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"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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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.
Thanks to the Opus Fantasy Arts Festival, it looks like fans will be able to join George R. R. Martin, author of the acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire series, for a Moroccan feast! A perfect chance to ask George about Dornish cuisine and customs, too. ;)
Following is the official announcement from the festival, with contact information in case you are interested in joining in:
Unfortunately, due to illness, George has had to cancel the pizza crawl in New Haven, Connecticut that he had been so looking forward to. See here for more information. The illness—either a bad case of a stomach virus or food poisoning—may impact his planned appearances at the New York Comic Con as well.
George has posted a final, detailed update on the plans for the pizza crawl in New Haven. If you’re interested in taking part, check the post out and add a comment regarding your intentions.
In what’s starting to be a yearly tradition, the Brotherhood without Banners is collecting donations from fans of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series for Child’s Play. This charity helps distributes books, games, and toys to hospitalized children both in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world.
To learn more about how to donate through the BwB, please go here and help us raise money in a good cause!
In the eighth and final installment of George R. R. Martin’s podcast series, GRRM discusses the fans of "A Song of Ice and Fire". Besides using iTunes and RSS feed aggregators as discussed here, the episode can also be directly downloaded for listening here.
During this year’s Worldcon in Los Angeles, one of the official convention events will be a human chess match organized by the Brotherhood without Banners. There are many slots still open for volunteers, and discussion under way concerning it. If you’re curious to learn more, check this thread on the A Song of Ice and Fire board.
The Brotherhood without Banners, the George R. R. Martin fan club, has announced its annual Worldcon Raffle Fundraiser. The list of prizes is extensive—including a limited edition print by Mike S. Miller, a limited edition copy of the Hedge Knight comic’s first issue, audiobooks for the A Song of Ice and Fire series, and more.
Buy a ticket (or ten, or twenty)!
The Westeros network consists of several different sites, including a forum and a wiki, for all your A Song of Ice and Fire needs.