Saturday at Norwescon 38, we finally heard from the official author Guest of Honor, George R. R. Martin.
First author reading I've been to at #norwescon where the author is mic'd. They brought in extra chairs. #nwc38 pic.twitter.com/XS7lzvdlqj
— GeekyLibrary (@GeekyLibrary) April 4, 2015
He read the newly-released excerpt from The Winds of Winter, the upcoming sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.
After the reading, there was time for George R.R Martin to answer a few burning questions.
However, fans filling the chairs in the ballroom were warned, on pain of death, not to ask two questions;
1) What is your favorite character?
2) When is the next book coming out?
…we feel he gets these a lot.
Other than that, you were safe, even if you expressed your adoration of his facial hair and wish the beard were longer (he will not grow it longer, “as much as I’d like to be ZZ Top”).
Fans who are impatiently waiting for book six (is winter ever coming?) may be interested in other authors suggested by Martin, including:
- Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind)
- Joe Abercrombie (Half a King, Half the World)
- Robin Hobb (The Farseer Trilogy)
- Daniel Abraham (also writes science fiction as part of the James S.A Corey writing duo)
George R. R. Martin has said before his epic fantasy is based on the War of the Roses. His work is “based in medieval Europe as was Tolkien before me and many of the authors I’ve listed,” said Martin.
But the fantasy genre continues to evolve. “People steeped in other traditions bring something new.”
“I do think we are living in a new age where technology is opening up new ways of storytelling.”
“It’s a great time to be a fantasy reader,” said George R. R. Martin.
“And hopefully a great time to be a fantasy viewer,” Martin added, “Every station wants a Game of Thrones.”
“And they can’t have mine.”