited to see what the fuss is all about.
Note that the list below respresents the official events I’m committed to attending and supporting. I’ll also be pulling duty minding the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) book in the dealer’s room from time to time, and like everybody else, I’ll be attending panels and standing in autograph lines.
Thursday, August 29
- Booksworn & Friends party, 8 p.m., somewhere in the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter: The Booksworn & Friends “books and swearing” party is hosted by a bunch of authors, many of whom suffered together through the Night Shade stuff (hence the swearing). We don’t know the actual suite number at the hotel, but stay tuned. It should be a really great time — there’s something about eating a bug to get a free book. Makes me happy I write my own, frankly, but I’m told it’s an old Night Shade tradition. (Update: Looks like it’s Suite 3436. Come see us, eat a bug and get a free book!)
Friday, August 30
- “Things They Never Tell You When You’re Published for the First Time” panel, 11 a.m., Room 102B, convention center: I imagine this panel will be quite popular with would-be authors out there. Hopefully we won’t demoralize them too much when we’re done. I’ll be on the panel with Vylar Kaftan, David Liss, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and moderator Moshe Feder.
- “When Is Hard SF Too Hard?” panel, 5 p.m., Room 008A, convention center: This is the first of two panels I’ll be actually moderating. Because you want your con rookie to moderate, right? At least I get to see how Moshe handles it earlier in the day. Anyway, this ought to spur lots of interesting debate, as there are passionate partisans on both sides of the question. With Nancy Kress, Christopher McKittrick and Jack Skillingstead.
Saturday, August 31
- Group signing with a bunch of authors, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Twig Book Shop: Seven accomplished authors, plus me! Come get books signed and chat up your favorite author at one of San Antonio’s best indie bookstores. Those expected to attend, besides me, include Betsy Dornbusch, Drew Carpyshyn, Myke Cole, Kevin Hearne, Scott Lynch, Brian McClellan and Courtney Schafer.
- Drinks With Authors charity event, 7 p.m. until late, Ernie’s Bar: Justin Landon, Steve Drew and Myke Cole have organized what looks to be a really epic event, with a huge number of authors — some of whom I may very well get all fanboy with, because they’re awesome. There will be charity auctions of books and prizes, including a medieval helm with all the authors’ signatures on it. The event of the con! Be there!
Sunday, September 1
- Mars and/or Bust! panel, 10 a.m., room 103A, convention center: As someone who’s take on a 22nd century mining colony was rooted in a lot of research, I’m really proud to have been chosen for this panel, let alone asked to moderate it. There’s some very smart people joining me — Karen Burhnam, David Levine and John Strickland — to discuss when and how we’ll get to Mars. And perhaps most importantly, why.
- Autograph session, 4 p.m., SWFA booth, dealer’s room, convention center: If you haven’t gotten me to sign The Daedalus Incident by this time, then you had best get in line here. It’ll be your last official chance at the convention.
Monday, September 2
- Nothing planned! Except for getting on a plane back to New York.
And remember, if you’re not able (or willing) to attend WorldCon, I’m holding a special online Shindig event this coming Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 9 p.m. EDT. I’ll be doing a reading from Daedalus, doing some Q&A, and if you’re lucky, I might spill a bit about The Enceladus Crisis as well. Just click on the above link to RSVP — it’s free!