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.
Fantasy Flight Games, makers of the A Game of Thrones collectible card game, the A Game of Thrones board game, and the Art of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, has put up a Product Release page with updated information.
Subterranean Press, the publishers of the limited edition "A Song of Ice and Fire" and other works, has provided some new information regarding the status of A Storm of Swords and other GRRM-related projects. Besides learning that the Charles Vess-illustrated A Storm of Swords is nearly ready for release, it’s noted that Tom Canty is currently working on A Feast for Crows and Fevre Dream is beginning to roll along.
A review of Stephen King’s latest horror novel, Cell, has been published in the Washington Post, written by none other than GRRM. It’s a very good examination of one writer’s work by another, with some incisive observations sprinkled throughout.
GRRM’s official site has been updated with some new entries in the &;quotFrom My Readers" section and two new (and quite nice) covers for the Japanese edition of Tuf Voyaging in the "Cover Art" section.
To raise some more funds for Boskone, a raffle has also been started to supplment the previously-reported auction. One of the prizes is a signed, personally inscribed copy of A Game of Thrones, and it’s only $1 a ticket—so why not throw in some money? Details can be found here.
For a bit of fun, BioWare—one of the top computer RPG makers out there—is running a poll asking its visitors to vote for their favorite fantasy author. Tolkien has a commanding lead, but GRRM has inched his way into second place. If you’ve got a little time, feel free to give voting a stab. Who knows? The result might well influence BioWare’s next game.
For this year’s Boskone, the Brotherhood without Banners is planning to turn up in force and throw a few great parties while they’re at it. To help raise funds to cover the costs of these parties, some interesting books have been put up for auction on eBay. You can find them here.
The Heraldry section of the Citadel has been overhauled. It now uses ExpressionEngine to manage the information about each house, allowing us to easily generate lists of houses based on various criteria. Some changes have also been made both to the listings (they’re now alphabetic within each region) and the navigation on the pop-ups with house info (it also goes alphabetically, and only within the region that you start your browsing in). We have also decided to add in houses that we don’t yet know the arms and/or the region for, to provide an even more complete listing of houses.