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Belfast At Last

October 27, 2010 at 9:59 am
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Ashford Castle has some impressive halls and chambers… but nothing to compare to the high hall of the Eyrie, and the throne room in the Red Keep of King’s Landing. Hot damn.

I’d say more, but in a few minutes we’re off to Castle Black and the Wall.

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Leaving Ashford

October 24, 2010 at 10:25 am
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And just in time! We’ve had a marvelous time here, but now the castle is being converted to Hogwart’s and rapidly filling up with screaming children in Harry Potter costumes. Aieeee. Run away, run away, run far away…

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A Hawking We Will Go

October 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm
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Sleeping in a castle. Spent the morning hawking. Too cool.

My head is swimming with ideas for Westeros.

One of the falconers recognized me. Even cooler.

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Sunday at Octocon

October 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm
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Having a great, if exhausting, time at Octocon in Dublin. The Irish fen are wonderfully hospitable, and the BWBers are great company, as always.

I am still feeling borderline sick and my time sense is knackered, however. I hit the wall at seemingly random moments and have to stagger off to nap, absolutely canNOT keep my eyes open… but then I sleep for an hour or two, get a second wind, and wake up ready to roar late into the night. Last night I had to collapse after supper, but O staggered down again in time to pick the raffle winners, then partied till three in the morning, swilling down coke after coke and arguing about sex in the books. Somehow I found myself between half a dozen women who want some explicit male/male scenes in the books and a couple of dissenters who don’t… from there we wandered into Myrish swamps and were never seen again…

It was a strange night. Today I’m paying for it.

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October 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm
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Well, I made it to Dublin. My hotel does not have a business center, so I am typing this at an internet cafe on the banks of the Liffey. BWB dinner tomorrow night, and Octocon this weekend.

The trip was gruelling, as ever. Where are the rocket planes I was promised in my youth?

Glad I’m here.

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One More Game

October 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm
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Life is magical… but kind of crazed at the moment.

I am off to Ireland at the crack of dawn tomorrow, but I took the morning off from packing and the usual last-minute madness to watch the Giants game, a thoroughly dominating win over the Houston Texans on their home turf. Don’t have the time or energy to post about this one in detail… but the game was not nearly as close as I expected. The Giants D looked awesome. Not as many sacks as against the Bears, but they kept the pressure on Texan QB Matt Schaub all game, and completely shut down the NFL’s leading rusher (he won’t be leading after this week, I think). The offense looked pretty good too, except for two awful (and completely unnecessary) picks by ELi in the third quarter. Great game from Hakeem Nicks. For some reason the Texans never seemed to cover him.

That’s it for football for me until mid-November. TIVO will record all the games between then and now for me to watch when I get back.

And now I’m off to ravage Eire and besiege Malta. Later.

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Odds and Ends and More Odds

October 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm
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We leave on Monday for Ireland. Seems like I just got back from Australia. Damn, but I’m tired. And still not caught up on all the stuff that piled up here while I was traveling.

Ah, well. I knew the job was dangerous when I took it.

Got a million things going down, on a number of fronts. Let me touch on a few.

For those of you who like to hear me pontificate, there’s a new podcast with me up on io9 where I talk with John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtly, holding forth on a wide variety of topics, including the HBO show, Wild Cards, fandom, my comic book projects, the anthologies I’ve been editing with Gardner Dozois, and of course A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, even the infamous Meereenese knot. You can give a listen at — though I should mention that the interview was recorded last spring, and parts of it are already outdated.

On other fronts, got some cool news from my editors at Bantam Spectra. The mass market paperback of A GAME OF THRONES has just gone back to press for its 34th printing. Which normally would not be worthy of note — but as it happens, this new print run will push the paperback over the 1,000,000 copy mark. A lovely round number, I think.

Oh, and for Wild Cards fans, I should mention that Pat (wretched Cowboys fan that he is) of Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist is doing one of his famous giveaways for the Tor reissue of the first volume in the series. Check it out at This new edition will include some extra added content: three brand new stories, never before published, by Carrie Vaughn, Michael Cassutt, and David D. Levine, plus all the text of the original 1987 edition.

SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, our Jack Vance tribute anthology, was a finalist for the British Fantasy Award and has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award. If you missed the Subterranean limited edition and the Voyager trade hardcover, and have been waiting for a cheaper edition, wait no longer. Harper has just released SONGS in a trade paperback:

Pick up your copy from Amazon UK, or any other online UK bookshop.

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Two for the Road

October 4, 2010 at 8:26 pm
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Froggy would like to hint around with you madmen some more, but Andy is too damn tired right now. It’s less than a week before I fly off to Ireland, and I’m still exhausted from the long trip to Australia… so I will forgo the games this time around and just tell you straight out that David & Dan and HB0 have filled two more roles for GAME OF THRONES.

The part of Hot Pie will be played by a newcomer named BEN HAWKEY. And as Lommy Greenhands, we will have EROS VLAHOS, best known for his role in the “Nanny McPhee” movies.


I hear some of the purists pointing out that Lommy and Hot Pie don’t actually appear in the first novel. You’re not wrong. In the books, they don’t appear until the first Arya chapter of A CLASH OF KINGS… but they’ll be in season one, looks like.

Other announcements should be coming soon, though it’s not likely that I’ll be the one making them. I’ll be packing or flying to Ireland, and afterwards to Malta. We’ve very close to naming actors for the roles of Stiv and Ser Meryn Trant, waiting only HBO approval, and Nina and D&D have been looking at Kevan Lannisters as well. Soon, I think…

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New York, New York

October 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm
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Life is magical and full of joy.

Nice wins by both the Jets and Giants yesterday left me feeling jolly by night’s end. (And believe me, I could use it. I still can’t shed the last dregs of the crud I got on the way back from Australia, the Irish trip is bearing down like a freight train, and for whatever reason I am sleeping very poorly of late).

The Jets beat Buffalo pretty much every way one team can beat another. Offense, defense, throwing, passing, you name it. Well, okay, it was only the Bills, and they look pretty woeful this season… but this is the sort of game that the Same Old Jets of years past would have blown, coming off their emotional, hard-fought victory over Miami the week before. The Jets of old were infamous for losing games they should have won. Sanchez is showing real signs of improvement, the D was solid, and the running game showed up big time. Congrat to LaDainion Tomlinson, who ran like a mother and seems to have found the fountain of youth. Shonn Green got 100 yards as well, and we even had a Joe McKnight sighting (though I still miss little Leon). And next week we get Santonio Holmes back! That should make the O even more formidable.

The Giants game was much closer. I love good defense and I got plenty of it in this night game between two of the NFL’s most storied old-time franchises, the G-Men and the unbeaten (previously) Chicago Bears. Ten sacks, and there could easily have been more. Both Jay Cutler and his backup Todd Collins knocked out of the game, leaving someone named “Caleb Hainie” as QB of the Bears. “Caleb Hainie” sounds like a character out of PETTICOAT JUNCTION, but actually he outplayed both Cutler and Collins in his brief stint. Even so, the game was in doubt well into the fourth quarter. The Bears D, while not as sack-happy as the NY D, was equally stout, and Eli and the boys could not seem to get anything going. All those three-and-outs were especially galling since out new punter really sucks (where have you gone, Jeff Feagles? Manhattan turns its lonely eyes toward you!), so every exchange worsened our field position.

For most of the game the G-Men clung by their fingernails to a 3-0 lead, knowing that one good Bears play was all it would take to put them behind. But finally in the last quarter, to my relief, Eli and Ahmed and Hakeem Nicks made some plays, and the G-Men survived a couple of bad fumbles, scored a pair of touchdowns, and put this one away. Whew.

The Jets have the Vikings next week. The G-Men have to face the red-hot Houston Texans. Uh-oh. We better come to play for that one. Meanwhile, I have a week to savor these wins.

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