SmartPop has posted the table of contents for the upcoming collection of essays Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons edited by James Lowder and available in June.

The world created by George R.R. Martin in his high fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire — now the basis for the hit HBO series Game of Thrones — is incredibly rich and well-drawn. Beyond the Wall‘s contributors explore the book series’ influences, its place in the fantasy pantheon, its challenging narrative choices, and the pull of its stunningly epic scope.

  • Foreword: Stories for the Nights to Come by R.A. Salvatore
  • Introduction: In Praise of Living History by James Lowder
  • The Palace of Love, the Palace of Sorrow by Linda Antonsson, Elio M. Garcia, Jr.
  • Men and Monsters by Alyssa Rosenberg
  • Same Song in a Different Key by Daniel Abraham
  • An Unreliable World by Adam Whitehead
  • Back to the Egg by Gary Westfahl
  • Art Imitates War by Myke Cole
  • The Brutal Cost of Redemption in Westeros by Susan Vaught
  • Of Direwolves and Gods by Andrew Zimmerman Jones
  • A Sword Without a Hilt by Jesse Scoble
  • Petyr Baelish and the Mask of Sanity by Matt Staggs
  • A Different Kind of Other by Brent Hartinger
  • Power and Feminism in Westeros by Caroline Spector
  • Collecting Ice and Fire in the Age of Nook and Kindle by John Jos. Miller
  • Beyond the Ghetto by Ned Vizzini

Check out SmartPop’s Beyond the Wall page for essay excerpts. If you sign up for their mailing list, they will mail you an exceprt when the interior is fianlized, remind you of the publication date, and let you know about any giveaways and contests regarding the book.

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