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More on the Worldbook

Here's another piece I did on THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE, this one taped in the UK during my last trip over there.

I also did a much longer interview with my editor Anne Groell for the US edition of the worldbook.  That one is coming up on line as well, though it seems to have been divided into smaller segments.

More of that to come, I am sure.

And here's another of the interviews I did in New York on my latest trip, this one a sit down with Christopher Farley of WALL STREET JOURNAL that covers considerably more ground than just the worldbook.



Lisa Rock
Nov. 1st, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
Loved seeing the interviews. Got the book two days ago, it's really excellent so far!
Ring of Fire
Nov. 1st, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to lay my claws on it.
By the way, what do you think about this fan art? I love the girl, especially her drawings based on the Witcher series. http://justanor.deviantart.com/art/ASOIAF-Daario-Naharis-476989009
Jake Blackwell
Nov. 2nd, 2014 02:25 am (UTC)
Yea, I simply cannot get over how great this book is. The art is amazing!

7 out of 5 stars!
Jimmy Potter
Nov. 2nd, 2014 09:29 am (UTC)
Love it!
By Gumbo! What an excellent interview!
Dark Hylek
Nov. 2nd, 2014 11:06 am (UTC)
Do you know RAW?
I must ask you George, do you know Robert Anton Wilson? I think you may find him interesting, and oddly enough he also resembles you a bit in looks, wits, being a writer and the location he lived in. Search for 'maybe logic eng sub' on youtube. Maybe you knew him.
Nov. 2nd, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Do you know RAW?
I am familiar with his work, but don't believe I have ever met him personally.
Sam Brody
Nov. 3rd, 2014 01:33 am (UTC)
I am loving WOIAF so far. Finished the first half and am up to the Seven Kingdoms part.

I especially enjoy the maester's "historian" voice, and his efforts to be a good scholar.

One thing that has me wondering, actually, and this may be one of the weirdest world-building queries you've had yet -- has to do with the genres of writing the maesters of the Citadel produce. There's clearly history of figures and places, political history, as well as geographical and zoological treatises. But what I'd really be interested in knowing is if there is some equivalent to philosophy -- something that isn't empirical science, and isn't just reporting on types of magic, but is a type of speculation about what the world is made of and how it works, etc. Esoteric, I know, but I imagine there must be some maesters toiling away on arguments like "the whole world is made of water," or perhaps on some other types of arguments reconciling rationality with the ideas acceptable to the Faith...
Nov. 3rd, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
Good question!

I would hazard that Barth's works -- referenced (and dismissed) quite often in the book -- probably touched on the philosophical quite a bit. He was a man of many talents.
Eugene Toussaint
Nov. 6th, 2014 01:19 am (UTC)
Take my money now, I would so buy a 900 page version of the world of ice and fire. I am up to Daeron II in this one.
Nov. 7th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
Direwolf Question
Dear Mr. Martin,
I started with the TV show, and have since spent many an hour at work listening to the Audiobooks for A Song of Ice and Fire. Recently I was struck by a thought continues to nag at me: how did the Starks deal with fleas? My first thought was that the North would be too cold for ticks and fleas, but my second thought was that maybe the just have extra hardy pests up North. Did Maester Luwin know natural flea remedies? Was Sansa upset that they had to dip into the lemon stash to mix up a flea deterrent? This is probably a silly question and if you've answered it before I apologize, but I truly love the world you've created and this tiny aspect has been bothering me like a bowling ball under a mattress.


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