This week, George R.R. Martin appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote the release of The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones. Interviews on the show are always entertaining and engaging, not only because Meyers does his homework ahead of time, but he’s also a witty guy. This interview was no different, and even George got quite a few laughs.
Here are two videos from the show in a handy YouTube playlist. In the first one, Amy Poehler and Seth quiz George on his A Song of Ice and Fire series. In the second one, which did not appear on the air, George judges GoT costumes…
Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming shared world collection Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad edited by George R. R. Martin.
Right now, you can get the eBook version of Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love edited by Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin for only $1.99!
It is described thusly:
A groundbreaking anthology featuring stories from some of the most prestigious names in romance, fantasy, and science fiction, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.
Featuring stories from and about the heart, these tales of romance are played out against every kind of setting, from ghost-haunted fantasy landscapes to mile-long spaceships in transit among the stars. Including some of the most well-known, bestselling, and award-winning authors in the industry, this must-have collection features an original story set in the Outlander universe from Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Marjorie M. Liu, and many more including Robin Hobb, Jo Beverley, Jacqueline Carey.
Co-edited by blockbuster bestselling author George R.R. Martin, whose fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire serves as the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones, and Gardner Dozois, one of the pre-eminent anthologists of science fiction and fantasy and winner of fifteen Hugo Awards, Songs of Love and Death is a star-studded cross-genre anthology that explores the borderlands of fantasy, science fiction, and romance.
Grab it now if you want it. Available wherever you buy eBooks.
The final installment of my Best Podcast Fiction of All Time List, is finally here, revealing the top ten. You can find the individual posts as they were posted #41-50 here, #31-40 here, #21-30 here, and #11-20 here. For those who just want to get to the Top Ten already I’ve listed that first. For ease of reference, I’ve also included the entire list of fifty at the bottom of the post so if you want to refer people to the list, you can just link here.
These are (my opinion of) what is the best of the best, the most epic of the most epic. Load them all up and have an awesome road trip, or ration them out over months of liistening.
I would love if other fiction podcast fans would comment here and say what their own favorites are and why.
This is my third installment of my Best Podcast Fiction of All Time List, covering #21-30. You can find #41-50 here and #31-40 here. This is the middle list of the five pack–just two more to go! I hope some of you are tuning in and listening to them all–would make for an epic road trip (though many of the stories are not suitable for children so probably not a whole family road trip).
Please comment, follow along, share this list with your friends.
When George R.R. Martin stopped by the Conan show, they put him to work…
In his recent Conan appearance, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Marin reveals his secret for avoiding computer viruses…
Suvudu has posted the table of contents for the upcoming (June 17, 2014) 832-page anthology Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois:
Here’s the book description:
A thrilling collection of twenty-one original stories by an all-star list of contributors—including a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin!
The latest story collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire Ice and Fire saga.
Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand in this rogues’ gallery of stories that will plunder your heart—and yet leave you all the richer for it.
Here’s the table of contents…
Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel Lowball: A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass.
Here’s the synopsis (larger cover version follows):
I’ve mentioned a few times that my big brother is the reason I got into genre. He is also the entire reason I write this column.
My brother Rob is disabled in numerous ways. Reading, for him, has always been a way to relate to the world, feel like he’s less alone, and help me understand his perspective. Rob is a hell of a guy, but due to severe seizures a few years ago, he can’t read anymore, which breaks my heart. He was the one who collected books and showed me what a wealth of information and experiences are in books. Books have helped me understand him more than I ever imagined I could.
I had a conversation on the phone with Rob to talk to him about what the genre means to him, and why he thinks that disabilities are important in speculative fiction. It was really enlightening to talk openly about disabilities in the genre with the person who got me into the genre in the first place. It was also really neat to see how disabilities are represented in the genre from a disabled person’s point of view.
Thanks to Rob for taking the time to do this interview. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Even if you haven’t read A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, you’ve probably heard the name Tyrion Lannister thrown around a bit. Tyrion is, dare I say it, one of the most memorable, compelling characters in current epic fantasy. In fact, he is so compelling that I’ve had to make a stipulation on my Special Needs in Strange Worlds guest posts: Please do not talk about Tyrion Lannister. He is a fantastic character, but if I let everyone talk about him, that’s the only person anyone will ever talk about. (Full disclosure: I have also had to make that rule about Miles Vorkosigan, but I haven’t read those books yet so I’m not really qualified to talk about him.)
Speculative Fiction is a genre that has a tendency to overcompensate for disabilities. Some common examples are the blind person who is also a seer. There’s the guy with an injured leg that just happens to have superhuman strength or an abnormal level of loyalty; and the character everyone thinks is insane but actually sees the truth of all things. These are just a few of the common tropes dealing with disability that I run across frequently in my books. While I understand the need for authors to have an “in” regarding some of these abilities, or give their readers a reason for them to exist, it often makes me wonder if these disabilities even matter in the grander scope, as they are so overshadowed by the character’s incredible, implausible abilities.
If you’ve never seen Flipboard, it’s a magazine-like way to read news feeds and stay in touch on topics that interest you. That’s old news.
What’s new is that two literary figures of interest are the focus of new Flipboard “magazines”. Go check out Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam’s World (curated by Margaret Atwood) and The World of Ice and Fire – The Official George R.R. Martin Magazine (curated by Westeros.org).
Press release follows…
Today, 5 of George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards superhero adventure anthologies are available for only $2.99 on Amazon Kindle platforms (PCs, Macs, kindle devices and smartphonse). And they’re DRM-free!
Book titles and descriptions follow…
George R.R. Martin has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology he co-edited with Gardner Dozois, Old Venus. This is a follow up to another upcoming anthology, Old Mars. Martin says “Gardner and I wish to categorically deny the rumor that we are now working on OLD URANUS”. Hiyo!
Here’s the table of contents…
Amazon has announced that they are launching a new imprint called Jet City Comics to publish original comics. Their flagship titles include adaptations of works by George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey, and the authors of the bestselling Foreworld Saga (Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey and Cooper Moo).
Press Release follows…
When George R.R. Martin recently visited Conan to talk about the Death-Prone Characters in Game of Thrones, they took him backstage where they grilled him about surprising plot details coming up in season 4.
You may be surprised! Or at least tickled…
George R.R. Martin was on last night’s episode of Conan, where Conan O’Brien grilled him about his characters and their tendency to die.
George R.R. Martin has posted the table of contents for his the upcoming anthology he co-edited with Gardner Dozois. It’s called Rogues and is their latest of “big cross-genre anthologies”:
This one was an enormous amount of fun. We’re got something for everyone in ROGUES — SF, mystery, historical fiction, epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, comedy, tragedy, crime stories, mainstream. And rogues, cads, scalawags, con men, thieves, and scoundrels of all descriptions. If you love Harry Flashman and Cugel the Clever, as I do, this is the book for you.
If there’s any bloody justice, some of these stories will contend for awards.
Check out the star-studded table of contents:
What is it about dogs that hold such a special place in our hearts? Is it their undying loyalty? Their unceasingly wagging tails? The feral gleam in their adorable puppy eyes when they leap for the throats of our mortal enemies?
Probably a mix of all that, in varying degrees.
Whatever the reason, dogs cling close to our heels even in realms of fantasy and wonder, popping up alongside urban fantasies and epic fantasies alike. There’s something about a person–be they wizard, warrior, angel, demon, or otherwise–who has a faithful canine companion that makes them instantly more personable and sympathetic. After all, if the dog likes the guy well enough, they can’t be all that bad, can they? The opposite is often true, as one of the defining aspects of villainy is the mindless kicking of puppies or drowning sacks of them in the nearest river, is it not?
Let’s give the dogs their day, then, and look at a few examples of fantasy series where these four-legged friends join in the endless adventures of speculative fiction.
The trailer for Season 3 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which begins March 31st…