Where the Lahar meets the Tsunami!

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Yes, that would be Westercon, also known as ConClusion.  This year’s Westercon will begin with  Seattle is a peculiarly appropriate place to celebrate the end of the world.  It’s sort of a potential nexus for natural disasters.

There Seattle is, on the San Andreas fault, with lots of the Seattle waterfront built on potentially unstable fill.  Backed by Mount Rainier, with Mt. St. Helens not that far away, both volcanoes, one not so dormant. With the ‘Big One’ as we fondly call that long awaited and over due earthquake perpetually hovering in our collective Northwest consciousness. 

Now, of course, we if do get the Big One, there is the potential for it to awaken both those volcanoes, possibly triggering lahars that can travel for miles and miles, literally rivers of cement heavy stuff crushing and burying all in their paths.  Not to mention lava, falling ash and dangerous gases. 

But not to worry!  Surely the tsunami that can be triggered by The Big One will bring an immense wave of cooling seawater to damp things down!

So, there it is, folks!  And you know you want to be there!  Because if it all goes down as unplanned, the only real thing you can do is get together with your friends for a great ConClusion party!  The convention will officially launch at 5 PM Thursday with Closing Ceremonies!  Yes, that’s what it is! See you there!


  1. CLOSING ceremonies? Um, don’t you mean, ‘Opening’ ceremonies? I’ll be there, with Chewie, the wonder dog, (you’ll notice us for sure JUST because of THAT fact). Come and say hi!

  2. Nope! We’re starting with Closing Ceremonies this year, just in case that, well, that we don’t get a chance to do them at the end! :)
    It’s a celebration of the End of the World as We Know It!

  3. Lynn - July 4, 2012

    SO I JUST FINISHED THE THIRD BOOK OF THE RAIN WILD CHRONICLES AND WAS APPALLED TO REALIZE IT DOESN’T END THERE!!! IS THE NEXT BOOK IN THE WORKS LIKE SO MANY OF MY OTHER FAVORITE AUTHORS….SIGH…..ANY ENCOURAGING WORDS TO A FAITHFUL READER??

  4. Can’t say it too often! :) Yes, the edited final book, Blood of Dragons, is all ready to roll and will appear on book store shelves in April of 2013, in both the US and UK markets. This fourth book concludes the Rain Wild Chronicles. Thanks for the interest!

  5. Cornelia - July 5, 2012

    This might be a silly question (and/or the wrong place to ask it!), but what is your schedule going to be at Westercon? I tried to look online for a schedule and couldn’t find it. I live on the east coast, but I’m in Seattle for the summer and one of my goals was to attend one of your events while I’m in the area!

  6. Hi Cornelia!

    Im in haste! 3 minutes to a panel! I’m here at WEstercon all day Saturday and Sunday. The Westercon site has a complete list of panels, and I put it upon the Robin Hobb Facebook, also! Come on by the Sea Tac Doubletree! All sorts of fun going on here!

    Robin