By invitation of the convention organizers, I will be attending and “participating in programming” at the West Coast Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention to be held at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, California, July 2-5, 2015. The organizers are still developing the convention programming and figuring out which participant goes in what slot, so I can’t yet give you a schedule of events in which I will be involved.
When the organizers provide me with such a schedule, assuming I get it far enough in advance, I will post it here. Otherwise, you might need to check the convention’s web site:
To many writers, convention invitations are no big deal, but this is my first and it is a HUGE deal for me. It doesn’t hurt that my third book will have been released on June 30, so I will have a brand new, fresh book to promote. In fact, I’ve never been to any Science Fiction convention, ever. So, this is going to be a totally new experience for me.
I’m looking forward to it. I would love to meet as many of my readers as I can when I am there, so please try to attend if possible.
UPDATE: A partial list of participants is up on the web site and I note that one of them is David Brin, whose writing I really admire. I also note that my name is NOT yet on the partial list, which is causing a 10,000 cubic meter per hour hydrogen leak from my Hindenburg-like ego. Those of you who live in the southwestern United States can probably hear the faint hissing even as you read this. If you want to see who, besides me, is going to be participating, here is a direct link to the page which, perhaps, at some point between now and the opening of the convention, may contain my name:
UPDATE #2: As of 07:30 Zulu Hours, 30 May 2015, the Westercon68 website appears to be down. So, if you get a “page not found” error, it’s not my fault. Really. I can prove it. Don’t blame me!!!!
UPDATE #3: As of 18:34 Zulu Hours 30 May 2015, the site is back up. It is still gravely deficient however, in that the participant list still does not include the brilliant and scintillating H. Paul Honsinger. Don’t these people know that this is a name that will spur the enthusiasm of hordes of wildly cheering fans (a “horde” in this case consisting of at least two fans and, perhaps, as many as five!)? I suppose not. They will learn, my friends. [Evil chuckle.]
UPDATE #4: As of 17:13 Zulu Hours, 1 June 2015, my name is now listed among the program participants for this Conference (technically it’s a “Conference” and not a “Convention”). Because they spelled my last name right on the first attempt, I’m not even slightly perturbed by the listing omitting the “H.” in “H. Paul Honsinger.” I’ve always been “Paul” to my friends and most other folks, so I can get by without the “H.” that I use for formal purposes.