New ‘Game Of Thrones’ Story Will Quietly Debut In A Fantasy Anthology

A new tale of Westeros is coming but not the one many fans have been waiting for.

An Amazon listing has been created for a fantasy anthology,The Book of Swords, edited by Gardner Dozois, slated to publish in October. The still-slight description of the book advertises [f]ifteen original tales celebrating fantasys golden age of sword and sorcery, and specifically promises a tale from George R.R. Martinset in the world of A Game of Thrones!

Westeros.org, a fansite for the series, posted an update on Jan. 26 noting that the anthology had apparently been underway since 2015. The books editor,Dozois, has frequently collaborated with Martin as a co-editor.

Sounds like a cool bonus an unexpected original story for A Song of Ice and Fire buffs. Just one problem: Readers are still waiting, some more patiently than others, for Martin to deliver the next volume in the Song of Ice and Fireseries, The Winds of Winter. Apparently, though, he took a bit of a break to contribute a story to The Book of Swords.The last published installment of the series,A Dance With Dragons, came out in 2011.

Martin comes by his tantalizing pace honestly; though the first three books in the series were published in the space of four years, five years passed before the fourth book appeared, and another six years beforeA Dance With Dragons. But Martin has also teased fans with occasional hints that the new book would soon be finished only to repeatedlyannounce delays on the books delivery. Earlier this month, he revealed that he thought the book would be out this year, adding, (But hey, I thought the same thing last year).

In the past, Martin and his fans have clashed over his seemingly interminable writing schedule. He has blamed distractions such as junkets, increased demands on his time due to his fame, and writers block for his slow pace. Accordingly, some readers have closely observedhis travel schedule and other commitments for evidence that hes being pulled away from writing their long-awaited book.

So whats with Martin contributing a story to an anthology instead of pouring 110 percent of his time and energy intoThe Winds of Winter? Everyone, stop asking him to do other things hes made it pretty clear hes not a great multitasker. No more invitations to Dubai, no more Jets training camp, no more cool anthologies or convention appearances. Let the poor guy buckle down and finish that book.

And in the meantime, at least we can all enjoy some freshGame of Thronescontent, thanks to this anthology. Now, to wait for October to come.

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