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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. 13th, 2011 07:34 am (UTC)
Video Games
Do you have any news on the video games George? From what I can gather they will be releasing the strategy game first, then the rpg. That's assuming ofcourse, the company survives long enough to do that.
Feb. 13th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Video Games
The Cyanide guys flew in from Paris to meet with us here in Santa Fe just last week, and show us some of the RPG. I thought it looked great. But I think we're looking at another year or so before release of that one. The RPG probably sooner. Work continues...
Re: Video Games - kevinsansone - Feb. 13th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nigel Bradley
Feb. 13th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
In my opinion, it is best to get those old books out in electronic fashion as soon as possible (after Kong, of course) as when people look for an electronic version, and can't find one, they go to, er, less reputable websites, where people have scanned and share the books for free.
Feb. 13th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
I am so excited about the comic book, i thought the hedge knight graphic novels were wonderful, and with someone as great (highly underrated) as Daniel Abraham working on it, it should be awesome. Any idea on realease dates or speculation on timeline yet. Also will it contain other features like the graphic novels had like hearldy charts and such and maps? Also will it include any stuff that wasn't in the books?

As far as Kong, I am getting the feeling, which i never had over the past 5 years, that it is very close to being slain. And as far as all the people who like to bash you about time, I seriously believe it is just this book that had problems right? I don't foresee the other books taking as long at all. I started reading around 1999 or so and waiting for the books to come out until this one hasnt seemed that much out of the ordinary. Thanks George been following you awhile.
Feb. 13th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
I loved the chapters you did in previous cagematches, would love to see a Jon Snow vs. Lestat fight this year :)
Feb. 13th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
Kind of random, but I wish Lucy Lawless was in the HBO series. She would have made a freaking awesome Cersei. A blonde badass Xena. Hell yeah! I'm sure Lena Headey is going to be awesome though. I can still keep my hopes up that someone will pick up The Wheel of Time for a TV show. Lucy Lawless + Lanfear = Perfect
Feb. 14th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
I like Lucy Lawless too, though I don't see her as a Cersei. She was fun as Xena, though, and she's one of the best things in SPARTACUS.

I also used to love Hudson Leick in XENA. She played Callisto, and a more bugfuck wild-eyed psychopath I have seldom seen on the small scene. Sexy, too.

The episodes where Xena and Callisto switch bodies were especially entertaining, and gave both actresses a chance to show some acting chops, discarding their usual characters to play each other.

That being said... we are filming in Belfast and using mostly English and Irish talent. Lawless and Leick are on the wrong side of the world, so the chances of either of them turning up on GAME OF THRONES is remote.
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Feb. 14th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)

I am new to posting, so I am not sure if my previous post made it through before my logon.

Though I know you are a huge Patriots fan.... is there a chance in the future that your travels may bring you to the New England area? I would love to meet you and thank you for hours of page turning entertainment.
As well, any ideas on a place to look to obtain a first edition copy of AGOT? It is something I plan to share with my son when he comes of age, and my paperbacks have fallen apart three times from extreme use.
A fan of the halfhand-
Feb. 14th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
Re: Travels
I come to the Boston area fairly often, usually in February for Boskone... but not this year, alas. Kong will not allow it.

You can find a first edition hardcover on ABE books, I'd expect. You may need to take out a second mortage on your house to afford one, however. But then again, collectible books usually appreciate in value, so by the time your son comes of age... well, the book may be so valuable you'll never let him touch it!
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Feb. 14th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
Random Story Question

Hey i've been a big fan of the "Song of Ice and Fire" series for a while now, and i've been following your blog quite closely over the past year-or-so ever waiting for that elusive post declaring kong's completion.

Anyways I was just curious of a small question that i've been wondering for some time now. During a discussion with a friend of mine who also reads your books, we talked about the various plot-lines of the series as well as your intention to originally have the books be completed in a single trilogy(??).

What I was curious of was something regarding the Boltons (a group who've gone from most hated minor house to one of my favorites oddly enough) Were they always such a major focus in the story or did their increased importance come about from the extension of the series to six then seven books?

(Oh, and if it isn't treading too closely into spoiler territory, will we be seeing much more of House Bolton in the coming book(s)?)
Luis Didelet
Feb. 14th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
A Portuguese fan
Hello Mr. Martin, I am a recent reader of your books(books arrive really late in this 'lovely country' of mine), I have read Fevre Dream in preparations for ASoIaF, and i really liked it, the way the boats worked was wonderfully detailed, and it was a joy to read about the way the society was changing in that period of american history. And just because it had Portugal in there, even if it was for a brief time hah.
Anyway, back to ASoIaF, I just read the first book, not really, as I later found out, they divided all the 4 books in two volumes each haha(makes sense, I would be "scarred" by looking at the size and the price of it, and I don't think I could carry around a book of nearly(?) 700 pages with me haha. ) . When I found out I was really surprised. It ends right after Eddard is taken by jamie from the brothel, and now I can't discuss the book with my fellow american friends in fear of spoilers XD. Thank god, I caught it in time, or I would be spoiled immensely haha. If only i knew, I would've buy the 2nd volume of a GoT with the 1rst one, (BTW, its called in here "the Ice wall" or "muralha do gelo" in portuguese, probably you know), but student life isn't ea$y. Just to say, I am really enjoying the book, and I can't wait to finish reading all of them.
Feb. 14th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
I would like to answer the poster with the Bran miniature question, but I know I have to avoid spoilers, so I won't, even though it's killing me.

Just chiming in again to let George know I'm not very knowledgeable with tech stuff, either, but I hope the gaming and other e-book formats are a huge success. He deserves all the successful side projects he can handle.

But I'll bet George knows where my on-line name comes from, since he is so well-versed in the genres of sf and fantasy. In fact, he is probably a contemporary of the author who created the character, and knew him. Am I right?
Feb. 14th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Home Page Question
Didn't want to trifle George with this, but am curious. Is there a way to change the Fevre Dream banner at the bottom? I check his site daily, maybe even hourly while at work and when people walk by and see a purple backgrounded screen with a half naked rendering of a sultry lady, I wonder if they wonder what I'm looking at...any chance??
Feb. 14th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
SandKings was the first eBook I ever read! It's actually what turned me onto your other books.
Feb. 15th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
You remind me of my dad! And that is a cool thing! Been reading up on you. Can't wait for the fifth book to come out. I read your first four and was lost in your universe for a while. Amazing. Thank you for creating and for being.

Feb. 15th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
cage match
So Percy jackson makes the cage match and no Corwin? Damn...
Beau Barnett
Feb. 15th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
Author Assistant
It's exciting to hear that your work may hit digital formats soon. My wife is an author assistant who specializes in e-book formatting and uploading. If you are interested, she can do it for you quickly so you won't even have to worry about it. That way you can concentrate on the many other things you have going on. Anyway, keep up the good work, we look forward to the HBO series and the next book to come out.
Feb. 15th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Author Assistant
Have your wife email my assistant Ty about this with details. His direct email is grrmbooks@gmail.com
Feb. 15th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
RE:Backpack Boy
OK, I got far enough along to see why Bran would be carried around by the hill giant-looking guy Hodor. Egg on my face! Taking a close look at the Meera and Jojen miniatures I can only surmise that these are members of the halfling race. I can't wait to see how the halflings and humans have been co-existing all this time. Maybe they hide out in swamps or something or live beyond the Wall. Can't wait to see how this turns out! Already been introduced to dwarves, humans and eunuchs, can't wait to meet the dragons, halflings, elves and some fireball-tossing wizards! How I ever missed this series is beyond me!
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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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