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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-- though I should mention that the interview was recorded last spring, and parts of it are already outdated.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.

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trfhms
Oct. 7th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
QUESTION
from WiCnet on Twitter:
"Sounds like GRRM may go back and change Robert Arryn's name in the books to match the show (Robin)."

Any truth to this?
grrm
Oct. 7th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
Re: QUESTION
No.

The name change that was being contemplated (as mentioned in the podcast) was for Marillion, to avoid confusion with the band.

HBO decided it was not necessary.

The Marillion thing has annoyed me for years. So far as I knew at the time, I'd made up the name. It was never meant to refer to the band of the same name.
saithkar
Oct. 7th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Re: QUESTION
Just out of interest, I don't suppose you could tell us what you were considering changing the name to?
grrm
Oct. 7th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Re: QUESTION
Hadn't really given that much thought.
atrus123
Oct. 7th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: QUESTION
I have to say though, it's a great band and one of my favorites. I've been listening to them for years. They originally got their name from Tolkien's Silmarillion, which (of course) makes me love them even more.
trfhms
Oct. 8th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: QUESTION
I sincerely thank you.

I was bummed out when the decision was made to officially name Robert "Robin" in the HBO series, but I understand the reasoning. This Twitter comment concerned me more...

The first thing that made me realize the extent of the babying of Robert Arryn was that nickname Sweetrobin. To have him simply renamed would be tragic.

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