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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.


Jun. 9th, 2015 11:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Game of Thrones Wiki re Night's King
You really think poor Ser Harys is as stupid as TV Mace?! Even Joffrey seems to know that there were only five King Aegons...

Anyway, since the whole Byron Swann vs. Vhagar thing was discussed in this series I thought I could add the question which dragon actually fried that guy in the books? Haldon Halfmaester also cites Grand Maester Munkun's The Dance of the Dragons - A True Telling on the subject, however Tyrion, being a smart ass, comes up with a convincingly sounding explanation that the dragon in question was actually Rhaenyra's Syrax since Vhagar was ridden by Prince Aemond, and Storm's End was for Aegon II during the Dance.

TWoIaF and TPatQ have given us some details on the Baratheon involvement during the war (Borros the Illiterate allowing himself to be fooled by his maester and stuff) but from what we know it seems unlikely that Ser Byron would have had a deadly encounter with either Vhagar nor Syrax during the war. As far as we know Rhaenyra's Syrax was only on Dragonstone and then in KL after the city was taken by the Blacks, while Vhagar and Aemond were apparently received friendly by the Baratheons at Storm's End - so it seems actually quite unlikely that a Swann would have the opportunity or the intention to attack either dragon.

That is - unless Byron Swann was some a covert Green in Rhaenyra's service or a covert Black in service of Aegon II and had thus the opportunity to attack either Vhagar or Syrax in the service of the other faction. Even more interesting would it be if Rhaenyra and her guys had actually fought a short campaign in the Stormlands at one point during the war to punish those who had a hand in Luke's death.

I'm just bringing this up because it is quite interesting that a guy like Byron Swann should ever grow to TV fame. We should really know who really killed that poor fool...
Jun. 10th, 2015 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Game of Thrones Wiki re Night's King
Actually World reveals there were some covert attacks against Dragonstone, that's how the Cargyll brothers bought it.


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