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.'"
George R.R. Martin
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Round 3 of Suvudu’s Cagematch 2010 has started, and Jaime Lannister—after surprise defeats of Hermione Granger and Cthulhu—is now facing ... well, a rather polite and charming dragon. Naomi Novik’s creation, Temeraire, is a fine, personable young dragon in an alternate 19th century England, but the story she’s written to explain why she thinks Temeraire will win draws in quite a bit of pop, 21st-century culture (two words: reality television).
Go there and vote now! A final thought: dragons were bred for battle in the Seven Kingdoms, and in battle they died. Time for the Kingslayer to become the Dragonslayer.
It’s now Round Two for Jaime Lannister in Suvudu’s Cagematch 2010. After vanquishing Hermione Granger with ease, he’s facing one of the tougher contenders in the competition: the Great Old One, Cthulhu. Even GRRM thinks that he’d have to bet on Cthulhu taking the prize, but who knows: Casterly Rock’s favored son may pull this out of the fire.
Suvudu.com, a publisher SF/F website, is hosting a fun little Cage Match tournament as an alternative to March Madness. Pitting fictional genre characters against one another, voting has been swift and furious in support of the various candidates aiming to be champion of them all. As they say: there can be only one!
Among the characters? The infamous Ser Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer! Go here to see his first match up, George R.R. Martin‘s commentary on how the fight would go as he sees it (with a cameo by Tyrion, and see if that convinces you to vote for the golden son of Casterly Rock.
Over at the A Song of Ice and Fire forum, a member by the name of Lady Nymeria points out an amazing series of character illustrations by a fan of the series in Japan. Drawn in various styles traditional to Japanese manga, there’s some gorgeous pieces. Here’s a few of our favorites: the Lannister siblings, the Lannister twins, and Melisandre of Asshai.
Lady Nymeria runs through yet more A Song of Ice and Fire art scattered elsewhere on the artist’s blog, at this thread, where she offers to help identify characters whose names are only given in Japanese and who aren’t obvious.
A member of the A Song of Ice and Fire forum at Westeros.org, Wastrel, put into motion a plan to collate favorite genre book lists from members of the forum. What has resulted is a list of 100 books that members of the forum who participated in the voting esteemed most, plus some additional titles for honorable mentions and a list specific to 21st century novels.
It was quite the task to take on, and Wastrel explains his methodology very thoroughly. It’s fascinating to see Gabriel Garcia Marquez rubbing shoulders with Thomas Mallory, Douglas Adams, and Alan Moore, to name a few on the list.
It’s been around for awhile, but we just had to share these hilarious webpage mockups for various houses, organizations, and individuals in the A Song of Ice and Fire series:
Thanks to Daena the Defiant at the forum for pointing out guad’s clever, amusing creations.
The Brotherhood without Banners, an unofficial (or maybe semi-official) fan club for George R.R. Martin, is running a survey regarding a t-shirt they’re proposing to produce to raise funds for the BwB’s general fund. The survey detailing the shirt idea can be found
at the A Song of Ice and Fire forum. Registration is required to post.
While digging around the amazing DeviantArt site, we stumbled across the fact that a group of fan artists decided to create a 2010 A Song of Ice and Fire calendar, to share with fans of George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series, and with GRRM himself. After sending a copy of the calendar to GRRM, they’ve provided a glimpse at all the art for fans to take a look at.
You can find the original news post at DA from last month, with links to the included images and the artists who created them, here (particularly useful for seeing Mathia Arkoniel’s full images used in her compilation for August). A gallery with the full calendar design incorporated can be found here at guad’s gallery. A lot of love and talent poured into this, and it reminds us of just how much amazing fan art the series has and continues to generate.
George R.R. Martin will be signing books at the Eason’s booksotre at 20 Donegall Place in Belfast. The signing starts at 1 PM on November 3rd. More information about the event, including a post-signing meetup, can be found at the A Song of Ice and Fire forum. The meetup will include GRRM and his partner Parris, and possibly some members of the cast and crew of HBO’s Game of Thrones production.
One additional detail is that there will be a book raffle at the post-signing moot, in support of the Children’s Literacy Charity Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Prizes are listed at the link above, and it’s probable more prizes will be added by the day of the event.
Tom C. Wilcox, better known to many by his Internet handle of EnlightenmentHK (and variations of same—Enlightenment HK, EHK, EHK for Darwin), passed away unexpectedly on the morning of July 4th. A long-time member of the A Song of Ice and Fire fan community, Tom was well-regarded for his fierce intelligence and the fiery rants that amused, infuriated, and (of course) enlightened. He was a man of strong opinions who lived life to the fullest, stinting nothing in his pursuit of new sights and new experiences. Many of his fellow Ice and Fire fans had the pleasure of meeting him in Glasgow for the 2005 Worldcon, where he entertained all and sundry with stories about the horrors of RyanAir and the pleasures of pub crawling in diverse places. He will be sorely missed by his friends and his family.
An obituary with more information can be found here. A fundraiser to raise funds for a flower arrangement for his wake and to keep the guest book associated with his obituary permanently on the internet is being organized. More information can be found here.
The Brotherhood Without Banners fan group is starting a newsletter to keep fans and friends of George R.R. Martin of upcoming gatherings and other news of interest. For those who’d like to sign up for the BWB newsletter, see this post for instructions.
Thanks to a board member, we’ve been pointed to this blog post by Damien G. Walter of the Guardian recommending various works of fantasy (and a bit of science fiction sneaking in) to read over the summer. A Song of Ice and Fire gets a paragraph to itself, in the course of which Westeros.org is linked.
The undisputed master of “A Song of Ice and Fire” portraiture, Amok (aka Roman Papsuev), has a new official site, including his whole gallery of “A Song of Ice and Fire” images created both as a fan and professionally, as well as a great amount of other art from other projects he is involved in. Sharp-eyed fans may notice that he’s touched up some of the portraits while in the process of getting the new site up. Expect to see some more fantastic art there in the future!
GRRM has been informed that Semana Negra, a literary and cultural festival in Gijón, Spain, has had its starting date moved back from the 4th to the 11th of July. George and Parris will both be present at the event for roughly a week, and certainly hope to see and meet as many fans at possible at the location. A good place to check for updates and discussions of fan activities is the ASoIaF forum, specifically this thread. If you know any European fans, especially from the Iberian peninsula, make sure they’re aware of this opportunity to see George not only in Gijón, but probably also in Madrid and Barcelona while he’s there.
We are saddened to report that Vincent Briscuso, also known as Hunter Rose, has passed away recently. Vincent is best known in the fan community for his exhaustive A Song of Ice and Fire chapter summaries site, a widely used resource. Our condolences are extended to his family and friends.
The Westeros network consists of several different sites, including a forum and a wiki, for all your A Song of Ice and Fire needs.