There’s a New Song of Ice and Fire Book Coming in 2018, But It’s Still Not The Winds of Winter

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Game of Thrones may not come back until 2019, but A Song of Ice and Fire is returning with a new book this year. Unfortunately, it’s still not the story we’ve all been eagerly anticipating for years. But at least it’s something... right?

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George R.R. Martin revealed on his Livejournal that the next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire franchise will be the first half of Fire and Blood, a companion book Martin teased back in July 2017. According to Martin, Fire and Blood will be a compilation of his “fake histories of the Targaryen kings,” with the first volume covering the history of Westeros from Aegon’s Conquest all the way through Aegon III. Most of it will consist of sidebars Martin wrote for The World of Ice and Fire, along with new chapters and expanded notes.

In a series of comments on his post, which talked about this year’s Hugo Awards, Martin said Fire and Blood’s first volume is nearly finished and has a “planned” 2018 release date. Unfortunately, this means the next official book in the ASoIaF series, The Winds of Winter, is still nowhere to be found. But we do have a better idea of when we should expect it.

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According to Martin, The Winds of Winter will come out between the first and second volumes of Fire and Blood. But since he would only confirm a planned 2018 release date for Fire and Blood, we’re guessing this means Winter won’t arrive until 2019 at the earliest.

[via Mashable]

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According to Martin, Fire and Blood will be a compilation of his “fake histories of the Targaryen kings,” with the first volume covering the history of Westeros from Aegon’s Conquest all the way through Aegon III. Most of it will consist of sidebars Martin wrote for The World of Ice and Fire, along with new chapters and expanded notes.

This is what happens when a fantasy writer becomes so enamored of his fictional universe that he can’t be bothered to finish the actual story for whose sake it (presumably) exists.

Time to haul out that M. John Harrison quote again:

Worldbuilding is dull. Worldbuilding literalises the urge to invent. Worldbuilding gives an unneccessary permission for acts of writing (indeed, for acts of reading). Worldbuilding numbs the reader’s ability to fulfil their part of the bargain, because it believes that it has to do everything around here if anything is going to get done.

Above all, worldbuilding is not technically neccessary. It is the great clomping foot of nerdism. It is the attempt to exhaustively survey a place that isn’t there. A good writer would never try to do that, even with a place that is there. It isn’t possible, & if it was the results wouldn’t be readable: they would constitute not a book but the biggest library ever built, a hallowed place of dedication & lifelong study. This gives us a clue to the psychological type of the worldbuilder & the worldbuilder’s victim, & makes us very afraid.