Monday, September 22, 2008

Neal Stephenson not as popular as Neil Gaiman

It was a pretty good sized crowd, but not the insanity that was Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys book tour... which makes sense I suppose, since Gaiman cuts across a lot more genres. That was all for the good because it meant the signing line at the end moved petty well, and even though I somehow ended up at the end of the line despite being one of the first people there... it didn't take all that long to get through.

He just read two early sections from the book and took questions. You can sort of tell that he thinks these things are pretty useless and a waste of his time, but he answered plenty of questions and he even seemed to appreciate a few of them. It was mostly hard core Stephenson nerds with a smattering of people who didn't really know much about him but apparently take every opportunity to go to book signings... which I guess isn't a bad policy. A guy I was sitting next to brought shirts that he and his buddy made to give to Neal... and another in front of me brought his own fountain pen for Stephenson to use when he signed the book, complete with some sort of super ink (Neal Stephenson writes all of his books in longhand with a fountain pen).

So anyway, mission accomplished both books are signed, and I even asked him while he was signing my books what he thought of this years BU's hockey team(he is an alum)... but, alas, he doesn't follow them so his prediction was that "they would skate around"... which is, I admit, probably a safe bet.