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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At the moment, Bantam is saying November 8th for the US edition, according to GRRM. This is not entirely set in stone, however. Harper Collins has yet to set a date for the UK edition, but it will probably be announced in the next 2-4 weeks.
According to a report from the Book Expo in New York, GRRM has said that the US publication date for A Feast for Crows will be November 8th 2005. The full report will soon be added to the So Spake Martin collection.
Due to the confusion regarding the release date for AFfC, here’s the official word:
No, the book is not coming out in July, despite what any book store or friend of a friend might tell you. Even Random House’s website is inaccurate at present.
The book isn’t coming out in August, either.
GRRM has said that he thinks late September or October are probable, as those are the target dates which his publishers (both the US and the UK) are working towards. This isn’t absolutely fixed in stone, however, from anything we’ve been told.
For those of you who were holding out for the news to come straight from the horse’s mouth, GRRM’s official site has now been updated with the news of the completition of A Feast for Crows and an explanation for why some characters won’t be appearing until A Dance with Dragons.
Straight from ConQuest 36:
"George told us a long tale. His publishers told him the mostest it could be was 1600 manuscript pages. He passed that and a decision was made that it would have to be split in two. He thought about that and rejected it and proposed an alternative.
AFFC will be the size of AGoT. There will be no Daenerys chapters. There will be none of the chapters up North. The chapters in the South are done and in the hands of the publishers - George expects to announce a specific fall publication date. That means he can spend a little more time cleaning up the events in the North and present a coherent tale with a beginning and an end.
He expects some of his fans to be upset when their favorite characters don’t appear."
This has been confirmed by Parris, Martin’s SO, and these reports have also been added to the So Spake Martin collection.
So, those of you who haven’t yet pre-ordered your copy (or copies), why not do so at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk? Apparently they are supposed to come out more or less at the same time this time around, although the UK may be some weeks ahead.
This year’s Brotherhood Without Banners t-shirt is now available for pre-ordering. Pre-orders receive a discount of $5.
A survey has been added to the board on behalf of Testors, the company that will be producing the A Song of Ice and Fire miniatures and wargame. For a chance to win nice prices, head over there to fill it out.
Guardians of Order have published the third issue of their newsletter, and it includes information on an interesting offer. From now on, all who pre-order certain books (such as the A Game of Thrones Deluxe Limited Edition) from them will also receive a PDF of the same title.
They have also have released the 4th preview from the A Game of Thrones RPG.
If you are thinking of getting this year’s Brotherhood Without Banners t-shirt, check out this thread on the board for more information.
Today’s Ctrl+Alt+Del might be amusing to fans.
GRRM’s official site has been updated with, among other things, a new sample chapter and information about upcoming releases from Fantasy Flight Games for the CCG. Also, don’t miss the sneak preview of the first miniature due from Testors.
A poll has been added to the board on behalf of Testors, the company that will be producing the A Song of Ice and Fire miniatures and wargame. For a chance to win an artist’s proof of one of the upcoming figures, head over there to cast your vote.
GRRM’s official site has been updated with information about the release of the limited edition of A Clash of Kings and more information about the upcoming series of miniatures based on A Song of Ice and Fire.
According to this press release, The Testor Corporation will be producing a line of pre-painted collectible miniatures, a line of metal signature pieces and a miniatures game based on A Song of Ice and Fire.
The series of pre-painted, collectible 1:18 scale miniatures will be released in September 2005. In January 2006, the line of 54 mm metal signature pieces will follow, and in the third quarter of 2006 the miniature game will debut.
The Westeros network consists of several different sites, including a forum and a wiki, for all your A Song of Ice and Fire needs.