All Sorts of Weird Stuff: News

All Sorts of Weird Stuff offers news and information about George R.R. Martin, in particular about his A Song of Ice and Fire series.

"When I was young, I read all sorts of stuff. One week it would be Lovecraft, the next Vance. It was all imaginative literature, or as my dad called it 'Weird Stuff.' It was all 'Weird Stuff.'"

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Official Site Update

GRRM’s official site has been updated with news concerning the Italian edition of The Ice Dragon, which has specially-commissioned cover and interior art. GRRM points out sources for fans and collectors interested in aquiring it.

RIP Robert Jordan

James Rigney, better known to many as Robert Jordan, bestselling author of The Wheel of Time series, passed away on September 16th after struggling with illness this past year. His cousin Wilson announced the news on Jordan’s blog.  Responses have been pouring in from his fans, and others in the field have begun to comment such as Patrick Nielsen Hayden and George R. R. Martin.

Our deepest condolences to Jordan’s wife, family, and friends.

Official Site Update

GRRM’s official site has been updated with the official announcement for Songs of the Dying Earth, a Jack Vance tribute anthology edited by George and Gardner Dozois. The announcement confirms the publishers as Tor and HarperCollins Voyager, and indicates that the Subterranean Press limited edition will feature illustrations by Charles Vess. GRRM intends to contribute a story, but it will not be written until after A Dance with Dragons is completed. Publication is expected for some time in 2009.

More Dying Earth Publishers

As previously reported, the Songs of the Dying Earth anthology co-edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois has found U.S. and U.K. publishers, as well as a publisher for a more exclusive first edition in Subterranean Press. According to this unsourced report that the U.S. and U.K. publishers are, respecitively, TOR and Voyager.

Dreamsongs Contest

Thanks to Pat and Bantam Dell, his Fantasy Hotlist is hosting a contest to win Dreamsongs, the massive collection of George R.R. Martin’s short fiction which was originally published by Subterranean Press as GRRM: A RRetrospective. Winners will receive signed ARCs (advanced reading copies) of both volumes of Dreamsongs (Volume 1, Volume 2 ).

Songs of the Dying Earth Publisher

As previously revealed, George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois will be co-editing a tribute anthology titled Songs of the Dying Earth, featuring a number of others contributing original tales set in Jack Vance’s memorable Dying Earth milieu. At the time that it was announced, only a British publisher had been secured. It’s now been revealed the Subterranean Press has landed the rights.

Wastelands Anthology

A new anthology, Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, contains a reprint of George R. R. Martin’s “Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels”. As part of the publicity for the volume—which contains stories Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Cory Doctorow, Octavia E. Butler, and more—a website has been launched by the editor with more information about the stories and selected contributing authors.

Hunter’s Run Limited Edition Sale

Subterranean Press has just announced that Hunter’s Run, the novel-length expansion of the “Shadow Twin” novella by Daniel Abraham, Gardner Dozois, and George R.R. Martin, is now available for order in its limited edition forms. As a special incentive, the limited edition’s price has been reduced by $10 through to the 20th of August.

GRRM Dying Earth Anthology

Hot on the heels of the news that George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois were editing an anthology with the title of Warriors, news has just slipped via Dan Simmons that they’re putting together a second anthology, Songs of the Dying Earth featuring stories set in Jack Vance’s Dying Earth setting.

Chelsey Awards

Yvonne Gilbert has been nominated for the Chesley Awards in the Best Interior Illustration category for her work on George R.R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon. Also nominated in the same category is Justin Sweet (set to illustrate The World of Ice and Fire world book) for his contribution to Kull: Exile of Atlantis.

Hunter’s Run Preorder Availability

Hunter’s Run, the novel that grew out of George R. R. Martin’s collaboration with Gardner Dozois’s and Daniel Abraham’s science fiction novella “Shadow Twin”, is now available for preorder via Amazon.com.

Warriors Anthology

According to this interview with Robin Hobb, she’ll be contributing to an anthology titled Warriors edited by Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin. She indicates that the anthology won’t be published for at least a year, however, so it seems it’s in the early stages yet.

Official Site Update

GRRM’s official site has been updated with news concerning the forthcoming publication of Hunter’s Run, his collaboration with Daniel Abraham and Gardner Dozois which has been extended to novel-length from an original novel.

Subterranean Press on Fevre Dream

Bill over at Subterranean Press has provided an update on the forthcoming, illustrated limited edition of Fevre Dream. The update includes a look at the gorgeous cover. Also included in the update is news regarding the Thomas Canty-illustrated limited edition of A Feast For Crows, which is quickly approaching completion.

Second Life GRRM

It’s been announced that George R. R. Martin will be doing a reading of a story from Dreamsongs (Volume 1, Volume 2) on Second Life, a graphical secondary world social game. He’ll also take questions from readers. GRRM’s avatar will be selected by people who vote at Bantam Dell’s website, so vote now!