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Win A Rogue

May 29, 2014 at 1:11 am
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ROGUES, the latest gigantic crossgenre anthology from yours truly and Gardner Dozois, is scheduled for release on June 17… but three lucky fans can snag a copy early.

Patrick St. Denis, fantasy blogger and degenerate Dallas Cowboys fan, is having one of his infamous giveaways at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist.  To enter, just go to

Rogues comp A March 17 lo res

For those who'd like a taste of the treats awaiting them, Pat has also put up an excerpt from Patrick Rothfuss's outstanding novella.  You can find that one here:

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Opening Friday

May 29, 2014 at 12:30 am
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Opening on Friday at the Jean Cocteau… and many hundreds of other screens across America… is COLD IN JULY, a film by Jim Mickle, based on the novel by the one and only JOE R. LANSDALE.

This one's a wild ride, and has won all sorts of acclaim at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals.

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Don't miss it, whether it's at our theatre, or one near you.

And read the novel too.  Lansdale is an incredible writer, with a unique voice.  Compulsively readable.

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See You in Carolina

May 28, 2014 at 4:04 pm
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Tomorrow morning my executive minion Raya and I will be off again, this time to ConCarolinas in Charlotte.

 If you're in the neighborhood, swing by the Charlotte Hilton and join the fun.  Parties, panels, autographing, speeches… did I mention the parties?  Sometime in there I hope to find some good barbeque.

 And I'll be doing a reading.  This time, I think, a selection from the forthcoming WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE, for all you fake history fans.


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For The Record

May 27, 2014 at 6:33 pm
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I originally posted this on April 23.  I am bumping it to the top of my Not A Blog again, because there's a new story out there about an amusing tweet I made t'other day:

It WAS an amusing tweet.  But I didn't make it.  Once more, let me say… well, see below.


I seem to have to repeat this every year or so.  Okay, sure.  There are always folks who come in late, who never got the memo.




I have a website, and I have this Not A Blog, right here on Live Journal, and every so often (rarely)  I post on other people's blogs and websites, or on certain bulletin boards and news / discussion sites.  But that's it for my internet presence.

There are accounts on Facebook and Twitter that carry my name, I know.  Some just repost the things I post here.  Others are more actively malignant, making up all sorts of crap and trying to make them seem like my own words.  They're not.

Accept no substitutes.  This is where I hang out, nowhere else.

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I’ve Got This

May 25, 2014 at 7:16 pm
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A useful new service for dealing with friends and loved ones who come late to the party.

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Two Poems

May 22, 2014 at 1:29 am
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Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us.  Traditionally that's a huge day on the SF convention calendar, and one that usually finds me off at one con or another.  Indeed, Parris flew off this morning, and is now in Kansas City with old friends and new, preparing to enjoy Conquest, one of our very favorite small regional conventions.  (I'm not with her.  I'm at home working.  But don't feel too sorry for me, I get my own con next week, when I travel to Charlotte for ConCarolinas).

Much as I enjoy the holiday aspects of Memorial Day, however, I try not to lose sight of the day's true meaning — to remember those who have fought and fallen in defense of our country.

I was never a warrior.  I served in VISTA, not the Army or Air Force, and I opposed the Vietnam War.  But I have written a good deal about war and warriors, and read even more about those subjects.  Together with Gardner Dozois (a Vietnam era vet), I edited WARRIORS, a mammoth anthology of stories about war and the men and women who fight them.  The glories and horrors of war lie at the very center of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE.

Way back in grade school, like many other lads of my generation, I was taught to recite one of the classic poems of those subjects: Alfred, Lord Tennyson's CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE.   I don't think they teach that in grade school any more, so maybe some of you younger folks have never heard it.

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Stirring stuff, even now.   As a kid, I found it enormously moving.  I can still remember chanting those lines in class, surrounded by the other kids, all of our voices joining as one.  (Do they still recite poems aloud in grade school?  Somehow I doubt it).

It was not until many years later, however — until college — that I first encountered the reply to Tennyson's ode, penned a generation later by Rudyard Kipling.  It moved me to tears the first time I read it, and it still does, all these years later.  Some things never change (sadly, sadly)… and with the VA scandal and America's treatment of its own veterans very much in the news, Kipling's poem remains as topical today as it was then.

So here's the second act, the part that comes after the glory.  Kipling's THE LAST OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE.

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 So on this Memorial Day, here's to the poets… and to all the warriors.  Let us honor the dead, by all means… but let us remember the living too.

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Valar Comedys

May 21, 2014 at 4:19 pm
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All men must perform comedy.

Starting with John Hodgman, on June 2, right here in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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John will be performing two shows.   John Roderick of the Long Winters (how apt) will be opening for him.

Their 7:00 pm show is already SOLD OUT, sorry.

Tickets remain available for the 9:00pm show, but I don't know how long that will be true.  They are going fast.  So if you'd like to John & John, get your ticket now.

All men must buy tickets.  All women too.

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Ten Thousand Ships

May 20, 2014 at 12:13 am
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For all you fans of fake history, we've got another taste of THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE up on line, to help whet your appetite for the main course.

"Ten Thousand Ships" is a brief excerpt from the history of the Rhoynar, the final fatal war between the proud princes of the river and the dragonlords of old Valyria.  You can find it on the Westeros site at

courtesy of my collaborators and archivists, Elio and Linda.


(The full version, in the worldbook, will carry the tale of Princess Nymeria's odyssey considerably further, but you'll need to wait till October for that one).

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Leaving Los Angeles

May 16, 2014 at 11:18 am
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I have been in LA all week, taping the introduction for the ROGUES audiobook, appearing on CONAN, taking meetings… and signing books.

Angelenos, take note.  If you are looking for an autographed copy of one of my books, you'll find large stacks of them for sale at the Bookstar in Studi City, the B&N superstores at Manhattan Beach and the Grove, and Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo Beach.  Grab one while the supply lasts.

(Of course, for my friends in New Mexico here are signed copies always available at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, along with autographed books by Pat Conroy, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, Junot Diaz, Melinda Snodgrass, Connie Willis, Anne Perry, Peter S. Beagle, S.M. Stirling, Diana Gabaldon, and many more.  And tomorrow we have SUSAN ORLEAN coming in, for our big Rin Tin Tin weekend).

I'll be flying home to Santa Fe in a few hours.

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Simonetti Art Book

May 10, 2014 at 11:07 pm
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Marc Simonetti, the amazing French artist who has done so many great covers for both A SONG OF ICE & FIRE and WILD CARDS, is trying to raise funding for a book of his art.

I know there's a lot of Simonetti fans out there.  If you'd like to help, check out:


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