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Something Old and Something New

I had two books released in October, an old one and a new one, and I'm thrilled to report that they both did rather well.

The  hardcover reissue of THE ICE DRAGON, with fantastic new artwork by Luis Royo, was released by Tor on October 21.  We've just learned that it will be debut this week at #5 on the NEW YORK TIMES young adult bestseller list.  Pretty damn good for a story that I originally wrote (albeit in a slightly different form) back in 1979.   That short story has always been a personal favorite of mine, and I am delighted that it's still pleasing new readers, decades after it was first published.


A week later, on October 28, the long-awaited WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE was released by Bantam Spectra in the US and Harper Voyager in the UK.  Too early to know about the TIMES list yet -- whether we'll make the list, or in what slot, or in even in what category -- but the worldbook was in the top five on Amazon even before its publication date, based on pre-orders alone, and on the day of release it ascended to #1.  That's not number one in SF and fantasy, but number one BOOK, period.  Can't get better than that.  The Amazon ranks change constantly, of course, but as I write, WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE is still at #6 in books, and #1 in several sub-categories.

WOIAF cover

A lot of great people put a lot of great work in the worldbook, and it is really gratifying to see it generating so much excitement, enthusiasm, and success.  My thanks to all those who made it possible: Anne Groell, my wonderful editor, and all the other great folks at Bantam; all of the amazing talented artists who contributed (too many to list here, but they all have credits in the book); our terrific design team of Delia Greve and Rosebud Eustace, our tireless production manager Erich Schoenweiss, and of course my amazing collaborators, Elio Garcia Jr and Linda Antonsson.   Great work, all!  Time to pop the champagne...


Nov. 3rd, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
Love "The World of Ice & Fire" book. It will definitely hold me over until your next best seller. :)
Nov. 3rd, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
Great News
Congratulations, now I can await the shipping with baited breath.
Calle Johansson
Nov. 3rd, 2014 12:59 am (UTC)
I was planning on putting it on the short wishlist for christmas, but chances are I will order it this week. Definitely something to sink my teeths into waiting for Kong. Gotta say I love the artwork you have shown on interviews.
Nov. 3rd, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
Congrats On All The Success
Congrats to the team behind The World of Ice and Fire, it is a novel that will be a great tool to those (including myself) that make it a mission to delve deeply into the world ASOIAF is set in.

I truly look forward to ordering "The Ice Dragon", all your work has been wonderful and I am sure this old classic will be as well. I hope one day you will be able to verify if the events of "The Ice Dragon" are canon within the world inhabiting ASOIAF.

All the best to the team that worked hard to make this a success
Margaret Morton
Nov. 3rd, 2014 01:09 am (UTC)
Ice Dragon & World of Ice and Fire
I bought both books and love them!
Frank Probst
Nov. 3rd, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
Luis Royo
Are you and Luis Royo planning on doing any joint signings at any point?
Nov. 3rd, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Luis Royo
Possibly. Nothing scheduled yet, but we have been talking about maybe next summer in San Diego at Comicon.

That's a long way in the future, though. I am not even certain I will be attending Comicon this year.

I will be in Spokane for worldcon, but I don't think Royo attends that one, so...
Frank Probst
Nov. 3rd, 2014 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Luis Royo (and Elio and Linda)
Got it. As for WoIaF, it looks like Elio and Linda are both signed up for Archipelacon, so I'm hoping for a three-way signing there. I know you've said that one is iffy, though. I see that Lord and Lady Awesome also appear to be attending, as well as Lyanna Stark, so that one will probably be worth the trip even a the group signing doesn't happen.
Sean Hall
Nov. 3rd, 2014 06:39 am (UTC)
Congrat$. If I was in your shoes, I'd use the giant paycheck coming soon to pre-order the recently announced $100k Tesla Model D that can park itself and accelerates from 0-60 in 3 seconds....though that much speed probably isn't necessary since most of Santa fe's speed limit is under 40 mph.
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Tane Aikman
Nov. 3rd, 2014 08:28 am (UTC)
Finished the World book last night- thanks so much! Bliss for geeks like me who love getting all the detail of imaginary worlds. One thing: there was nothing about Great Moraq or the ports near Qarth. I know there were areas where you were deliberately vague, like Summerhall, because we will be learning more in the stories. Was that reason for the lack of detail about that area, or do you just not have much to say about it? I do hope we get to find out more either in the books or in an updated history.
Nov. 3rd, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
Congrats George! Great stuff! The worldbook is prety awesome so far - I have no problem with Elio & Linda working with you on that book. It says so on the book itself, and you have mentioned it several times throughout your posts, so I knew beforehand. I believe that, as well as 'Lands of Ice and Fire' are the ultimate companions to the main books themselves.

As for The Ice Dragon - I read it about two years ago (clearly not the new edition) and thought it's a great little 'bonus' whether or not it is related to The Seven Kingdoms. If yes, I can see Old Nan reading it to the Stark kids when they were babes.
I also think it would make a fantastic animated film...
Nov. 3rd, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
I agree. We're working on that...
Frank Probst
Nov. 3rd, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
Personal question--Fan Fiction
I've seen several pieces on WoIaF that say that you HATE fan fiction, but I've never heard you say so yourself. If I may ask a personal question, is this true? If so, is there a specific reason? I'm assuming it would be along the lines of, "If you want to write a story, then create your own world and your own characters. Don't steal mine."
Nov. 3rd, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Personal question--Fan Fiction
"Hate" is too strong a word... but it is true that I disapprove of 'fan fiction' as presently defined. And yes, largely for just the reasons you suggest.

I don't really care what people do for their own amusement, to be sure. So long as it is kept personal and private.
Nov. 3rd, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Personal question--Fan Fiction
Fan fiction is often an attempt to create "better canon." As if those writers are somehow better storytellers than the original creator of the work they claim to love.

I think those individuals are the type to get really upset when other fans go on to write an excellent work of "fake history" with the writer they admire...

An ocean of vast delusion and jealous rage materializes from a hole in their collective soul.
Chad Cottle
Nov. 3rd, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
Beautiful Book
I picked up a copy of THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE on Saturday at Costco. It's just gorgeous.

Fake History has never been so enjoyable. I'm loving every page, digging for the clues you've left us to the Doom and so many other things.

Thanks for writing this. It's great to have 300 pages of new material from you, George, and the illustrations are of the highest quality.
Nov. 3rd, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
30th Birthday
I gave the World of Ice and Fire to my best friend for his 30th and he loved it. Thanks George!
Nov. 3rd, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
I just got my copy of The World of Ice and Fire. I can't wait to get to the end, and yet I want it to last at least until the next book ! A reader's dilemma...
Nov. 3rd, 2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
I got my copy of The World of Ice & Fire today (finally) and it definitely does not disappoint. I knew it was big but yikes. This thing is a monster! And it came in a handy Amazon box for my cat. He was so impressed that I almost didn't have time to get the book out of it first!

I couldn't be happier with the text and the artwork. Both are fantastic. It's very clear that a tremendous amount of work went into this, and the hard work paid off. The production values are some of the best I've ever seen for this kind of book. Very, very impressive! It's definitely worth the extra money for the hardcover edition.

Now if you'll excuse me, Westeros and Essos are calling to me...

Edited at 2014-11-04 12:01 am (UTC)
Adam Coburn
Nov. 4th, 2014 12:55 am (UTC)
What would your thoughts be on an animated adaption of Song of Ice and Fire?
Congratulations on the book! I saw someone mention earlier about an 'Ice Dragon' animation film. I think a series of feature length animated films based on the 'a song of ice and fire' series would be equally as brilliant. The animated films would, if done right, be a closer adaption to the book than the tv series. It would be interesting to see 'asoiaf' characters looking as close to your own image of those characters as possible. Have you ever been tempted by the thought of an animated adaption of 'asoiaf'?

Edited at 2014-11-04 02:40 pm (UTC)
Nov. 4th, 2014 01:41 am (UTC)
I sent this to Bantam books but they told me to tell the author directly.. so here goes.

Maybe this is old news so I apologize if this is the 1000th+ time its been pointed out and I also apologize if this is the wrong place to post this.

I think I found a mild typo in "The World of Ice and Fire."

On page 10, the end of the first sentence at the beginning of 'The Age of Heros' reads:

".. and greet deeds were accomplished."

I think that is supposed to be "greAt deeds." Or maybe I'm stupid and don't understand what 'greet deeds' are. =(

I love all the books. Thanks for everything. =)

Edited at 2014-11-04 07:23 am (UTC)
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Nov. 4th, 2014 03:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Online strategy game of thrones on ideas from indie developer
Ah... no. All game rights to my world and characters belong to the various companies that have licensed them: Green Ronin, Fantasy Flight, Cyanide, Disruptor Beam, Telltale, etc. You can certainly develop your game, but it should not include any material from my books or the HBO tv show.
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Nov. 4th, 2014 05:42 pm (UTC)
Worldcon 2015
Can't wait to see you in Spokane, Mr. Martin! Definitely a big fan of your books. Buying my ticket now.


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