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apckrfan July 31 2014, 16:16

Updates 6/13-7/31/2014 (all Breakfast Club)

Some Sugar Tonight
Part 1 added Jul. 12, 2014 and is complete. This is a The Breakfast Club fic. John shows up at school on Monday expecting to go home with Claire after school, but she has other ideas when she suspects he'd been with someone else between then and now. 5,104 words.

Maybe Next Week
Through Part 6 added Jul. 30, 2014 and is a WIP. This is a The Breakfast Club fic. There was a reason John stayed at his parents’ house and never dropped out of high school. Eight years later John crosses paths with Claire again in an unexpected way. Claire finally finds out why it was John stayed. 2,873 words.

With All That I've Done Wrong
Through Part 11 added Jul. 30, 2014 and is complete. This is a The Breakfast Club fic. As I was writing The One Your Mother Warned You About I wondered what would happen if Claire didn't tell John she was pregnant. This fic is a result of that thought process. It's set about 15 months after the events of the movie and is a Claire/John fic. 2,721 words.

Thrill To Every Line
Through Part 17 added Jul. 30, 2014 and is a WIP. This is a The Breakfast Club fic. Homecoming after graduation and old faces run into one another home from the various places they've scattered to. This is primarily a Claire/John fic, but there is some Allison/Andy in here, too. 1,612 words.

Teach Me To Live
Part 1 added Jul. 31, 2014 and is a WIP. This is a The Breakfast Club fic. Ten years after high school graduation, Claire has a reunion with some of her friends from school of a different variety. It's a Claire/John fic with some OCs. 2,636 words.
entangled_now July 29 2014, 11:49

Mission: Books 19/25

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The Second Book in a Series: Startide Rising by David Brin

The abandoned and fallow ocean world of Kithrup, AD 2489. The predominantly dolphin-crewed starship Streaker has sought refuge deep underwater whilst pursuing armadas belonging to dozens of major Galactic races clash in the skies overhead, each fighting for the right to capture Streaker and the secrets she possesses. Streaker has found a fleet of abandoned starships in a globular cluster that date back to the time of the fabled Progenitors, and there are races willing to commit murder and genocide to learn more about the birth of intergalactic civilisation. The crew of the Streaker will have to call upon all their resources and cleverness if they are to escape from Kithrup, but the crew itself is divided over the course of action to take, and the planet itself harbours dark secrets of its own.


I'd somehow missed the Uplift novels for most of my life, but I read Sundiver a while ago and liked it. The whole idea of uplift, genetically engineering animals to have human intelligence, and then taking them on as a patron species while they grow was kind of fascinating to me. The plot of the first book had problems, but the ideas and the world-building behind it left me enthusiastic to read the rest of the trilogy. To see what he did with some of the themes.

I didn't enjoy Startide Rising as much. I liked the dolphin society world-building, the interaction between crew members, and the way an aquatic species had managed to get into space. As well as the little interludes that occur in space off-planet. But the book felt very long. The plot didn't feel quite as meaty, and it seemed to be stretched out with diversions, side plots that don't really go anywhere, brief interludes that didn't really matter and character interaction that was often deadly dull. But, in truth, I continued reading because I wanted to know how it all turned out.

I will say that one of the themes of the book, that in increasing animal intelligence we're in danger of making them just like us, complete with jealousy, racism, rage, violence and madness probably worked better when the book was published. There is a lot of 'we hoped you'd be better than us' and 'oh we have given the dolphins all our own terrible failings.' Which seems less of a twist now. When David Brin wrote this, in 1983, I don't think we'd yet discovered that dolphins are perfectly capable of being completely awful and disturbing in their very own ways (well dolphin specialists probably knew, I suppose.)

Though for all that the book frustrated me, I still want to read 'Uplift War' the last part of the trilogy, because the universe is compelling enough to lure me in for one more go.
frelling_tralk July 23 2014, 16:01

SMG and Anthony Stewart Head reunite

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Anthony Stewart Head took to Twitter to share their Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion photo and it's got us feeling all sorts of things.

The two posed with bracelets for Cool to be Kind, an organization dedicated to promoting kindness to animals started by Head. Look how happy they are. Look how happy you are after seeing the picture.



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grrm July 21 2014, 21:47

Master Class

For those of you who were unable to travel to Switzerland for NIFFF, Livestream has uploaded my "Master Class" interview and Q&A.

NIFFF was great fun, all in all, though they kept me so busy that I was only able to see one film of the ninety-plus shown at the festival.  Most of the interviews covered the same old ground... but the masterclass got into some areas a bit more substantially, and you may find it interesting.

I had fun doing it, anyway.

If you would like to check it out, go to:

http://new.livestream.com/nifff/GeorgeRRMartinMasterclass

Enjoy.

grrm July 21 2014, 16:43

Comicon Is Coming

It seems like I just got back from France and Switzerland... maybe because I just did... and now San Diego Comicon is on top of us.

I'll be there for the whole weekend, doing promotion for HBO, Bantam Spectra, and my various other publishers.  Flying in Wednesday, departing on the following Monday, so if you're going to comicon, you should have plenty of chances to see me, hear me, and get me to scrawl illegibly on your book, graphic novel, Blu-Rays, or body parts.

My schedule:

Wednesday evening, 6pm to 7pm, I will be doing a signing at the AVATAR PRESS booth, autographing copies of the SKIN TRADE graphic novel and IN THE HOUSE OF THE WORM comic.  (Only those, please.  There will be other places and times to get my other stuff signined).

Thursday, 2:30 to 3:30, I will be appearing in the main autograph area (the Sails) at Table 3, with DONATO GIANCOLA.  The two of us will be signing copies of the 2015 Ice & Fire calendar, which will be making its debut at the convention.

Thursday, 4:00 to 5:00 pm, you can catch me in the Indigo Room, where I'll be joining William Christensen of Avatar to talk about THE SKIN TRADE and IN THE HOUSE OF THE WORM.  (No signing here, this is just a talk).

Friday, we have the GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H.  I'll be there, with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss and various members of our cast.  This year CRAIG FERGUSON will be moderating.  Hall H seats 7,000 people... but of course 150,000 people attend comicon, so if you want to see the panel, best get in line... ah... now.  Afterward I will join the cast for interviews and a poster signing and more interviews.

Saturday, 11:00 am to 12 noon, I return to the Sails for a Random House autograph session.  This time I will be at Table 7.  This is the time and place to get your books signed.  Copies will be on sale in the autograph area, if you don't want to drag your old ones to San Diego.

Saturday, 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm, I'll be in Room 6A for a panel on epic fantasy, part of an all-star lineup of panelists with Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie, and others.

Sunday, 12:30 to 1:30, back to the floor for another signing.  This time I will be signing copies of the HEDGE KNIGHT and SWORN SWORD graphic novels at the ComiXology booth, on behalf of Jet City Comics.

Sunday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, I will be judging a costume contest sponsored by Courtyard Marriott.

Monday I go home.

Given the sheer numbers of people in San Diego for comicon, I regret to say that I sign autographs ONLY at the designated signings.  There are, you will note, five of them, which means I'll be scrawling my name for five hours at various points through the weekend.  That's about all I can manage.  So if you should happen to see me walking the floor, riding a pedicab through the GasLamp, having a drink or eating my dinner, feel free to smile or wave or say hi, but PLEASE do not ask me to sign anything.  I can only do so much, and I do need some time just to enjoy the con and chill with friends.

Thanks.

See you in San Diego.
grrm July 19 2014, 17:46

Six Days Left

Only six days remain on my big Prizeo fundraiser on behalf of the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe.  We've raised some $459,000 as I write, but we're still short of our half-million dollar goal.  So if you have some spare change and/or folding green in your pocket, come help push us over the top with a late surge!

https://www.prizeo.com/prizes/georgerrmartin/a-wolf-sanctuary-tour-and-helicopter-ride

Many of the special incentive prizes have been snapped up... but some remain.

You can still book a brunch with me at San Diego Comicon, a week from Sunday.  (Hand at the Table).

You can still buy my red flame suspenders... yes, the pair I am wearing in the avatar pic above.  (Khaleesi).  They're worn, but they have done good service, and I am sure many of you would look better in 'em than I do.

Also.. some of you may recall that Bantam Spectra changed the cover design of A FEAST FOR CROWS before the book was released, and never used the beautiful Jaime Lannister artwork that Stephen Youll had painted.  But we have some copies of the never-used original covers, and we're offering those as well.   (Stag)

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These cover flats have never been used.  A rare collectible, a few of them have turned up on ebay in recent years, sometimes with minimum bids in the thousands of dollars.  And those are unsigned.  Buy one for the wolves, and I'll autograph/ deface it (or not), as you please.  And the money will go to feed the homeless and shelter the wolves... plus buying you more tickets for the grand prize.

The grand prize, of course, remains the same: a trip to Santa Fe from anywhere in the world, a day with me, and a helicopter visit down to Candy Kitchen, New Mexico to see Wild Spirit and visit the wolves.

So join in... and do watch the site closely.  We plan to add a few more last minute incentive prizes on Wednesday, before the fundraiser closes down on Friday.

grrm July 17 2014, 23:05

Martians and Women and Rogues, Oh My

Hey, lots of good news on the anthology front while I was traipsing around France and Switzerland these past couple of weeks.

OLD MARS led the way, winning the annual Locus Award as the Best Anthology of 2013:


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You can check out the details at http://www.locusmag.com/News/2014/06/2014-locus-awards-winners-2/    And congratulations to my pals Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck as well.  As James S.A. Corey, they won the Locus Award for Best SF Novel of the year.  (Would that ABADDON'S GATE was on the Hugo ballot as well).  And of course, congrats to my co-editor Gardner Dozois, and our amazing lineup of writers, who made the anthology the delight that it is.  If you haven't checked out OLD MARS yet, you missed at lot.

((And for what it's worth, OLD VENUS will be even better)).

Next thing, the nominees for this year's World Fantasy Award were announced.  OLD MARS wasn't eligible, being science fiction and all... but DANGEROUS WOMEN, the big crossgenre anthology that Gardner and I released last summer, is one of the finalists for Best Anthology (against some mighty stiff competition, I might add).

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You can check out the full list of Wold Fantasy Award nominees here:
http://www.worldfantasy.org/awards/

To round out the triptych, in the midst of all this recognition for the books that Gargy and I did last year, our newest anthology, ROGUES, hit the shelves from coast and coast... and debuted at #7 on the NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller List.  No, not the anthology bestseller list, or the SF/ fantasy bestseller list, but the bestseller list for ALL HARDCOVER FICTION.  Which is pretty damned extraordinary for an anthology.

http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2014-07-06/hardcover-fiction/list.html

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So, all in all, it was a hell of a month.

My thanks to the LOCUS voters, the World Fantasy Con members and judges, and all the readers who snatched up ROGUES.

I love doing anthologies, and introducing great stories and new writers to my fans.  It's great to see the books being so well received.
grrm July 15 2014, 23:10

Home Again

Got home late (LATE) last night from Switzerland.  The journey back from Neuchatel, via Zurich and O'Hare, ended up taking us twenty four from when we took to when we toppled into bed again, thanks to a long layover and even longer delays in Chicago, so Raya and I were both zombies when we arrived.  The flight on Swissair from Zurich was a delight.  The flight from Chicago to Albuquerque on American Eagle was a nightmare.  I really hate these crappy little planes that United and American have put on their domestic routes.

Anyway... very tired now, and of course a thousand emails awaited me... but I am catching up, and hope to be able to say a few words about my adventures in Europe later.  It was an amazing trip.
shadowhuntress July 14 2014, 04:30

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I totally fail at LJ now. :-( Tumblr is just so easy to get swept up into. reblog Reblog REBLOG!

How much do I fail at LJ? In my saved draft, I bemoaned the fact that the Kings kept losing. Since I wrote that, my precious bbs won the Stanley Cup. Whoops! At least it had a happy ending, right? I went to both parades and the rally at Staples Center. Here are a few pics from the rally and two sets of pics from the beach cities parade (1, 2).

I went back to the Redondo Beach pier today, in fact. And while I was standing in line at the parking lot pay station, this lady blatantly cut in front of me! I couldn't believe it at first, but since I was going to the beach to relax, I didn't want to damage my calm by calling her out on it. Anyway, when she got to the machine, I noticed that she was planning to stay at the beach for 4 hours, a fee which amounted to $8, but she slipped a $20 bill into the machine. She became baffled when the machine spit out no change, turned around and looked at me and asked how the thing gives change. I shrugged innocently and pointed to the sign that clearly states that the machines give NO CHANGE, read aloud what the sign stated, so she left after overpaying by $12. Too busy cutting in line that you forget to read the fine print? Priceless.



Having (more) oral surgery in two days. Nearly liquid diet for the next week. Funtimes!

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