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My First Novel Has Come Out...

... again.

DYING OF THE LIGHT was first published by Pocket Books back in the dawn of time (that's 1977 to you young punks), when Jimmy Carter was in the White House, and I was a college journalism instructor with dark brown hair. I had already been writing and publishing science fiction for six years, many of the stories set against the same future history, a very loose background I later named the Thousand Worlds. Novels were long and scary, but I finally decided I was ready to tackle one in 1976. I wrote the entire thing start to finish before giving it to my agent to sell. My title was AFTER THE FESTIVAL. Pocket, after winning the auction against three other publishers, decided that wasn't science fictional enough and made me change it. I didn't mind... much. DYING OF THE LIGHT fit the book just as well.

By any title, it was a Thousand Worlds book, probably the culmination of that phase of my career. A melancholy, romantic, elegiac sort of novel it was, but then I was a melancholy romantic myself in those days. It did pretty well. Even made the Hugo ballot that year, losing to Fred Pohl's GATEWAY at Iguanacon II in Phoenix, 1978. The reviews were good too.

But don't take my word for it. Subterranean Press has just published a lovely new hardcover of the book, copiously illustrated by the talented Tom Kidd, signed by both of us, and limited to 500 numbered and 26 lettered copies.

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The lettered edition is already sold out, I fear, but SubPress still has copies of the numbered edition available at $125. To order yours (and see some more of Tom Kidd's gorgeous artwork), go the Subterranean website at:


I hope you will enjoy your visit to my past... and the distant world of Worlorn on the edge of the galaxy, in the far distant future.


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Oct. 23rd, 2012 05:02 am (UTC)
Just ordered a copy. I have enjoyed the Thousand Worlds from the Tuf perspective and I am excited to read it from another perspective.
Oct. 23rd, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
Some of us dedicated fans have already read it, thank you very much.
Oct. 24th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
If you were a truly dedicated fan, ser, you would fork out the $125 to buy this edition! ;)
Oct. 23rd, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
I loved Dying Of The Light. Not to spoil anything, but apart from the beautiful melancholy atmosphere, it has perhaps the most satisfying ending to a book I've ever read. :)
Anthony Concannon
Oct. 23rd, 2012 06:10 am (UTC)
Meteorite, they said.
1977...is that before or after the dinosaur mass extinction? Will definitely add Dying of the Light to my ever-growing list of George Martin authored or recommended readings along with the recently discovered, Pillars of the Earth. I actually finished Fevre Dream a few months back and immensely enjoyed it. Finally reading A Dance with Dragons and as thousands (millions? (BILLIONS?!))of people have already confirmed, A Song of Ice and Fire is easily one of the greatest literary accomplishments in modern history. Just super flippin' duper.
A fan definitely born after '77,
Jezabel Nightroad
Oct. 23rd, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
Got my signed copy and it's awesome! Thank you for providing the link Mr Martin. :)
Oct. 23rd, 2012 07:43 am (UTC)
"Dying of the light" is a very good story, I think. Read it a few years ago and liked it much.
Oct. 23rd, 2012 08:04 am (UTC)
your first novel
was actually the first book I read from you and it induced me to look for more, so no false modesty. I would have liked more from that universe but understand if you concentrate on the Ice and Fire universe.
Oct. 23rd, 2012 08:56 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Dying of the Light when I read it. I found it to be a very moving and sad story of love and loss.
Mauro Pipponzi
Oct. 23rd, 2012 09:12 am (UTC)
Such a wonderful novel. Still under the fascination of "a song for Lya" I rushed to read it as soon as it was released (translated in Italian), and I loved it ever since.
So glad younger people have the possibility to rediscover it !
Oct. 23rd, 2012 09:16 am (UTC)
This is very good news, George - I still have an old copy of DOTL. An outstanding novel. Years ago I came across some short stories of yours that I think were set in this universe. Have I misremembered, and if not, is there any chance that these might see the light of day again?
Oct. 23rd, 2012 09:57 am (UTC)
+1 on the "an outstanding novel"!
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Oct. 23rd, 2012 10:01 am (UTC)
Wonderful! I've been enjoying discovering your past works. Looking forward to this one!
Oct. 23rd, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
There's a book that stood the test of time. Congratulations!

Also, Jimmy Carter was right about those thermostats ;)
Brandon Lilly
Oct. 23rd, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
That must be the shipping notice I received from Subterranean yesterday. I've read several of the other Thousand Worlds stories, and look forward to my first read of DotL.
Oct. 23rd, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
Last week also saw the release of the audio book of Dying of the Light, as read by Iain Glen. Posted links here, as there's also Ron Donachie reading Fevre Dream.

Alas, it looks like Michelle didn't end up reading Windhaven after all, but Harriet Walter sounds great in the sample at Audible.

Oct. 23rd, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
Ms Walter
As Christopher Lee, aka Count Dracula, is Ms Walter's uncle, perhaps she should have read 'Fevre'? (Mr Lee was acquainted with JRRTolkien).

Edited at 2012-10-23 04:29 pm (UTC)
Oct. 23rd, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
I love this book ,just reread it for the billionth time about a fortnight ago.
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