Category Archive 'George R.R. Martin'

03 Jan 2016

The Dog Ate George R.R. Martin’s Volume VI



When April comes around and the new season of Game of Thrones starts running on HBO, the show’s plot line will inevitably proceed past the five books previously published, and the sixth volume, The Winds of Winter, will remain unfinished, unprinted, unbound, and undelivered into readers’ hands.

George R. R. Martin slunk on to the Internet yesterday, looking guilty and making all kinds of excuses.

Look, I have always had problems with deadlines. For whatever reason, I don’t respond well to them. Back in November, when I returned to Northwestern to accept my Alumni Award, I told the Medill students that was why I started writing fiction instead of getting a job on a newspaper. I knew even then that daily deadlines would kill me. That was a joke, of course… but there was truth in it too. …

But I won’t make excuses. There are no excuses. No one else is to blame. Not my editors and publishers, not HBO, not David & Dan. It’s on me. I tried, and I am still trying. I worked on the book a couple of days ago, revising a Theon chapter and adding some new material, and I will writing on it again tomorrow. But no, I can’t tell you when it will be done, or when it will be published. Best guess, based on our previous conversations, is that Bantam (and presumably my British publisher as well) can have the hardcover out within three months of delivery, if their schedules permit. But when delivery will be, I can’t say. I am not going to set another deadline for myself to trip over. The deadlines just stress me out.

I am going back to my stance from last March, before all this. It will be done when it’s done. And it will be as good as I can possibly make it.

Call Ser Ilin Payne, this undoubtedly treason against the realm!

07 Jun 2014

“Valar Morghulis”

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Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.

15 May 2014

George R.R. Martin Writes “Game of Thrones” Books on a DOS Machine Unconnected to the Internet

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The poor chap is apparently afraid of getting virused, but more importantly he likes using WordStar 4.0. a word-processing program released in 1987. Martin is no fan of dancing paperclips, and dislikes (for obvious reasons) the spellcheckers embedded in more modern word processing programs.

WaPo article


21 Nov 2013

All the Deaths in “Game of Thrones”

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Some people think George R.R. Martin is a bloodthirsty world inventor who mercilessly kills off an extraordinary number of his own characters.

Redditor Ma Petite Choufleur marked each fatality in the five volumes.

H/t Karen L. Myers.

29 Jul 2013

Revenge of George R.R. Martin

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Geek and sundry, earlier this year, released a humorous ditty, urging George R. R. Martin to “write, and write faster. Winter is coming.” And…

“Please bear in mind, in the time that you’ve had,
William Shakespeare turned out 35 friggin’ plays!

And if you keep writing so slow,
You’ll hold up the HBO show.”


And George R. R. Martin (assisted by Neil Gaiman) caught up with his tormentors only a few months later at the w00tstock 5.0 show at San Diego Comic-Con.

Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.

04 Mar 2013

If George R.R. Martin Had Written LOTR

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Fantasy author L.B. Gale observes that the death-rate among the good guys would have been considerably higher.

It used to be that Joss Whedon was the go-to-guy when you wanted to complain about authors mercilessly killing off characters, but once (spoiler alert!) Ned Stark’s death became a part of popular culture canon, George R. R. Martin took over that throne.

Read the whole thing.

Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.

13 Jan 2013

A Plea to George R. R. Martin: “Winter is Coming!”

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Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.

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