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Talking with Joe

My interview with Joe Abercrombie -- filmed in LA when I flew out last month for a screening -- has been posted on YouTube, in two parts.

If you're not able to watch THE BOOK SHOW on your TV, here 'tis:

part one

part two

It was great fun talking with Joe. Almost as much fun as reading his books.


Michael Schulze
May. 10th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)
As I've read the books there is a yeary fluctuation of temperature AND a long term season. The yearly fluctuation would be caused by an eliptical orbit. An underlying long term fluctuation would be explained easiest with an activity cycle of the star/sun. Our sun has an activity cycle too, wich corrosponds with the sunspot-cycle wich has an average period of 11 years. Even though the energy-output of our sun only varies approximatly 0.1-0.2% in its 11 year-cycle it influences the climate on earth measurably. So if the energy-output in such an activity-cycle would vary a couple percent it would be well possible to cause long term seasons like described in the book.
May. 10th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
My grasp of intensive astronomy is tenuous, so forgive repetitive questions.

The long seasons are easy to predict due to the elliptical. At Westero's level of technology, they're probably not measuring sunspot activity. I'm guessing that at a much greater variation than what we've got going could give the short/mild winters? Enough to bring snow down further than just in the North? I can't remember if it was ever said that it ever snowed in King's Landing.

I would probably have to re-read with an eye to getting seasonal details, but would it be theoretically possible to have a sunspot cycle that was unpredictable? I know that Jon Snow mentions he's seen a number of short winters - but the number didn't match his age and wasn't evenly divisible given his age (ie - every X number of years).

Or, would the sunspot activity be what might be responsible for the True Winter that lasts a generation? The normal winters/summers is by an elliptical, short enough that a person's age and a King's reign can be counted by them (in the manner that we do here in this world!)

Although, by Old Nan's comment about how people are born, live and die in darkness makes me think that there's an axis tilt going on like no one's business.

May. 10th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
Uh... guys... it's fantasy. Magic, y'know?

Astrology, not astrophysics.
Omer Pshititski
May. 10th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
ha! I was right!
*feeling really good about myself*
Ben Hansen
May. 10th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, I think we should take this to Stephen Hawking and see what he thinks. Great interview sir. I've grown up with this series since high school and look forward to rereading your books for years to come. I hope all is well.
May. 11th, 2011 09:56 am (UTC)
I wish I had this quote when I wrote my Tor.com article about the seasons!
May. 12th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Excellent article
Very well thought out. Not like my lark of a 'hypothesis' which I just threw together.

I've always just chalked the seasons up to the magical essence of that 'realm'.
May. 12th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
No, No, No! You are wrong.
I know for a fact that it's all to do with the two 'dragons' in the sky. It's all quite scientific.

If you think about the plane of the 'world's' orbit then you will realize that it all has to do with two unseen objects on the same axis as the sun. One is far above the sun's 'northern' pole and the other is far below its 'southern.' The interaction between the magnetic forces of these objects and the magnetic poles of the planet is what causes the planet to tilt one way or the other for many orbits around its sun.

So unlike the Earth, when our axis tilts it remains constant(to us) as it traverses around the Sun giving us changes in seasons each year; their 'world's' axis remains tilted towards whichever 'dragon' has sway and maintain a particular season for as many orbits as the 'dragon' in question exerts more force than it's pair.

It's simple physics really. Astrology --that bunk-- has nothing to do with it.


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