Last friday, I went down to Seattle, Washington to meet George R.R. Martin. He was in town for a book signing at Town Hall. 1,000 people showed up. He’s a popular dude. I was on hand to help with the signing for The Signed Page signing, hauling nearly 400 books from one side of the room to the other, with George signing them along the way. Along with George, I had the pleasure of meeting one half of James S.A. Corey (Ty Franck, whose novel, Leviathan Wakes, rocks) and Peter Orullian, author of The Unremembered. Needless to say, I was a star-struck little blogger for the entire weekend!

But, well being a braggart is only fun for me. So, instead of gushing more, here’s a video filmed by Suvudu blogger Shawn Speakman. I was sitting right next to the camera. Cherie Priest, the Hugo-nominated author of Boneshaker was on the other side of the camera. She’s a sweetheart, too.

Beyond that, there’s not much to report that the video doesn’t relate. He’s a wonderful man; very humble and possessing a dry, self-deprecating sense of humour and very passionate about his work. All around, a great experience.


  • Patrick (YetiStomper) August 2, 2011 at 10:32 am

    And you didn’t get me a signed copy of ADWD. For shame. For shame.

  • Natasa August 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Goddamn you lucky bastard.

  • Chris Strange August 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I hope you nabbed the chance to stroke his beard.

  • aidan August 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I’m not sure what that’s a euphemism for… but you rest assured that I did it!

  • Ryan August 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I had tix to that signing, but decided last minute to not go due to a long work week, and my total lack of desire to be around 1000 people on a Friday night. In hindsight, I sorta wish I had gone…ah well, I’ll live the event vicariously through the video. Glad you had a good time!

  • Calamity Jane August 3, 2011 at 12:18 am

    I am writhing in envy. This may have caused me to have a green hued skin for the rest of my life!

    You are incredibly lucky. I am glad you enjoyed it!

  • Hannah August 3, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I love that he has a throne.

  • neth August 4, 2011 at 11:14 am

    You need to be at a con with him. He goes to the parties and will happily sit down and have an indepth conversation with you. It’s great. And you’d probably get the chance to meet his wife too – if anything, Paris is even more of a joy to talk to.

    It’s pretty cool to sit down and have a conversation with him over drinks. It’s even cooler when you get introduced to George RR Martin and he’s heard of you and asks a pointed question about your blog. That was simply awesome.