George R.R. Martin Thinks Winds of Winter Will Be Out This Year: 2017 Edition

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Friends, a new year is upon is, and that means new opportunities—opportunities like a fresh chance to hear beloved author George R.R. Martin tell us that he thinks the latest book in the A Song of Ice and Fire saga will be out this calendar year. Maybe. Possibly. Perhaps. Who knows?

A few days ago, Martin shared his hopeful proclamation in the comments on his Livejournal page, once again proving that the only person still actually using Livejournal is George R.R. Martin. Here’s Martin’s response when someone grumblingly brought up the inevitable Winds of Winter issue:

You really think statements like that would make a difference? Ah, you sweet summer child. I have years of experience with this that tells me otherwise.

But okay, I will try it your way.

Not done yet, but I’ve made progress. But not as much as I hoped a year ago, when I thought to be done by now.

I think it will be out this year. (But hey, I thought the same thing last year).

Yes, even Martin himself seems oddly skeptical about his claim that this might finally be the year we see Winds of Winter on shelves. But he’s closer now than he was last year, so that’s good. We can but hope!

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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To be fair, as someone pointed out, Martin is writing the manuscript equivalent of seven or eight “normal” (i.e., non-epic fantasy) novels with these things, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it takes him forever to crank out a new one. Which leads me to wonder, is the giant-size fantasy model broken? What if instead of getting a 1,200-plus page volume every seven years or so, we got annual installments running 250 pages or so? That’s basically the yearly output of authors in other popular genres, and their fans don’t seem to complain.