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Vance Book Delivered

The Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, is complete, and has been delivered to our publishers at Subterranean Press, Tor Books, HarperCollins Voyager (in the UK), and Luitingh (n the Netherlands). Other foreign editions will no doubt follow. Jack Vance has a worldwide readership.

My co-editor Gardner Dozois and I are very proud of this one. The Dying Earth is one of the great settings in fantasy, right up there with Howard's Hyborian Age and Tolkien's Middle Earth, and it was great to be able to visit there again.

And the Subterranean Press edition, which will feature full-page interior illustrations by Tom Kidd for each story, looks to be especially nifty.

Copies of the limited edition are still available through the SubPress website at http://www.subterraneanpress.com/

So that's one project off the plate.

Now all I need to do is wrap up WARRIORS and SUICIDE KINGS and... yes... A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, and maybe I'll be able to take a week off. (The reason they call them deadlines is because they're like to kill you).

I'll keep you posted.


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Dec. 9th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for the warning on deadlines. That was cute. :)

And I'm not a big sports person so when you were talking about Plaxico shooting himself in the leg, I thought it was sports jargon for doing a really poor play. Only later on the news did I realize, no, you meant he REALLY did shoot himself in the leg! Unbelievable. Well, hope your favorite teams do well anyway!
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Dec. 9th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
I'd like to join in with my humble expression of thanks. My impression upon reading SoIaF is that, in addition to being great literature, it has a lot in common with our everyday lives. The series got me through two (politically charged) jobs and one election, giving me a sensible perspective on what was going on. I even posted on my blog a few years ago about how I would like to work for Tyrion Lannister. Life dealt me one better, I am now working for an Eddard Stark! Looking forward for ADWD, but please take your time. We are patient folk and we will wait.
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Dec. 9th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
I am practically bouncing with excitement. Really looking forward to reading the stories from such a terrific group of writers. Particularly looking forward to Gaiman and Silverberg, of course, but also Howard Waldrop's. The man knows funny.
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
Dying or dead
i am dying for Dying Earth,and i am maybe already dead if ADWD comes out! ;)
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
ADWD is close?

Dec. 9th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
WARRIORS is the one with The Mystery Knight, yes?

Oh, and I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, this, but here goes.

Will there be a Marvel comic adaptation of The Mystery Knight, like the adaptations of The Hedge Knight and The Sworn Sword?
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
comic book Mystery Knight
I'd hope to do a graphic novel version of "The Mystery Knight," as we had with the first two Dunk & Egg stories... but if so, it won't be out until 2012, since WARRIORS is scheduled for 2010 and will have a two-year period of exclusivity.

Whether the comic will be done by Marvel, by the Dabel Brothers, or by someone else remains to be seen.
Re: comic book Mystery Knight - jamesmcgraw - Dec. 11th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
ADWD is close to done? YAY!!!!
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Douglas Adams

No worries. It's done when it's done.
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Vance's Dying Earth stories have been longtime favorites of mine. To have more stories set in that dim, baroque world is very exciting, especially considering the involvement of sf/f greats like Gaiman, Silverberg, Williams, and of course yourself and Gardner Dozois. Congratulations on delivering the book! I can hardly wait.
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Please GRRM, take a week off now. I know people will want to kill me for suggesting this, but I'm trying to get into these other works that you've worked on (just finished reading Hedge Knight and Sworn Sword and before that I read Armageddon Rag -- loved that one) while trying to reread the Ice and Fire series again in time for the release of A Dance With Dragons. And I want to read Inside Straight and Busted Flush because I've gotten into the Wild Cards universe through that old comic series after the newer series by Dabel Bros. (The Hard Call) mysteriously stopped showing up on shelves. And now you have me interested in Songs of the Dying Earth! Please take a break! Also, if you don't take a break now you're going to have a nervous breakdown in a couple of weeks when the Pats make the playoffs because the Jets lose to the Dolphins!
Dec. 9th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Burn in hell! No rest for GRRM!

Only kidding George, keep up the good work.
Dec. 9th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
The love and the hate!
I have read a number of comments (on various sites) about the general feeling GRRM fans have over the delays of the next instalment of Ice and Fire, and one thing that is obvious is that a lot of the fans hate the news that it has been delayed or that you have not quite finished yet etc..

The same fans would also agree i'm sure that they love the series. And they could not hate the delays, if the series hadn't been written in the first place, therefore the love and the hate are inextricably connected. So when someone posts a negative comment about this delay or that, the hate is really a measurement of the love.
Dec. 9th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Re: The love and the hate!
And it is true that Annie Wilkes also really loved Paul Sheldon's work in a heartfelt manner. And then she brought out the sledgehammer ;-)
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Dec. 9th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
The ram has touched the wall!
Don't worry, George. You're a bad-ass. I know you can do it.
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
it is possible that Jack Vance has just changed my life (!)
I've just now started reading Jack Vance, thanks in large part to the recommendations of Gene Wolfe and yourself. I was, as you could probably guess, completely astounded by "The Dying Earth" (each of the last three stories had a nearly pulverizing effect on me). I do not think I have ever been more affected by an anthology of short stories (which shows how unschooled I am in fantasy). But I must thank you for recommending Vance, I may never have read him otherwise.
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Great news, George. Looking forward to seeing the finished results of the Vance anthology!! :)

Edited at 2008-12-09 04:45 pm (UTC)
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
I am looking forward to Warriors. It is great that you are bringing in such a great group of writers. There should be a little something for everyone in that anthology.

May the Jets and Brett play better in the coming weeks.
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Jack Vance was the very first SF I ever read ("Planet of Adventure", picked up in the library when I was 14 or so, followed by every single book they had by him). Five or six years later, I confused one of my lit. professors tremendously by writing a paper about the Cugel novels as SF examples of the picaresque novel. I didn't know you were working on this anthology --- very exciting!
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to Dance With Dragons! The longer it's worked on the better the final product will be, so no rush.
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
I do hope "wrap up" implies some level of completeness over, say 90%? But I'd rather it be done right than done quickly. Take a few days to enjoy the holidays, good sir. Don't work yourself too hard for a bunch of ungrateful fans when you should be spending time with friends and family!
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Please don't die!
Dec. 10th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Deadlines...
I think that, in general, that is very good advice.
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds like dragons may almost be done. I'm hoping for a good read to keep my mind off the dreary winter and woeful economy.

Dec. 9th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Sending deadline/overworked sympathies and good luck thoughts for all your projects.

Like everyone, very excited about ADWD, but would rather it was done in its own time than rushed!
Dec. 10th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
wrap up?
**Wonders about the implications of the term "wrap up" for ADwD, and hates not being a english native-speaking, to understand such implications** ^__^
Dec. 10th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
I think you might have accidentally rang Pavlov's bell with that wrapping up ADWD comment. The dogs have all started salivating. :P
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Looks like you've had a really good (and busy!) year!

P.S., I hope you enjoyed Calgary. I couldn't wait to leave it! (I feel sorry for you having to go to Montreal, though)
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
A little concerned
I am not concerned with when ADWD comes out, it will be out when its ready and I will be in line buying my copy the day it comes out. What worries me is how George worded his update " and... yes... A DANCE WITH DRAGONS". To me this sounded like when I tell my wife "Yes babe, I will take out the trash". George, I hope I am reading this the wrong way and ADWD has not moved from a story you obviously loved to something you regard as a chore. Again I hope I am wrong but when I read the updates you give on your other projects I can feel your excitement about them, and I just don't see that anymore with your ADWD updates.

So in short I really hope you still enjoy this series as much as your fans do and if you don't, take a break.
Dec. 10th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: A little concerned
Been concerned for some time now. After all, it's taken eight years to write what is essentially one book (since AFFC and ADWD was originally supposed to be one) when there were only two-year gaps in between Game, Clash, and Storm.

I don't know if Mr. Martin has fallen out of love with the series that has allowed him the clout to be able to take up all these pet projects, or that he's TOO in love with the world he's created. So much so that he has to explore parts/characters that intrigue him and has thus FORCED them to be part of the main story arc (Dorne, Iron Islands, Brienne) to justify their taking up room. Maybe he fell so much in love with it that he became stuck. He wandered away from the original story and now has all these plotlines dangling and is a bit overwhelmed. All any of us can do is speculate and hope.

I'll still buy the book whenever it's released, but it's more out of dedication to what was than any form of excitement. The excitement that had me read, then re-read, then re-re-read, then re-re-re-read the then-trilogy has waned. I haven't even re-read AFFC yet, because honestly, if Mr. Martin doesn't care about his series that much anymore why should I?

He's had time to work on or put out 5 Wild Card books, 4 anthologies, re-released The Ice Dragon, write a novella which he then lengthened into a novel (Shadow Twin/Hunters Run) with Dozois and Abraham, and write two more Dunk and Egg stories ... in the same amount of time that he's produced technically one half of a novel of his best-selling series.

Mr. Martin, I love your series and still recommend it to anyone and everyone. I hope you find the love again sometime soon.
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