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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-- though I should mention that the interview was recorded last spring, and parts of it are already outdated.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.


Oct. 9th, 2010 07:01 am (UTC)
George, do you ever take a day off?
I was just wondering if you end up working 7 days a week, or do you actually give yourself a day off. I hope you do take a regular day off, you work too hard as it is. Enjoy Ireland. I hope it's not all work for you there too. Are you going to see any filming of the HBO series?
Oct. 9th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Re: George, do you ever take a day off?
I work six days a week during football season, taking Sundays off to watch the games. The rest of the year I work seven days a week. "Work" does not necessarily mean "write fiction," of course, though that's probably three-quarters of it. There's other things a writer needs to do beyond the writing itself: reviewing contracts, answering emails and mail, doing interviews and other promotion, dealing with editors and agents, editing, copyediting, researching, reading, reviewing and approving and commenting on spinoff products... it's endless, and has increased a hundredfold since the series became popular. Taking Ty on as an assistant has helped a lot, however, relieving me from a lot of this stuff and thus creating more writing time.

I do not write when away from home. I've tried. Doesn't work, at least not for me. (Other writers do better at this, I know).

Edited at 2010-10-09 07:07 pm (UTC)
Oct. 15th, 2010 04:43 am (UTC)
Re: George, do you ever take a day off?
Well, I am certainly glad you can find time for your fans. Just don't burn yourself out!


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