GRRM’s official site has been updated with a new entry in "What I’m Reading", a new foreign-edition cover of Fevre Dream in the "Cover Art" section, and a new entry reminding fans to vote in this years Hugo awards in his Not a Blog.
The contest gets even better, as Patrick announces that Voyager has pledged two signed, first-edition hardcovers of A Feast for Crows. These will be runner-up prizes. All it takes to have a chance to win these, or the grand prize of a full U.S. edition set of the series signed by GRRM is a simple e-mail to Pat (instructions at the first link above) with your name and mailing address.
The Hugo Awards nominationsdeadline is fast approaching, with the voting closing at midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on the 10th. If you are a member of L.A. Con IV or attended Interaction in Glasgow, you are eligible to vote. To make it easier, you can vote online. We’ve posted some recommendations and ideas for eligible works here, with comments from Parris as well as a link to GRRM’s blog entry where he makes a couple further suggestions.
It shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes of your time (and very probably much less), so please nominate and help make this year one of the best award years in recent Hugo history.
As previously reported, the Brotherhood without Banners fanclub is gearing up for this year’s Worldcon in Los Angeles. Part of that includes collecting funds to make sure that the Raven Award winners for this year can make it, as well as making sure the BwB can throw the best parties, but another part is organizing the volunteers who’ll help make the parties—and the convention itself—a blast. If you’re attending the convention and plan on taking part in some of the BwB events, give the above links a look and volunteer your time!
Another part of the site, this time the main Westeros section, has been redesigned to accommodate a sidebar and fix a few other issues.
There’s some information concerning the progress on the Storm of Swords expansion for the A Game of Thrones board game atFantasy Flight Games’s rants page. Among other things, it mentions that there’ll be a new board, new House cards, and Tactics cards (a new feature).
The webring has received a much-needed makeover, which includes a slightly altered design, a whole new colour scheme and some new banners. Current members of the webring are encouraged to switch to the new banners, but it is by no means necessary.
Mike S. Miller, the artist behind the Hedge Knight graphic novel from Dabel Brothers Productions, has recently put up a fantastic collection of items on eBay. Items include a copy of Fantasy Flight Games‘s Art Book, an original page from the graphic novel, a rare ltihograph depicting Rhaegar and Robert fighting on the Trident, and more.
Pat of Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist has announced a contest in which the winner will win U.S. hardcover copies of all four novels in the A Song of Ice and Fire Series—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows—all signed by GRRM. It’s an excellent opportunity to get free stuff, so go ahead and enter.
As the first ever recipients of the Brotherhood without Banner’s Raven Award, we thought we’d post a reminder that the 2006 Worldcon in L.A. is fast approaching, and that two new recipients have been selected for their tireless efforts on behalf of the fan community.
Via this Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine’s forum, we see that noted author Jeff Vandermeer has provided a short excerpt from a review of A Song of Ice and Fire that he’s written for the New York Review of Science Fiction:
Martin needs no late-comers like me to sing his praises or guard his guild hall, but I’m going to do so anyway. These are the best heroic fantasies I’ve ever read—layered, complex, true to the characters, real as the bloodiest of real life is, and stunningly, fascinatingly page-turning, even as you’re cursing yourself for not reading more slowly. Why? Because Martin’s craft in these novels is absolutely remarkable. As are the little grace notes, doffs of the hat to other fantasy series. As is the subtle dark humor. As is the way he gets away with Clark Ashton Smith-type descriptions—which is to say, extremely strange and uncommercial—in the middle of these New York Times bestselling novels. Amazing stuff.
Via the SFWA, we learn that iBooks has filed for bankruptcy. The founder and publisher, Byron Preiss, passed away in a car accident last year, and it seems the company was unable to recover from his loss. What this means for future Wild Cards novels is, at present, an open question.
The So Spake Martin collection has now been entered into ExpressionEngine. As a result, old links to posts will no longer function, but it will be easier to link to individual posts, as each will have their own unique URL.