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Jots and Niggles

Lots of stuff going on that warrants a brief mention, though there's not enough on any of it to warrant a lengthy post.

NFL: The season begins Thursday. My season begins Sunday, when the Jets and Giants take the field. I'm excited. Will life be magical and full of joy, or meaningless and full of pain? Tune in here to find out.

HBO Pilot: D&D have cast one more role and have an offer out to a wonderful actor on another. Sorry, no clues, I'm clued out for the present. One of the roles that was yet to be filled has been written out of the pilot. No huge thing, he wasn't in that part of the book in any case... though we did have a world-class thespian lined up to play the part. Character and actor will both be back if we go to series.

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: I took a good hard swack at the Meereenese knot. The sword bounced off and cut my nose off. Bugger.

MOVIE NEWS: My werewolf novella "The Skin Trade," originally published way back when in NIGHT VISIONS 5, has been optioned for film by Mike the Pike Productions. You can read some of the details here: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Mike-The-Pike-Productions-Inc-1042223.html And about time. I've always thought there was a terrific movie in "The Skin Trade," but somehow no one has ever optioned it till now. The novella is a horror/ mystery cross set in a decaying rustbelt city and featuring a hot young female private eye and a hypochondriac lycanthrope, how that for high concept? Randi and Willie are still favorites of mine. The novella won the World Fantasy Award too, which is how I got that head of H.P. Lovecraft that looks down over my living room. I hope that Mike the Pike does a kickass job with it.

FUNNY BOOK NEWS: And whattaya know, "The Skin Trade" will also be a comic book miniseries and graphic novel. Avatar Press will publish the book. Daniel Abraham did the adaptation and script. The pencils will be done by talented Polish artist Marek Oleksicki.

MORE MOVIE NEWS: Three of my short stories have also been optioned for film of late. The stories are the fantasies "In the Lost Lands" and "The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr" and the science fiction story "Bitterblooms." Film rights have been optioned by producer / director Constantin Werner, who has a website at http://www.constantinwerner.com

MORE FUNNY BOOK NEWS: Avatar Press is also adapting my novella "In the House of the Worm" as a comic book miniseries. The adaptation on this one was done by John Jos. Miller. Ivan Rodriguez is doing the pencils. I am told he has finished the first two issues.

NO FUNNY BOOK NEWS: The last issue of WILD CARDS: THE HARD CALL from the Dabel Brothers remains undrawn as I write, alas. We hope to have news... ah... eventually...

ANTHOLOGIES: Well, let's see. SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH is sold out from Subterranean, but the British edition should be out next month from HarperCollins Voyager. WARRIORS will be released next March in hardcover from Tor. Stories have started to come in for STAR-CROSSED LOVERS, the most recent being a Kushiel tale from Jacqueline Carey. Already on hand are the contributions from Robin Hobb, Cecelia Holland, Yasmine Galenorn, and Carrie Vaughn. And Gardner Dozois and I have just sold another original crossgenre anthology, this time to Penguin/ Ace. DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS will blend the classic private eye story with fantasy and science fiction... sort of like I did in "The Skin Trade," actually, or like Robert A. Heinlein once did in his classic "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag." We have a terrific lineup of contributors, as usual, including... well, that would be telling.

I am probably forgetting stuff. Life is busy.

That will do for now.

The bird is cruel.

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superhahas
Sep. 10th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
the knot
I love love love love! your books. Hang in there :) Worst case scenario... you just wait until your dragons grow up and then they can torch your knot.
dragonballpaul
Sep. 10th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Giants best do well this year, I have Manning as my back up QB in my FFL. Hopefully I don't have to have him replace Kurt Warner; if things work out right Domenik Hixon will have more time offa my bench than Manning, so I'll still be rooting for the Giants!
bbeitel
Sep. 12th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
You should start Manning. Kurt Warner is likely to fall back to earth this year. He's also injury prone.
devorum
Sep. 11th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Friendly help for your knot!
George I think I figured it out. Arya, after emerging from her blindness as a full-fledged badass Faceless Man, is ordered to kill Jon. As a Faceless Man she is no longer 'Arya Stark' and feels no loyalty to Jon. She figures the quickest way to do this is to go hijack a dragon and ride it to the Wall. Arya thus goes to Mereen, but gets caught by slavers! Dany orders her Unsullied to kill the slavers and Arya decides that she now owes a debt to Dany. Arya kills all the characters who are causing your "Mereenese Knot" problems just as Tyrion arrives and meets Dany. They quickly discover that he is a SECRET TARGARYEN and then Arya manipulates them into all three flying on dragons to the wall to find Jon. Now THE DRAGON HAS THREE HEADS!!! except Arya is still secretly trying to kill Jon as part of her duty.
bbeitel
Sep. 12th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: Friendly help for your knot!
No, he just can't figure out who gets to whip Arya's butt in this book. It's someone new in every book! ;)
daddylong
Sep. 11th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Hey, Tyrion wasn't the only character deficient in the nasal region.

Our good mate Rorge was too.

So let's hope GRRM doesn't get too immersed in the method style writing or he might be threatening to stick his writing quill somewhere rather painful to all those who continue to hassle him for a Dance.
zunar_j5
Sep. 11th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
GO PATS!
nparisi
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
**And Gardner Dozois and I have just sold another original crossgenre anthology, this time to Penguin/ Ace. DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS will blend the classic private eye story with fantasy and science fiction...**

VERY cool. I hope you can get Lawrence Block involved on this one as well.
drewr15
Sep. 11th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
The sword bounced off and cut my nose off.
So no new back cover photo of you then I take it. ; )
sweetmartin
Sep. 11th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
nose or hose?
as long as it is your nose and not your hose,be happy of it.
bunnyhopperwtf
Sep. 11th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
too bad about the Meereenese knot. Next time use Valyrian steel? :D
noahfett
Sep. 14th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
HBO Series
I cant wait for the series and am contemplating HBO specifically for this reason.
aryablind
Sep. 16th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
STAR CROSSED LOVERS
Jacqueline Carey's "Kushiel's" series is the best! I am so excited she is contributing!! Wowsers! I know you've read some of her work, but when you get the time, read the "Kushiel's" series! I have total faith that you will work out the 'knot'! Good Luck!
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  • 5 Mar 2018, 19:17
    Still working on that. When we have a final, I will share it.
  • 5 Mar 2018, 05:32
    All the Wild Cards books under Tor have had absolutely stellar covers. I'd frame them and hang them on my wall if I could.
  • 4 Mar 2018, 03:28
    Are all these examples digital artwork? It doesn't look like traditional oil on canvas. I miss the fantasy/sci-fi covers of the '70s and '80s. Even the paperbacks had amazing covers.
  • 3 Mar 2018, 17:49
    Whatever anyone can get their hands on is, I suspect, the right answer.

    At the last party, it was an open bar with pretty much everything you can imagine on offer. There were some special drinks as…
  • 3 Mar 2018, 00:07
    Any chance you could tell us who’s doing the cover art for Fire and Blood? And maybe when we can expect a glimpse of it. Thank you!
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