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  • My Worldcon Schedule
    The World Science Fiction Convention is only a few weeks away. This is the oldest SF con, the one that started it all, and though it is no longer the largest, it's still the one that matters, the heart and soul of SF fandom. And for me, it's home away from home.

    Here's my schedule this year in Helsinki:

    WEDNESDAY August 9
    4:00 pm Tea & Jeopardy Podcast, w Emma & Peter Newman

    THURSDAY August 10
    12:00 NOON panel discussion: Invented Religions

    2:00 pm autographing

    FRIDAY August 11
    8:00 pm HUGO AWARDS

    SATURDAY August 12
    2:00 pm panel discussion: Built Upon the Shoulders of Giants

    4:00 pm autographing

    SUNDAY August 13
    1:00 pm panel discussion: Thirty Years of Wild Cards

    Those are my official public appearances... but of course I will also be attending parties, checking out the art show, wandering the dealer's room, lunching and dining with editors, agents, friends, and colleagues.

    For those of you who want books signed, please, bring them to one of my two listed autograph sessions. I will NOT be signing before or after panels, at parties, during lunch or breakfast or dinner, at the urinal, in the elevator, on the street, in the hall. ONLY at the autograph table. If the lines are as long as they usually are, I'll only be signing one book per person.

    See you in Helsinki!



  • The Swords Are Drawn
    For all you fans of sword 'n sorcery, and/ or my own 'fake histories,' the new anthology from Gardner Dozois, THE BOOK OF SWORDS, has been scheduled for release on October 10, and is now available for pre-order from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Book-Swords-Gardner-Dozois/dp/0399593764 and many other online booksellers. I imagine your favorite local bookseller is taking orders too.



    This is NOT one I co-edited with Gargy (people keep getting that wrong), so I haven't read any of the other stories yet, but it looks to have a helluva lineup, with originals by Lavie Tidhar, Daniel Abraham, Scott Lynch, C.J. Cherryh, Robin Hobb, Ken Liu, Cecelia Holland, Walter Jon Williams, and many more. And of course it also includes "Sons of the Dragon," a chronicle of the reigns of Aegon the Conquerer's two sons, Aenys I Targaryen and Maegor the Cruel, for those who cannot get enough of my entirely fake histories of Westeros. That one has never been published before in any form, though I did read it at a couple of cons.

    Speaking of fake history... regulars here may recall our plan to assemble an entire book of my fake histories of the Targaryen kings, a volume we called (in jest) the GRRMarillion or (more seriously) FIRE AND BLOOD. We have so much material that it's been decided to publish the book in two volumes. The first of those will cover the history of Westeros from Aegon's Conquest up to and through the regency of the boy king Aegon III (the Dragonbane). That one is largely written, and will include (for the first time) a complete detailed history of the Targaryen civil war, the Dance of the Dragons. My stories in DANGEROUS WOMEN ("The Princess and the Queen") and ROGUES ("The Rogue Prince") were abridged versions of the same histories.

    No publication date has been set yet, but it's likely that we will get the first volume of FIRE AND BLOOD out in late 2018 or early 2019. The second volume, which will carry the history from Aegon III up to Robert's Rebellion, is largely unwritten, so that one will be a few more years in coming.

    And, yes, I know you all want to know about THE WINDS OF WINTER too. I've seen some truly weird reports about WOW on the internet of late, by 'journalists' who make their stories up out of whole cloth. I don't know which story is more absurd, the one that says the book is finished and I've been sitting on it for some nefarious reason, or the one that says I have no pages. Both 'reports' are equally false and equally moronic. I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that's all I care to say. Whether WINDS or the first volume of FIRE AND BLOOD will be the first to hit the bookstores is hard to say at this juncture, but I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018... and who knows, maybe two. A boy can dream...

    Meanwhile, you'll have Gardner's anthology to fill the time. Keep your swords sharp!

  • Talking Over Thai
    So a couple of months ago, while I was out at Stokercon in Long Beach, on the mighty Queen Mary, I went out with Scott Edelman for Thai food (yum), and he recorded our conversation for his EATING THE FANTASTIC podcast.

    The food was great, and the talk was fun. You can check it out at:

    http://www.scottedelman.com/2017/07/21/down-drunken-noodles-with-george-r-r-martin-in-episode-43-of-eating-the-fantastic/

    Scott and I both emerged from comics fandom of the 60s, so be forewarned, there's a lot of talk about the Good Old Days.

  • Wild Cards and Werewolves
    Another new post just up on the Wild Cards blog.

    This time our blogger is David Anthony Durham, and his subjects are Spartacus... and werewolves.

    Ahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    http://www.wildcardsworld.com/on-the-trials-and-tribulations-of-werewolves/

  • Wild Cards Goodness
    Some cool new stuff out there for Wild Cards fans.

    Over at Tor.com, the Wild Cards Reread continues with Katie Rask's insightful look at the fourth volume of the original series, ACES ABROAD. Check it out and join the discussion at:

    https://www.tor.com/2017/07/18/religion-revolution-and-80s-politics-wild-cards-iv-aces-abroad/

    And there's some new content on the Wild Cards website as well. A new blog post by Mary Anne Mohanraj about writing an intertwined story

    http://www.wildcardsworld.com/how-do-you-tell-an-interlinked-story/

    and some great art uploads of work by some of our favorite artists: John Picacio, Marc Simonetti, and Michael Komarck.

    ((Meanwhile, development continues on the Wild Cards television series. I could tell you all about that as well, but then I'd have to kill you. Oh, yes, and the latest Wild Cards mosaic novel is nearing completion as well. Seven of ten stories in, and the last three expected soon)).

  • Dothraki Conquer British Museum!!
    Well, okay, they are really the Scythians:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/15/british-museum-lures-game-thrones-fans-exhibition-little-known/

    As Khal Drogo would say:



  • A New Season
    So the seventh season of GAME OF THRONES is underway. I hope everyone out there enjoyed last night's premiere episode.

    Here in Santa Fe, we had an exciting night at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. Maybe a little too exciting... fans began lining up well before noon, and at the end we had to turn a hundred people away. Times like this make me wish I had a larger theatre. Those who did get in seemed to enjoy the show, though, and those who didn't get in got our special GOT popsicles. We had some nice costumes turn up too, along with barbarians on horses. (I'll post some pix when they send some).

    Seven seasons... that's still hard to believe. Where have the years gone? It seems like only yesterday we were off in Morocco filming the pilot.

    One more season to go for GOT... but with five (5!) potential pilots in development, it seems likely that there will be one or more successor shows along eventually. I'd love to tell you all about them, but then I'd have to kill you. They're all prequels, though, I let that slip already, and several of them are....

  • Alas, Valyria
    Alas, alas, that great city Valyria, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.



  • Tick, Tick, Tick
    The clock is running.

    Only three days left for worldcon members to cast those Hugo ballots.

    And yes, of course I will be at Helsinki. See, it's right there on my website, with a link.

    (My website has an Appearances page that lists ALL the public events I have committed to, not only for this year, but for the next several years as well. Do check it regularly to see if I am going to be anywhere near you. There's nothing that honks me off more than getting the inevitable email that says 'How comes you never come to Trantor?" two weeks after I've just returned from Trantor).

    I will be at worldcon all week. They are scheduling me for several signings, but those will be the ONLY times and places I will sign books. I'll also be doing a couple of panels, but please don't rush the stage afterward to get an autograph. I will not be signing after panels, or before panels, or when walking the halls, or on the trams, or while eating dinner (or lunch, or breakfast), or at the urinal, or at parties, or at the Hugo Awards... ONLY at my scheduled signings.

    Thank you all for respecting that.

    And hey, looks like GAME OF THRONES will be well represented in Helsinki. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are coming in from Belfast, and Sibel Kekilli is flying up from Hamburg.

    Let's party like it's 1976.

  • For My German Fans
    The German edition of A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS, my Dunk & Egg collection, came out several years ago, from my main German publisher. Nice book, and it did well.

    Thing is, though, my German publishers wanted to get the book out as soon as possible, so they published before the American and British editions, which meant that their edition could not include any of Gary Gianni's gorgeous interior illustrations.

    Have no fear, though. My favorite German small press, FanPro, has come to the rescue. They've issued a new, limited edition German hardcover edition, with all the amazing artwork.



    Copies are available by mailorder from FanPro's online shop:

    http://www.fanproshop.de/epages/62065983.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/62065983/Products/41012

    They do beautiful books. Enjoy.