Hey "Game of Thrones" fans: Want to ask George R.R. Martin a question? Here's your chance!
I'm excited to be moderating a panel with him at the Chicon 7 gathering this weekend. The chat with Martin, whose "A Song of Ice and Fire" books are the basis for HBO's "Game of Thrones," is scheduled from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Columbus EF in the Hyatt Regency Chicago (and here's the rest of Martin's schedule).
I've got my own roster of questions, of course, and we'll be asking convention attendees in the room for queries, but I figured, why not let fans post some questions here as well?
There's no catch, really, but here are a few caveats and requests:
- Please leave your comments here and don't ask them in a reply on Twitter. I find it's a little harder to keep track of questions on Twitter, so ask them in the comment area below, if you can. Part of the reason to put questions in the comment area is so that your queries can be longer! Nobody wants you to have to split your complex question about Mance Rayder or Daenerys into a five-part saga on Twitter, least of all me.
- Please don't spoil major plot points from the books or the TV series. Not everyone has read all or any of the books and not everyone has seen both seasons of the show. It'd be a bummer if someone stumbled across a big spoiler in the question area, and I'm sure it wouldn't be that hard to phrase questions in ways that would ensure that they don't contain huge plot surprises.
- This means no questions about R.W. Fans probably know what this means. Don't even hint at it, please.
- I'll say this up front (and maybe this is the catch): I'm not going to ask every question. But it'll be great to hear a broad array of questions and concerns among those who've read Martin's books and who are watching the HBO series. I'll certainly read every question and take note of the subjects and topics that seem to be of greatest concern to book devotees and "GoT" viewers.
- Feel free to think beyond the show when formulating questions. What I'm trying to say here is that I'm not going to spend more than an hour talking to Martin about just the TV show -- that's not the goal. Of course Martin is involved in the making of HBO's "Game of Thrones" and writes an episode every season, but his day job is as a fiction writer. "ASoIaF" is his primary gig right now, and obviously questions about those books are fine (as long as they're not full of spoilers). But Martin has written many works and been part of many creative endeavors, so feel free to think further afield than HBO's version of Westeros.
- Speaking of questions, if you've read any coverage of the show or any interviews with Martin, you've probably seen that he's been asked similar questions time and again (and I've certainly been part of the repetitive-query brigade at times). So very, very familiar topics might not be put at the head of the line. What I'm trying to say (nicely, I hope) is that the old standbys like "Which character is your favorite?" and "Which change that the TV show made did you like/dislike the most?" -- well, we've been there, done that. No doubt similar topics will come up Saturday, but when I come up with my final roster of questions, I'm going to try to avoid the questions that have been asked a hundred times already.
- I'll stop reading questions Friday evening, which is when I'll preparing for the following day's festivities.
- If you're attending Chicon, which is also this year's Worldcon, and you want to say hello, I should be wandering the convention floor and in the audience for a few different panels Saturday afternoon. Hit me up on Twitter Saturday if you want to try to find a way to exchange hellos.
- A side note: Ron Donachie (a.k.a. "Game of Thrones'" Ser Rodrik Cassel) will also be at Chicon. He was a last-minute addition to the program, but if you are at the Con and get the daily newsletter, his events should be listed there.
- This is not especially relevant, but I'm aggrieved that Patrick Rothfuss' reading is just before the Martin panel, so I won't be able to make to that event. If you enjoyed Martin's books, you may want to check out Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles.
Thanks for your help, everyone!
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