So here is my final schedule for WorldCon next week.
Thu 15:00 – 16:00, KaffeeKlatsch: Thu 15:00 (KaffeeKlatsch), KK1
Apparently this is where a small number of people can sign up to come hang out with one of the guests. I haven’t done one of these before, but if you’ve ever wanted to chill with a large man that looks suspiciously like James Gandolfini to talk about writing stuff, this is probably your best bet.
Fri 10:00 – 10:30, Reading: Larry Correia (Reading), A14 (RSCC)
Come and hear me read things! I take requests. Hell, I’ll even dramatically read other people’s books, though I bet theirs won’t have nearly as many explosions.
Fri 17:00 – 18:00, Autographing: Fri 17:00 (Autographing), Hall 2
Not only will I read books, I will also sign them. Is there anything Larry Correia can’t do?!
Sat 12:00 – 13:00, Meet the Campbell Award Nominees (Panel), A03
All of this year’s Campbell Award nominees are at Worldcon. Here’s your chance to see some of the field’s best new writers.
Seanan McGuire, Saladin Ahmed, Dan Wells, Larry Correia, Lev Grossman, Lauren Beukes
The rumors of this turning into a some sort of ultimate deathmatch, American Gladiators style event have been greatly exagerated. Though I can’t entirely discount the possibility that I may be wearing spandex, or that I may hit somebody with a giant padded foam Q-tip.
This is a diverse field of nominees this year. If I wasn’t nominated, Dan Wells would be my clear favorite, because he is an extremely good writer, and I felt that way before we ever became friends. If you haven’t checked out his Serial Killer series, you are missing out. Also, my next book bomb (coming on August 17th) is for an eBook that he is releasing, that is possibly one of the silliest, oddest, satirical vampire novels starring John Keats and Mary Shelley that you have ever read. (also, probably the only one)
Saladin Ahmed is a talented short story writer and poet. Lauren Beukes writes cyber-punk sci-fi and has already won other big awards. Lev Grossman writes fantasy, and also writes for Time magazine and Salon, and from what I’ve seen in my googling, Lev is the favored to win by the literary critical types.
I am the least favored to win by the literary critical types, (in fact, I’ve seen a few places where they have ranked me #6 out of the 5 finalists) but that’s cool, because I am the only author eligible that has had a gnome fight or trailer park elves. (or as one critic pointed out, I am a relentlessly single tone throw back, and another said that if I win it is an insult and a black mark on the entire field of writing.) SWEET! I’m so unabashadly pulpy and just happy to entertain, and thus offensive, that I make the inteligensia weep bitter blood tears of rage.
Hell, that alone makes writing books worth it. Though the gigantic royalty checks full of money from all of my many bestselling novels is pretty sweet too.
Sat 13:00 – 14:00, Steampunk versus Alternate History (Panel), D03
Science Fiction never blinks at incorporating events and icons of history…but when it comes to Steampunk, an argument is bubbling in boilers about what makes something “Steampunk” and what makes a work “Alternative History.” What sets the two apart? Why can’t Steampunk be considered part of the Alternative History genre? Why are authors hesitant to combine history with their fantasy? Where is the line (if any) between “Steampunk” and “Alternative History”? Authors discuss challenges, spirited debates, and fun in dancing between genres.
Tee Morris, Philippa Ballantine, Larry Correia, Sean Wallace
How do I write alternative history? Good question… Go back in time and add more ninjas. How do I write steampunk? Put goggles on the ninjas. BRILLIANT!
Sat 15:00 – 16:00, Fantasy in the Real World: The Rich World of
Urban Fantasy (Panel), D05 (RSCC)
When you ask people outside of our community what “fantasy” is, they either think of Tolkien or Rowling or of paranormal romances. But urban fantasy remains one of the richest parts of the fantasy field.
Lisa Goldstein (M), Larry Correia, Sharon Lee, Tim Pratt, Madeleine E. Robins
Have you ever wanted to shoot a werewolf in the face? Then this is your genre.
Sat 18:00 – 20:00, Pre-Hugo Reception (Reception), Capri
Come and watch me sit at a table and clap politely as people win awards! I even bought a new suit!
Okay, seriously, I’d love to win the Campbell, but if I don’t, that’s cool because there are very talented people nominated against me. And no matter what happens, I am still the tallest. So they may win the Campbell, but I win life.
And the new suit is totally bad ass.