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NIGHTFLYERS Re-release Scheduled

With SyFy's new NIGHTFLYERS television series fully cast and deeps in the throes of pre-production, I am pleased to say that my original novella will be returning as well. In several forms.

Tor will be the first out of the gate, with a reissue of my 1985 short story collection, NIGHTFLYERS & OTHER STORIES... with (thankfully) a gorgeous new cover by Stephen Youll.



The collection contains the expanded 30,000 word version of novella "Nightflyers," and five additional stories:
"Override"
"Weekend in a War Zone"
"And Seven Times Never Kill Man"
"Nor the Many-Colored Fires of a Star Ring"
"A Song for Lya"

"A Song for Lya" was my first Hugo Award winner, and is also a novella, one of my strongest works. "And Seven Times Never Kill Man" was one of my Hugo losers (and the basis for the famous John Schoenherr ANALOG cover that some say inspired George Lucas to create the Ewoks, for which I accept absolutely no blame). Both of those are part of my Thousand Worlds future history, like "Nighflyers" itself. "Override" and "Nor the Many-Colored Fires..." were SF, but not part of the same continuity, and "War Zone" was a near future dystopia, and a bit of an experiment for me. In other words, this is a real grab bag of a collection.

The publication date is May 29.

((Comments allowed, but stay on topic please)).

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Richard Morrison
Jan. 18th, 2018 10:07 pm (UTC)
A Bit of A Question
Hi,

I've been meaning to read up on the Thousands World Stories (I read one of them and it really connected with me).

Are all the Thousand World stories and novellas collected in Dreamsongs? If not, do you happen to now off the top of your head where I could find the ones that aren't in it while still supporting you?
werthead
Jan. 19th, 2018 12:02 am (UTC)
Re: A Bit of A Question
This bibliography may be helpful:

http://thewertzone.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/the-compleat-george-rr-martin.html

I have listed what stories are Thousand Worlds (TW) and which are not, although there's a few which I think are ambiguous. I think roughly half of George's short fiction is in Dreamsongs and roughly half is not. Could be scope for a Dreamsongs II one day?

Edited at 2018-01-19 12:05 am (UTC)
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radio_rhodesia
Jan. 18th, 2018 10:23 pm (UTC)

Wow! Sounds good, looks amazing!!! Thank you! Waitin' this edition in Russia)

Shayda Sophia
Jan. 18th, 2018 10:59 pm (UTC)
Is there a way to pre-order?
Arthur Maia
Jan. 19th, 2018 01:48 am (UTC)
Amazon is already making the pre orders
I'm about to get mine haha
dromozoan
Jan. 19th, 2018 12:07 am (UTC)
Speaking of Nightflyers. You have mentioned that it probably saved your career after it was picked up by Hollywood. Was it because of that movie that The Armageddon Rag was picked up well, even if it was never made, or is that something that probably would have happened anyway?
Either way, I guess this also means that the movie version will be re-released on DVD/Blue-ray as well.
Juan BC
Jan. 19th, 2018 12:15 am (UTC)
Thousand worlds and wild cards
Hi G, Juan from Argentina

Loved all of the thousand worlds short stories and novellas. I buyed everything i could find but there's some people that compiled everything online and that's how i was able to read most of it. Still i'll buy this book and everything i could catch when it's out because i love all of it. I love "Nightflyers" and specially "And seven times never kill man". For the record, the last one takes my mind not so much to the ewoks, but to the children of the forest jaja.

About Wild Cards, that's another story. I tried to read the first one and i was shocked and disgusted beacuse it is really insulting to the history of my country in a bad way and it was really difficult for me to overcome that.

Still i like the books you write.

Saludos, Juan

Arthur Maia
Jan. 19th, 2018 01:38 am (UTC)
I am VERY happy to see this collection is being re released, as I've been looking for Nor the Many-Colored Fires of a Star Ring and Weekend in a War Zone for a while. Would you say it's possible that Songs the Dean Men Sing and Songs of Stars and Shadows could follow?

There's also a version of Nightflyers announced at Amazon (for pre sale) by Bantam in Hardcover. Any info about that?

Thank you so much and I absolutely love your early works as well as the new
Jacob Taber
Jan. 19th, 2018 03:51 am (UTC)
Other Thousand World Adaptations
I hope this leads to a film or TV adaptation of A song for Lya. I also really want to see an adaptation of Sandkings and Dying of the light.
sdschaffer
Jan. 19th, 2018 04:47 am (UTC)
Unless I'm missing a bunch of deleted comments, the warnings to keep on topic appear to be working.

On that note, on topic: I haven't read NIGHTFLYERS yet. This seems like a good reason to make now the time.
Charles Korb
Jan. 19th, 2018 04:50 am (UTC)

Prompted by this blog post, I was looking at which pieces of your short fiction I have read (most of them) and I saw the cover you have on your website for "The Way of Cross and Dragon" (http://www.georgerrmartin.com/grrm_book/the-way-of-cross-and-dragon/) and I realized it was the same cover as Stephen R. Donaldson's "This Day All Gods Die" complete with the small spaceship (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Day_All_Gods_Die#/media/File%3AThis_Day_All_Gods_Die_Cover.jpg). It is a somewhat generic sci-fi cover but I hope you didn't pay the artist for original art.

Thanks for writing!
Matheus Ervall
Jan. 19th, 2018 08:00 am (UTC)
Wonderful news!
Did not know there was another version of the story with over 30 000 words! I may have read a simplified version, I dont know. It is not exactly easy to find Thousand Worlds books in Sweden.
wazat
Jan. 19th, 2018 08:13 am (UTC)
I am looking forward to the reissue of Nightflyers. I read Nightflyers during the 80s and it will be enjoyable to read the expanded version and the other stories.
I am pleased to learn that you accept no blame for George Lucas creating the Ewoks. As much as I love the Star Wars universe I disliked the Ewoks almost as much as I detested Jar Jar Binks. Although, having just googled the cover of ‘And Seven Times Never Kill Man’ I can certainly see why people made Ewok comparisons.
Frank Probst
Jan. 19th, 2018 07:14 pm (UTC)
Hardcover edition? Other stories?
Amazon is showing two different editions: A mass-market paperback with the cover you posted, and then a hardcover edition coming out in June. Is this what the "several forms" portion of your post refers to? If so, will all versions have the same "other stories", or can we expect different editions of the book to have different other stories in them? Thanks!
Robert Slight
Jan. 22nd, 2018 12:02 am (UTC)
RE: Hardcover edition? Other stories?
The paperback version is about 140 pages longer, so i'd guess it has the extra stories in over the hardback?
Seems strange if so mind as it's about half the cost!
a2justin
Jan. 19th, 2018 07:47 pm (UTC)
Valcryn pronunciation
I couldn't wait, so I found a tattered issue of Analog on eBay. Enjoyed the story very much. While reading, I pronounced "Valcryn" as sort-of rhyming with "calc win" in my head, but walking home from work one day, I remembered that you have used the y to indicate a long-i sound before (like in wynd vs wind), so I started to wonder: is Valcryn actually pronounced valk-rhine?
Ben Tamburro
Jan. 21st, 2018 12:05 am (UTC)
Dying of the Light
I love the 1000 Worlds “Continuity”. Dying of the Light was amazing. I know it is not likely but I sure would like more. Very greatful for all of the hard work.
Jason Raposo
Jan. 21st, 2018 12:11 am (UTC)
Thousand Worlds
Any chance you could release a complete collection of your Thousand Worlds stories? In order of time/events, with fancy covers, and maybe a few illustrations...?
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