In this Oct. 7, 2014, file photo, George R.R. Martin, author of the fantasy book series that inspired HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” appears at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion in Santa Fe, N.M. In a Jan 2, 2016, blog entry, Martin acknowledges he missed the Dec. 31 deadline for the latest book in the fantasy series, titled “The Winds of Winter,” and the finished novel is still months away. (Clyde Mueller/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP) 

Clyde Mueller

TusCon 43 organizers announced last fall that George R.R. Martin will be the guest of honor at this year's conference, to be held Nov. 11-13.

Now celebrating it's 43rd year, the convention draws dedicated fans of science fiction, fantasy, and horror along with professional writers, film producers, artists, and reporters.

 Martin wrote "A Song of Ice and Fire," the international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels, which was adapted for cable television by HBO as “Game of Thrones.

 Organizers are limiting attendance to 500 to maintain "a small, friendly, quality convention experience."  Three-day memberships are $55; $27 for ages 6 to 15. Learn more about the conference, and other special guests, at