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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. 5th, 2014 11:12 am (UTC)
The World of IaF
Definitely picking this up. I love the encyclopedias based on my favorite works. I have 2 others now I can add this one. Keep it handy for the next couple books as well. Thanks for doing one.
Aug. 5th, 2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'm stuck overseas for a long stint and won't be able to get my hands on the real thing for a few months. I'm curious about the eBook edition. Will I be able to enjoy the artwork in some semblance of its glory? I know sometimes publishers do a great job with these, other times not so much.
Aug. 5th, 2014 07:04 pm (UTC)
Pre-ordered it here in Germany too. Something to look forward to.
Aug. 6th, 2014 01:09 am (UTC)
Does Robbie stay a lot?
How does he manage the stairs?
Aug. 6th, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
So exciting! I wish all my favorite authors wrote supplemental texts for their series. It may be the geek in me but I love reading the "histories" of fantasy universes.
Aug. 6th, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Yay! That tome is huge! Can't wait to get my hands on my own copy.
Greg Miller
Aug. 7th, 2014 03:04 pm (UTC)
Will there be any info on Triarch Belicho and how the Gmen took him down!?
Aug. 7th, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
Alas, no.
Rick Swanson
Aug. 8th, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
I just finished rereading AFFC and ADWD and I needed more GRRM so I preordered The World of Ice & Fire today and also ordered Hedge Knight, Mystery Knight and Warriors. Safe to say Im very excited! Thanks for all the great entertainment George!
Aug. 8th, 2014 09:11 am (UTC)
The awesome weight of knowledge
Dear Mr. Martin,

That magnificent tome looks quite hefty. I imagine that it is somewhat hard to carry around though.
That being said, if you were to bring it to LonCon next week, I would be more than happy to personally help you haul it around the con. You know, in the spirit of valar dohaeris. ;)
Aug. 8th, 2014 11:05 am (UTC)
I just heard you will be at the Edinburgh Book Festival! How exciting! I hope you have a great time in my fair wee city. ^___^
Aug. 8th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
Really excited that you took the time to create this! Can't wait to get my hands on it!
Calle Johansson
Aug. 9th, 2014 02:27 am (UTC)
Your re-release of "The Ice Dragon"
Lots of videos and news articles are claiming your children's book from 1981 is set in the same world as the world of ice and fire. Is that something you later have claimed? I was under the impression that it was two separate worlds?

I just interpreted the mentions of Ice Dragons in the novels by old Nan is kind of a hint to your other book?

Would be nice with a statement to clear this up :)
Aug. 9th, 2014 11:30 am (UTC)
You look like you are having a lot of fun. Keep doing what you're doing, and enjoy life! Thanks for writing so many great books!
Aug. 11th, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
beard makes you easily recognizable...
referencing how you can't walk around comic con. Also referencing the interview linked below where you are hoping that the GoT hysterial will die down when the series finishes.

Your beard makes you stand out. You also generally wear the same type of hat and glasses. Few guys have big thick beards anymore or wear hats at all. You have a unique look. As long as you have the beard and hat, your going to be really easy to spot.

you could always try Cosplay next year. I believe you said in the interview you were a big fan of 'The Thing' when you were a kid. Maybe spiderman?

Aug. 16th, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
Great, great news! I have pre-ordered mine several months ago. But I hope the idea of a "GRRMarillion" is still alive and kicking!
Aug. 26th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: GRRMarillion
It is.
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