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We leave on Monday for Ireland. Seems like I just got back from Australia. Damn, but I'm tired. And still not caught up on all the stuff that piled up here while I was travelling.

Ah, well. I knew the job was dangerous when I took it.

Got a million things going down, on a number of fronts. Let me touch on a few.

For those of you who like to hear me pontificate, there's a new podcast with me up on io9 where I talk with John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtly, holding forth on a wide variety of topics, including the HBO show, Wild Cards, fandom, my comic book projects, the anthologies I've been editing with Gardner Dozois, and of couse A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, even the infamous Meereenese knot. You can give a listen at http://io9.com/5656513/ -- though I should mention that the interview was recorded last spring, and parts of it are already outdated.

On other fronts, got some cool news from my editors at Bantam Spectra. The mass market paperback of A GAME OF THRONES has just gone back to press for its 34th printing. Which normally would not be worthy of note -- but as it happens, this new print run will push the paperback over the 1,000,000 copy mark. A lovely round number, I think.

Oh, and for Wild Cards fans, I should mention that Pat (wretched Cowboys fan that he is) of Pat's Fantasy Hotlist is doing one of his famous giveaways for the Tor reissue of the first volume in the series. Check it out at http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/2010/10/win-copy-of-wild-cards-1-edited-by.html This new edition will include some extra added content: three brand new stories, never before published, by Carrie Vaughn, Michael Cassutt, and David D. Levine, plus all the text of the original 1987 edition.

SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, our Jack Vance tribute anthology, was a finalist for the British Fantasy Award and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award. If you missed the Subterranean limited edition and the Voyager trade hardcover, and have been waiting for a cheaper edition, wait no longer. Harper has just released SONGS in a trade paperback:

Pick up your copy from Amazon UK, or any other online UK bookshop.


Oct. 6th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
One million copies is astonishing - congratulations. And Songs of the Dying Earth deserves all the praise currently being heaped on it.

I'm currently in a quandary deciding which book to read next. See my poll here:

Feel free to vote or comment, although I suspect that most people here will vote for Fevre Dream...
Oct. 7th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
That's one million paperback copies in the USA alone. Worldwide sales, including foreign languages (ASoIaF is published in 20+ other languages), American hardcover sales, the limited editions and so on will likely push that up much higher.

Interesting this figure came out now, though, as it means we have a basis of comparison for how many more copies will be sold off the back of the HBO series (a TV tie-in edition of GoT is released in February). Charlaine Harris saw her sales figures increase by something ridiculous (over 300% in the first year, IIRC) just after TRUE BLOOD started.

For your poll I voted for MYTHAGO WOOD. Awesome book, very impressive, by Robert Holdstock, a great author who sadly passed away a few months ago. I met Robert a few times and on the last occasion he told me a story about going to play arcade games with GRRM at a British con in the late 1970s or early 1980s (presumably one of the Brighton worldcons) :-)
Oct. 7th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC)
Interesting. Another connection between Holdstock and the world of computer gaming is the novella he wrote that came free with the classic game 'Elite'.

Thanks for the vote (and the comments).
Oct. 9th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
Increased sales would be great.
I introduced several of my friends to the series, some enjoy it, some couldn't get into it (the sissies!) I really could use more people to talk to about the series.

I am surprised Charlene Harris' readership increased so drastically. I am a frequent poster on the True Blood Imdb forum, and while I LOVE the series, the books DO NOT interest me. From my time on the boards, I think I am in the majority.

I wonder what percentage of True Blood watcher who were not familiar with the books started reading them. That would be a very interesting stat.


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