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Comicon Coolness, Part the First

Lots of cool stuff went down in San Diego at Comicon... parties, panels, parties, signings, parties, meals with friends, and much much more.

Too much to relate here, at least.  But I can mention a few highlights.

For me, one of the highlights was the appearance of a couple of copies of THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE.

The worldbook won't be released until October, so it wasn't for sale at San Diego, but Bantam had a couple of advance copies hot off the presses at the Random House booth, for lucky fans to open, peruse, and drool over.  Not mock-ups, either.  This is the real book.

Alas, the crowds at Comicon make it impossible for me to walk the floor anymore without a cordon of security, so I never made it to the Random House booth... but I was able to snag one of the samples and take it home with me.

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It's everything I hoped for!  A bloody gorgeous book.  Wait till you see it.

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Years back, when my editors at Bantam first approached me about doing a concordance for Westeros and its history, I was initially reluctant.  I had seen a number of these 'worldbooks,' and, well, some were pretty good, but others were awful, cheaply made collections of previously published material with lots of bad art.  If we do one of these, I declared, I want it to be the best one ever published.  A coffee table book, big and beautiful, with lots of original content, histories and tales never previously published anywhere, plus maps and heraldry and family trees, all of it lavishly illustrated by some of the best fantasy artists in the world.

That's what we got.  It took WAY longer than we thought it would, and required much more time and effort from everyone concerned, but I think the end result is worth it, and hope you all will agree.  Hey, even Robby the Robot loves the book.

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Will THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE answer every question you ever had about Westeros and its history?  Hell, no... I need to save SOMETHING for the novels and the Dunk & Egg stories.  But it will answer a lot of questions, including some you never knew you had, and there are long meaty histories of all the major regions and great houses of the Seven Kingdoms, plus the Lands Beyond -- the Nine Free Cities, the Summer Isles, the grasslands of Essos, even the Further East, beyond the Bones.

And the art... the art will knock you on your ass... Justin Sweet, Magali Villenueve, Marc Simonetti, Michael Komarck, Jae Drummond, Chase Stone, Ted Nasmith, and many many more.

My thanks go out to all the great folks at Bantam, in particular my editor Anne Lesley Groell and production manager Erich Schoenweiss, who labored long and hard to bring the worldbook to fruition. Also, a lot of credit goes to art director Dave Stevenson, and to Delia Greve and Rosebud Eustace at Becker & Mayer... and of course to my collaborators and partners in crime, Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, without whose efforts THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE could never ever have happened.

I wanted to give my fans the best fantasy concordance ever published.  I think we did.

If you want to see for yourself, Amazon is offering it at a considerable presale discount right now

http://www.amazon.com/World-Ice-Fire-History-Westeros/dp/0553805444/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407035564&sr=1-1

and, of course, it is also available for preorder at many other online booksellers, and your favorite local bookstore.

I'm very proud of this one.  Maybe you can tell...

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labhaoise
Aug. 3rd, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
How many pages are in it?
kadaria
Aug. 3rd, 2014 12:45 pm (UTC)
I'm excited for the art work. I'm pretty good with my imagination but I also like to see how artists interpret fantasy and sci-fi novels.
lomnen
Aug. 3rd, 2014 01:03 pm (UTC)
I pre-ordered my copy at amazon about... ehm... one and a half years ago. I really wanted it as a self-ift for my birthday... it seems I'm finally on my way to the feast!!! I just can't wait to shut up the world outside and merge with my favourite "reality". Thank you, sir!
marijukee
Aug. 3rd, 2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
I am so incredibly excited about the release of the World of Ice and Fire. Just pre-ordered a copy from amazon;I cannot wait till October!
Aaron William Hollingsworth
Aug. 3rd, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
This should hold fans over.
This should hold fans over until Winds of Winter comes out. I plan on re-reading all the books while looking at all the relative pictures and content of this new concordance. Thank you, George, for your commitment to excellence. I eagerly await October.
fltylilmudblood
Aug. 3rd, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
Preordered it as soon as I could. I can't wait to get my copy!
Ro Al-Hajri
Aug. 3rd, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
Great
I am looking forward to read more about Essos, the Summer Isles, Sothoryos and Ulthos...

I feel like Westeros is waaaaaay overdone and it's completely irrelevant -to me- now.

I especially want to know more about The Shadowlands and Asshai, also Yi Ti and more about Ibben! Mountains of the Morn... I wanna know just what's beyond Essos... Is it sea? does it go to Westeros... So many questions, probably not enough answers... :/
penindini
Aug. 3rd, 2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
Excited!
So excited for this, been waiting a very long time :)
Kyle Elzy
Aug. 3rd, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
I can't wait. Pre-ordered mine yesterday.
urbanflowerpot
Aug. 3rd, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
and now that I can see from my laptop - I need to add that it looks magnificent and I am soOoo excited for this to come out! Pre-ordered. BOOM.
Ryan Cassidy
Aug. 3rd, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
Those paintings
I love the depictions I've seen so far. That Dragonstone especially is great. Can't wait to read nad see the rest.

EDIT: Aaaaand I've just preordered it here in Ireland. :D

Edited at 2014-08-03 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ashwin Anthony Fernandes
Aug. 3rd, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
A Heartfelt Note of Gratitude
I recently had the opportunity to ask you a question at Neuchatel and asked a very nerdy one about Targaryens and dragons to which you responded with the story of the polar bear trainer at the circus where your wife used to work. I was so stoked to have gotten the chance to speak to you. Thank you for your time and wonderful answers to all our questions.

I didn't mention this there because it sounds too corny but I sincerely want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening the portal of imagination in my dulled brain and reigniting my passion in history, literature, psychology and writing. I am ever a loyal fan of yours, and am one who wants you to be relaxed and take your time with the rest of the ASOIAF canon. Writing ain't easy. In the meantime, I shall devour The Worldbook. :D Thank you.
oman_jiggy
Aug. 3rd, 2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Praise and a Question
Dear George R. R. Martin,
I wish to tell you how excited I am to finally be able to get my hands on this book. It definitely seems like and a lot of hard work went into this masterpiece. I do have one question and I am sorry if you get asked this often. Do you have your own top list of fighters/warriors in A Song of Ice and Fire, whether living or not?

Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to this series!(Also don't let those Debbie Downers get into your head about writing faster. Take as much time as you like.)

-Oliver
Jenee Day
Aug. 3rd, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this!
I can't wait to take a look at it! I am currently traveling through Dorne, enjoying book 4. I am so excited about the family trees and maps. The whole series is fascinating, and as a visual learner this will add so much to the story for me.
calebespall
Aug. 4th, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
Great
I love it. So excited!
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