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
New to the series? Read our spoiler-free review of A Game of Thrones.
The Big Bang Theory featured Valyrian Steel’s Longclaw, presented there as being a replica of the sword from the TV series. Not long after, the executive producer of BBT, Bill Prady, tweeted that the sword would now become a permanent part of the show’s set.
And now we can see it, in the very next episode, “The Rhinitis Revelation”. For those in the U.S., you can actually watch the video of the episode here, where the best glimpse of the sword—on the wall with its decorative heraldic crest featuring a white direwolf and the words “Winter is Coming”—can be seen at about the 6:30 mark. And for those who aren’t in the U.S., here’s a quick screen grab.
An interesting interview at NY Magazine cropped up. It starts out discussing Game of Thrones—revealing for the first time that while Sean Bean may have been the first choice for Ned, the producers hedged their bets (probably due to uncertainty at the actor’s availabiity) by auditioning additional actors—but then shifts to some very interesting questions regarding A Dance with Dragons... particularly one bit in it which appears to have given Martin significant pause before he answered it. Hrm….
Well worth reading, and not just because Westeros.org and the in-progress World of Ice Fire world book are mentioned! Also, for those new to the site, this interview—and many, many others over the years—are linked at the So Spake Martin collection.
And as it happens, one of the newly-released sneak previews of that episodes? Features the sword itself, although in this case it’s being treated as the replica of ... well, “a sword on pay-cable”, but it’s unclear if they will actually name Game of Thrones. In fact, Valyrian Steel’s sword is based on the description as given in “A Song of Ice and Fire”, and has Martin’s direct input, much as their Needle, Ice, and King Robert’s Warhammer have.
See the clip below, as Sheldon and Leonard barely keep from drooling all over the weapon!
Not just by one artist, but by two! First off, Tommy F. Patterson—the penciler for Dynamite’s A Game of Thrones series—has pages from A Game of Thrones #1 up for sale over at Cadence Comic Art. These are all original pencils, uninked and uncolored.
Also involved with Dynamite’s Cover is Mike S. Miller, best known by fans for his exceptional work on the adaptations of “The Hedge Knight” and “The Sworn Sword” (and, we hope, “The Mystery Knight” in the next year or two). At his Facebook page, Miller offers both original art and prints of his cover work for A Game of Thrones, as well as other “A Song of Ice and Fire” related work.
Make sure to check them both out!
After many years of hoping and praying, fans in the UK are finally getting their wish: Voyager is re-releasing the first four novels in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series in matching hardcovers.
The U.K. hasn’t seen a wide-release hardcover of A Game of Thrones since the book was first published in 1996. The same can be said for the lack of re-release of A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. Unlike in the U.S., the U.K. market meant that it did not make sense for Voyager to re-release hardcovers on a wide scale, even as Martin hit #1 on both sides of the pond with A Feast for Crows.
The new editions are due to hit shelves on November 11 for the first two volumes, and December 5 for the last two (just in time for the holidays, one notes!)
We should add that these are not, technically, the first hardcover re-releases from Voyager. That belongs to the “special edition”, slip-cased copies of the books that Voyager quietly began to release shortly after A Dance with Dragons: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. These special editions are more limited runs, however, and may only be available for purchase on-line, so far as we’ve been able to discover. And, while slip-cased, they lack cover art beyond a stamped sigil for each book.
The first of two parts (the second has not yet been posted), the interview discusses A Dance with Dragons, the purpose of fantasy, and the old adage of “writing what you know”.
George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois have once more teamed up as editors to put together a new, themed anthology, and it’s hit shelves today!
Down These Strange Streets (US Hardcover, UK Hardcover, US Kindle) features more than a dozen authors writing urban fantasy short stories, including such notables as Carrie Vaughn, Patricia Briggs, Diana Gabaldon, and Martin’s fellow HBO-adapted author, Charlaine Harris. Other contributors include Melinda Snodgrass, M.L.N. Hanover, Simon R. Green, and Lisa Tuttle.
A complete table of contents can be found below:
Valyrian Steel has placed the very first “Damascus steel” replica of Ice—part of an extremely limited edition of this version of the officially-licensed, George R.R. Martin-approved—on Ebay. And, well, you can see where things stand: from an opening bid of $700, it’s hit $1625 in just over 20 minutes.
How much higher will it go before the auction ends in a week? We’re very interested in finding out!
The Subterranean Press limited edition of A Dance with Dragons is about to open its pre-orders widely after having an exclusivity period for customers who had purchased the previous book, A Feast for Crows. And just in time for that, if you’re on the fence… award-winning artist Marc Fishman has posted a great deal of art from the book, featuring both some of the color pieces he’s created as well as a number of black-and-white work which will head each chapter.
Go and check it out—but two notes: some of the art is marginally NSFW, and given that it depicts events and scenes in A Dance with Dragons, there are definite spoilers. But if you’re concerned about spoilers, here are two of our favorite images which aren’t really spoilery at all: Varamyr Sixskins and Daenerys Targaryen.
According to the announcement at the Inn at the Crossroads, their recipe book—titled A Feast of Ice and Fire—will be published by Random House in Fall 2012, with a tentative September date. Congratulations to the chefs! For more on the project, see our earlier report on the initial announcement of the project, and interviewed Sariann and Chelsea for Suvudu.
George R.R. Martin has alerted us to the fact that Amazon.com has secured an exclusive box set of the first four novels in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. All four novels are in hardcover and feature matching cover designs, sold together with a slipcase that features the Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones, This set is sold only through Amazon.com.
Although no professional reviews of the A Game of Thrones: Genesis game have been published yet, gamers have been hot at it, trying the game’s various modes—single player campaign, house vs. house, multiplayer—and opinions seem to vary. But now one fan has helped make it a bit easier to decide before you buy, as he’s put together a few videos following his own play through of the game, starting from the tutorial, extending to a part of the campaign, and on to the house vs. house. Dukely1’s playlist featuring the videos (at least one more is forthcoming, apparently) can be found embedded below.
So, Amazon has announced a host of new products—$79 Kindle, $99 Kindle Touch, $149 Kindle Touch 3G—but the absolute highlight of the press conference was to unveil the Kindle Fire, a $199(!) media tablet. Lots and lots of press coverage… but two funny things, for fans of GRRM, and for fans of some loosely related work as well.
The official release of A Game of Thrones: Genesis is September 29th—tomorrow—but that’s September 29th, midnight Paris time.
According to publisher Focus Home Interactive, this means that those who have pre-ordered the digital download of the game should be able to receive their activation codes some time in the U.S. evening. There’s already reports that those who’ve pre-ordered on Steam have been able to download and install the strategy game (PC only), and just need the activation for the game.
Also, for those who prefer their games in boxed, physical media, it looks like Amazon.co.uk will be shipping it on the 30th (but apparently to UK customers only). We expect other retailers may already have them to ship, so it’s worth looking around your gamesellers of choice.
The launch of the first issue of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones was apparently a roaring success: the first printing has sold out, and we have reports that fans making their way to comic shops found that all the issues were gone. Well, good news: it’s gone back for a second printing according to Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool. According to his post, the book should hit shelves on October 19th, a week prior to the release of the A Game of Thrones #2.
The Westeros network consists of several different sites, including a forum and a wiki, for all your A Song of Ice and Fire needs.