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Vance Book Delivered

The Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, is complete, and has been delivered to our publishers at Subterranean Press, Tor Books, HarperCollins Voyager (in the UK), and Luitingh (n the Netherlands). Other foreign editions will no doubt follow. Jack Vance has a worldwide readership.

My co-editor Gardner Dozois and I are very proud of this one. The Dying Earth is one of the great settings in fantasy, right up there with Howard's Hyborian Age and Tolkien's Middle Earth, and it was great to be able to visit there again.

And the Subterranean Press edition, which will feature full-page interior illustrations by Tom Kidd for each story, looks to be especially nifty.

Copies of the limited edition are still available through the SubPress website at http://www.subterraneanpress.com/

So that's one project off the plate.

Now all I need to do is wrap up WARRIORS and SUICIDE KINGS and... yes... A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, and maybe I'll be able to take a week off. (The reason they call them deadlines is because they're like to kill you).

I'll keep you posted.


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Dec. 9th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for the warning on deadlines. That was cute. :)

And I'm not a big sports person so when you were talking about Plaxico shooting himself in the leg, I thought it was sports jargon for doing a really poor play. Only later on the news did I realize, no, you meant he REALLY did shoot himself in the leg! Unbelievable. Well, hope your favorite teams do well anyway!
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Dec. 9th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
I'd like to join in with my humble expression of thanks. My impression upon reading SoIaF is that, in addition to being great literature, it has a lot in common with our everyday lives. The series got me through two (politically charged) jobs and one election, giving me a sensible perspective on what was going on. I even posted on my blog a few years ago about how I would like to work for Tyrion Lannister. Life dealt me one better, I am now working for an Eddard Stark! Looking forward for ADWD, but please take your time. We are patient folk and we will wait.
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Dec. 9th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
I am practically bouncing with excitement. Really looking forward to reading the stories from such a terrific group of writers. Particularly looking forward to Gaiman and Silverberg, of course, but also Howard Waldrop's. The man knows funny.
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
Dying or dead
i am dying for Dying Earth,and i am maybe already dead if ADWD comes out! ;)
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
ADWD is close?

Dec. 9th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
WARRIORS is the one with The Mystery Knight, yes?

Oh, and I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, this, but here goes.

Will there be a Marvel comic adaptation of The Mystery Knight, like the adaptations of The Hedge Knight and The Sworn Sword?
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
comic book Mystery Knight
I'd hope to do a graphic novel version of "The Mystery Knight," as we had with the first two Dunk & Egg stories... but if so, it won't be out until 2012, since WARRIORS is scheduled for 2010 and will have a two-year period of exclusivity.

Whether the comic will be done by Marvel, by the Dabel Brothers, or by someone else remains to be seen.
Re: comic book Mystery Knight - jamesmcgraw - Dec. 11th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
ADWD is close to done? YAY!!!!
Dec. 9th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
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No worries. It's done when it's done.
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Vance's Dying Earth stories have been longtime favorites of mine. To have more stories set in that dim, baroque world is very exciting, especially considering the involvement of sf/f greats like Gaiman, Silverberg, Williams, and of course yourself and Gardner Dozois. Congratulations on delivering the book! I can hardly wait.
Dec. 9th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Please GRRM, take a week off now. I know people will want to kill me for suggesting this, but I'm trying to get into these other works that you've worked on (just finished reading Hedge Knight and Sworn Sword and before that I read Armageddon Rag -- loved that one) while trying to reread the Ice and Fire series again in time for the release of A Dance With Dragons. And I want to read Inside Straight and Busted Flush because I've gotten into the Wild Cards universe through that old comic series after the newer series by Dabel Bros. (The Hard Call) mysteriously stopped showing up on shelves. And now you have me interested in Songs of the Dying Earth! Please take a break! Also, if you don't take a break now you're going to have a nervous breakdown in a couple of weeks when the Pats make the playoffs because the Jets lose to the Dolphins!
Dec. 9th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Burn in hell! No rest for GRRM!

Only kidding George, keep up the good work.
Dec. 9th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
The love and the hate!
I have read a number of comments (on various sites) about the general feeling GRRM fans have over the delays of the next instalment of Ice and Fire, and one thing that is obvious is that a lot of the fans hate the news that it has been delayed or that you have not quite finished yet etc..

The same fans would also agree i'm sure that they love the series. And they could not hate the delays, if the series hadn't been written in the first place, therefore the love and the hate are inextricably connected. So when someone posts a negative comment about this delay or that, the hate is really a measurement of the love.
Dec. 9th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Re: The love and the hate!
And it is true that Annie Wilkes also really loved Paul Sheldon's work in a heartfelt manner. And then she brought out the sledgehammer ;-)
Re: The love and the hate! - dance_of_words - Dec. 10th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
The ram has touched the wall!
Don't worry, George. You're a bad-ass. I know you can do it.
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
it is possible that Jack Vance has just changed my life (!)
I've just now started reading Jack Vance, thanks in large part to the recommendations of Gene Wolfe and yourself. I was, as you could probably guess, completely astounded by "The Dying Earth" (each of the last three stories had a nearly pulverizing effect on me). I do not think I have ever been more affected by an anthology of short stories (which shows how unschooled I am in fantasy). But I must thank you for recommending Vance, I may never have read him otherwise.
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Great news, George. Looking forward to seeing the finished results of the Vance anthology!! :)

Edited at 2008-12-09 04:45 pm (UTC)
Dec. 9th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
I am looking forward to Warriors. It is great that you are bringing in such a great group of writers. There should be a little something for everyone in that anthology.

May the Jets and Brett play better in the coming weeks.
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