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Not a Q&A

Ever since George R. R. Martin announced the release date of Fire & Blood a couple of weeks ago, reactions to the news have ranged from supportive to... very much not supportive. On Not a Blog especially, readers have taken to the comments section to voice their opinions. Surprisingly, GRRM has responded to some of these comments directly. While he is unlikely to satisfy those who are most upset by the wait for The Winds of Winter, GRRM does his best to sell Fire & Blood, clarify what he believes to be misconceptions about his works and obligations, and even answer some speculative questions about A Song of Ice and Fire. All in all, it amounts to a fairly effective Q&A session, almost as good as one we might get were we to attend an actual convention with GRRM himself.

Of course, scouring through the comments section on Not a Blog -- any comments section really -- can be hazardous to one's health, so I've attempted to collect and collate most of GRRM's comments for you below, alongside paraphrased versions of the questions that prompted GRRM's responses. (I've also referenced the original questions, too, so feel free to read those to see the full context and color of the commenters.)


More stories of Westeros to come, post-ASOIAF. The story of A Song of Ice and Fire will inevitably end, but George R. R. Martin confirms that it won't be the end of the Westeros, at least from a writing perspective:

I will likely write more stories set in the world of Westeros after ICE & FIRE. Dunk and Egg, for starts.

GRRM has suggested that Dunk and Egg have many adventures ahead of them, so it's no surprise that he intends to continue their story. We know there's a wealth of information yet to be revealed about Westeros' past, so perhaps we'll also see more historical accounts in the vein of "The Princess and the Queen" and "The Rogue Prince." But once A Song of Ice and Fire is properly concluded, maybe GRRM could revisit our favorite (surviving) characters in a direct sequel of sorts, or even jump forward in time and write of the next big crisis that the world must face. What would you like to see?

For better or worse, GRRM has already ruled out writing another megaseries, at least one that takes place outside of Westeros:

Will I ever attempt another seven-book megaseries set in an entirely different fantasy world? Unlikely.

I have other stories I want to tell too. SF as well as fantasy. More Wild Cards, more Thousand Worlds.

Wild Cards is, of course, the original subject of GRRM's post that led to these new comments: Tor Books is bundling the first five books of that anthology in a special $40 eBook, a massive amount of story for the price. Check it out if you haven't already.


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Dunk and Egg Group Read Volunteers

We've read and re-read all the A Song of Ice and Fire books to date, so now we move on to George R. R. Martin's other books in the world: the Dunk and Egg tales. There are three tales, so we're asking for three volunteers to lead one tale each. For these I'd suggest: a light summary, highlighting the most interesting parts of each tale; some questions about things not answered in the text; and perhaps a few thoughts on whether the latest materials (i.e. A Dance with Dragons and "The Princess and the Queen") shed any new insights on the tales since we last read them.

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