Watch A Team Of Actors Learn Game Of Thrones' Dothraki From Scratch

Dothraki is a tricky language to speak — even the Khaleesi herself screws up her pronunciation. But you can speak it like a bloodrider! The Living Language school has just started offering Dothraki classes, and we have an exclusive video featuring the man who invented this thorny tongue, David Peterson. » 10/07/14 7:47pm 10/07/14 7:47pm

George R.R. Martin Explains Why There's No Gay Sex In His Novels

One of the most noticeable differences between George R.R. Martin's books and the Game of Thrones television adaptation was the fact that the latter features fairly explicit homosexuality, especially between Loras and Renly. Talking to the Edinburgh Book Festival, Martin explained why he left that out of the books. » 8/12/14 4:00pm 8/12/14 4:00pm

The Forrest Gump Syndrome: Soft History, Full Of Famous People

We tend to idealize the past. We file off a lot of the rough edges, imagine everybody having better teeth, and generally tone down a lot of the ugliness. This can be problematic — especially when we soften the depiction of past atrocities. And science fiction and fantasy contribute to this. » 8/05/14 4:00pm 8/05/14 4:00pm

George R.R. Martin Is Writing A Game Of Thrones Children's Book

Parents, you might want to find a good child therapist and put him or her on your speed-dial. George R.R. Martin is putting his fantasy skills and love of inflicting trauma on readers to use on a children's book titled The Ice Dragon, a tale set in Westeros, and illustrated by the amazing Luis Royo. » 8/01/14 11:45am 8/01/14 11:45am

What Secrets Are Hidden In The Wildlings' Costumes On Game Of Thrones?

Here's some concept art showing Sam and Gilly approaching the Wall from the North, exclusively at io9. It shows the scale and the magnificence of the Wall — and how daunting it is to climb. This comes from the book Inside HBO's Game of Thrones, and we've also got an exclusive look at the Wildling's costume designs. » 7/30/14 12:00pm 7/30/14 12:00pm

Why Bran And Arya No Longer Want To Be Rescued On Game Of Thrones

Season four of Game of Thrones contained some major departures from the books — and some of them underscored just how much Bran and Arya Stark no longer want or expect to be rescued. We caught up with Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Maisie Williams at Comic-Con, and they told us why things are only going to get murkier. » 7/29/14 9:00am 7/29/14 9:00am

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books. » 7/25/14 10:00am 7/25/14 10:00am

Is It Time To Retire The Word "Epic"?

You'll see lots of rants on the internet claiming the word "epic" is overused. It's become a blanket synonym for "fun," and people say "I had an epic bath" with zero irony. But maybe this is just a symptom of a larger problem. Maybe the word "epic" in general has lost all meaning, including when we talk about fantasy. » 7/03/14 12:37pm 7/03/14 12:37pm

The Secret To Making Sense Of Last Night's Game Of Thrones Finale

Even George R.R. Martin might have needed to rewind a couple times to figure out some of the characters' motivations in the Game of Thrones season finale. There were out-of-left-field plot twists and self-destructive choices, some of which weren't in the books. But here's one secret to making sense of the whole… » 6/16/14 8:00am 6/16/14 8:00am

Read George R. R. Martin's 1963 Letter To Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

In 1963, George R. Martin (who, at that age, had yet to earn his second "R") wrote to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in feigned praise of Fantastic Four #17, an issue he refers to, dryly, as "greater than great... absolutely stupendous, the ultimate, utmost!" Proving that even as a boy, GRRM was an acerbic, 65-year-old man. » 6/15/14 3:00pm 6/15/14 3:00pm

George RR Martin Moves From Killing Fictional Characters To Real People

No longer satisfied with murdering the characters in his beloved A Song of Ice and Fire books, George R.R. Martin has now set his sights on murdering a Facebook employee named David Goldblatt after he donated $20,000 to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary to be killed off in an upcoming GRRM novel. » 6/13/14 6:30am 6/13/14 6:30am

All The Best Larger-Than-Life Moments In Last Night's Game Of Thrones

This was Game Of Thrones' big battle episode, and it featured huge set pieces. HUGE. But you know what was really huge? The characters, and their incredible defining moments. There was sex, love, heroism, cowardice... and lots of killing. We've rounded up all of the defining moments in last night's insane showcase. » 6/09/14 8:00am 6/09/14 8:00am

On Game Of Thrones, We Learn The Hard Way Revenge Is Best Served Cold

Last night's Game of Thrones was like a marathon of rug-pulling. Time after time, we saw the truth revealed — only to have it turned on its side somehow. There were so many slippery moments where the truth became the biggest lie, it was only fitting when we saw a confession turn deadly. Spoilers ahead... » 6/02/14 8:00am 6/02/14 8:00am

What's In Store For Your Favorite Game Of Thrones Characters Next Year?

Game of Thrones is taking a week off — but that doesn't mean we can't geek out about it. Now that we're getting towards the end of season four, we're starting to get a sense of what the show is going to do with its major characters in season five... and how HBO will adapt two massive books by George R.R. Martin. » 5/28/14 2:05pm 5/28/14 2:05pm