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Comicon Coolness, Part the First

Lots of cool stuff went down in San Diego at Comicon... parties, panels, parties, signings, parties, meals with friends, and much much more.

Too much to relate here, at least.  But I can mention a few highlights.

For me, one of the highlights was the appearance of a couple of copies of THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE.

The worldbook won't be released until October, so it wasn't for sale at San Diego, but Bantam had a couple of advance copies hot off the presses at the Random House booth, for lucky fans to open, peruse, and drool over.  Not mock-ups, either.  This is the real book.

Alas, the crowds at Comicon make it impossible for me to walk the floor anymore without a cordon of security, so I never made it to the Random House booth... but I was able to snag one of the samples and take it home with me.


It's everything I hoped for!  A bloody gorgeous book.  Wait till you see it.


Years back, when my editors at Bantam first approached me about doing a concordance for Westeros and its history, I was initially reluctant.  I had seen a number of these 'worldbooks,' and, well, some were pretty good, but others were awful, cheaply made collections of previously published material with lots of bad art.  If we do one of these, I declared, I want it to be the best one ever published.  A coffee table book, big and beautiful, with lots of original content, histories and tales never previously published anywhere, plus maps and heraldry and family trees, all of it lavishly illustrated by some of the best fantasy artists in the world.

That's what we got.  It took WAY longer than we thought it would, and required much more time and effort from everyone concerned, but I think the end result is worth it, and hope you all will agree.  Hey, even Robby the Robot loves the book.


Will THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE answer every question you ever had about Westeros and its history?  Hell, no... I need to save SOMETHING for the novels and the Dunk & Egg stories.  But it will answer a lot of questions, including some you never knew you had, and there are long meaty histories of all the major regions and great houses of the Seven Kingdoms, plus the Lands Beyond -- the Nine Free Cities, the Summer Isles, the grasslands of Essos, even the Further East, beyond the Bones.

And the art... the art will knock you on your ass... Justin Sweet, Magali Villenueve, Marc Simonetti, Michael Komarck, Jae Drummond, Chase Stone, Ted Nasmith, and many many more.

My thanks go out to all the great folks at Bantam, in particular my editor Anne Lesley Groell and production manager Erich Schoenweiss, who labored long and hard to bring the worldbook to fruition. Also, a lot of credit goes to art director Dave Stevenson, and to Delia Greve and Rosebud Eustace at Becker & Mayer... and of course to my collaborators and partners in crime, Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, without whose efforts THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE could never ever have happened.

I wanted to give my fans the best fantasy concordance ever published.  I think we did.

If you want to see for yourself, Amazon is offering it at a considerable presale discount right now


and, of course, it is also available for preorder at many other online booksellers, and your favorite local bookstore.

I'm very proud of this one.  Maybe you can tell...


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Aug. 3rd, 2014 04:17 am (UTC)
Pre-ordered for a day one purchase. Guess October 28 will be a day no work gets done. Also...

Is there an official page count yet? On Amazon it says 336 pages, but from the pictures that seems a bit low. Is that just a placeholder or are the pages really thick?
Aug. 3rd, 2014 04:37 am (UTC)
I Trust Robby the Robot
He has never led me wrong. I'll probably buy this for the art and maps. I have the books in paperback; so, I've saved my pennies for something like this.

Edited at 2014-08-03 04:58 am (UTC)
Armando Turbiglio
Aug. 3rd, 2014 04:47 am (UTC)
Beautiful *__*
Aug. 3rd, 2014 04:48 am (UTC)
It looks so beautiful! *o* And it's not as expensive as I thought it would be.

PS- I hope there is a good picture of the Brynden, the three-eyed crow. I was a little disappointed by the show version.
Mark Stackpole
Aug. 3rd, 2014 04:53 am (UTC)
Cart before horse question
Are Bantam and your partners in crime planning a second edition of the concordance once Ice and Fire is completed (and you finally get back to work on Black and White and Red All Over).

Edited at 2014-08-03 04:54 am (UTC)
Aug. 3rd, 2014 05:39 am (UTC)
You're killin me smalls!!

Master Hobbit
Aug. 3rd, 2014 06:00 am (UTC)
Looks Great
It looks great Martin, congratulations! I have to say though that the first thing that "popped" to my mind was that this was going to be a pop-up book, I think I was thinking about the Guide To Westeros, but it doesn't look like a pop-up book.:D
Aug. 3rd, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Looks Great
HBO has done a pop-up book.

It's great, but it's based on the TV series, not the book.

Huge fun, though. Snag a copy.
Aug. 3rd, 2014 06:29 am (UTC)
Is there a plan for an audiobook? I know the question may pain you after the description of the art in the hardcover.
Aug. 3rd, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, there will be an audiobook. Roy Dotrice will read.

Of course, there's no way to "read" the artwork, so the audio version will just be the text.
Aug. 3rd, 2014 07:31 am (UTC)
Re: THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE at Comic-Con
I did have the chance to see at THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE at the booth: very exciting, looking forward to the release!
Aug. 3rd, 2014 08:17 am (UTC)
Writer's Insight
This book intrigues me, as an artifact of writing technique. At this time, after Dance With Dragons, the World book is 100% complete; conceived and now written. But at the time of the other books, what would you say were the percentage of contribution to the World book conception? When a Game of Thrones was being written, what percentage of the World book was conceived (if not perfected, written and revised to a final form)? What percentage of this book was conceived by the end of Game? Same question with Clash, Storm, and Feast? Also, how much was conceived only because Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson (or others) asked questions? Did all of this flow from you or was there a kind of growth from answering fan’s questions, for example? (How much of this input would you say is part of this book?) Does the history detailed in this book act as a genesis for the characters of ASoIaF or as their exegesis?

I am really curious about the writing process and how this book, being conceived by you, affected the process; or was a part of it, alongside it. It certainly is a part of the writing process now.

Also, considering your age and experience as a writer and the amount of head knowledge you need to have about your world, would you say you could have undertaken the writing of A Song of Ice and Fire at an earlier point in your life? Did it just begin to happen in ‘96 because you were ready for it to happen at that time?

Sorry if this question gets old. I really do wonder about this in regards to my own writing frustrations and achievements. I hope you’ll give the questions here an answer, please? It was your ASoIaF that turned me back on to writing so your answers are more important to me than from another writer.

Edited at 2014-08-03 03:35 pm (UTC)
Aug. 3rd, 2014 08:20 am (UTC)
Looking forward to download in pdf )

Edited at 2014-08-03 08:21 am (UTC)
Thomas Joly
Aug. 3rd, 2014 08:42 am (UTC)
Your book seems really awesome ;)

Only few months to wait <3
Aug. 3rd, 2014 09:11 am (UTC)
Aw, that's so sweet - reading to Robby before he gets shut down for the night :->
Aug. 3rd, 2014 11:09 am (UTC)
I'm not sure which looks cooler - that book or your house!

Also, a very reasonable price for such a quality-looking item. Looking forward to getting my hands on one.
Aug. 3rd, 2014 11:14 am (UTC)
That Robbie The Robot pic is so cool!
Aug. 3rd, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
How many pages are in it?
Aug. 3rd, 2014 12:45 pm (UTC)
I'm excited for the art work. I'm pretty good with my imagination but I also like to see how artists interpret fantasy and sci-fi novels.
Aug. 3rd, 2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
I pre-ordered my copy at amazon about... ehm... one and a half years ago. I really wanted it as a self-ift for my birthday... it seems I'm finally on my way to the feast!!! I just can't wait to shut up the world outside and merge with my favourite "reality". Thank you, sir!
Aug. 3rd, 2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
I am so incredibly excited about the release of the World of Ice and Fire. Just pre-ordered a copy from amazon;I cannot wait till October!
Aaron William Hollingsworth
Aug. 3rd, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
This should hold fans over.
This should hold fans over until Winds of Winter comes out. I plan on re-reading all the books while looking at all the relative pictures and content of this new concordance. Thank you, George, for your commitment to excellence. I eagerly await October.
Aug. 3rd, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
Preordered it as soon as I could. I can't wait to get my copy!
Ro Al-Hajri
Aug. 3rd, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
I am looking forward to read more about Essos, the Summer Isles, Sothoryos and Ulthos...

I feel like Westeros is waaaaaay overdone and it's completely irrelevant -to me- now.

I especially want to know more about The Shadowlands and Asshai, also Yi Ti and more about Ibben! Mountains of the Morn... I wanna know just what's beyond Essos... Is it sea? does it go to Westeros... So many questions, probably not enough answers... :/
Aug. 3rd, 2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
So excited for this, been waiting a very long time :)
Kyle Elzy
Aug. 3rd, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
I can't wait. Pre-ordered mine yesterday.
Aug. 3rd, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
and now that I can see from my laptop - I need to add that it looks magnificent and I am soOoo excited for this to come out! Pre-ordered. BOOM.
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