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I miss football already. Looking forward to the draft. Not looking forward to months of fighting between the owners and players, and maybe a lockout/ strike.

Things are rolling along nicely on the Ice & Fire comic book. Check out the new interview with Daniel Abraham on Suvudu:


Suvudu also informs me of a new round of Cage Matches, wherein Jon Snow will be one of the contestants. Details here: http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2011/02/cage-match-2011-its-coming.html

I never had the chance to talk about their "Villains" Cage Match (too busy), in which Ser Gregor Clegane emerged victorious over a murderer's rows of nasties and narsties from screen and page. Congratulations to the Mountain That Rides, and thanks to all of you who voted!

There's been lots of talk about ebooks and digital publishing swirling around me of late. It's a brave new world for this old dinosaur. Kindles, Nooks, iPads, iPods, ebooks, PODs, all confusing as hell. But it is something that I am looking into for some of my backlist titles... some of the out of print Wild Cards books might be well received in such formats, I think. So expect news on that front eventually, though maybe not soon. I have this other book I'm writing, you know, and that comes first. I can deal with putting the old wine in new bottles when that's done.

That being said, y'know, I DO have some stuff available as ebooks and downloads, for all of you who have been asking. Check out my listings on Fictionwise and Electric Story if you would like to sample some of it:



Meanwhile, over in miniature town, the good folks at Dark Sword are rolling out four great new Tom Meier sculpts in their Ice & Fire range: the Reed siblings, Meera and Jojen, and a double of Hodor (HODOR!) with Bran riding on his back. Have a look at the greens.

The new minis should be available soon from the Dark Sword website at http://darkswordminiatures.com/ Along with the rest of the range, of course.

Should also mention that Hugo nominations are now open, for members of the current worldcon (Reno) and the last one (Melbourne). I did not have a novel out last year (some of you might have noticed that), but I am eligible to be nominated in Best Editor/ Short Form for my anthology work with Gardner Dozois, and in the novella category for "The Mystery Knight" from WARRIORS. All the other stories in WARRIORS and SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH are eligible as well. I hope you will consider some of them when filling out your ballot; I think there was some fine work in both books, worthy of recognition. And let me once again suggest that it is long past time that MICHAEL KOMARCK was nominated as Best Pro Artist. His cover art for Wild Cards has been extraordinary, and he's done amazing work for other books as well.

Must run now. Kong is calling.


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Feb. 11th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for those comics, the art looks crisp.
Feb. 11th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
new fan
A friend of mine told me about this show coming out on HBO. He said the books are amazing and i should read them. So here i am first time poster. I was very exited in seeing the miniatures because i play dungeons and dragons and collect miniatures. I thought the mini of the man with the boy on his back would be cool and i could use it to create a fun character. It begs the question "why is he in a basket on the mans back"? Very intriguing.

I cant wait to start the books, I have read High praise about them on the internet. I love starting a series that is almost finished. That way i have a short wait for the Finale.

Feb. 12th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
RE: Backpack boy
I was wondering the same thing myself. I heard about the series from the HBO commercials. Fantasy isn't normally my thing but this show looks really cool. I've almost finished the first couple of chapters of the first book and I don't see the point of having Bran being carried around like a backpack. What is he tired from all the climbing he does? The kid is clearly destined to be some great warrior in service to his father and brother and not some lazy lump who needs to be carried around like a sack of meat.
Feb. 12th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
My GF just got a nook over Xmas, and I finally got her reading A Game of Thrones. We've been listening to the book with Roy Dotrice(who is among the best narrators) while we read. It only took me a year...and a new ebook reader. She loves Sansa.

I hope your recovery is going well! Happy Friday!
Feb. 12th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Regarding Ebooks &c.
It might well be in your interest to bring your out-of-print works out in a digital format yourself, and stake your claim to your copyright, than to allow Google to do it for you. I have no real idea how close-knit the fantasy author scene is, but I certainly hope you have heard at least dim rumblings of the ruckus that fantasy grande-dame Ursula K. LeGuin is raising over this issue, but I do feel it is something to bear in mind.
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
Re: Regarding Ebooks &c.
I haven't heard of a ruckus involving Ursula. Do you have more information on that?
Re: Regarding Ebooks &c. - solanocard - Feb. 14th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
UKL & the Google settlement - fir_bholg - Feb. 15th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Regarding Ebooks &c. - hippoiathanatoi - Feb. 12th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
Sandkings! I just read... well... listened to this for the first time today! I listen audiobooks non-stop at work and have been really enjoying the Dreamsongs books, especially with your intros. I loved Sandkings... and I won't lie, I was secretly rooting for those clever little bugs.

Monkey Treatment was a lot of fun... listened to that one right before lunch, and I think being HUNGRY added something special to that listen. Haha. I'll have you know, my lunch tasted GREAT today and I was quite happy to be able to eat it!

Pear Shaped Man genuinely creeped me out. Thank you. I'm now afraid of cheese doodles. I did love hearing Roy Dotrice's voice as well... it always makes me smile.

Okay... enough of my gushing.
Feb. 12th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
This might be a dumb question, but... why are those little figurines made green? I know they're made to be painted but wouldn't they be easier to paint if they started out white, or a neutral beige or brown or such?

(they look neat, though)
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
The figures are cast in pewter.

The greens are the original sculpts. Tom Meier, like many mini sculptors, works in a soft putty-ish medium called "greenstuff."
(no subject) - elodiebanel - Feb. 12th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 12th, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
I recently asked Voyager if the UK ebook of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS would be released on the same day as the hardcover, and they said it would, providing no hiccups. Good news after some recent high-profile fantasy novels delayed their ebook editions by six months after the hardcover came out.

It might also be worth noting that Voyager are in the middle of re-releasing the UK ebooks of ASoIaF. AGoT and ACoK should be out now, ASoS (back in one volume!) in a couple of weeks and AFFC by April. The American ebooks have also be cleared up and most of their typos and mistakes rectified, which is good news.
Feb. 12th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
Maybe Voyager is so responsive because they think they will get free publicity with another release of Tuf Voyager?
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Feb. 12th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'd really love to see Komarck illustrate one of the Subterranean Press limited editions. He did illustrate their Gardens of the Moon, with some rather stunning artwork (especially his Anomander Rake pieces).
Feb. 12th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Sorry to say it but...
...this time around I'm rooting for Martin the Warrior! Childhood hero :D
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
The Hodor mini is just an unfinished green, but isn't that Jojen and Meera's natural color?
Feb. 12th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
eBooks and lending
So I know you are probably not the guy to ask on this front, but I purchased the song of ice and fire books on my kindle and absolutly loved them. I want to share the books with people to they can love them as much as I did but "Lending" a kindle book is a feature controlled by the publisher. So I was wondering if you had any plans (or knew of any plans) to enable that feature on kindle editions of your books? Primarily A Game of Thrones since once I lend someone that they will no doubt just go buy the rest since thats what happened to me (borrowed a physical copy). Anyway Love your books, love your blog, keep up the awesome work and so on!
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
Re: eBooks and lending
Sorry, I don't speak Kindle. All this stuff is in my publisher's domain.
Re: eBooks and lending - geekavenger - Feb. 14th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: eBooks and lending - pine_sparrow - Feb. 13th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Brave new worlds
Ser I have been afflicted by the crud as of late but this medley of ebooks and miniatures lifts the spirits and alleviates the unbalanced humors. Especially the cross-genre cage match fiction. I never knew such a thing was out there! Great stuff, ser. Could you link us to the Ser Gregor match?

I remain in awe of your ability to jump genres and literary venues. May I humbly pose a challenge? I want to say one word to you. Just one word.


"Just how do you mean that," you may think, as if this was something posed to your sober mind while at a cocktail party by an inebriated acquaintance. I mean video gaming. We are living in a golden era of story-rich RPGs like Dragon Age, which is essentially the great-grandchild of the original D&D (spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate). I would love to see Wild Cards and your other works appear in a gaming format, perhaps something like Smash Brothers, or something.

Sorry for rambling. The crud has me low and I'm mixing cold meds with ginger ale and vodka.
Feb. 12th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Brave new worlds
Wild Cards is available as an RPG game, from Green Ronin Press.
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Feb. 13th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Hmmm, George seems to be dodging those questions about Ice & Fire video games... Here's hoping that means some news about the one that's been in development for a while might be coming up in the near future. There were supposed to be 2 big announcements a while back, which got postponed when he got sick over the holidays, and we just finally got to hear about the first one - the comic book series. Could the second one be about the computer game?

As for minis, I own all the Ice & Fire minis that are so far available from Dark Sword (including doubles... and even triples... of some that seem suitable for dioramas - I like to have a stadalone copy of each as well for gaming & display) and they are truly amazing. Tom Meier is godlike (and Jeff Grace is no slouch eiher, of course)! Can't wait to get my hands on these new ones, though I sort of wish they had made Bran removable and come with both basket and customized saddle... Wouldn't it be ironic if he were to become the first mounted character (in a sense I suppose he already is) in a minis line based on a series featuring so many knightly types?
Feb. 13th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
Graphic Audio - a movie in your mind
Would love to listen to one (or more) of your series through GA. They do awesome full cast audio productions. I think your Wildcard series would probably make a great fit.


One of my favorite series on there in Vatta's War. Try out a free sample and see how it sounds.
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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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