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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.


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


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.


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


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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Aug. 4th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
I'm not normally interested in ancillary materials for anything, but this post sold me completely on WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE. Reading your story in ROGUES (another excellent book, BTW) also helped make me realise that I'm dying to know more about the Ice and Fire universe.
Eugene Toussaint
Aug. 4th, 2014 05:36 am (UTC)
Can't wait for this. It Will be good to have a official source for all of the history. Wikipedia does not do it justice.
Aug. 4th, 2014 10:28 am (UTC)
That book looks like 0_0
So excited!!!!
And the artwork looks amazing. Is that castle Dragonstone?
Bernhard Vienna
Aug. 4th, 2014 12:17 pm (UTC)
Great! Just ordered one.
Really hope that there are poisoned pages or spells that take the readers to a dungeon dimension...
Aug. 4th, 2014 12:41 pm (UTC)
Looks great! I've had it pre ordered since about 2012. I will also with Dunk and Egg Anthology, as well as Winds and Dream, even if there is no release date at time of pre-order.

Parting thought - would love to know more about Valyria and the Doom, whether it's chronicled in World of Ice and Fire, Winds, Dream, Fire and Blood or it's own story.

PS love the peek at some of your knights seen in the pictures.

Edited at 2014-08-04 04:48 pm (UTC)
Joey Kalmin
Aug. 4th, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
So excited!
I cannot wait for the release date! I'm kicking myself though because I was at Comic-Con (and I even went to the Random House booth twice) and yet I didn't even know that there was an advance copy for con-goers to peruse! Oh well, I guess I'll have to wait patiently until October!
Aug. 4th, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
Been looking forward to this one a long time, hoping to receive a copy during Yuletide festivities. Less than five months away!
Aug. 4th, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
World of Ice and Fire
I doubt if little boy George Martin, while thumbing through the spinner rack at the local 5 and dime, would have imagined his very own Robbie the Robot especially one holding a book he authored....congrats George
Aug. 4th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
When I first heard about this I thought "eh", having seen several other worldbooks that are less-than-stellar. But wow! That looks absolutely gorgeous. You must be ecstatic to see such a beautiful concordance of your world.
Ramzi Shalby
Aug. 4th, 2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
Looks like you had fun
I Watched most the videos of the Comic Con (ASOIAF and GOT related) and I am really hoping to go there one day. Was disappointed about your decision for Season 5....but as you keep telling your fans "Life is full of choices."

PS: The World of Ice & Fire book is already #8 in Books/#1 in Television, Classics, and History & Criticism Genres. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

Edited at 2014-08-04 05:46 pm (UTC)
Aug. 4th, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
wish list
That book's been on my wishlist for about a year now. I'm glad it's turned out well.

Is it wrong that when I read "In the Lost Lands" I revise the opening and closing line as "You can get anything you want from Gray Alys's shop ('ceptin Alys)"?
Aug. 4th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: wish list
Not wrong at all. Arlo's song was the inspiration for "In the Lost Lands." FWIW, I have a couple of other short stories that were inspired by songs as well.
Aug. 4th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
I knew this book was going to be big but daaaaaaaamn. That thing is massive! I've had it on preorder for a while now. I can't wait. :D
Sean Hall
Aug. 4th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
Jean Cocteau book signing
Hope you do a signing/reading of this at the Jean Cocteau when it comes out...though if you did that people would probably have to line up super early to get in...you're too popular!
Aug. 4th, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
World of Ice and Fire
Just wondering if you could answer this question? Will this book identify the mystery of who is Ned Starks mother in House Stark's family tree?

Aug. 5th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
George said wait. ;-)
" Wait till you see it.", George says. So, I'm gonna wait. While I trust Robby, a very iffy politician once said, "trust but verify." Maybe George will give us some more selling points. Are the errors still in these family trees? You know, like Jaime, Cersei and Jon. Targaryens all. Or, are we still left to "know" without George fessing up? Confession is good for the soul. Or, so I hear.
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