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A Glimmer of Light

November 6, 2020 at 3:42 pm
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The past few days have been hard ones.   Like millions of others, I finally went to sleep on Tuesday night — very late, I stayed up as long as I could, watching the election returns trickle in — in a state of near despair.   Things did not look good at all.   By the time I woke up Wednesday morning, however, the picture had brightened considerably, and it has continued to brighten ever since.   A Biden victory now appears all but certain.  Arizona and Nevada are trembling on the brink, and Joe has moved ahead in Pennsylvania (which everyone saw coming) and even Georgia (which no one saw coming).   It should not be long now before he hits 270, and I can start to breathe again.

Maybe.  For a little while.

I have read too much history to be entirely sanguine, however.   I get very little reassurance from those who say “it cannot happen here.”   It can happen here.  It can happen anywhere.   Donald Trump has broken all the rules, and plainly he has no regard for democracy, for our traditions, for the rule of law, for anything beyond his own power, his own ego.   He is the worst president this country has ever had, and the first to really represent a threat to the Constitution, to the electoral process itself (no president in the past half century has ever floated the idea of a third term, or expressed admiration for the concept of “president for life,” but Trump has).    This is not the first close election in American history.   It is not even the first “disputed” election — through Trump has absolutely no proof for these absurd claims he is making — but where past candidates like Samuel Tilden, Al Gore, and even Richard Nixon had too much love for their country to risk ripping it apart, Trump loves no one and nothing but himself.   I do not expect a gracious concession speech from him, like the one Al Gore gave in 2000.   I do not even expect a grudging, sour concession.   He may need to be dragged from the White House.

And yet there seem to be millions of Trumpies who will believe any lie he chooses to tell, no matter how outrageous.   I mean, insane as it seems, when the new Congress assembles there will be a Q-Anon believer in the House of Representatives.   That sound you hear is the Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.   Regardless of what Trump may say and do, I can only hope that sanity will prevail in the days and months to come.   “Hope,” I said… but I will not pretend to be certain.   Not when armed men are being arrested on the way to the Philadelphia convention center, when militants are trying to kidnap the governor of Michigan.   I can only hope that these are outliers, a few fringe cases, who do not represent most Americans.

These are… interesting times.   And not in a good way.

I do not envy Joe Biden.   By the time he is sworn in, the death count from coronavirus may well have reached half a million.   Biden wants to unite us, not divide us, but that is easier said than done.   Let us hope that he can indeed bind up the nation’s wounds, as Lincoln once urged.  It will not be easy.

But at least there is a glimmer of light ahead.

I will dare to hope.

 

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful

The Anniversary of the Storm

November 4, 2020 at 9:25 am
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Hard to believe… for me at least… but A STORM OF SWORDS was published twenty years ago, in 2000.

It is now 2020 (as if we could forget), so it was time for the 20th Anniversary Edition.

I thought the Anniversary editions of A GAME OF THRONES and A CLASH OF KINGS were stunning, but this one is the best yet.   It is lavishly and gorgeously illustrated by GARY GIANNI, one of the world’s leading fantasy artists, and includes an foreword by NEIL GAIMAN as well.

We just got a huge shipment of copies in at Beastly Books in Santa Fe… and, of course, my merciless staff hunted me down in my mountain holdfast and made me sign all of them.

If you’re looking for an autographed copy of the STORM OF SWORDS illustrated anniversary edition, you can pick one up from Beastly Books at https://jeancocteaucinema.com/beastlybooks/   

The Beast also has signed copies of the Anniversary Editions of A GAME OF THRONES and A CLASH OF KINGS, if you want a matching set — for your own collection, or for a Christmas gift (hint, hint).

Of course, copies of the new STORM OF SWORDS will also be on sale (unsigned, alas) at your favorite local bookshop (if it is still open during the pandemic) or online bookseller.

And hey, STORM was a Hugo loser too!

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0-8

November 1, 2020 at 3:22 pm
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The Jets played the world champion Kansas City Chiefs this afternoon, and the result was just what you’d expect.

That’s 0-8 now.

And Gase still has a job.

 

Current Mood: gloomy gloomy

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The Three Kings Return

October 29, 2020 at 8:54 am
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THREE KINGS is the twenty-ninth volume in the Wild Cards series, and the second to be set entirely in the British Isles, featuring a cast of English, Irish, and Scottish aces, jokers, and knaves.   It is a follow-up to KNAVES OVER QUEENS, but it is not necessary to have read KNAVES… or any of the preceding Wild Cards books… to enjoy it.   This one is a full mosaic, written by Peadar O Guilin, Peter Newman, Caroline Spector, Melinda M. Snodgrass, and Mary Anne Moharaj, and edited by Melinda, with me assisting.  The featured characters are Badh, the Green Man, the Seamstress, Double Helix, and Enigma.

Our British publisher, Harper Collins Voyager, released the hardcover edition in May.   Now the trade paperback edition is being released… TODAY.   Wild Cards fans in the UK should find it at their local bookstore.   Readers in the rest of the world can order it from their favorite online bookseller.

 

There’s a nice review of the book on LOCUS for those who would like to know more:

Paula Guran Reviews Three Kings, Edited by George R.R. Martin & Melinda M. Snodgrass

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Another Ugly Loss

October 28, 2020 at 3:06 pm
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Need I even mention that the Jets lost another one on Sunday?

It was actually the best game they played all season.   They had the lead for almost three full quarters.   Unfortunately, the game was four quarters long.

After a promising first half, Gang Green managed four yards of offense in the entire second half.

And this weekend they have to play the world champion KC Chiefs.   That could be very ugly indeed.

Writing these weekly football posts has gotten to be a very wearisome task.   I think I may pause for a while.  There is just not much to say.  At least nothing that I have not said before.

The Jets are just awful and they need to fire Adam Gase, the sooner the better.

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The Wedding Guest

October 26, 2020 at 8:26 am
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Here’s another peek at the past, and the original pilot for GAME OF THRONES.

We shot the wedding of Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo in Morocco.   Ian McNeice played Illyrio Mopatis, a magister of Pentos, and I played one of the wedding guests, presumably another magister.

Both of us, alas, were left on the cutting room floor when Dany was recast and the wedding was reshot.   Ian McNeice was terrific as Illyrio, by the way, but a scheduling conflict made him unavailable for the reshoot.

I never did find time to do another cameo, but I suspect the show was better for it.

If you really want to see me do a cameo, I did two for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in the 80s, and more recently had my brilliant turns in SHARKNADO 3 and Z NATION.  I made a swell zombie…

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Writing in a Shared World

October 24, 2020 at 11:25 am
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What’s it like to write in a shared world, like the Wild Cards universe?

Wild Carders Melinda M. Snodgrass, David D. Levine, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Paul Cornell, and Mary Anne Mohanraj will tell us, in a new (virtual) panel discussion sponsored by the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

Check it out at:

Wild Cards Series Presents: Writing In A Consortium

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Shudder

October 23, 2020 at 10:54 am
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That one really hurt.

The Giants had the game won.   Five minutes left.

Then they choked.  Offense choked, defense choked, offense choked again.

It was as much fun as being kicked repeatedly in the balls.

Life is meaningless and full of pain.

 

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Time to Vote

October 21, 2020 at 11:35 am
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I descended from my mountain holdfast for a few days this week, to make sure my vote was counted.

Early voting is open in many states.

If you want to vote by mail or with an absentee ballot, there are ways to do that as well.   But you have to ACT.

Or you can go to the polls on election day.   Masked, I hope.   Keeping correct social distance.

However you do it, please VOTE.  Covid makes it unusually challenging this year, but the future of our country, the future of democracy itself, is on the line this time around.

 

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A STORM OF SWORDS: THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION  

October 19, 2020 at 8:19 am
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On sale 11/3 

Lavishly illustrated by the incredibly talented Gary Gianni and available now for pre-order.  

Here is a sneak peak at some of his work on this special edition of A STORM OF SWORDS, brought to you by Penguin Random House. 

And a pre-order link:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/635347/a-storm-of-swords-the-illustrated-edition-by-george-r-r-martin/

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