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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.

 

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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/

This message has been brought to you by the minions of Fevre River.

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The Thrill of Victory

October 18, 2020 at 7:33 pm
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Ohmigod.   The Giants WON one!!!

Yes indeed.   Big Blue is now 1-5, having just defeated the Washington Nameless Horrors 20-19.   So… there’s that.   Winning is always better than losing.

It was not what you call a crushing victory, however.  The Washington Football Team, which is now also 1-5, is not exactly a powerhouse.   And the Giants almost blew this one.   They had an early lead, then squandered it.  Then they had a late lead, thanks to a fumble return for a TD, and seemed to have the game in hand… only to let DC score a touchdown with only seconds left.   A routine extra point would have sent the game into overtime, but the Washington coach Ron Rivera decided to go for two and try to win instead.   The attempt failed, so the G-Men got the win.  I don’t really blame Rivera.   It was a gutsy call, but why not?  Washington is not going anywhere this season anyway, any more than the Giants are, so might as well roll the dice and give it a shot.

A win is a win and I will take it, but there were several discouraging things about the game.  I really thought our defense, which has looked pretty good in some of the losses, would shut down the Nameless Horrors offense, playing with their second string QB.   But no.   They let Washington come back when a solid stop would have iced the win.   And while Danny Dimes looked pretty good most of the game, his biggest plays came from running, not throwing the ball.   And on the goal line, once again he threw a horrendous interception.   He still turns the ball over too much, usually at the MOST horrendous times.

Ah well.  At 1-5 the Giants are no longer at the bottom of the NFL.

That honor is reserved for the Jets, who were shut out by the Miami Dolphins 24-0.   I would love to find a silver lining there, but really, there is nothing to say.  It was the first time the Fins have shut out Gang Green since the AFC Championship “Mud Bowl” in… what was it, 1982?  A long time.   Joe Flacco started for Darnold again, and looked lost.  On the other side, the Dolphins had Ryan Fitzpatrick, a veteran of eight NFL teams, including the Jets.   The Jets let him walk years ago… but even now, he is better than any QB that Gang Green has fielded since.   Miami even got to put in Tua, their QB of the future, for a few plays in garbage time, and he looked good as well.   The Jets O looked inept, the Jets D looked disinterested.

Losing 24-0 in the late third quarter, Adam Gase tried for a long field goal.  (And missed, of course).   I guess he was trying to avoid the shutout rather than going for a win.  The team was unprepared and disinterested.

Oh, wait, Marcus Maye did have a really nice juggling behind-your-back interception at one point.  A play for the highlight reels.   Maye is the best player remaining on the Jets.  I wonder who we will trade him to…

On the bright side, since the Giants and the Falcons both won, the Jets at 0-6 are now the only remaining winless team in the whole NFL.   Number one overall draft choice, here we come!

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