George R. R. Martin says Gandalf's death inspired his own thirst for blood

You’re probably bored by now of fantasy authors touting the impact of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings series, but it’s worth hearing Game Of Thrones author George R.R. Martin riff on it, as he’s very likely the author’s truest successor. In a new interview with PBS—in conjunction with the network’s upcoming The…

Space becomes extra spooky in this trailer for Syfy's Nightflyers adaptation

Game Of Thrones is almost done with its run on HBO, and another network is finally getting into the George R.R. Martin business with Syfy’s adaptation of Martin’s novella Nightflyers. The last trailer we saw for Nightflyers wasted a lot of time on the people who made the show talking about how great it’s going to be,…

How to build a fantasy world, from Star Wars to Lord Of The Rings

It’s a ton of work to write a sci-fi or fantasy novel. If you’re trying to create a fictional universe where civilizations span galaxies or different, mythical species interact, you have to create a universe. In a wonderful new essay on Literary Hub, writer A.D. Jameson opines that it’s more or less expected from…

George R.R. Martin's short story The Ice Dragon is getting an animated adaptation

The end of Game Of Thrones is in sight, even if it won’t come for another year, but that doesn’t mean we’re facing a shortage of George R.R. Martin content. He has Syfy’s adaptation of Nightflyers and that book he’s supposed to be working on, and now Deadline is reporting that an adaptation of his kid-friendly short…

George R. R. Martin announces release date for new book that's not The Winds Of fucking Winter

It’s a long-standing irony of the A Song Of Ice And Fire series that there are more trolls writing these books—i.e., one—than there are actually featured within them, with author George R.R. Martin apparently delighting in his continued efforts to mess with people whose only sin was loving his work, often to the…

Here's a spooky trailer for Syfy's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers

Despite the success of Game Of Thrones, TV networks have been a bit slow to dig through the rest of George R.R. Martin’s literary works in hopes of finding something similarly adaptable. Finally, though, Syfy is here with a trailer for Nightflyers, an adaptation of Martin’s sci-fi/horror novella of the same name. The…

Finally: Someone did a climatological study of the world of Game Of Thrones

For fans of HBO’s Game Of Thrones, the current, pre-final season wasteland we’re inhabiting, which both lacks new episodes and is peppered with dangerous potential spoilers, is rough. Harrowing thought it has been, it’s nothing compared to the wait fans of the books have endured since 2011’s A Dance With Dragons came…

Whoa, Kit Harrington looks a lot like a young George R.R. Martin

A Song Of Ice And Fire author George R.R. Martin has a very specific and distinctive look, a consistent “black-capped Santa Claus in a vest” vibe that’s served him well across any number of interviews and author photos. That wasn’t always the case, though, as per an old photo dredged up by Buzzfeed’s Ryan Broderick,…

George R.R. Martin doesn’t have time to watch Game Of Thrones

Whether or not there’s a royal wedding, the season-seven finale of Game Of Thrones is going to draw huge ratings (outages are probably coming, so brace yourselves). Even people who haven’t been following along this whole time and therefore don’t see why the handsome brooding guy can’t get with the beautiful dragon…

George R.R. Martin is still bummed Lady Stoneheart didn’t make it into Game Of Thrones

Although he’s always had a pretty strong working relationship with Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss—dating back to a famous five-hour lunch-turned dinner where the trio outlined the initial plans for the HBO series—A Song Of Ice And Fire author George R.R. Martin hasn’t always agreed with every…

Wait, what happened on Game Of Thrones last season?

After six seasons and 60 episodes, keeping track of Game Of Thrones’ many threads can be as difficult as persuading George R.R. Martin to sit down and get some goddamn writing done. As a service to you, the reader (and a refresher for ourselves), here’s The A.V. Club’s quick catch-up guide to the goings-on in Westeros…