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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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!

Audiobook of Dreamsongs

GRRM has posted on his "Not a Blog" that an audiobook will be produced of Dreamsongs (Volume 1Volume 2), the massive and exceptional collection of a large part of the body of George’s short fiction from his earliest days to the present. A number of different readers will be involved, and most fascinating of all is that George himself will be reading the interstitial introductions to each section of the book. These are some of the best parts of an already-great collection, thanks to the autobiographical insight into George’s life and work.

Note that the "Not a Blog" entry also includes word on A Dance with Dragons, including semi-spoilerish information.

Hard Call

Daniel Abraham provides a few more details on the previously reported new Wild Cards comic book series from Dabel Brothers Productions and Marvel Comics.

According to Abraham, the first story arc which he will be writing is titled “Hard Call”. Read his LiveJournal entry for more details.

Hunter’s Run

Over at his blog, Daniel Abraham has provided a brief remark on the status of the novel-length expansion of the “Shadow Twin” novella, written in collaboration with Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin:

Wild Cards Comic Book Series

At the New York Comic Con, Marvel Comics and Dabel Brothers Productions announced that Wild Cards, a seminal superhero setting created by and written about by authors such as George R. R. Martin, will see new life in comic book publishing through a brand new series which will be entirely original. Instead of adapting previous stories as the previous Epic series did years ago, the first six issues will feature the work of author Daniel Abraham (who has recently become a part of the Wild Cards team of writers, including writing the interstitials for Tor’s forthcoming new Wild Cards volume, Inside Straight). Daniel’s own announcement follows:

Official Site Update

GRRM’s official site has been updated with news of the fact that the latest entry in the Wild Cards series, Inside Straight, has been delivered to the publisher. The news item includes a full list of the stories in the volume, including a story titled “Crusader” written by GRRM, as well as the next title in the series, Busted Flush.

Official Site Update

GRRM’s official site has been updated with a new sample chapter, this time from the forthcoming new Wild Cards novel, Inside Straight. The piece is written by Daniel Abraham (co-author with George and Gardner Dozois on The Shadow Twin and author of the first in a new fantasy series, A Shadow in Summer).

Ice Dragon Bestseller

GRRM’s The Ice Dragon has appeared on the New York Times Children’s Bestseller List at #6. Congratulations to George!

iBooks on the Block

The former publisher of Wild Cards reprints and the latest entry into the series, Death Draws Five, has gone on the auction block.

A Feast for Crows Sightings

With the close releases of George’s The Ice Dragon and the paperback edition of A Feast for Crows, it’s no great surprise that the finely-tuned marketing publishing marketing machine is going all-out to capture attention. Following on the heels of ]this advertismentbeing spotted on CNN.com and this promotional interview for The Ice Dragon on YouTube, we’ve just learned that there has been at least one television spot on the History Channel promoting Feast.

If anyone’s seen the TV spot, please fill us in on the details of its content!

GRRM on YouTube

A short, three minute interview with George regarding his newly-published children’s book, The Ice Dragon, can be found on YouTube. Examples of the art by Yvonne Gilbert can be seen while GRRM discusses the genesis of the story and its meaning.

One of the first reviews of the book can be found at BookGasm, which concludes that George could have a promising career in children’s literature.

Dreamsongs Available at Amazon UK

According to Amazon.co.uk, they already have Dreamsongs - GRRM: A RRetrospective in stock. This is a great collection of many of GRRM’s best short stories. You can view a list of what it contains at Subterranean Press’s page about the limited edition of this book that they published some years ago.

Ice Dragon Contest

Pat, of Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, has now announced a contest to win one of two copies of George R.R. Martin’s forthcoming illustrated, Young Adult version of The Ice Dragon. This is a classic, award-winning novella by GRRM that will make a lovely gift to a child or a fan of his work (or that of Yvonne Gilbert, who provides the lovely illustrations).

Official Site Update

GRRM’s official site has an updated “Cover Art” section featuring a new foreign edition cover for A Storm of Swords, as well as a sample from the new Wild Cards novel, Inside Straight, in the brand new “Wild Cards Sample” section.

Locus Poll Deadline

Locus, the premiere trade magazine of the SF/F publishing industry, runs a yearly poll which culminates in the Locus Awards (given out the same weekend as the Nebulas). Lately, the poll has been open to anyone who’ll take the time to go through and vote on it. If you’re interested in voting in such categories as Best SF Novel, Best Fantasy Novel, Best Young Adult Novel, Best Artist, and more, go here. The deadline is this Saturday.