Your Voyager liaison arrived in the afternoon, couldn’t check in at the Hilton till 3pm (how expensive is their wireless internet by the way!) and then dashed off to register, accompanied by the very lovely @BothersomeWords. As we lingered in the foyer we spotted a well known and bearded man (not an easy task among AussieCon goers!). Yes. It was George R R Martin. Your correspondent dithered around and said things like ‘OMG’ and ‘GASP’. We filed in for the opening ceremony, and sat one seat away from the GRRM. At the end of the ceremony, your correspondent turned to GRRM and said ‘Excuse me, are you George R R Martin?’ Okay, so I just couldn’t think of any other way as a prelude to ‘OMG I AM YOUR BIGGEST FAN oh yeah and I work in your publishing house btw.’. George is one of the loveliest fantasy authors I have ever met. He’s down to earth (in a fantasy author way) and chatted about how he had a 25-year run of cons, then burned that when WorldCon was in Japan (he regrets not going). He also said that at his first cons, budgets dictated that you crashed in someone’s room wherever possible and ate at McDonalds. But times have changed now (for George) :-). All I can say is, if you see Mr Martin wandering around the con, DO go up and say hi. He likes his fans and he is LOVELY.
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