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Wars, Woes, Work

Life is impossibly busy right now. I am wrestling with the Son of Kong (that is, working on THE WINDS OF WINTER), trying to wrap up a final round of edits and revisions on the twenty-third Wild Cards book (HIGH STAKES), developing three new series concepts for HBO and Cinemax, hiring writers and directors for three short low-budget films I am hoping to produce based on some classic SF short stories (more on that in the months to come), making my way through the Hugo Packet to prepare to vote, looking forward to opening JURASSIC WORLD at the Cocteay and to hosting a ten-author special event for the release of Steve Stirling's new "Emberverse" anthology, THE CHANGE. In a week's time, we'll be flying off to Europe for long-planned appearances in Germany (Hamburg) and Sweden (Stockholm), en route to Archipelacon on the island of Aland, where I am to be the Guest of Honor...

In the midst of all this, wars old and new continue to rage all around me.

I had rather hoped that the Puppy Wars would have died down by now. Naive of me. Far from it, things keep getting worse. All the grisly details of this ongoing nastiness can be seen at FILE 770 over at http://file770.com/. ((Mike Glyer deserves the 2016 Best Fanzine Hugo for his even-handed and thorough coverage of Puppygate, linking to virtually everything posted on the subject anywhere on the internet)).

I want to single out the postings of Eric Flint. The latest, at http://www.ericflint.net/index.php/2015/06/09/a-response-to-brad-torgersen/ , is a devastating point-by-point deconstruction and refutation of the latest round of Puppystuff from Brad Torgersen. Flint says what I would have said, if I had the time or the energy, but he says it better than I ever could. ((I will be nominating him for a Hugo too. For Best Fan Writer)). His earlier posts on Puppygate are all worth reading too. He is a voice of reason in a sea of venom.

I will add one point. The emptiness of the Puppy arguments is indicated clearly by how much time they seem to spend in coming up with new insulting terms for those who oppose them. The facts are against them, logic is against them, history is against them, so they go for sneers and mocking names. First it was SJWs. Then CHORFs. The latest is "Puppy-kickers." Next week, no doubt, they will have something else. Reading all the blogs and comments that Glyer links to from FILE 770 has convinced me that anyone who starts throwing these terms around can pretty much be discounted; you will find no sense in what they say, only sneers and talking points.

Meanwhile, other wars are breaking out on other fronts, centered around the last few episodes of GAME OF THRONES. It is not my intention to get involved in those, nor to allow them to take over my blog and website, so please stop emailing me about them, or posting off-topic comments here on my Not A Blog. Wage those battles on Westeros, or Tower of the Hand, or Boiled Leather, or Winter Is Coming, or Watchers on the Walls. Anyplace that isn't here, actually.

Yes, I know that THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER named me "the third most powerful writer in Hollywood" last December. You would be surprised at how little that means. I cannot control what anyone else says or does, or make them stop saying or doing it, be it on the fannish or professional fronts. What I can control is what happens in my books, so I am going to return to that chapter I've been writing on THE WINDS OF WINTER now, thank you very much.


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Jun. 10th, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, in case you do not finish the book in time for the shooting of Game of Thrones Season 6, will they still have access to your unfinished manuscript in order to keep the TV show as faithful to the books as they want to, or from now on everything that comes from HBO will come from their own writers?
Alternate Snowcrash
Jun. 10th, 2015 11:57 pm (UTC)
I just want to second your suggestion of File770 as a worthy nominee for Best Fanzine, and I strongly encourage people to check it out as well.

Mike's done a spectacular job in gathering posts from various sources, and making a variety of viewpoint available to people. Given that many of us are stuck in our echo chambers, such work is praiseworthy indeed.

Eric Flint's writing on this reminds me that 1. I don't read enough Eric Flint, and 2. I would really be interested in his biography. He seems to have led a very fascinating life!
Jun. 11th, 2015 12:16 am (UTC)
Watermelon Wine
Thanks for the links. I'm sorry to hear you are being inundated with "wars, woes, and work". I suggest some watermelon wine or just some cool, juicy watermelon, or just some wine, whichever may suit your taste. I would think there are some great spas in Germany. Maybe you would enjoy treating yourself by visiting one. I wish you happy travels.

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Jun. 11th, 2015 12:55 am (UTC)
Press on
I've been battling the "SJW" term for as long as it's been on the internet. As if it's somehow a terrible degradation to support social justice...
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Jun. 11th, 2015 01:04 am (UTC)
Hopefully Son of Kong is being kinder to you than his father was. Regardless of when he jumps off your back and makes a public appearance, I know I'll excitedly be there along with many others to see what he has to offer. :)

Thank you for all of the hard work you've put into and continue to put into your projects.
Jun. 11th, 2015 01:51 am (UTC)
For quite some time I've held the position that anyone using SJW as a pejorative is someone to whom I need not pay attention, as they will have nothing useful to add to a conversation.
Katia Alessandra F Alves
Jun. 11th, 2015 02:08 am (UTC)
Secondary characters
Hi Mr. Martin... I am reading SoIaF (for the second time), and I would like to know if some of the secondary characters that "disappeared" entirely on books 4 and 5, and that at one point were strongly linked to some major events/people, will resurface later on (like Rob Stark's wife and Rickon)... Thank you.
Jun. 11th, 2015 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: Secondary characters
Some will. In the books.
Jun. 11th, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
Thanks for keeping us in the loop George. It's really quite astounding how much of the pot "they" have stirred. "As the World Turns" has new meaning and it's not silly at all, but rather terribly disheartening the way this is all unfolding. I'm encouraged however by the "fight" that people (such as yourself) I hold in high esteem maintain a stance that speaks for my very own values, morals and ethics. What makes me so uneasy about this ongoing conversation (argument) is that it feels like it's undermining the fundamental meaning of all my favorite SF&F books. I hope this does not give you too much anxiety when you retreat into YOUR "other world", that world of all worlds for me, be it scifi/fantasy/medieval or other, is my favorite and that which so many of us lose ourselves into.

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Jun. 11th, 2015 03:06 am (UTC)
Fan meetup?
Hi George I was supposed to go to Archipelacon, but they're sold out and I'm left out dry. Will you appear/do a meetup of some sort outside the convention center? Shaking your hand would mean a world to me.
Jun. 11th, 2015 05:25 am (UTC)
Re: Fan meetup?
Sold out? Really? News to me. Let me check.
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Benjamin Mann
Jun. 11th, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)
When passions become so inflamed around a topic, and viewpoints so entrenched, I too find it unproductive to engage.

Terribly excited to read Son of Kong whenever it's ready. I've been re-reading Jack Vance's superb Demon Prince novels, having been reminded of them by your comment on other great works of fantasy that required some patience from the reading public. "The Face" is among his best works, and it came 12 years after the preceding installment.
Shannon Binns
Jun. 11th, 2015 03:48 am (UTC)
Stay true, GRRM!
"I cannot control what anyone else says or does, or make them stop saying or doing it, be it on the fannish or professional fronts. What I can control is what happens in my books, so I am going to return to that chapter I've been writing on THE WINDS OF WINTER now, thank you very much."

Yes, please, return to your chapter and may TWOW remain true to you and your renowned fictional legacy; HBO, critics, and all else/others be damned! Your original literal geniusness is what has attained such acclaim and admiration (the landmark series of our time) and so many of your fans are hopeful that you remain dedicated to retaining the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' originality through the conclusion of the series! I for one am much anticipating your forthcoming books whereas the HBO series - to which I was an initial true and dedicated fan - not so much now (sadly).

Cheers George and many thanks for your stupendous novels.

Edited at 2015-06-11 03:53 am (UTC)
Frank Probst
Jun. 11th, 2015 05:16 am (UTC)
RE: Aland
Any plans to do a joint signing of "The World of Ice and Fire" with Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson?
Jun. 11th, 2015 05:26 am (UTC)
Re: Aland
I am not sure if Elio and Linda are coming to Aland.
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Suwaida Jalal Siddiqi
Jun. 11th, 2015 06:19 am (UTC)
Your current schedule makes me feel stressed! Take care of yourself, sir.
Jun. 11th, 2015 10:14 am (UTC)
I don't use LJ much anymore, but came over here from io9.com.

Hi, George!
Jun. 11th, 2015 10:26 am (UTC)
In the words of James M. Cain:

"People tell me, don’t you care what they’ve done to your book? I tell them, they haven’t done anything to my book. It’s right there on the shelf."
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