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Going, Going…

July 31, 2009 at 11:58 am
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Subterranean Press reports that they are down to their last seventy-five copies of SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, the Jack Vance tribute anthology, co-edited by me and Gardner Dozois and featuring stories by Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Phyllis Eisenstein, Paula Volsky, Walter Jon Williams, Glen Cook, Howard Waldrop, and many other top fantasists and Vancephiles, all gorgeously illustrated by Tom Kidd.

If you’ve been thinking about picking up this one, this may be your last chance to snag a copy before the illustrated edition goes out of print. Once that happens, you’ll need to wait for either the UK edition from HarperCollins Voyager (later this year) or the Tor edition (late 2010).

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Jack Vance Prize Pack

July 28, 2009 at 2:27 pm
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Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist is having another one of their terrific contests.

This time around the prize is not one book but three: the Jack Vance tribute collection SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, Jack’s autobiography IT’S ME, JACK VANCE, and a new Jack Vance collection WILD THYME, GREEN MAGIC.

To get the details and enter the drawing go to

And good luck.

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ENnie Awards

July 25, 2009 at 5:52 pm
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My congratulations to Chris Pramas and his crack team at Green Ronin Games. Nominations have been announced for this year’s prestigious ENnie Awards, given each year at Gencon, and Green Ronin scored five nominations for their licensed games:

Best Interior Art: Wild Cards
Best Rules: A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying
Best Free Product: A Song of Ice and Fire Quickstart
Best Game: A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying
Product of the Year: A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying

The final awards are determined by a public vote. Voting opened Friday and will continue until August 1, so if you’d like to cast a ballot, head on over to the awards website at and let your voice be heard.

The awards ceremony is the evening of August 14 at GenCon. I’ll have my fingers crossed.

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Coming This December

July 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm
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Just got a peek at the final cover for SUICIDE KINGS, courtesy of the good folks at Tor Books. The art is by Michael Komarck.

SUICIDE KINGS will be the twentieth overall volume in the Wild Cards series, and the third and concluding book in the current “Committee” triad. Written by S.L. Farrell, Ian Tregillis, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, Caroline Spector, and Victor Milan, and edited by yours truly.

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A Casting We Will Go

July 19, 2009 at 10:38 pm
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Well, Reuters has the story out already, so there’s no longer any reason for me to keep mum. Yes, the rumors you’ve been seeing all over the web the last few days are true. Another huge piece has fallen into place for the HBO pilot of A GAME OF THRONES — we have signed Sean Bean to play the part of Lord Eddard Stark.

For the movie fans out there, Sean Bean needs no introduction. I mean, what the hell, he was Boromir and he was Sharpe, he was terrific in both roles, and in a hundred other parts besides. I can’t imagine a better Ned. The deal took some doing, so my fingers have been crossed for a month now (and boy, that made it hard to type), but now it’s done, and I’m thrilled.

That’s only part of the exciting news, however. Casting has been proceeding apace these past six weeks or so — in New York and LA, London and Dublin, most recently in Australia. David and Dan and director Tom McCarthy have been looking all over the world for the right actors, and now they’ve filled some key roles as well.

For King Robert I Baratheon, we’ve got Mark Addy, a veteran British actor of stage and screen that many of you may remember from his fine turn in A KNIGHT’S TALE.

The roles of Joffrey Baratheon, the crown prince, and Viserys Targaryen, the beggar king, have also been filled… by Jack Gleeson and Harry Lloyd, respectively. Sorry, I haven’t been able to find pictures of them on the internet yet, though I’m sure they are out there somewhere. I’ve seen readings by both Gleeson and Lloyd, and both should be terrific.

And last, but certainly not least, the role of the bastard Jon Snow will be played by a young actor named Kit Harington. You probably haven’t heard of him yet… but you will, we’re confident. David and Dan can’t say enough about his talent and intensity.

Of course, there’s a lot more roles still to fill, including some very crucial ones like the Lannister twins, the Stark children, and Daenerys Targaryen, so the search will continue for awhile. But we’ve begun, and so far I couldn’t be happier. October is right around the corner.

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Worldcon Schedule

July 19, 2009 at 1:24 pm
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I’ve received my preliminary schedule from Anticipation, next month’s Montreal worldcon.

Here’s what it looks like at the moment:

12:30 pm panel: Werewolves of Brigadoon

3:30 pm panel: Writing a Series

12:30 pm panel: Writing for a Living
4:00 pm autographing

3:00 pm reading

Aside from these “official” appearances, of course, I will also be doing the usual worldcon stuff — hanging around the hotel bar, hitting the parties at night, attending the Hugo Awards ceremony and the Hugo Losers Party, trying some of this fabled Montreal cuisine. I expect the Brotherhood Without Banners will be throwing one or two of their fabled bashes, and I’ll be at those as well.

See you all in Montreal!

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Battling Babes of Westeros

July 18, 2009 at 2:38 pm
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Here’s a sneak peak at two new Ice & Fire figures from Dark Sword Miniatures — a couple of the battling babes of Westeros, the wildling spearwife Ygritte (‘You know nothing, Jon Snow’)and the kraken’s daughter, Asha Greyjoy.

Both sculpts are by the talented Jeff Grace. They’re not available yet, but will be soon. Watch the Dark Sword website for further details and more pix.

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The Genius of Jack Vance

July 17, 2009 at 4:12 pm
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Wonderful article in the NEW YORK TIMES about Jack Vance:

It is nice to see one of our genre’s few authentic masters finally getting some recognition from the mainstream press. I agree with most everything that’s said here: Vance is not only a great SF and fantasy writer, he’s a great writer, period, and deserves a place in the canon of American literature.

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I love TIME magazine

July 17, 2009 at 3:25 pm
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Great blog post from TIME magazine’s TV critic, urging HBO to pick up ICE & FIRE.

Needless to say, I share his hopes.

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Home Again

July 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm
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Back home, safe and sound. Finland was great and I enjoyed my visit to Estonia as well. More on both later. The journey home was endless and exhausting, and god, I hate the TSA, especially the ones at Chicago O’Hare. Petty pseudopolice drunk on their authority. But never mind.

Tons of emails, a mountain of mail, much sleep to catch up on. I’ll be digging out from under for a while. But lots of cool stuff happening too, on all sorts of fronts. I’ll post what I can when I can.

Next trip on the schedule is worldcon in Montreal. I have my program for that, and will post it here soon. I’m hoping to complete a few more chapters for DANCE before taking off. Still tugging, slashing, and cursing that Meereenese knot.

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