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News from HBO

I have some exciting news to share.

(But please, guys and gals, don't get TOO excited. This is what it is, and so far that's all it is, so don't make any assumptions).

HBO has just exercised its option, and purchased the television rights to A GAME OF THRONES.

For those of you who don't know Hollywood, an option gives a production company the right to buy a property (a book, a screenplay, whatever) at a certain agreed-upon price for a certain period of time (a year, six months, whatever). When that time runs out, they can let the option lapse, renew the option, or exercise the option and buy the property. The last is what HBO has just done.

What they have NOT done is greenlight the project. A GAME OF THRONES remains in development. They're still budgeting, still looking at locations (Spain and the Czech Republic at present, I hear). No decision has been reached, so any celebration would be premature. In Hollywood it is always best not to assume something is going to happen until it actually happens.

Even so... this is a very encouraging sign, and one that suggests a continued high level of enthusiasm and commitment for A GAME OF THRONES at HBO.

So keep your fingers crossed.


Sep. 10th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Re: Michael Bishop
If you don't mind, I'm going to forward my response to you and my reply to Mike. I think it would thrill him, and the gods only know, he needs all the support he can get after what happened a year ago last April when his son, Jamie, was fucking shot and killed at VA Tech. Excuse my language. I had known Jamie since he was 12 years old. My entire family went to funeral.

I don't know if Michael will ever recover, but I do know him well and I know it would make his heart glad to know that another very good SF writer admired his work. And his work is absolutely amazingly good. Unicorn Mountain and Ancient of Days are two of the most brilliant SF novels ever written in my humble opinion.

I am beyond overcome with happiness that Mike actually gave me an acknowledgment at the end of Brittle Innings for inspiring him to write the hemophiliac character.

Anyway, sorry for blathering, but is it all right with you for me to pass on to Mike what you have typed here? Thank you.
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: Michael Bishop
Well, sure, although I don't think it will come as news to him. I've expressed my admiration of BRITTLE INNINGS to him before, in person.

Mike doesn't go to cons much any more, so I don't see him much, but he and I have known each other since we were both young punks starting out in the 70s.

I think the last time I ran into him was when he and I were guests together at a con in Leipzig, Germany a few years ago.

I never really knew his son, but his death was a ghastly tragedy.
Sep. 11th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Re: Michael Bishop
Well, I sent Mike your response to me and he replied with the following:

"Hi, Diane,
Thanks for the message. I have a soft spot for Railroad. We were at a convention in Leipzig together in September or October 2000, I believe, and I got really, really sick -- food poisoning, probably. He came to my door with a whole pharmacy of stuff and offered me whatever he had.
Is there anything I can get you? he asked.
I plaintively replied, My wife?
He just shook his head -- in a very kindly and caring way."

There was more to his email to me, but it was personal and probably not of interest to you, but I thought you might enjoy the story he told about you.

I didn't know your nickname was Railroad, and I thank you for being so very kind to my very good and old friend.

I'm glad to know that you are truly a 'mensch." Now could we, please, have to the next book in the series?

warm regards,

Sep. 20th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: Michael Bishop
I honestly meant to imply no pressure on you in regards to the next book. I really want you to take your time and do what is right for you. I sincerely apologize if any of my remarks were taken as any pressure. I and my family simply love these books and are waiting with bated breath for the next one and actually all of us were broken hearted when Jim Rigney died (he was also a good friend via Southern fandom), and NOT because he hadn't finished his series, but mainly because we would never see him again after many years of visiting Harriet and Jim in their home in Charleston and seeing them here in Atlanta. I am so very and really sorry if any of my comments made you feel any pressure. I only meant to convey my sincere regard and enjoyment of your writing.


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