A Song of Ice and Fire: Update

On “Not a Blog”, George Martin mentions a new title he has settled on for the seventh book in his series: A Dream of Spring. (Instead of A Time for Wolves.) Let’s see, that should be out… in another 15 years or so. He also explains why he left out some of the crucial characters in the recent fourth book, A Feast for Crows — probably a good decision in the long run, despite the fury of so many fans.

So here’s what the completed Song of Ice and Fire series will look like:

1. A Game of Thrones (’96)
2. A Clash of Kings (’98)
3. A Storm of Swords (’00)
4. A Feast for Crows (’05)
5. A Dance with Dragons (’10)
6. The Winds of Winter (?)
7. A Dream of Spring (?)

What a landmark this will be when finished. George Martin and Stephen Donaldson are the only fantasy authors I bother reading anymore. They seem to be the only popular writers who can tell a story on their own terms, with more originality than everyone else in the genre combined.

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