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A New Year and a New SoI&F calendar!

Minion Raya here,

It’s a brand new year, and we’re proud to announce next years Song of Ice and Fire official calendar.  2019’s calendar will feature the stunning work of John Jude Palencar, who will bring his uniquely haunting visions of the SoI&F world to your home eleven months from now.
Check out some more of Jean’s work here at his website http://www.johnjudepalencar.com.
The calendars will be available from Random House, Amazon and other book seller later this year, so be sure and look them before the supply is gone.
Check out this cover art exclusive featuring a forlorn unnamed member of the Nightswatch. Keep and eye out for updates on John Jude Palencar’s 2019 calendar.



THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MINIONS OF FEVRE RIVER.

Hats! Hats! Hats!

Hey, you guys missed it. We had a wonderful time last night at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, when Ellen Datlow and four of her writers arrived to promote Ellen's new anthology of original Alice in Wonderland theme stories, MAD HATTERS AND MARCH HARES.

In honor of the occasion, we had a MAD HAT CONTEST, and some of the entries were just wonderful.



And of course, we had a signing after the hat contest... so for all the autograph hounds out there, you can pick up a copy of MAD HATTERS AND MARCH HARES, signed by editor Ellen Datlow and writers Stephen Graham Jones, Matthew Kressel, Katherine Vaz, and Kris Dikeman from the Jean Cocteau bookstore. The anthology is available in both hardcover and trade paperback.

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.

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The Mad Hatters Are Coming...

... to the Jean Cocteau.

If you're in Santa Fe or Albuquerque, or just passing through, mark Sunday evening down on your calendar. That's when we'll be hosting a special author event at the Jean Cocteau Cinema for the Hugo-award-winning editor and anthologist ELLEN DATLOW and her new book, MAD HATTERS AND MARCH HARES, featuring original stories set in the world of Alice In Wonderland.





It should be quite an evening. Ellen is always a delightful guest, and she'll have four of her writers with her: STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES, KRIS DIKEMAN, KATHERINE VAZ, and MATTHEW KRESSEL. Here's your chance to get your copy signed by all five contributors.

Not only that, but we'll also he having a MAD HAT CONTEST with prizes for the three maddest hats, as judged by our distinguished guests.

Admission is free with the purchase of a book. The madness starts at 7pm.

Aliens In Taos

When astronauts look down on Earth from orbit, they don't see borders, national boundaries, or linguistic groups; they see one world, a gorgeous blue globe spinning in space, streaked with clouds. I don't know if humanity will ever reach the stars (though I hope we will), but if we do, it won't be Americans who get there. It won't be the Chinese or the Russians or the British or the French or the Brazilians or the Kiwis or the South Africans or the Indians or the folk of any other nation state either. It will be humanity; in the language of the SF of my youth, it will be Terrans or Earthlings or Earthmen. The future belongs to all the peoples of the world.



With that in mind, I want to announce that I am sponsoring a new scholarship, to bring an aspiring SF writer from a non-English-speaking country to the Taos Toolbox, the graduate level writing workshop that Walter Jon Williams and Nancy Kress run every summer in the mountains of northern New Mexico. The TERRAN AWARD, as I am calling it, will be given annually, and will cover all tuition and fees to the Toolbox (travel and meals not covered, alas). Applicants will need to speak and write in English, but must be from from a country where English is not the primary language. Walter Jon and Nancy and the Toolbox staff will select the winner. For more information on applying for the workshop, and the scholarship, check out the Toolbox website at http://www.taostoolbox.com. If you have further questions, you can contact WJW at wjw@taostoolbox.com

Oh, and while we're speaking about Walter Jon Williams... he's got a new book out, volume one in a new fantasy series, called QUILLIFER, and he'll be signing copies of it on Sunday at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.



The event starts at 3:00 pm on Sunday. I'll be there as well, so we'll open with an interview and discussion, then open for some questions from the audience, then put Walter to work signing.

See you at the JCC on Sunday... and in Angel Fire come summer.
Early applications are now being accepted for this summer's Odyssey Workshop, for aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. See here for details:

http://www.odysseyworkshop.org/workshop.html

Odyssey is held in the hills of New Hampshire, not far from Arkham, Dunwich, Innsmouth, with all their associated horrors. With that in mind, I am sponsoring the MISKATONIC SCHOLARSHIP, for some new talent who wants to walk in the footsteps of HPL and explore vistas of cosmic horror. Let's bring the Mountains of Madness to New England.

You can read more about Odyssey and the scholarship in my post from last April, here:

https://grrm.livejournal.com/534795.html

Good luck, all you shambling horrors. I hope you make your sanity rolls.

Something Old, Something New

The final covers are in on the new two Wild Cards books in the pipeline, and I thought I'd share.

LOW CHICAGO is the second volume in our "America" triad, and will be the twenty-fifth volume in the overall series (at least in the US). This one will feature stories from Wild Card veterans John Jos. Miller, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and Paul Cornell, plus newcomers Marko Kloos, Saladin Ahmed, and Christopher Rowe. Featured characters this time around will include John Nighthawk, Noel Matthews, Natya, Will O' Wisp, Croyd Crenson, Abigail the Understudy, Khan, Meathooks, and Hardhat. The cover art is by Michael Komarck.

LOW CHICAGO is scheduled for a hardcover release on June 21.



Only month later, in August, Tor will be reissuing ONE-EYED JACKS, the eighth volume in the original series, which has been out of print for more than twenty-five years. The original lineup for that one featured Melinda M. Snodgrass, Walton (Bud) Simons, Chris Claremont, William F. Wu, Lewis Shiner, Victor Milan, Stephen Leigh, and John Jos. Miller... but we're also adding two brand new stories, by Carrie Vaughn and Kevin Andrew Murphy, so the 2018 version of JACKS will be even better than the 1991 edition. The cover for this one is by David Palumbo.

ONE-EYED JACKS will be released on August 28 in trade paperback.



We also have a couple new posts on the Wild Cards blog, from Walter Jon Williams and William F. Wu. Check them out at http://www.wildcardsworld.com/blog/

((Comments open, for discussion of Wild Cards ONLY. Off topic comments will be deleted)).

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Hey, Denver! Da Wolf Is Coming!

The Wolf is headed north. The Meow Wolf, that is.

It's been in the works for more than a year, but today the news became official. My friends at Meow Wolf are opening a second location, right up I-25 from us in Denver. The new Meow Wolf will not just be a duplication of Santa Fe's House of Eternal Return... for starts, it will be three times larger. But expect the same mythos, the same imagination, the same off-the-wall creativity.



The story is all over the news, so there's no sense rehashing it here. Let me supply links:

http://theknow.denverpost.com/2018/01/04/meow-wolf-denver-art-gallery-opening-announcement-2018/171407/

http://www.westword.com/arts/meow-wolf-announces-plans-for-massive-permanent-exhibition-in-denver-9848033

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/meow-wolf-to-build--square-foot-permanent-exhibition-in/article_e923276e-4ec9-538c-b15c-4c5ef8b79802.html

http://kdvr.com/2018/01/04/art-collective-meow-wolf-coming-to-denver-with-large-permanent-location/

https://www.denverite.com/denver-meow-wolf-location-47239/



Plans are for ground to be broken on Meow Wolf Denver later this year, with the complex opening in 2020. But... TICKETS ARE ALREADY ON SALE! So if you'd like to reserve a space for the opening week at the new location, head over to https://meowwolf.com/ asap.

And do come visit Santa Fe's original Meow Wolf while you wait.

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SyFy Announces NIGHTFLYERS

The SyFy Channel released their official announcement of the NIGHTFLYERS television series today. The show will be based on my novella of the same name, from 1980.

The release:

SYFY ANNOUNCES SERIES ORDER FOR ‘NIGHTFLYERS,’ BASED ON GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S NOVELLA, FROM UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS

Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, David Ajala and Brían F. O'Byrne Set to Star

Series Will Premiere on Netflix Outside of U.S.

Universal City, CA – January 4, 2018 -- SYFY today announced a series pickup for NIGHTFLYERS, based on author George R.R. Martin’s novella and the 1987 film of the same name. Jeff Buhler (“Jacob’s Ladder”) wrote the adaptation for television and will executive produce alongside Daniel Cerone (“The Blacklist”) who will also serve as showrunner. Martin will also executive produce, along with Gene Klein (“Suits”), David Bartis (“Suits”) and Doug Liman (“Live. Die. Repeat”) of Hypnotic; Alison Rosenzweig (“Jacob’s Ladder,” “Windtalkers”) and Michael Gaeta (“Jacob’s Ladder”) of Gaeta Rosenzweig Films; Lloyd Ivan Miller and Alice P. Neuhauser of Lloyd Ivan Miller Productions. Robert Jaffe (“Nightflyers,” - 1987) will produce. Andrew McCarthy (“Orange is the New Black”) will be a producer-director on the project. Mike Cahill (“I Origin”) will direct the pilot.

The series will be produced by Universal Cable Productions. Netflix will co-produce and have first-run rights to the series outside of the U.S.

Gretchen Mol (“Boardwalk Empire”) is set to star as Dr. Agatha Matheson, alongside Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”) as Karl D’Branin, David Ajala (“Fast & Furious 6”) as Roy Eris, Sam Strike (“EastEnders”) as Thale, Maya Eshet (“Teen Wolf”) as Lommie, Angus Sampson (“Fargo”) as Rowan, Jodie Turner-Smith (“The Last Ship”) as Melantha Jhirl and Brían F. O'Byrne (“Million Dollar Baby”) as Auggie.

Season's End

The NFL has wound up its regular season. Both of my teams had miserable years and are out of the playoffs. The Giants managed to win their final game, but thankfully the Colts won too, so the G-Men held on to the second overall pick in the draft. The Jets got crushed by the Pats, as usual.

Big Blue already has a new general manager and will be getting a new coach soon. I want a new Bill Parcells. Though I'd gladly take the old Bill Parcells if someone could coax him out of retirement. As for that draft pick, most of the mocks have the Giants taking a QB... but we still have Eli, and we don't even know what Davis Webb will be yet. I'd prefer to see them trade down for multiple picks, and maybe take that stud running back out of Penn State. Let Eli play another year and bring Webb along before bringing in another QB.

The Jets, on the other hand, should take Baker Mayfield if he's still on the board.

As for the playoffs, I don't much care. In the AFC, I will be rooting for whoever is playing against Evil Little Bill and the Pats. In the NFC, no strong preference, but maybe a slight inclination toward the Saints. Love the city of New Orleans, and Drew Brees has been a class act.

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