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GRRM is Coming to France & Switzerland

June 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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Hey all you European Fans, GRRM is officially on his way to France tomorrow, he will be signing books at the lovely Librairier Grangier bookstore in Dijon from 2PM -6PM on Thursday July 3rd.



Then after a short visit in France, it's off to beautiful Switzerland and the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, or NIFFF, which GRRM will be attending from July 5th to July 12th.  During this wonderfully weird event highlighting fantastic films from all over the world they will feature three movies personally picked by George,  Hitchcock's PSYCHO, CASABLANCA and of course the forever classic FORBIDDEN PLANET.  GRRM will be introducing all three of these features and giving a short speech as to the influence these particular films had on him.

GRRM will also be hosting a panel about being an author, working in television and the overall adaptation process.  The Panel is listed as the Writer's Room at NIFFF and is being scheduled for Monday the 7th of July at 2PM.

There will also be a signing session for fans during NIFFF it beings at 2PM on Sunday July 12th.

Please visit NIFFFs website for more details on all the fun happening in Neuchâtel this July.


This Announcement has been brought to you by the Minions of Fevre River…. 🙂

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Venus In March

June 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm
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Venus is lovely in the spring.

The Old Venus, that is.  You know, the steamy, swampy Venus of the SF pulps, with its web-footed Venusians (Venerians), teeming jungles, dinosaurs, and those infamous dens of inquity in Venusburg.   The Venus of Leigh Brackett, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Roger Zelazny, C.L. Moore, and Isaac Asimov.

Those who miss the place (like me) will be able to return there next spring.  OLD VENUS, an original anthology of retro-SF stories set upon the lost Venus of old, will be released by Bantam Spectra in hardcover on March 3, 2015.  We just got our first look at the cover:

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The final lineup:

INTRODUCTION, by Gardner Dozois
FROGHEADS, by Allen M. Steele
PLANET OF FEAR, by Paul McAuley
LIVING HELL, by Joe Haldeman
RUINS, by Eleanor Arnason
THE SUNSET OF TIME, by Michael Cassutt
PALE BLUE MEMORIES, by Tobias S. Buckell

If you enjoyed OLD MARS (our Locus Award nominee from last year), you'll like this one even better,  I think… and there's one story in there that's so bloody good that if it doesn't win the Hugo and Nebula both, I'll count it as a major injustice.  Which one?  Ah, I will leave you guys to figure that out.  But first you'll need to read the book.

March 3.  Mark the day on the calendars.

I'll meet you on Venus.

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Day of the Rogues

June 17, 2014 at 10:50 pm
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The rogues are here.

Today was pub day.  ROGUES, the latest gigantic crossgenre anthology from Gardner Dozois and yours truly, is now available at your favorite local bookstore on on-line bookseller.

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If you enjoyed WARRIORS and DANGEROUS WOMEN, we think you'll love ROGUES.  It may be our strongest anthology yet.   We have some amazing writers and some incredible stories in this one.  The table of contents:

George R.R. Martin “Everybody Loves a Rogue” (Introduction)
Joe Abercrombie “Tough Times All Over”
Gillian Flynn “What Do You Do?”
Matthew Hughes “The Inn of the Seven Blessings”
Joe R. Lansdale “Bent Twig”
Michael Swanwick “Tawny Petticoats”
David Ball “Provenance”
Carrie Vaughn “The Roaring Twenties”
Scott Lynch “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane”
Bradley Denton “Bad Brass”
Cherie Priest “Heavy Metal”
Daniel Abraham “The Meaning of Love”
Paul Cornell “A Better Way to Die”
Steven Saylor “Ill Seen in Tyre”
Garth Nix “A Cargo of Ivories”
Walter Jon Williams “Diamonds From Tequila”
Phyllis Eisenstein “The Caravan to Nowhere”
Lisa Tuttle “The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives”
Neil Gaiman “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”
Connie Willis “Now Showing”
Patrick Rothfuss “The Lightning Tree”
George R.R. Martin "The Rogue Prince, or, A King's Brother."

Enjoy the read!

(And yes, New Mexicans, we have copies for sale at the Jean Cocteau, and I will be there tomorrow evening to sign them.  We're having a benefit for the New Mexico Book Association.  Come join us, have a beer, buy a book, hear me read).

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Fundraiser Continues

June 16, 2014 at 11:06 am
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Over at Prizeo, my fundraiser on behalf of the Food Depot and the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary continues to soar.  As I write, my fans and friends have donated $390,000 — and we still have 33 days to go!!

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The grand prize — the visit to Santa Fe and helicopter trip to the wolf sanctuary — will be determined at the end of the fundraiser, by a drawing.  Everyone who donates will have a chance to win.

A lot of the secondary prizes and extra rewards have been snapped up, however.  Have no fear!  We're adding more.  I am donating more books and collectibles, two more breakfasts (one at San Diego Comicon, one when I am in NYC this October),  and even a couple pair of my infamous suspenders (braces to you Brits).  So keep a careful eye on the Prizeo site.  We plan to add new prizes every Wednesday, for as long as the drive is ongoing.  More details can be found at:

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Too Cute

June 15, 2014 at 3:25 pm
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I normally keep my blog free of Cute Cat Pictures, the plague of the internet.

But these are dragon cats, so I had to make an exception:

Too cute for words.

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Coming to the Cocteau

June 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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We have a wild week of movies coming to the Jean Cocteau Cinema this weekend.  Something old, something new, something sick and twisted and depraved, and Shakespeare.

From the Bard and the Royal Shakespeare Company, we have HENRY IV, Part 1.  Prince Hal, Falstaff, great stuff.

Something new is THE DOUBLE, with Jesse Eisenberg:

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Something old, the Jane Fonda/ Lee Marvin western comedy classic, CAT BALLOU.  A personal favorite.  Lee Marvin won his Oscar as Best Actor for his double role in the film, and Jane has seldom been lovelier (well, okay, maybe as Barbarella).  Stubby Kaye and Nat King Cole are on hand as well.  Rather than the trailer, here's a look at the scene where Lee Marvin arrives in town:

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Our midnight movie (midnight begins at 11pm in Santa Fe) is John Water's notorious PINK FLAMINGOs.  With Divine.  (Not to be confused with Andy Devine).  And no, we will NOT offer special chocolate cupcakes for this one.  Or even pink flamingo cupcakes.

See you at the movies.

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Father’s Day Finale

June 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm
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Tonight the Season 4 finale of GAME OF THRONES on HBO.

Longest episode of the season.  One of the things I love about HBO is that you can take as long as you need to tell your story, you're not locked into the rigid 46-minutes-and-change-to-the-second of the broadcast networks.  This one will go 1:16, it says.  Cool.

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Strongest episode of the season?  Might be.  Clearly David and Dan think so, since they've chosen "The Children" to represent GAME OF THRONES in the writing category of the Emmy Awards.  We've had a LOT of powerful episodes this season, so that says something.  I have not seen the episode myself yet, but I am looking forward to it.

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Oh, and it's on Father's Day as well.  How… ah… special.

Anyway, it's hard to believe that season four is over so soon.  Still wish we had three more episodes to look forward to.

credit: Helen Sloan/ HBO

(I am closing comments on this post.  Some of you refuse to believe me when I say that I don't want discussion of the series here.  Please take your comments and reactions to Tower of the Hand, Westeros, Winter Is Coming, and the myriad TV sites.  Thanks, appreciate that).

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Bizzaro Is Coming…

June 14, 2014 at 1:55 am
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… to the Jean Cocteau.

((No, no, not the Superman villain.  He's Bizarro.  This is Bizzaro, the Optical Illusionist.))   He'll be performing at the Cocteau July 18-19.  Three shows.  An evening show at 6:20 on Friday, and a 2:00 matinee and 8:30 late show on Saturday.

 Advance tickets are now on sale at the Cocteau website: Our magic shows seem to have a habit of selling out, as the folks who couldn't get into Misty Lee and David Kwong's performances could tell you, so if you'd like to check out Bizzaro when he comes to Santa Fe, getcha seats now.

 See you at the magic show.

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Great Times at the Jean Cocteau

June 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm
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We had a great weekend at the Jean Cocteau.  Joe Lansdale was in town, his own self, to host our showings of COLD IN JULY and BUBBA HO-TEP, and sign books as well.  The bar was serving Good Ol' Boys, another one of Nicole's great specialty cocktails.  And on Monday we had Joe's daughter, fast rising country star Kasey Lansdale, entertaining us a great set of songs off her new album.

Couldn't make it?  Damn.  You missed out.

But you still have two more chances to catch COLD IN JULY, tonight and tomorrow, before it goes away.  You should.  A terrific little film, that got rousing ovations at Cannes and Sundance.  You also have two more chances to catch our Danish superhero film ANT BOY, this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon.  And before he left, Joe Lansdale signed lots of copies of his novels, so if you're looking for an autographed Lansdale book, head on down to Montezuma, right beside the railroad tracks.

On Friday, a whole new slate of films debuts.  We have the soccer movie NEXT GOAL WINS, and the drama LULLABY.  And for our midnight movie (starts at 11pm) Friday and Saturday, straight from the 70s, we've got UNHOLY ROLLERS:

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See you at the movies.

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Coming Soon

June 8, 2014 at 1:36 am
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… to Santa Fe.


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