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When the Game Began

Pictures of HBO's version of the Iron Throne are all over the internet these days -- in publicity stills, in the teasers and trailers, probably as wallpaper. Love it.

I thought some of you might enjoy having a look at the FIRST Iron Throne: the one that Bantam had built as the centerpiece of their booth at the 1996 American Booksellers' Association (ABA) show in Chicago.

photo copyright Andrew I. Porter

The official publication date of A GAME OF THRONES -- first edition, first printing, with its now infamous embossed silver foil cover -- was still months in the future when the 1996 ABA was held, but Bantam had hundreds of glossy hardcovers there at the show, and gave them all away to booksellers. Which is why I have always regarded the US edition as the true first of GAME, even though the British edition from Harper Collins had an earlier official pubdate. The American edition actually EXISTED earlier, and I handed out hundreds of them to the schools of piranha... er, retailers... who appeared out of nowhere whenever a new giveaway began.

Signed most of 'em too. Often while sitting in the giant Iron Throne. Which was actually made of wood, for what it's worth. As the show was winding down, Bantam offered to let me have it, but somehow I didn't think the airline would accept it as checked baggage.

Besides, the thing was really uncomfortable. That part they got just right.


Mar. 2nd, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
You Should Have Kept It
I would have.

If I were you I would have it as an explicit part of my contract. That it goes where ever I go; be it a book signing, con, on the set of the TV show, the washroom. All at the publisher's expense of course.

Surround it with beautiful women. Lord it over the other writers.

A little discomfort is a small price to pay for reminding others of their place.

That chair looks too damn cool to not have around.


George R.R. Martin
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