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For Your Consideration: Stuff By Me

THE WINDS OF WINTER did not come out in 2014, as some of you noticed. But I did have a lot of other material published and broadcast that is eligible for Hugo consideration.

The fourth season of HBO's GAME OF THRONES leads that list. 'Dramatic Presentation' is split into two categories, Short Form and Long Form. The former is mostly TV shows, the latter mostly films, though the actual division is by running time. GAME OF THRONES is actually eligible in both categories... though should it be nominated in both, the rules require us to bow out of one in favor of the other.

Season four, considered as a whole, can be nominated in Long Form.

Individual episodes are eligible for nomination in Short Form. You do need to know the episode titles. And yes, more than one episode of a given show can be nominated. Last year at Loncon the Short Form shortlist pitted one episode of ORPHAN BLACK and one episode of GAME OF THRONES against four episodes of DOCTOR WHO. That's not unusual. The DR. WHO fans are very well organized.

I am, to be sure, enormously prejudiced, but I thought we had some very strong episodes last season. Of course, I am very proud of episode two, "The Lion and the Rose," since I wrote the script myself for that one. For those of you who don't remember titles, that was the 'purple wedding' episode. Episode nine, "The Watchers on the Walls," scripted by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and directed by Neil Marshall, was also huge for us: that was the battle episode, devoted entirely to the fight for the Wall. Biggest action sequences we've ever done. Dan and David also scripted episode ten, "The Children," with the final confrontation between the Imp and his father. Oh, and there was also "The Laws of Gods and Men," aka the Trial of Tyrion Lannister, scripted by Byron Cogman, with its amazing performances by Peter Dinklage and Sibel Kekilli, and "The Mountain and the Viper," another script by Dan and Dave, wherein the Mountain That Rides faces off against the Red Viper of Dorne.

The other five episodes had some good stuff too, I think.

Aside from the television show...

ROGUES was published last year, which means that Gardner Dozois and I are both eligible for nomination as Best Editor, Short Form. Also, all the stories in ROGUES are eligible in the Short Story and Novelette categories. We had some terrific stories in that book. Take a look.

LOWBALL, the twenty-second volume in the Wild Cards series, was also published in 2014. That one I co-edited with Melinda Snodgrass. (Shared world stories NEVER get nominated for Hugos, but I mention this for the sake of completeness).

And then there's the odd duck: THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE, the huge and concordance of the world of Westeros by Elio Garcia, Linda Antonnson, and yours truly. Exhaustive, gorgeously illustrated throughout, and years in the making.

WOIAF cover

To tell the truth, I am not sure what category the worldbook belongs in. It's not a novel in any traditional sense, and there's no "fake history" category, so I suppose it fits best in "Best Related Book."

Lastly... and not strictly by me... I want to mention the latest Ice & Fire calendar. It's the 2015 calendar, but it came out in July 2014, debuting at Comicon. The calendar itself is not eligible for anything... but the artist certainly is.


The 2015 calender was painted by DONATO GIANCOLA, and if he doesn't deserve a nomination for Best Professional Artist for his work therein, I don't know who does.


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Mar. 8th, 2015 11:59 pm (UTC)
Hugo nominations
I like how the first thing you say is I know The Winds of Winter did not come out in 2014. lol
Mar. 9th, 2015 12:19 am (UTC)
Looks like this year's Hugos might be very kind to you! And next year you'll have Old Venus up for nomination, as well as the fifth season of Game of Thrones (and possibly other things that I'm not aware of). Keep up the good work!
Frank Probst
Mar. 9th, 2015 12:31 am (UTC)
Luis Royo?
Luis Royo is eligible for The Ice Dragon, isn't he?
Frank Probst
Mar. 9th, 2015 12:39 am (UTC)
Last minute suggestions for other categories?
Also, do you have any last-minute suggestions for some of the categories that some of us might not be exposed to? The world's best sci-fi novella could've come out last year, and most of us would never be the wiser.
Mar. 9th, 2015 12:54 am (UTC)
Congratulations on a fantastic year for you, Ser GRRM.
Lol @ the first line of this entry... Oh, I didn't notice, despite this being by far the most anxious and excited I've ever been for any book or movie to be released.

The Rogue Prince was a tremendous read, and it was a perfect lead-in for a P&Q re-read. In spite of my yearning for TWOW, I truly enjoy reading your intermittent short stories. Likewise, TWOIAF was a great accomplishment but it begs the question - will there be a volume two once TWOW and ADOS are completed?

Congratulations on a fantastic year, and may the the seven look down upon you favorably for an even better 2015.

Mar. 9th, 2015 01:05 am (UTC)
Don't worry, I have no problem nominating the Winds of Winter for next year's Hugo Awards.. WINK WINK.
Scott Hanberg
Mar. 9th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
Don't worry, I'm sure The Winds of Winter will win a Hugo for 2015 ;)
Mar. 9th, 2015 01:46 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure The World of Ice & Fire qualifies as a Related Work. There's precedent for such things.
Mar. 9th, 2015 02:48 am (UTC)
Alas, Your Grace, I fear the Doctor Who fans may also be better funded, at least in regards to this lowly hedge knight, armored in loyalty.

Aside from my words of encouragement, I can only offer that we meet the enemy as they march upon Spokane and defeat their hosts one by one.

Matthew Callahan
Mar. 9th, 2015 06:02 am (UTC)
Absolutely a thrilling year Mr. Martin- I look forward to seeing how 2015 progresses and what it has in store.
Mar. 9th, 2015 07:03 am (UTC)
Just looked on wiki at the history for the best novel Hugo award. Your first two ASOIAF books weren't even nominated which is a joke, and then A Storm of Swords lost to Harry Potter?!?! What's even stranger is JK Rowling hadn't ever even been nominated before for any of the other HP books, and went on to never be nominated again. i'm not really familiar with the Harry Potter books or series, but I find it strange that it had never been nominated before, came out of nowhere to beat Storm, and then that was it?
Mar. 9th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, I had perfect timing in that regard.
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Momma Luna
Mar. 9th, 2015 07:32 am (UTC)
Ser George,
The word 'Epic' seems to encompass not only your body of work, but also your intense dedication to the profession you've cultivated over the decades. Any piece that is born from your soul is never less than brilliant! Your grasp of the human condition, the basic needs of not just your characters but of your audience as well is so fascinating due to the ease of being able to identify with their struggles, their fears, passion and heartbreak.

I believe that all of the options mentioned above deserves the highest praise and honor. HOWEVER...a few (million) of us are bearing a huge burden. You see, there is this book you may have mentioned at some point titled "The Winds of Winter" that is creating OUR human condition to become almost feral, crazed and mostly desperate. A few of our favorite characters have been left in peril or possibly dead. We feel a bitter consternation because we have ALL adopted these fictional peoples into our lives and we are HELPLESS to aid them. Many of us rely on 're-read' projects and thoughtfully theorize these characters fates. It is becoming monotonous! We have begun to lead Unproductive lives and we are heart sick.

I wish you well with the Hugo awards. To many of us you are the Zeus of story telling and no one deserves the awards more.

But please, on behalf bended knee, i beg for you to free us from this heartache and release TWOW SOON. WE ARE WAITING... (i fear there may be a 'book militant' group forming in the Meadowlands in Nj and perhaps even the Winter itself in the NorthEast is hanging on in anticipation to see Son of Kong dead!)
**Luck and Thank you for sharing your gift with the world!
Matt Freeman
Mar. 9th, 2015 11:04 am (UTC)
Byron Cogman
Great typo. Bryan should definitely change his first name accordingly.

P.S. take your time with Winds of Winter, I'm sure it'll be great. If any more fools get on your back (very small if, there), just remember they're strange people who seem to think that they own your soul once they've purchased a single book - such people simply shouldn't be worried about.
Momma Luna
Mar. 9th, 2015 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Byron Cogman
I find it odd that you need to insult those who are die-hard fans that express their desire and anticipation of yet another fabulous piece to the Greatest story ever written. It's a compliment to an author to show excitement and passion for his or her work. I have re-read the series more times than I care to admit and WOIAF is on my nightstand with little flags sticking out of my favorite stories (Nymeria's 10,000 ships tugged hard on my heart)
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Vanessa S Brown
Mar. 9th, 2015 11:14 am (UTC)
I was not disappointed with any of the material released in 2014. The Game of Thrones series was especially good, some of the scenes brought tears to my eyes literally. Seeing the events that I have read about come to life before my eyes was such an awesome experience. Especially the scene in Episode 10 where Stannis' army descends on the Free Folk. And of course the Purple wedding, and the fight between the Red Viper & Ser Gregor. Can't wait for Season 5 AND Winds of Winter!
Mar. 9th, 2015 02:27 pm (UTC)
World of Ice and Fire
I can't believe the amount of diehard fans I've encountered who are anxiously waiting for Winds of Winter that haven't picked up a World of Ice and Fire yet. I know its not all of the characters and plot they have been so attached to, but the amount of fun stories, side developments, and background information is absolutely a blast. And of course as George mentioned the stunning artwork. Things like the picture/description of Casterly Rock or getting the more in depth history of the Targaryens was definitely a good appetizer for any other stories in ASoIaF
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