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Actually, TWO heads would be even better.

It occurs to me that I have been so busy lately that I have not yet gotten around to announcing that (1) A DANCE WITH DRAGONS has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award in the "Best Novel" category, and (2) the World Fantasy Award jury has also selected me as one of the winners of their Lifetime Achievement Award this year.


The World Fantasy Award is one of the more complicated honors in our field. Here's how it works. A five-person jury is selected. The members of the previous World Fantasy Con and the upcoming World Fantasy Con receive a nominating ballot, and nominate two finalists in each award category. The jury adds three additional nominees. Then the jury selects the winner from among the five finalists.

This year's finalists for Best Novel are:

• THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER, Christopher Buehlman (Ace)
• 11/22/63, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton as 11.22.63)
• A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
• OSAMA, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
• AMONG OTHERS, Jo Walton (Tor)

A very distinguished list. My congratulations to all the other finalists.

The rest of the ballot can be found here:


The Lifetime Achievement Award is a different deal. That one is announced ahead of time. I was rather startled to learn that the jury had announced ME. After all, my lifetime is not nearly over, and I have lots more achieving ahead of me, I hope... (unless the World Fantasy Award knows something that I do not). I am such a young lad, and devilishly handsome as well.

However, it is a HUGE honor, and I am very thrilled to receive it... especially as the jury also named Alan Garner as the other Lifetime Achievement receipient. If you don't know Garner's work, well... you should, damn you. He's the author of THE OWL SERVICE and THE WEIRDSTONES OF BRISINGAMEN and ELIDOR and all sorts of other great stuff, and was writing terrific fantasies long before fantasy was either popular or fashionable. It's great to see Garner get some long overdue recognition for his contributions to our genre. Now I'd love to see someone put all his books back into print again.

Past receipients of the Life Achievement award include Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Theodore Sturgeon, Richard Matheson, Jack Vance, Jack Williamson, Stephen King, Fritz Leiber, Gene Wolfe, and many of my other heroes and role models, so I am going to be in very good company indeed with this one.

The awards will be presented at this year's World Fantasy Convention in Toronto over Halloween weekend. Alas, I do not think I will be able to attend. My schedule is already pretty full for the rest of 2012, and this one came on me unexpectedly. (Also, I just appeared in Toronto early in the year). But I am sure it will be a great con.

(I do have one of Howard's heads already, for my werewolf novella "The Skin Trade" from way back when. He proudly wears a Jets cap).


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Aug. 14th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
So will the new Howard head wear a Giant's cap, then? ;-D
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Big congrats all around! Well-deserved honors, though I do agree - you've got far more achieving left to do.
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
...and best of luck to you on the WFA one.

Personally, I hope you stick around for at least another decade or more. Though these days you just never know.
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations George! That's some fantastic news.
Johnny A. Miller
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
H.P. and the Jets (as sung by Elton John)
I wonder how more well-read Patriots fans will take a famous literary New Englander wearing a Jets cap? I can only imagine Yog Sothoth or Cthulhu or Nyarlethotep knows the answer to that one.
Aug. 14th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
Re: H.P. and the Jets (as sung by Elton John)
Providence is actually BETWEEN Boston and New York, so HPL could go either way.
Aug. 15th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
It would have to be the Giants or the Boston Redskins, wouldn't it?
Aug. 15th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
Re: H.P. and the Jets (as sung by Elton John)
Don't forget that HP did live in NY for a while...though he hated it with a passion.
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Go, Garner!
I am very pleased to hear Alan Garner getting some recognition. WEIRDSTONE OF BRISINGAMEN and MOON OF GOMRATH were childhood favorites of mine from my long vanished childhood, and have not palled noticeably upon rereading as an adult.
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
Really distinguished company there -- Ray Bradbury is my favorite science fiction writer, ever. I'm amazed how much stuff he was able to produce, even at an advanced age. Looking to pull the trigger on his collection The Dragon Who Ate His Tail. Because, you know, dragons.
Aug. 14th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Once again, congrats! Well deserved. I'd only read your Ice and Fire material thus far (heck, I can't wait for Dunk and Egg adventures in their anthology that's to come), but based on that and that alone, you've definitely re-defined (and defied) what fantasy is. And the series isn't complete yet!
I picked up Bantam's previous editions of the first four paperbacks back in '07, and got around to reading them about 3 1/2 years later, sadly. A friend and myself were discussing fantasy books and series and she named yours. Anyway, I enjoyed the first book so much, I 'upgraded' them to hardcovers, the current editions that are out now.

Once my reading pile shrinks, I'll crack open both Dreamsongs volumes. I'm especially looking forward to reading 'The Ice Dragon'.
Aug. 14th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Love you!
Just wanted a chance to say how much I love your writing. Would love to be a writer also and could only hope to do half as well. You're my hero. Keep up the amazing work and fight the good fight with the corrupt politics.
- Amanda in Vegas
Aug. 14th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm a new fan of your work but after Game of Thrones season 2 ended, I devoured the book and am working my way through them. I love your story but I also love the style of writing. I'm a huge fan of Tolkien's world but at times his style would wear thin so finding a writer that can create a world like Westeros, tell such an amazing story, and write in a way that doesn't make me want to 'just wait for the movie' is incredible!
Aug. 14th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'm also a new fan (just finished ADWD) and wanted to pop by and say congratulations! It's definitely a well-deserved honour. Pity you can't make it to Toronto.
Aug. 14th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats on both, but especially the Lifetime Achievement Award, that is very special! I agree entirely about Alan Garner's books (I have some, but not all, and "The Owl Service" is one of my favourite fantasy books ever), and here's hoping that this honour will cause some publisher to decide to put his books back in print.
Aug. 15th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Congrats! You are indeed in great company, and you do indeed deserve it!
Aug. 15th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
Congrats mate :)

Awesome news. Jar hoisted in your general direction ;)
Lee Wallace
Aug. 15th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
Howards Head the First: The Skin Trade
Congratulations on the Lifetime Achievement Award, and good luck on the Best Novel nomination. I've read a few of the books nominated, it would be very hard for me to choose a winner from that field!

I also wanted to ask if you had any plans to revisit The Skin Trade Universe. I really enjoyed that novella, and would love to see more of those characters and the world they live in.
Aug. 15th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Re: Howards Head the First: The Skin Trade
I have an idea for a "Skin Trade" sequel, yes... but no notion if I will ever find time to write it.

However, there will be a graphic novel version soon from Avatar, and a "Skin Trade" movie is in development.
Aug. 15th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
That is really wonderful news, George! Hugs!
Aug. 15th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
Wow, congratulations! Putting a ballcap on HP Lovecraft! That seems so sacrilegious! You should post a pic.
Aug. 15th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Much congratulations George!!
Aug. 15th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
Congrats. George. Who knows? Maybe you'll go to the grave with two lifetime achievement awards!? (probably one of them firmly thrust through your heart!... Arrgh! It.. .writes!!)

wrt getting Garner's books back in print, I heard that he's writing another novel in the 'Brisingamen' sequence: 'Boneland' due out anytime now
Nathan Domino
Aug. 15th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Sorry to go off topic George
In your voter ID laws thread you mentioned you lived in Iowa as a young man. I never knew that. Where did you live here and for how long? Sorry to post off topic but I was curious.
Aug. 15th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry to go off topic George
I taught journalism at Clarke College in Dubuque from 1976 to 1979.

It was living on the Mississippi during that period that inspired me to write FEVRE DREAM.
Matt Stedman
Aug. 15th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
Have you (or anyone else here) read 11/23/63? I've heard great things.
Aug. 15th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: 11/23/63
I got my copy for Christmas, but haven't read it... yet. Stephen King is among my favorite authors.
Michael Howley
Aug. 17th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
Re: 11/23/63
I bought it as soon as it came out, and devoured it quickly thereafter. Quite possibly my favorite Stephen King. Mr. Martin mentioned it a while back, and he really enjoyed it as well. Sorry, George, but I think I'm pulling for King on this one!
Aug. 17th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
Re: 11/23/63
It is indeed a terrific book. I am a big Stephen King fan, and like almost all his stuff, but this is the best novel he has written in a decade, and one of the best he's ever done.

However, it is 11/22/63. Jeez. How can you guys get THAT date wrong? That's like talking about 9/12.
Aug. 18th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Re: 11/23/63
I hit 'reply' so the original typo was intact as my subject..surprised I didn't catch it! Got to improve my editing / proofing skills!
Jezabel Nightroad
Aug. 15th, 2012 08:29 am (UTC)
Congratulations Mr Martin! :)
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Aug. 15th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
I agree.'Lifetime'should be renamed'So Far, So Good' Award.Off-subject (apologies dominus) but I experienced a real frisson of fear clapping eyes on your chapbook parcel with its'Fevre River Packet Co Inc'stamp.A brilliant touch; so typical of you.The devil(& George Martin)are in the detail.You're always exhorting us to go read all kinds of 'weird stuff' so I tried Stephen Augarde's 'The Various' trilogy.OMG-sad, commonplace-ly horrifying & uplifting all in one. Defies all pigeon-holes but haunted me nearly as much as'Fevre Dream'.Thank God for all you wordsmiths out there.
Aug. 15th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
Yay you! \o/

Meghan Hubbell
Aug. 15th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!! Well deserved!!
Steven Townshend
Aug. 15th, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
Chris Buehlman is an old friend and fellow GAME OF THRONES fan. During his first tour for THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER last year, I tried to push FEVRE DREAM on him (because FEVRE DREAM had just rocked my world). He's witty and compassionate, and I think that when you meet you'll get along very well.
Amanda Milholland
Aug. 17th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
Congratulations, especially on the Lifetime Achievement Award! You have certainly earned it with all your wonderful works :)

(Though I do agree that the idea of calling it a "Lifetime" Achievement award doesn't seem quite right, unless there's something fishy going on... If you DO end up attending the award ceremony, if anyone starts playing The Rains of Castamere, RUN!)
Richard Lee
Aug. 17th, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats!
Hah... funny. George, have you wronged any other fantasy authors recently?
Alicia Viquez Rodrguez
Aug. 17th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Congrats! from Costa Rica Im a big fan!
Aug. 17th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
Gee thanks
Now you have added a bunch of titles to my "to read" list! And I thought I had time!

"The best laid plans of mice and men...and Henry Bemis...the small man in the glasses who wanted nothing but time. Henry Bemis, now just a part of a smashed landscape, just a piece of the rubble, just a fragment of what man has deeded to himself."

Curse you, Mr. Martin, I had time!!!

Edited at 2012-08-17 05:25 pm (UTC)
Savage Rose
Aug. 18th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Gee thanks
This Lovecraft's bust has a very psychotropic face! -^^- hehe.. too much sanity lose.

Edited at 2012-08-18 12:57 pm (UTC)
Peter Shor
Aug. 18th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
Alan Garner's upcoming book
I see that Alan Garner has finally finished his fantasy trilogy almost sixty years after he started (and I believe he has been saying there was an "implied" third book for most of this time). This has to the a record for time taken to complete a series.
Aug. 19th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Re: Alan Garner's upcoming book
A record indeed.

One I do not want to break.
Aug. 19th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Alan Garner's upcoming book
I have faith that 6 years is a one-time only record between the books in your series.
That's not wishful thinking, that's me being...observant with updates you've provided.
Aug. 22nd, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
Isn't King's book Science Fiction?
I have read a number of books by Stephen King, but not this one. When I read the blurb on the book, it mentions time travel. Isn't that science fiction? Without giving out spoilers can someone tell me why this would be considered fantasy? It sounds like the lifetime achievement award is making George feel old. I hope your friend Robert Jordan gets this too.
Aug. 22nd, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Isn't King's book Science Fiction?
It is science fiction, by my lights.

But then again, SF and fantasy and horror are all sisters under the skin anyway. The weirder side of the broad stream that is the romantic tradition in literature.
Aug. 23rd, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
HBO vs. Text
Congratulations! So excited for you and your accomplishments!

I have a few questions about the novels and how they've translated into the show if you have a moment to answer...
While I personally think that the Game of Thrones (HBO Series) is a really interesting and well done projection of the novels, I am curious about some of the changes knowing that you're a part of the production of the show. For instance, when Arya prays in the TV series she does so after after hearing Yorens story. However, in the novel he isn't what influenced her to start doing this. I think both takes are really interesting but out of curiosity, are there are reasons that situations like these are changed? Are there certain things that came up when writing the novels that weren't included that you've influenced to be done in the show now? If so, I find it a really interesting opportunity to explore other things that you may have considered including in the original storyline but for some reason didn't initially fit. Also, since you are involved with the show (and I'm assuming you have some sort of say), are there avenues that the show has explored (like what I previously mentioned with Arya) that you prefer to the original storyline that you created? Or visa versa? I'm so interested in what this process is like for an author and would love to have your take on the changes and how they are influenced!

Thanks for all you do! I look forward to seeing and reading more!
Nicci Marie Anderson
Aug. 25th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
I have yet to read A dance With Dragons. I am currently amidst A Clash of Kings, but congrats to you.
Aug. 26th, 2012 06:48 am (UTC)
a song of ice and fire series
Just finished reading the series in 10 days. Incredible! I couldn't put it down..also watched 1st season DVD of GoT. Loved every minute of both! You, Ser, are a rare talespinner! I can't. Wait till the next book comes to my small town.
Perhaps they awarded you the lifetime achievement award because you achieved so much more than most people do in their lifetime? Well deserved, regardless. Along with whatever other awards they give you. :) (may they multiply like Frey's..LOL)
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