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Last Year (Writing, Editing, Producing)

I do other things besides A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.

Nothing new about that. Since the very start of my career, in the early 1970s, I've always tried to keep several balls in the air. Sometimes one will plunk you in the head, to be sure, but it keeps life from getting dull.

My editing wound down a little in 2015. As much as I would like to do some more anthologies like ROGUES and OLD VENUS with Gardner Dozois, they were taking more of my time than I was comfortable with, given my other commitments. So Gardner is going on ahead solo with several exciting new anthology projects, but our team titles will need to wait. Apologies to all of you who were waiting for OLD URANUS.

Wild Cards is another matter. Wild Cards is in my blood, and I plan to continue with those books as long as someone will keep buying them. (And I desperately want to write more Wild Cards stories of my own, instead of just editing, but I don't have time for that either). We delivered HIGH STAKES last year -- the copyedited manuscript is on my desk as I type, waiting to be reviewed -- and have signed with Tor for three more originals. Meanwhile, the reissues continue, and foreign publishers are picking up the series all over the world. We also have three Wild Cards graphic novels in the pipeline. Originals, not adaptations. The scripts are in -- one from Carrie Vaughn, one from Melinda M. Snodgrass, one from the team of Kevin Andrew Murphy and John Jos. Miller -- and the artists are hard at work on the pencils. They should be something.

Meanwhile, on the Hollywood front, I have three shows in various stages of development under the aegis of my overall deal with HBO. There's CAPTAIN COSMOS for HBO (scripted by Michael Cassutt), there's SKIN TRADE for Cinemax (to be scripted by Kalinda Vasquez), and there's a third project in the very early stages that I am not allowed to talk about yet. There's also WILD CARDS, but that's at a different studio and I am not involved with it, except to license rights, sign the check, and distribute funds to my writers. Oh, and on the movie side, we seem to be moving toward production on IN THE LOST LANDS, an adaptation of three of my old stories.

Last year I also formed Kill Van Kull Productions, to develop and produce a series of low budget short films (twenty to thirty minutes long) of some classic SF short stories. Can't say any more than that just now, but I will keep you posted as plans proceed.

I also turned down several interesting and potentially lucrative projects, on both the publishing and television/ film sides. Some of it was stuff I would love to do, but there's just not enough time. I like to juggle, but you do need to keep the number of balls down.

So... plenty on my plate. Keep your fingers crossed, though, especially for the television and film projects. In Hollywood, nothing is ever real till shooting starts, and sometimes not even then. Remember William Goldman's wisdom: nobody knows anything.

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Nathaniel Brumley
Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:26 am (UTC)
Were you offered anything telating to Shannara? Liked the books but I'm afraid MTV is going to make it into legend of the seeker 2.0
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:29 am (UTC)
I am aware of the SHANNARA series, of course, but no, that was not one of the projects I was speaking of.
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ines_opcoelho
Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:27 am (UTC)
You are the best
Please continue with all that amazing work ;) It must not be easy to keep all the balls in the air like that!
johnchow2275
Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:27 am (UTC)
SF Short Stories
Those SF short stories sound great, excited to hear more about that in the future!
dickieim
Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:46 am (UTC)
Happy New Beer!
Its been an awesome year, full of suspense and excitement waiting for any word of Winds. And even today, I sit on the edge of every word and post hoping that at any moment I will read some kind of confirmation for its release. But you dastardly master of suspense, you! I know, that you know exactly what you're doing to me and the multitudes of other starved fans slavering over every post.

You've become something akin to that first Fredericks of Hollywood catalog I stole from my stepfathers collection years past. Every page a promise of something I've been lusting for (albeit emotions not entirely understood at the time), but whats promised or assumed always hiding behind the sheerest curtain of dainty fabric... Still hidden.

Keep it up! "Get Hype!" And have a wonderful year! I can only hope that it's as prosperous and fun as last!
Dan Derwin
Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:56 am (UTC)
Kill Van Kull
I write this comment as I look out onto the Kull from my Staten Island apartment window. I live on the north shore between the Bayonne Bridge & the ball park you visited this past summer. That's all, just figured I'd share!
Anthony DeMarco
Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:58 am (UTC)
Kill van kull
love the name choice, great nod to bayonne!!! can't wait to see what you put out there.
richardyoung151
Jan. 2nd, 2016 03:10 am (UTC)
Amazing
Mr. Martin,
I too enjoy juggling projects/tasks. Keeps my interests, well, interesting. I love ASOIAF immensely and recently started your Thousand Worlds stories and am really blown away at the Universive you've created. I just finished Greywater Watch and the scientists reminded me of 'The Institute' from "Fallout 4". I have suggested these to my friends because they are a great read. I'm not sure if anybody has ever asked you this, but is "The Known World" (Planet Westeros/Essos/Lands of Always Winter is on) part of the same Universe as these short stories/novels like Dying Light and Greywater Watch? It seems like it definitely could be (different galaxy?).

Do you have plans to put these stories into an Anthology? That would be great (with art of course!) especially if they are meant to be read in a certain order. Anyways, Happy New Year and thank you for you very hard work!

Best,

RY

I'm on to
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 03:17 am (UTC)
Re: Amazing
Asimov and Heinlein, late in life, both seemed to feel the urge to merge all of their books and stories into one huge continuity.

So far I do not feel the urge. No, Westeros is not one of the Thousand Worlds.
Brooklyn Ann
Jan. 2nd, 2016 03:23 am (UTC)
Oooh!
I LOVE Carrie Vaughn!
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 03:27 am (UTC)
Re: Oooh!
Me too.

Have you read her stuff for Wild Cards? First rate. Check out the story on Tor.com if you'd like a taste.
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Uma D
Jan. 2nd, 2016 03:37 am (UTC)
Amazing work!!!!
Amazing work.Planning to start reading Wild cards soon.
ratchettaco
Jan. 2nd, 2016 03:50 am (UTC)
happy new year
GRRM I feel bad that you feel so pressured by your fanbase to release TWoW. Reading the comment about some fans preferring that you never leave your computer made me feel bad. The thing is ASoIaF is one of the few things in some of our lives that brings us happiness. Last night, NYE, was one of the worst nights of my life. Someone completely crushed my heart, and made me feel hollow and empty. The sad thing is, refreshing this blog to see if there were any updates on TWoW is the only thing that keeps my mind off of my heartbreak. Even the smallest tid-bit would give me hope. I know that's pathetic, and I cringed writing it, but TWoW is one of the few things in my life I look forward to. It is an escape for me. Your other works are great, and it's awesome that you enjoy writing them, ASoIaF just holds a special place in a lot of our hearts that not many things do. I hope that makes you feel better. Take your time and enjoy life.
Daniel De Vivo Creazzo
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:37 am (UTC)
RE: happy new year
Hello! While you wait for Winds, I seriously recommend The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson, it has really helped me to wait for Winds.

Chin up!
Parker Massey
Jan. 2nd, 2016 03:56 am (UTC)
Exciting!
Well Mr. Martin it sounds like you have your hands very full at the moment with all sorts of exciting projects. I'm particularly excited by the prospect of SKIN TRADE gracing my screen! I'm curious to know though if there's a chance that THE ARMAGEDDON RAG may ever be adapted in some form? Other than Ice and Fire that's one of my favorite novels and I'd love to see it on the screen in some fashion...
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:07 am (UTC)
Re: Exciting!
There's always a chance. It was actually ARMAGEDDON RAG that launched my career in Hollywood. A couple of screenplays exist, and at one point there was a chance the Grateful Dead could have involved.

But all that was long ago. I think the time has passed. The RAG was set during the 80s reflecting back on a lost era, the 60s... but now the 80s themselves are just as lost.
cha_davis9
Jan. 2nd, 2016 04:27 am (UTC)
2015 Cliff Notes Version
George are you done with your year end post for today?

Follow up will you continue it tomorrow if you are?
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
Re: 2015 Cliff Notes Version
No, not done. Not quite.
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Lincoln Narcelio Thomaz Noronha
Jan. 2nd, 2016 04:31 am (UTC)
Old Uranus
Nope, definetly not looking foward for your's and Dozois' OLD URANUS. Definatly not. ;)

Happy new year and good writing!
Brian Estadt
Jan. 2nd, 2016 04:54 am (UTC)
Speaking of adventure stories and Hollywood ...
The talk of Hollywood projects reminded me that I've always thought George Alec Effinger's "The Zork Chronicles" would make for a pretty fun fantasy series, what with the meta-adventure stories of the members of the Supernatural and Fantastic Wayfarers Association. I know the book was thought-of by many as just a pulpy tie-in for a computer game, but Effinger's creation of the trade association for supernatural guides makes it a pretty good candidate to be serialized, IMHO.

Anyway, I've associated that book with you ever since I reread it a few years ago and realized that you had blurbed it ... and that context made the section of the king saying it was about time he go hunt boar with a spear and have an accident so as to move along the plot (as happened with a certain fellow from "A Song of Ice and Fire") stand out all the more to me. Anyway, I seemed to recall reading that you were friends with Effinger, and I figured I'd finally mention this to someone.

Of course, if you want to talk about adventures dying to made for TV, we can discuss how Barry Hughart's "The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox" are ripe for a cartoon treatment.
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:10 am (UTC)
Re: Speaking of adventure stories and Hollywood ...
I knew Effinger, certainly... Piglet, he was called when he first arrived on the scene, though later he discarded the nickname. I don't recall blurbing that particular book, which I don't think I have ever read... but I may well have blurbed Effinger's writing in general. He was a true original, a voice like none other, and died way too young.
Sarah Pell
Jan. 2nd, 2016 04:55 am (UTC)
Could've sworn I saw you write you were going to say something about WINDS in one of these several posts....still waiting..... :)

& Happy New Year to you! From a huge fan in Canada.
salamon2
Jan. 2nd, 2016 04:55 am (UTC)
I would be interested in the Kill Van Kull science fiction films from what you've described here. I'll keep an eye peeled for news of the project. :)
Reid Alan
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:01 am (UTC)
Hear Hear!
Sir George of the R R Martin,
While I understand, even willingly accept, that this post may be drowned in slime and muck and fecal-vomit(which rivals "cellar door" for the most beautiful word-combination in our language) to come upon the inevitable release of the flood(or...perhaps...mud(?)) gates keeping the trolls and hacklers(heckler+jackal) at bay, I was hoping that I could simply offer my support to your work and especially in your decision to actually live your life rather than slaving to meet the demands of these rattlers of the 4g-saber.
We are (Un?)fortunate enough to have been born right in the midst of globalization, the entire world is literally at our fingertips. As a bit of a history buff myself, I can at least appreciate the turbulence of the transition your generation is going through, now capable of all these experiences but by this point too bogged down by responsibility and expectation to actually make time for them. I think it's wonderful that you're finally getting the recognition you deserve, and I for one at least think that you've earned the right to more than just a pat on the back and "get back to work". Pardon my French, but I believe it was Shakespeare who said "Hey man, do that shit up." You've taken us to hundreds of worlds, I think it fair you get to explore this one.
Forgive us, George(if I may be so informal), for we are the children of Summer; and (The Winds of)Winter is coming, and no faster for all the bitching and moaning.
I've taken advantage of the wait by discovering the Wild Cards universe, as well as 1000 worlds (credit Preston Jacobs for this). I may relate to Croyd Crenson more than any other character in your works. Thank you for him and Tyrion and Dirk and everything you've given us! Can't wait for Diddy Kong to be complete! Salud!
brianbrecker
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:04 am (UTC)
Any more posts for tonight?
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:11 am (UTC)
yes
threehourriverm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
I've enjoyed all these updates. Thanks for doing these. Is there still more coming or are we safe to log off and go to bed?
Dan Behun
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:10 am (UTC)
Off-Topic: NY Giants
Slightly off-topic, but there is a rumor that Tom Coughlin is going to resign on Monday. Do you think that is going to help or hurt the Giants in getting better next year?
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:13 am (UTC)
Re: Off-Topic: NY Giants
I like Coughlin and I value continuity. There's no coach in football who could have done any better with the roster he was given this year, especially after the injuries struck down half of what was a thin talent pool to begin with.
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stephenstark
Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:15 am (UTC)
Surprise
Here's to hoping the project you're not allowed to speak of includes Robert's Rebellion.
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 07:24 am (UTC)
Re: Surprise
Sadly, no.
Mike Hurley
Jan. 2nd, 2016 06:19 am (UTC)
Extra procrastination help
George, I know you are going HAM tonight so don't forget to take short breaks to stretch and drink water. In the mean time, should I pick up Cody Zeller on my fantasy basketball team?

Edited at 2016-01-02 06:20 am (UTC)
jacobfinley
Jan. 2nd, 2016 06:22 am (UTC)
George,

We're dying a slow, suspenseful death here. A death worse than the Red Kings of the Dreadfort. Their knives, so delicate and ever so precise, are a thousand times more merciful than this agony...
mad4u689
Jan. 2nd, 2016 06:34 am (UTC)
if you could recommend one of your works...
I have a new long commute and therfore plenty of time for reading.

If you could recommend just one of your works - either authored or edited - to an ASOIAF fan, where would you start? What are you most proud of?
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 07:24 am (UTC)
Re: if you could recommend one of your works...
Try FEVRE DREAM.
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