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Autograph Hounds

For all of you autograph collectors out there...

My partner in crime Gardner Dozois is cleaning out his house in scenic Philadelphia, and he just send me two big boxes of OLD MARS and OLD VENUS hardcovers, all signed.

I've added my own illegible scrawl to the title pages, to go with his.

Since Gardner and I live two thousand miles apart, getting a copy of one of our anthologies signed by both of us is not easy. So here's your chance.

Matching copies of OLD MARS and OLD VENUS signed by both editors can be purchased (while the supply lasts, which may not be long) from the Jean Cocteau bookstore, at:

Lots of other autographed books are available from the same site, of course, including titles by Diana Gabaldon, Ellen Datlow, Lisa See, Carrie Vaughn. Junot Diaz, Lev Grossman, Dennis Lehane, and that George R.R. Martin guy.


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Rebecca Dornsife
Jun. 4th, 2015 11:02 pm (UTC)
You can tell Gardner I'll help him clean out his house... I just live a short distance away in Delaware :D
Jun. 5th, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)
Re: Hounds
Me too, I live in the Philly suburbs! E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles!!
South Jersey here! - sourbillytipton - Jun. 5th, 2015 07:39 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 5th, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
All right. Thanks for the link. I'm indulging in each and I have my eye on some others. Thank you.
Jun. 5th, 2015 07:05 pm (UTC)
I like the (unintentional?) homage to the late, great Martin Gardner that is created by the juxtaposition of your names on the cover.
Jun. 5th, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
Got 'em both, thank you. :)
Frank Probst
Jun. 6th, 2015 03:13 am (UTC)
Signing anthologies
Okay, weird question here, but in general, how do you handle signing anthologies that you've (a) edited but not contributed to (I assume you just sign the title page here.), (b) contributed to but not edited (Do you sign on the title page, or on the page where your story begins?), and (c) both (Do you just like to sign once on the title page, or are you willing to sign the stories if that's what the fan asks and is willing to sit in line for it?) ? Most authors I've met are willing to sign just about anywhere, but I realize that you're not most authors, and your signings are (to put it mildly) generally crowded, and I'd rather not piss you off if you have strong feelings about this. (And I should make it clear that I'd be willing to re-queue for each signature.)
Jun. 6th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Signing anthologies
(A) When I am the editor, I sign on the title page.

(B) When I am a contributor, I usually sign on the page where my story begins -- unless the reader is trying to collect the sigs of all the contributors on the title page, in which case I will comply and sign with the rest.

There are also some obsessive collectors out there who want three signatures on an anthology: on the title page, on the table of contents, and on the page where the story begins. I have done this in the past, but no longer. The lines are too long. One signature per book should suffice.
Re: Signing anthologies - bfkelleher - Jun. 9th, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Signing anthologies - grrm - Jun. 9th, 2015 10:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Signing anthologies - lord_varys - Jun. 9th, 2015 11:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Signing anthologies - bfkelleher - Jun. 10th, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 6th, 2015 03:41 am (UTC)
Sad that international orders are on hold....oh well.
Gratitude for your work, mr. Martin.
Jun. 9th, 2015 10:02 pm (UTC)
We would like to resume filling international orders, but shipping keeps getting more and more expensive, and we have also had problems with customs... stopping the books and demanding duty, which some of our customers then refuse to pay, which leads to the books being sent back or impounded, depending on the country.

The days of simple, cheap (if slow) sea mail are long gone, alas.
Jun. 6th, 2015 12:00 pm (UTC)
Speaking of autographs....
Yesterday, I came across an autographed copy of "Fevre Dream" at my local bookshop and almost fainted, then gathered my wits and bought it. I've been searching for autographed copies of your books since reading A Game of Thrones in 1997! HAPPY!
Jun. 6th, 2015 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Speaking of autographs....
Glad you found that autographed FEVRE DREAM... but of course you can get signed copies of all my books from the Cocteau.
Re: Speaking of autographs.... - missmatchedeyes - Jun. 6th, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Speaking of autographs.... - Itamar Widerker - Jun. 9th, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Speaking of autographs.... - grrm - Jun. 9th, 2015 05:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 9th, 2015 01:52 pm (UTC)
Game of Thrones Wiki re Night's King
Hello, I'm an administrator for Game of Thrones Wiki, devoted to the TV series.

We've...run into a bit of a problem which I realize you really aren't at much liberty to discuss.

Starting with the episode "Hardhome", the TV writers have started openly referring to the White Walker leader as "the Night King". Back in Season 4 the online guide also briefly listed him as "The Night's King" but was hastily taken down, apparently a leak. The online guide now calls him "The Night King".

Everyone in the media is now assuming that this "Night King" is the SAME character as the legendary "Night's King" fought by Joramun 8,000 years ago. I'm concerned if it's just a TITLE, like "Storm King", so there can be more than one - given that it was said the Night's King was killed.

Now I want to ask "are these indeed the same character?" but I know you probably won't reveal upcoming book material. Better phrasing might be "is it appropriate to treat these as one character on a single article on the wiki, or should we split it into two articles? Or at least two sections on the same article?"

Well, you probably can't answer that as of yet.

One thing I do hope you CAN answer: Benioff and Weiss, the online guide, and even the actor Ross Mullan who plays one of the other White Walkers, CONSISTENTLY refer to him as "The Night King" - without a possessive "S". So my question is, is there *any* significance to that distinction, or can the two terms be used interchangeably?

Side question we've having trouble with on the wiki: in episode 9, Mace Tyrell refers to "Maegor the Third", and clearly describes him as a king of the Seven Kingdoms. There are three possibilities: 1 - the actor flubbed the line and meant "Maegor the Cruel", 2 - the script intentionally wrote Mace making a mistake, trying to depict him as a bumbling fool getting his facts wrong, or 3 - the writers intentionally wanted to introduce TWO separate kings onto the Iron Throne. Given that we have a full listing of kings that is difficult.

Some over on the wiki are arguing that yes, we should treat this as that a "King Maegor III" existed in the TV continuity" - either that Benioff and Weiss intentionally invented him, or, the belief that he automatically gets created due to a script error (sort of like in Seinfeld, saying that the "Moops" must exist because "Moors" got misprinted on a Trivial Pursuit card).

I would have just assumed it was an error. Can you confirm via contacts if "Maegor III" was an error? (Either in or out of universe?)

Thank you for your time.
Jun. 9th, 2015 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Game of Thrones Wiki re Night's King
I suspect that "Maegor III" was a mistake, though I cannot say for certain. Perhaps a flubbed line, as you suggest. It is true that the Targaryen succession on the series is different than the one in the novels; most notably, the Mad King's father Jaehaerys II was dropped, as was established way back in season one. In much the same way as the Rhoynar have been dropped from the royal titles, "King of Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men," etc.

These changes were simplifications, however. The books are very complex, but the practical limits of a television series call for a bit more simplicity. Dropping a king or two accomplishes that.

ADDING kings, however, would be a step in the opposite direction, which is why I think "Maegor III" had to be a mistake. And not one that was in the scripts, I would guess. Bryan Cogman, who is the Keeper of the Continuity on the series, knows the names of the Targaryen kings as well as I do.

Of course, it could also be a subtle bit of characterization, as you suggest, intended to show that Mace is an idiot who does not know his Westerosi history. (Not a mistake that Book Mace would make, but the character in the show combines Mace with Harys Swyft, and actually seems more like the latter).

All this, of course, is surmise on my part. You would have to ask David or Dan or Bryan for a more definitive answer.

In the book canon, of course, there has only been only King Maegor, the reputation of Maegor the Cruel being so black. England has had only one King John, for much the same reasons. (Prince Aerion Brightflame did name his son Maegor, but that was meant as a provocation, and in any case the boy never sat the Iron Throne).

As for the Night's King (the form I prefer), in the books he is a legendary figure, akin to Lann the Clever and Brandon the Builder, and no more likely to have survived to the present day than they have.
Re: Game of Thrones Wiki re Night's King - Felipe Bini - Jun. 9th, 2015 06:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Game of Thrones Wiki re Night's King - rrhubarbb - Jun. 9th, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Game of Thrones Wiki re Night's King - lord_varys - Jun. 9th, 2015 11:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - libmanj - Jun. 10th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 9th, 2015 08:11 pm (UTC)
bookstore orders available in Canada?
I would love to order some signed books, any chance they will be available in Canada?
Jun. 9th, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: bookstore orders available in Canada?
We have had problems with Canadian customs. They keep sending the books back. Until we can resolve that, I don't know.
Re: bookstore orders available in Canada? - gman109 - Jun. 10th, 2015 02:08 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 9th, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC)
Will Grovel for a Response
Hi Mr. Martin! My boyfriend and I have been huge fans of yours for quite some time and love the Jean Cocteau bookstore. In fact, our anniversary is tomorrow and my present to him is a signed copy of A Game of Thrones straight from Santa Fe. I know he would be just over the moon if you were so kind as to wish us a happy anniversary or even acknowledge his existence! :) Best wishes and hope to see you at one of your events soon!
Jun. 9th, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Will Grovel for a Response
I wish I could, but I'm afraid I cannot do personalizations any more.

If I do one, next thing I know I'm doing a hundred.
Re: Will Grovel for a Response - bb95 - Jun. 9th, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 9th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
George, did the Guild of Alchemists exist in Westeros before the pyromancers settled in King's Landing? They're mentioned as an ancient society, but we don't know anything about them from before Aegon's Conquest.
Άλεξ Παναγιωτόπουλος
Jun. 9th, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC)
Mr Martin
First of all, congratulations for your work. I'm glad to say that me and my girlfriend spend a lot of hours everyday discussing theories, possibilities and outcomes in the universe of Asoiaf. It's a pity that we cannot order books outside of the U.S., as we live in Greece and international shipping is not an option at this point. We hope this changes soon because here it's really difficult, not to say impossible, to find a signed copy of any of your books (we desperately want one).

2 weeks ago, the anthology "Knight of the seven kingdoms" came out from a different publisher than the usual one,here in Greece. The edition is trade paperback and of neat quality. In case you collect foreign editions of your works, please contact us to send you one as a gift.

I know that your program is full and heavy, but I really hope that at some point we would see you in a festival or convention in Greece. The organizers here maybe a little slow on the subject of sending invitations to people worth coming, but trust me when I say that here there are a lot of people that love your works. A really big, but scattered,fan base. Greece is a great place for vacation! Excuse my English in case of mistakes.

Best regards,

Alex and Marianna
Jun. 9th, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Mr Martin
I would certainly love to visit Greece one day... but it won't be soon, since I am booked up for the next years.
Jun. 10th, 2015 04:35 am (UTC)
Game of Thrones (I'm sorry)
Hi George, before I get to my question let me just say that I am a big fan of both the books and the show. I have no problems with changes in the show, for I view the show and the books as the accounts of two different historians trying to relay the same history. Historians always contradicted and disagreed with each other, and it is our job to discern what really happened. Anyways, on to my question. There is a raging debate online about the Shireen burning. The show runners have stated that you told them that Shireen would burn in the books. However, there is a disagreement about whether Stannis himself will give the order to burn Shireen or consent in anyway to its occurrence. I just want to know if Stannis is himself responsible in anyway for Shireen's death in the books. If you do not wish to disclose this, I will understand. Thanks!
Jun. 10th, 2015 05:08 am (UTC)
Re: Game of Thrones (I'm sorry)
If I start to comment on what might or might not happen in scenes that I have not written yet, I will be "spoiling" my own books.

I have no further comment at this time.
Re: Game of Thrones (I'm sorry) - mjy6478 - Jun. 10th, 2015 05:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Game of Thrones (I'm sorry) - admiralmackbar - Jun. 10th, 2015 03:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 10th, 2015 12:33 pm (UTC)
Martin please come to Brazil!!!
Jun. 10th, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC)
About AFFC
Hello George! My name is Nail and I'm a huge fan, and I finished my re-read a few weeks ago and I realized how much I actually love AFFC! It's now my favorite next to ASOS. However, it's my birthday today and my brother bought me a signed copy of A Feast For Crows. Not that I would sell it in the future, but I love collecting stuff and now I'm curious if these signed books become more valuable with the years?
Jun. 10th, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
Re: About AFFC
Sometimes. Not always.
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