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DRAGON TIME

[first posted at 9 am EST on my website]

No. Sorry. Not done yet.

I'm close, though. Watch this space. When the book is done, you will read it here.


original cover 2006

Meanwhile... there is news. Big news. The end is in sight, at long long last, and we're close enough so that my editors and publishers at Bantam Spectra have set an actual publication date.


revised cover 2007

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS will be in your favorite bookstore on

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011


new cover 2009

Yes, I know. You've all seen publication dates before: dates in 2007, 2008, 2009. None of those were ever hard dates, however. Most of them... well, call it wishful thinking, boundless optimism, cockeyed dreams, honest mistakes, whatever you like.

This date is different. This date is real.

Barring tsunamis, general strikes, world wars, or asteroid strikes, you will have the novel in your hands on July 12. I hope you like it.

((For what it's worth, the book's a monster. Think A STORM OF SWORDS))


final cover? 2011

The dragons are coming. Prepare to dance.

And hey... thanks for waiting.

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skewedoracle
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
And I thought to day was going to be pretty terrible...
Thanks for getting a smile on my face early, Mr. Martin. It is greatly appreciated. Also, congratulations!
ladyithildiel
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Ohhh....fantastic news!:):):)Can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to this!!:D
lomnen
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
I L O V E Y O U M R M A R T I N!

you are the teller of a story that's real
the bard of the unheard song of the heart
the juggler of Fates
the wind on the sea
and the dragon beneath...

but really what I wanted to say is:

thank You...
Kevin Pearson
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
Dance
Just in time for my birthday (July 12th) - thank you!
lostrealist_05
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Dance
Me too! lol
alttext
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Awesome!
I can't wait!
texassky
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
YES! Yes! Yes! - And I demand "release parties" like Rowlings got!
I think that they owe your fans the big release date parties like they arranged for J. K. Rowling.
selkiechick
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: YES! Yes! Yes! - And I demand "release parties" like Rowlings got!
I think that is a really great idea!
Patty Deyo
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
"get ready to dance"
i've been dancing in my seat ever since reading this great news! thank you!
rosen_krantz
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
>thanks for waiting

thanks for writing!
kitteridge
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Hurrah!
WOOT!

I have to confess to being a new reader -- I started book one in January and finished book two in February and am about to start book 3, so by July I'll definitely be ready for book 5. But what's ALSO nice about having the next book to read is ... all of the fans who find out I'm reading the series won't have to purse their lips and say, "I'm sorry ... you'll be waiting a long time for the next one."

That said, I'm sure after DWD I'll be in the same cauldron as everyone else. Keep the water hot, folks.
dcisko
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Wonderful news! Can't wait to pick it up!

Thanks for all your hard work and perseverance. I'm sure you could have hacked it out sooner -- if only you didn't care about how it came out. Thank you for caring! :)
papersky
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Simultaneously in the UK?
sancta_terra
Mar. 3rd, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yup!
Bjorn Naessens
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
reread
So excited. Starting rereading the other books now ;)
adrenalinitris
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
My mind is overloading on covers. So many. As someone who is a little OCD about the covers of my book series matching one another, I get the feeling I'm going to have to rebuy the entire series after the last book is finished.
cort_l_lynn
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, my gosh!!! Gotta grab the others and read, read, read. (It has been a while since I read them, and details have GOT to be fresh in the brain.) You made my day, Mr. Martin.
Tanto Ten
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
WE LOVE YOU
How bout some more spoiler chapters to celebrate???
omarz
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Today is my birthday, and this is a fantastic present! (With the deferred purchasing of said present until July 12. :) Can't wait!!!

Thanks for all your hard work, George. I'm sure DANCE will be just as amazing as the rest of the series.
lostrealist_05
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!
I'm excited!
ex_warorc
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
It's GREATE NEWS!!! Yeahoooo!!!!
missysedai
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
OMG OMG OMG YAY!!

Thank you, George!!

Between you and Jim Butcher, I'm going to have a happy reading July!
mladshii
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
PUHLEEEEESE!!!
Make it happen
we so hope there would be no tsunami or flu.
Would there be a world tour? When will we hear about translations into other languages?
aikoe
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
First--YAY. I am hopefully optimistic that I will get to read it this July. It'll make a pretty great birthday present to myself.
Second--I really wish the covers would stop changing. I bought the books over when the covers changed the first time, just so my set would match. Now they won't match again? Not cool.
ghostgrass
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
WOOHOOOOOOOOOOO
Finally! Finally! Finally!

Time to reread them all.
trademybike
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Reading this literally made me lurch out of my seat and dance.

I look forward to a release and am gonna have to start piling through the books again ^o^
blanx73
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
Married, an HBO series, and Kong being (almost) done? So, it's been an uneventful few months, then.

Thanks for creating a world that is so vibrant and alive for we readers, and thanks for sticking with it through the difficult parts.
hingeoftheworld
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*dances around with silly abandon*
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