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Tuf Returns

Haviland Tuf is back in print, once more sailing his ARK around the galaxy, courtesy of the good folks at Bantam Spectra, who released their reissue of TUF VOYAGING n January 29. The new trade paperback contains all the wonderful Janet Aulisio interior illustrations from the Meisha Merlin hardcover edition, long out of print, as well as the complete stories first collected by Baen Books way back when, after their original publications in ANALOG, GALAXY, and ANDROMEDA.

Tuf Voyaging

The TUF VOYAGING reissue should be available now at your favorite local bookstore or online retailer.

(And for those who absolutely must have a hardcover, check out the Signed Books page of my website. I still have some copies of the old Meisha Merlin hardback, as well as a fast-dwindling stock of their numbered and lettered limited versions, and would be glad to inscribe them on request. First come, first served, for as long as the supply lasts).

PS I am often asked if I will ever write any more Tuf stories. The answer is yes, I would love to, and I have plenty of ideas for the further adventures of Tuf and Dax and the ARK. It's just a question of finding the time. Right now, as some of you know, I am kind of busy with the SONG OF ICE AND FIRE novels and GAME OF THRONES tv show, not to mention Wild Cards and my other anthologies. So Tuf will need to wait. But he's a patient guy, and I do hope to get back to him one of these days.

PPS It has also been suggested that I make TUF into a TV series. Hey, love to. But it's not up to me. I need to find a studio and network willing to back a new space show to the tune of many millions of dollars, and that's not easy. I have pitched Tuf before, and hope to pitch him again, Real Soon Now, but honestly, he's a tough sell. Television likes its starship captains sexy, like Kirk and Captain Tightpants and Rocky Jones. Tuf is a towering, hairless, fat, pompouse fellow who talks like Alfred Hitchcock and loves pussycats. Not an easy part to cast either... but hey, every time I see Conleth Hill playing Varys, I go "Hmmmmmmmm."


Feb. 10th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
Tuf would make an amazing HBO mini-series, god, hopefully even a whole multi season series! Would love to see him come to life on the home box office network, away from the censors, from the traditional networks whose focus groups chip away and whittle down creativity and imagination until they've made a true mummer's farce.

Conleth Hill would be excellent, but in my mind, Glen Shadix, who played Otho in Beetlejuice, is always Haviland Tuf in my mind.
Feb. 10th, 2013 03:45 am (UTC)
You're reportedly new HBO contract
Is there anymore light you could shed on it?

With the report saying you'll help produce other projects many fans hope for adaptations of Robert's Rebellion, D&E, Tuf, Sandkings...

I doubt any of those mentioned will be produced anytime soon. My money is on you lending a hand on the new I, Claudius mini series.
Feb. 10th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
Re: You're reportedly new HBO contract
Tuf would be fun. Dunk and Egg are being discussed. Robert's Rebellion is part of Ice & Fire, won't be a separate series. Sandkings was done by the OUTER LIMITS; I retain feature film rights, but television rights are gone.

I, CLAVDIVS? Heh, not likely. And talk about a suicide mission. I mean, I'll watch, but how do you match one of the greatest TV series ever made? That's the television equivilent of remaking GONE WITH THE WIND or CITIZEN KANE. No, thanks.
Feb. 10th, 2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: You're reportedly new HBO contract
SyFy still has the WILD CARDS rights, so I'm guessing that rules out HBO from developing that as a series?

And can we fans still dream of Ron Donachie as Captain Marsh in a HBO version of FEVRE DREAM?
Feb. 10th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
Re: You're reportedly new HBO contract
Ron Donachie would make a great Abner Marsh... but we're still trying to sell FEVRE DREAM as a feature film, not as a tv movie or miniseries. And there is a certain Big Name Director who has expressed interest... if he commits...

But I have said too much. One should never talk about these things until contracts are signed. Preferably in blood.

The WILD CARDS contracts have been signed, however. That one predates my HBO deal. Melinda Snodgrass has just delivered the first draft of her screenplay to SyFy Films, which is a partnership between Universal Pictures and the SyFy Channel. It is a feature film script, not a television pilot. So cross your fingers, kiddies.

Edited at 2013-02-10 05:59 pm (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: You're reportedly new HBO contract
Is there any chancethat Roberts Rebellion ever gets made into a Full length feature film? The rebellion seems like the perfect big budget movie, and it would be pretty cool to see Robert smash Rhaegar at the battle of the Trident.

Edited at 2013-02-10 06:35 pm (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
Re: You're reportedly new HBO contract
I think the chances of any sort of film or tv version of Robert's Rebellion are remote.

To tell the truth, I have never understood why there is so much interest in this particular prequel. By the time I finish A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, you will know everything there is to know about Robert's Rebellion. If I then went on to write a novel, a trilogy, or a screenplay about same, it would be a novel, trilogy, or screenplay utterly without surprise, so the reader would know everything that was going to happen. I'd just be connecting the dots. I don't see the point.
Feb. 10th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
Re: You're reportedly new HBO contract
I've always thought a separate novel would be cool. Just because the table of contents would be great to look at when you see all the POV characters. Eddard, Robert, Jon(Arryn), Lyanna, Rhaegar, Aerys, Tywin.

It would be interesting to actually be inside the head of these legends. But I could see why it would be a difficult story to write since there would be no suprises.
Feb. 10th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
Re: You're reportedly new HBO contract
I'd guess it's the same impulse that make fans of historical fiction want to read a good story about well-known historical figures and well-known historical events. The dramatization of things already known has its pleasures. ROME, I, CLAUDIUS, GETTYSBURG, BECKET...

Admittedly, the best of them tend to find some interesting and unique lens through which to show these stories (as ROME did, through the eyes of two common soldiers). Maybe seeing the rebellion from inside Ned's head or Robert's isn't really going to be that interesting. But, I don't know, the rebellion as seen through the eyes of the Mad King and Howland Reed might be an interesting reading experience. Whether it'd be an interesting enough writing experience is, of course, something else entirely.

(That said, I'm not especially interested in the idea of a Robert's Rebellion prequel. A short film about the tourney at Harrenhal, OTOH...)
Feb. 11th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
Why Robert's Rebellion?
I knew how the Lord of the Rings movies were going to play out but I still enjoyed them (well, not so much the last one).

I think the fascination comes from the fact that it's a story that in ASOIAF is in the midst of passing from recent history into legend. We just have the warmed over, romanticized highlights to go by so everything is larger than life. Of course it's our nature to not just leave it like that but to want to pin it down and suck the marrow out of the story's bones.

You may solve all the mysteries for us but you won't have us get to know Rhaegar, Lyanna, and so on the way we know the characters in ASOIAF. We want to see the Tower of Joy acted out in the same way we want to see our other favorite scenes from the books acted out.

I think it's better left to the imagination, but if you build it they will come.
Rudy Hartmann
Feb. 10th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: You're reportedly new HBO contract
Aren't you concerned about working with SyFy channel? You had harsh words for the Battlestar Galactica ending - "God did it? I've seen Clarion students left bloody and beaten for endings like that!" etc. Of course, I feel that was entirely merited (the second half of that show really took advantage of the viewers and painted itself into a corner).
Rudy Hartmann
Feb. 10th, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: You're reportedly new HBO contract
A major question regarding any adaptation of "Dunk and Egg" in light of changes made in the Game of Thrones TV series: In Season 1 episode 9, "Baelor", Maester Aemon states that "My father was Maekar, the First of his Name. My brother Aegon reigned after him, when I had refused the throne, and he was followed by his son Aerys, whom they called the Mad King." -- Thus it seems that the TV-continuity has omitted Jaehaerys II (who was sickly and ruled only a few short years, but ruled well in those years)...apparently to simplify the relationship between Aemon, Aerys II, and Daenery. Has Jaehaerys II been officially removed? How was the decision made to remove him? What about the wider ramifications of this?

Particularly for Dunk and Egg, Jaehaerys was his son, and removing him would make Egg the father of the Mad King. And Aerys was insane due to his incestuous parentage, while Aegon V apparently married for love outside of the family (though of course, it was compound generations of 300 years of inbreeding).

Moreover, this affects how the TV-continuity will establish the relationship between the Targaryens and Baratheons. In the books, Jaehaerys' sister Rhaelle was the mother of Steffon Baratheon, father of the three Baratheon brothers (Robert, Stannis, Renly). Robert's claim to the throne (and by extension, Stannis and Renly's) was based on this "bit of dragon-blood". Is this now moved around so that Rhaelle is a sister of Aegon V? (in place of Rhae and Daella? Or perhaps alongside them?)

....OR, can the TV series later retcon this and just say that Aegon meant to say "grandson" and as a 100 year old man angrily recounting the fall of his House, it was just a slip of the tongue?
Feb. 10th, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)
I realize a TV show is unlikely, but I'd be happy to get just a five-second clip of Conleth Hill saying "Kindly cease flinging about my cats."
Feb. 10th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
every time I see Conleth Hill playing Varys, I go "Hmmmmmmmm

Glad it's not just me.
Feb. 10th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
Can we get a Drogo prequel??? The Khal Rises. It would be AWESOME!!!

I say film the whole thing in Dothraki.

Edited at 2013-02-10 06:05 pm (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
The Hedge Knight
I would really love to see both "The Hedge Knight" and "Fevre Dream" adapted by HBO. I have certainly enjoyed the references to Ser Duncan the Tall (and Egg) sprinkled here and there in the show.
Feb. 10th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
I first read TUF about 12 years ago and it seems that I appreciate the character more the older I get. Anything new from this character would be most welcome.
Feb. 11th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
I would really really like to see a feature film of "Fevre Dream". Especially the steamboat duel. Make it so?
Feb. 12th, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
Re: anime adaptations of George's works?
Dear George,

Have you ever considered an anime adaptation (whether TV or movie) of some of your works? I think that Tuf or Sandkings or some of your other sci-fi would be amazing to see in that visual form. With the growing popularity of your works in Japan and internationally in general, it is my hope that the top studios will make proposals for adapting your earlier works or even one day ASOIAF.

Edited at 2013-02-12 04:01 am (UTC)
Feb. 14th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
Boy does the prospect of a Tuf TV series tickle my fancy. I would consider it foreplay for a Wild Cards series, hint hint.
Jeff Exstrum
Feb. 15th, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
The Skin Trade
I think this is great news. Both The Skin Trade and Fevre Dream would make for great HBO mini-series—or even the start of an expanded full series run. So would A Song for Lya. Just don't forget to keep writing ASOIAF!


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