We thought we’d provide a little background to the iOs app that Random House released, titled A World of Ice and Fire, for those who’ve been peppering the forums and ourselves with questions about them. We’re very pleased at all the excitement, to say the least! First up, here’s the official press release that followed the app’s release:
Get the ONLY OFFICIAL A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE/A GAME OF THRONES APP from George R.R. Martin: Hundreds of detailed character bios, interactive maps, and anti-spoiler protection!
A WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE is the first official app guide to George R. R. Martin’s bestselling cycle. Whether you’re reading the books or watching the television series, you’ll want this definitive companion with profiles of 540+ characters, 380+ places, and major houses, as well as interactive world maps.
The app comes with plenty of features you won’t find anywhere else:
- Anti-spoiler functionality that you can customize based on where you are in the book cycle to prevent you from seeing spoilers
- Completely new text written specially for this app by Elio M. García, Jr. and Linda Antonsson of Westeros.org – the premier fan site for the A Song of Ice and Fire cycle
A WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE includes hundreds of pages of information, making it the definitive guide to the series:
- 540+ character profiles with detailed historical bios, family and house information, book appearances, and corresponding actor roles
- 380+ place profiles with descriptions for castles, towns, regions, geographical features and more
- Fully interactive versions of all the official maps from the A Song of Ice and Fire Cycle
- Gorgeous artwork depicting key characters and important places from within the world
Test drive the app for free and get 8 POV characters from A Game of Thrones and interactive maps of the North and South. Buy one InfoPack for each book – or buy all 5 at once and save a dollar. Get all-new information for free every time an InfoPack is updated.
- A Game of Thrones
- A Clash of Kings
- A Storm of Swords
- A Feast For Crows
- A Dance With Dragons
- Five Novel InfoPack
Now, the origins of it… the name of the app is no coincidence, given that it shares its title with the book that we’re co-writing with GRRM. In fact, a good part of the content in the app was originally slated for said book. However, that book has more than enough content already planned, between the histories, the family trees, the art, the maps ... and truth be told, the book seemed the best place to focus on the setting as opposed to the characters. Somewhere along the way, the app idea came up. This was all bubbling along at levels above our pay grade, so to speak, so we didn’t really know anything of it until one day the editor of the book (and the A Song of Ice and Fire series), Anne Groell, contacted us to let us know that they had found an interesting use for that material.
Suffice it to say, that sounded really cool. And it was even more interesting when it turned out that the content we had so far (which was many, many entries at that point) needed some additions and expansions, plus it needed to be broken up into chunks suitable for preventing spoilers. A mad flurry of activity, and eventually you have what you see today.
The vast majority of the app really only restates, in more concise form, details that are scattered across the novels; many things you might think are new are just things you’ve forgotten or didn’t quite piece together, in other words! But there are some new details buried in there, both minor and not-so-minor, thanks to a long, long Q&A with GRRM that provided us quite a few details that have never been confirmed before. In the case of some entries that seemed to be particularly sensitive in terms of the overarching plot, special note of them was made so that they could receive extra scrutiny and make sure (to the best of our ability) that they were correct.
Even so, it’s a massive document behind the app, and little mistakes will slip in despite the best efforts of everyone involved (we’ve already found and are working on correcting a few) . Omissions, too, have happened that weren’t intended; that’ll be worked on as well, though no ETA on that. There are also places where the choice of wording could well be taken to mean something that wasn’t intended, or may simply emphasize an idea in such a way that you could read more into it than was intended. That’s harder to correct, but suffice it to say, we’ve been getting notes and comments that will be put to good use in revising and expanding the app in the future.
Finally, a lot of people have asked if there’ll be an Android version. All we know for certain is that it
is now available on the Nook, and that’s derived from Android. I wouldn’t rule out an Android version down the road, of course—anything’s possible!