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These worldbook "sidebars" are all threatening to turn into novellas.

Sure hope you guys and gals like fake history.

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eisenmerc
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
Wait wait wait, Grrm is doing alternate history? Did I miss a memo somewhere? >.> I've heard about the Wild Cards series but is there something new on the horizion?

I've always been a huge Harry Turtledove fan as well and can't get enough of alternate history!
grrm
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
Not alternate history.

Imaginary history.

Of Westeros.

For THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE.
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tripleneck
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
Awww Yeahh! I'm in.
hybrid_xisha
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
I love fake history! I love all the planning and thought and appreciation for the craft and hours of elbow grease in the final result....

But I love writers with unmelted brains even more. Take care of yourself!

(Says the writer who's going to be up till 6 AM working, then out of bed before noon.)
Ameer Lahrim
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Make it HUGE please!! I LOVE the idea of learning more about Westeros! Especially Ned's siblings!! They always have fascinated me!!!
voodooqueen126
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
I am so excited about this!
james95621
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
re
So the complete backstory of the wall, famous heroes from ages past, origins of the others, etc. Tolkien did what 3000 years? You should do 10,000 :)
james95621
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
rer
Mr. Martin,

What authors have inspired you most along your creative journey?

Hope all goes well in building our history lessons to come.
stormfairy
Aug. 20th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
Ser, I'll be happy for all and any novellas, novels, or even better entire trilogies, that manage to pop out of the working end of your pens. Keep writing, please!
violet_tango
Aug. 20th, 2012 06:47 am (UTC)
This sounds excellent.
gracht
Aug. 20th, 2012 08:05 am (UTC)
"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past" said Eric Blair, aka George Orwell.

persoconchii
Aug. 20th, 2012 08:08 am (UTC)
fake history is AWESOME!! Will it come with more maps and pictures?
'cause fake~history needs plenty of fake-locations documenting and fake-Kings portraits!
elisanuckle
Aug. 20th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)
I'm most excited for this fake history! Happy to hear they're growing on you, heh.
Jose Sarmento
Aug. 20th, 2012 10:13 am (UTC)
ASoIaF content which you can write at your discretion and will, expanding whatever you want, without the daunting continuity and complete convergence efforts required in the main series? Sounds like a good threat. :)

To be entirely honest, as a "customer", the World of Ice and Fire is a book I only plan to buy after the main series (save for charity drives or the like). Don't mean any criticism by this - I am quite certain I will buy it and enjoy it thoroughly - it's only that I'd rather savor "past" Westeros history "on its own", not just in a mind to look for clues and hints towards "future" Westeros history.

After Dream of Spring though? I'll gobble this up like Lucky Charms, and the more sidebars-turned-novellas the better. :)

I think The World of Ice and Fire will very much "grow in the selling" as the main series converges to closure...
winterwarrior
Aug. 20th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
Great News!
Can't wait to read it. The Dunk and Egg stories really got me interested in the Westeros imaginary history before GOT. I hope the 4th Dunk and Egg is coming soon as well.
indigofan
Aug. 20th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes we do! Can't wait! :)
Manjunath Gopalan
Aug. 20th, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
RE: Awesome!
I hope the world book will include information about the other side of the world. At least acknowledge that we will learn what's beyond the Sunset Sea in the world book.
ruggels
Aug. 20th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
I love fake History. I do it myself sometimes.

Scott
Pati Zambo
Aug. 20th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Keep going
G-E-O-R-G-E

George!
George!
George!

Works better with jets... actually it doesn't work at all, but you get what I mean.
evamagick
Aug. 20th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
gimme gimme gimme gimme!!!
bseahawk
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
The kneeling knight
Looking forward to this imaginary history.

I suggest that you somehow incorporate either a kneeling knight (aka Tebow) or leader of the kings guard (QB) controversy since the NFL season is about to start. You might as well add in something about the Jets. :)


Edited at 2012-08-20 08:11 pm (UTC)
theemopants
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin -

No need to reply, but if you're looking for a 5 minute distraction from worldcrafting, you've gotta check this guy out:

http://mccomseycomix.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/the-tower-of-joy-an-adaptation/

4 page comic adaptation of the Tower of Joy. He's spectacular!
lomnen
Aug. 22nd, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
wow, good work!
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Amanda Milholland
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Love it!
I love fake history, as long as it's interesting ;) And since the world you've created is super interesting, I know I'll love it!

Mind you, I also wouldn't mind if some of those 'sidebars' really DID become novelas! (But after Winds of Winter, of course. Still your priority, I hope?? I'm dying over here, George.) ;)
sakaea
Aug. 20th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Fake histories are often more interesting than real history. The background history authors such as yourself, Tolkien, Jordan, etc. write fascinate me, so more power to you!
robintheshrew
Aug. 20th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
I read The Silmarillion and enjoyed it, what does that tell you?
cyberalien
Aug. 20th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
I thought real history already was pretty much imaginary history. ;^p
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