Our First, Glorious Look At The Talking Plush George R. R. Martin Doll

He's certainly not the first writer to get his own toy but good lord, if he isn't one of the best. It's a huggable, loveable, favourite-GoT-character-killable George R. R. Martin doll! We want one so bad we're willing to let Winds of Winter get delayed again just to have one right now. » 2/20/15 6:20pm 2/20/15 6:20pm

The Game Of Thrones TV Show Is Gonna Start Killing New Characters Now

We have been warned. George R. R. Martin, with a cruel smile on his face, has announced that when the fifth season of Game of Thrones begins this April, it will be killing characters who don't die in the A Song of Ice and Fire books (although it's probably more accurate to say they haven't died yet). » 2/16/15 7:20am 2/16/15 7:20am

Providence of Fire Is The Perfect Blend of Politics, Magic and Action

Last year, we really dug Brian Staveley's debut fantasy epic, The Emperor's Blades. The trilogy's second volume picks up from the first, and Staveley delivers a solid and suitably epic adventure that ratchets up the action and muddies the waters, all while completely throwing all expectations out the window. » 2/13/15 4:00pm 2/13/15 4:00pm

GRRM's Original Game Of Thrones Outline Was Very, Very Different

British bookseller Waterstone has somehow gotten its hands on the original story outline that George R.R. Martin submitted to Harper Collins along with the first 170 pages of what would become A Game of Thrones. It proves GRRM had a very different story in mind when he first set out to write A Song of Ice and Fire. » 2/05/15 7:40am 2/05/15 7:40am

Dissecting The Secrets Inside The New Game Of Thrones Season 5 Trailer

Having taken the weekend to sift through the mysteries and the glories of the newest trailer for Game of Thrones' fifth season, we feel ready to finally get into the details of what awaits us when the show returns on April 12th. So watch the trailer one more time, and then join us for the breakdown here! » 2/02/15 8:00am 2/02/15 8:00am

From Lazarus Long To Capt. Jack Harkness: Bisexuality In Science Fiction

Why were there so many bisexual heroes in the 1970s (including Robert A. Heinlein's Lazarus Long), and was bisexuality viewed as "futuristic"? More to the point, why did bi heroes mostly vanish throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and what brought them back? Erotic science fiction author and Circlet Press publisher Cecilia… » 1/21/15 9:47am 1/21/15 9:47am

What's The Most Dysfunctional Family In  Science Fiction Or Fantasy?

Families are rough. Sometimes the people who raised you or grew up with you are the hardest ones to be around. And the holidays are a time to think about families, and togetherness... and realize you could have it worse. Which family in science fiction or fantasy is the absolute most messed-up and tragic? » 12/29/14 2:30pm 12/29/14 2:30pm

10 Ways To Turn Your Real Life Experiences Into Science Fiction

Unless you've commanded a starship, fought off an alien invasion or survived a global disaster, your life experiences probably aren't too science-fictional. But still, the most powerful stories are often rooted in things that actually happened. Here are 10 tricks for turning your personal true stories into science… » 12/18/14 10:08am 12/18/14 10:08am

What's The Most Shocking Moment In Any Science Fiction Or Fantasy Book?

Television shows and movies don't have a monopoly on "holy crap, what just happened" moments. Science fiction and fantasy books are full of twists and events that make you throw the book across the room... then run to retrieve it, so you can know what happens next. What's the most shocking scene you've ever read? » 12/12/14 2:23pm 12/12/14 2:23pm

Will Game of Thrones Have A "Deliberately Unsatisfying" Ending?

Most of us have at least a vague idea of how we think George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, and the Game of Thrones TV series, will end. But those expectations are shaped by the usual course of epic fantasy — and as Winter is Coming points out, Martin has maintained an ambivalent, arms-length… » 12/09/14 9:51am 12/09/14 9:51am

Game Of Thrones Designer Says Sand Snakes' "Nipple Armor" Was A Mistake

Readers of George R.R. Martin's novels will be excited to see the legendary Sand Snakes appearing on Game of Thrones this spring. But some people's enthusiasm was slightly tempered when the first set photos of the Sand Snakes appeared, revealing... armor with nipples. Costume designer Michele Clapton says this was a… » 12/08/14 10:50am 12/08/14 10:50am

Art Reveals the Diverse Beauty of the World of A Song of Ice and Fire

From Braavos to King's Landing to the Vale and beyond, concept artist Paolo Puggioni drew landscapes of places all over the world of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. He's put some of his work for the art book The World of Ice and Fireup on his website, and they are gorgeous. » 11/25/14 1:30am 11/25/14 1:30am

Marvel At The Winners Of The 2014 World Fantasy Awards!

Today's World Fantasy Awards ceremony was full of great surprises and well-deserved accolades. It was a really good day for Caitlín R. Kiernan, Subterranean Press, Tor.com and dangerous women. And the best novel goes to Sofia Samatar for A Stranger in Olondria! We were there, and here's the skinny. » 11/09/14 2:15pm 11/09/14 2:15pm