I am still working on A STORM OF SWORDS. I am on the home stretch, I'd like to think, and hope to finish and deliver it soon. My publishers are ready and waiting. (Today I got a phone call from my American editor and an email from my Dutch editor, so the readers aren't the only ones asking.) The publication wheels are rolling; on both sides of the Atlantic, my publishers have started work on the covers, and the artists (Jim Burns in the UK and Stephen Youll in the USA) are at work on paintings. They tell me that the Burns painting will feature a swordfight, and the Youll a funeral; both based on scenes from the book.

Martin on future appearances:

I have also been getting questions about personal appearances during the next year. Bantam will likely be sending me on a promotional tour for A STORM OF SWORDS, but I don't know what dates or cities that will involve. I will be travelling to Germany in October; I plan to appear at a con in Leipzig, to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair, and to do a signing at a shop in Berlin. I will also be in Chicago over Labor Day for the World SF Convention. Rivercon in Louisville, Kentucky in July is a strong possibility, and Westercon in Honolulu over July 4th is a definite. I will be doing readings at most of these cons.

On August 2, 1998,the author of 'A Song of Ice and Fire', George R.R. Martin, visited this site!

I recently had a chance to ask Martin if he had any favorite (or least favorite) characters. His response:

I like all my characters, even the bad guys. You have to like them to climb inside their heads and spend so much time there. Picking one favorite would be impossible for me.

And yes, Martin has read the wacky theories that you wrote in the survey section of this site! I asked him for any comments. His response:

[smile] Well, some of the theorists are hot and some are very cold indeed, but I prefer not to give anything away until the proper time.

Martin chatted with us fans on March 18, 1999. He even gave us some hints about what will happen in A STORM OF SWORDS! Read the transcript.

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But please dont send him pages of questions and stories to critique. If you feel you cant help it, remember, the TWO year gap between A GAME OF THRONES and A CLASH OF KINGS!

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