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We leave on Monday for Ireland. Seems like I just got back from Australia. Damn, but I'm tired. And still not caught up on all the stuff that piled up here while I was travelling.

Ah, well. I knew the job was dangerous when I took it.

Got a million things going down, on a number of fronts. Let me touch on a few.

For those of you who like to hear me pontificate, there's a new podcast with me up on io9 where I talk with John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtly, holding forth on a wide variety of topics, including the HBO show, Wild Cards, fandom, my comic book projects, the anthologies I've been editing with Gardner Dozois, and of couse A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, even the infamous Meereenese knot. You can give a listen at http://io9.com/5656513/ -- though I should mention that the interview was recorded last spring, and parts of it are already outdated.

On other fronts, got some cool news from my editors at Bantam Spectra. The mass market paperback of A GAME OF THRONES has just gone back to press for its 34th printing. Which normally would not be worthy of note -- but as it happens, this new print run will push the paperback over the 1,000,000 copy mark. A lovely round number, I think.

Oh, and for Wild Cards fans, I should mention that Pat (wretched Cowboys fan that he is) of Pat's Fantasy Hotlist is doing one of his famous giveaways for the Tor reissue of the first volume in the series. Check it out at http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/2010/10/win-copy-of-wild-cards-1-edited-by.html This new edition will include some extra added content: three brand new stories, never before published, by Carrie Vaughn, Michael Cassutt, and David D. Levine, plus all the text of the original 1987 edition.

SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, our Jack Vance tribute anthology, was a finalist for the British Fantasy Award and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award. If you missed the Subterranean limited edition and the Voyager trade hardcover, and have been waiting for a cheaper edition, wait no longer. Harper has just released SONGS in a trade paperback:

Pick up your copy from Amazon UK, or any other online UK bookshop.


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Oct. 6th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
One million copies is astonishing - congratulations. And Songs of the Dying Earth deserves all the praise currently being heaped on it.

I'm currently in a quandary deciding which book to read next. See my poll here:

Feel free to vote or comment, although I suspect that most people here will vote for Fevre Dream...
Oct. 7th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
That's one million paperback copies in the USA alone. Worldwide sales, including foreign languages (ASoIaF is published in 20+ other languages), American hardcover sales, the limited editions and so on will likely push that up much higher.

Interesting this figure came out now, though, as it means we have a basis of comparison for how many more copies will be sold off the back of the HBO series (a TV tie-in edition of GoT is released in February). Charlaine Harris saw her sales figures increase by something ridiculous (over 300% in the first year, IIRC) just after TRUE BLOOD started.

For your poll I voted for MYTHAGO WOOD. Awesome book, very impressive, by Robert Holdstock, a great author who sadly passed away a few months ago. I met Robert a few times and on the last occasion he told me a story about going to play arcade games with GRRM at a British con in the late 1970s or early 1980s (presumably one of the Brighton worldcons) :-)
(no subject) - philmophlegm - Oct. 7th, 2010 09:27 am (UTC) - Expand
Increased sales would be great. - solanocard - Oct. 9th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 7th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
from WiCnet on Twitter:
"Sounds like GRRM may go back and change Robert Arryn's name in the books to match the show (Robin)."

Any truth to this?
Oct. 7th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)

The name change that was being contemplated (as mentioned in the podcast) was for Marillion, to avoid confusion with the band.

HBO decided it was not necessary.

The Marillion thing has annoyed me for years. So far as I knew at the time, I'd made up the name. It was never meant to refer to the band of the same name.
Re: QUESTION - saithkar - Oct. 7th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: QUESTION - grrm - Oct. 7th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: QUESTION - atrus123 - Oct. 7th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Oct. 7th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
I think I know most of those 1,000,000 who have a copy of that paperback.
Oct. 7th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Congrats on the million, GRRM!
I wanted to tell you that I saw the Twilight Zone "Camelot" episode last week. I haven't seen it since I was a kid, and I remember wishing at the time that there was more fantasy on tv. The only thing going was that short lived show on CBS called Wizards and Warriors. Anyone remember that?

Oct. 7th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
Wild Cards
Really would have loved to see hardbacks of the Wild Cards series, but other than that disappointment, look forward to the new material and hope the re-release brings lots of new fans to this excellent series
Oct. 7th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
One Million! Nice round number indeed. :)

If someone gives you grief about taking so long on Kong...just point to that number and say the wait is worth it! Magic takes time otherwise the book might read, Klaatu...Verata...N*cough*cough*cough* unless you are given time to finish it...and we know how that would turn out if you don't finish the last word properly.
Oct. 7th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
Oh, and if anyone doesn't have the Jack Vance tribute, "Songs of a Dying Earth" then snatch up that paperback before they are all gone cause it's priceless.
Oct. 7th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
It's turning out to be a very GRRM week. Listening to the podcast now, been getting caught up on Fevre Dream comic (my girlfriend is up to date), and Archon was last weekend, which always makes me think of you.
Oct. 7th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
So is this new paperback that just went to press the HBO tie-in version (perhaps with a new cover)? Or will there be yet another printing in the near future?
Oct. 9th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
This is just a new printing, not a new edition. The cover art will be unchanged.
(no subject) - werthead - Oct. 9th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 7th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
nice interview!!!!
The interview is great!
I liked the "booksigning story" with Clifford the Big Red Dog and what the "Meereenese Knot" is :)
So, we can expect HBO prodcast GoT in March or April?
Oct. 7th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
Mr Martin
You are the best! Please rest and rejunenate and get better before you consider another crazy trip around the world.

And how bout them JETS! woo hoo! Can Sanchez keep this up?
Oct. 7th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. Just out of interest, how many copies of Wild Cards have you sold?
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: 1,000,000
Well, much less, obviously... but WILD CARDS itself, the first volume, had about 150,000 copies in print in six English language editions (Bantam mass market paperback, Titan, SF Book Club hardcover, Bantam reissue, iBooks trade paperback, iBooks mass market paperback), and is about to be released in a seventh English edition by Tor. There were also Japanese and German editions. Italian and Spanish editions are in the works.

And that's just the first volume. There have been nineteen other volumes in the series since then, and volume twenty-one will be out next year.
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Copies Sold
1 million paperbacks is pretty rocking.

I wonder how many digital copies you've sold? I owned the first couple in paperback, then didn't move most of my library with me when I moved from the East to the West coast, so I re-bought it on my Kindle... I wonder how many Kindle copies have been sold?
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Good travels
Have a safe trip George.

Please hurry home and finish DANCE. The message boards are getting pretty out there with ridiculous theories. And I am salivating in hopes for a 2010 announcement that DANCE gets done.

But no pressure, of course! Haha.
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Interesting, I started reading A Game of Thrones at the same time that I really got into the band Marillion and I thought "wow, what a coincidence!" especially since the character was a bard. And a bit of trivia: Marillion originally called themselves Silmarillion but had to change it due to copyright reasons.

Are any of Martin Silenus' writings in Songs of a Dying Earth?
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