GRRM’s official site has been updated with new material in "From My Readers", and George’s LiveJournal has been updated with a post-New Year’s entry. A notable remark in the latter is that the third Dunk & Egg story needs “a solid week of work” to be completed.
Amok continues his terrific depiction of the Targaryens, giving us all three new portraits. This time, it’s Aegon IV the Unworthy’s Great Bastards on display: Daemon Blackfyre, Brynden Rivers (Bloodraven), and Aegor Rivers (Bittersteel). There’s also some fascinating details about the three Great Bastards (and mention of a fourth, who we’ve heard of before without realizing their status) here.
The Brotherhood without Banners Charity Drive (previously mentioned here) was a roaring success, raising over $1,000 for the Child’s Play organization. In fact, it was so successful that the BwB is listed on the site as a Gold Sponsor!
A while ago, Amok asked GRRM for descriptions for some of the important Targaryens that never ruled, and as such weren’t included among the portraits in the artbook. GRRM recently replied that he was too busy to supply descriptions for them all at this time, but that he would try to send a some now and then. He did, however, send descriptions for two of them: Visenya and Rhaenys, Aegon the Conqueror’s sisters and wives.
You will find the descriptions on Amok’s forum and the portraits in his artbook gallery. Amok has also put up one other new painting in his main gallery, showing the three Targaryen siblings and their dragons on the Field of Fire.
The recent addition of a number of new images of Testors resin miniatures sparked so much interest and discussion that a member of the company posted to the forum, answering many of the questions and comments that had been made to date.
GRRM’s official site has been updated with new material in "Cover Art", "From My Readers" and "News". The last of these concerns news related to Subterranean Press’s limited editions of “A Song of Ice and Fire” and GRRM: A RRetrospective, as Subterranean offers a special deal on purchasing both sets of books.
Version 1.4 of ExpressionEngine, the excellent content management system we use to handle all the dynamic data on the site, was released today. As some of you may have noticed, we experienced some small problems while upgrading our site, but that has all been fixed now, and we hope to soon be able to take advantage of some of the new features offered in 1.4 to enhance the site further.
By the way, pMachine now offers a free version of ExpressionEngine, called ExpressionEngine Core, and we can really recommend this to anyone looking for a great blogging system. Its more powerful and more flexible than anything else we’ve tried.
It seems it’s that time of year for SF/F sites to host end-of-the-year awards, because SF Site has gotten into the game with its 2005 Readers’ Choice Awards. Instructions can be found here. In 1999, A Clash of Kings took the #1 place. In 2000, A Storm of Swords took first place as well. After five years, can A Feast for Crows
continue the sweep?
Asimov’s Science Fiction, one of the top SF/F fiction magazines, is holding its annual reader awards for the best works published in their pages. GRRM is nominated in the “Best Novella” category for the story “Shadow Twin”, written in collaboration with Daniel Abrahamson and Gardner Dozois. It’s an excellent story, among other excellent stories in the magazine. Vote now!
Testor has sent us fifteen new images of prototypes for their line of “A Song of Ice and Fire” resins. These can be seen at All Sorts of Weird Stuff’s gallery. For the first time, we get an idea of what the resins may look like once painted, as there’s a (very large) image featuring a number of Stark figures (plus Theon Greyjoy) captured at various moments from A Game of Thrones.