George R.R. Martin Shows Us a Whole New Side of The Seven Kingdoms

George R.R. Martin’s epic-fantasy setting of Westeros is highly addictive, and for good reason. It’s such a richly imagined world, with such a rich backstory, there’s enough material to obsess about for years. And his new book, collecting his “Dunk and Egg” stories, showcases just what a great setting it is. »10/06/15 10:49pmTuesday 10:49pm

All The Most Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books in October

You’d better clear your schedule—because October is just packed with amazing science fiction and fantasy books. Including George R.R. Martin’s tales of Westeros long before Game of Thrones. Plus Ann Leckie, Gene Wolfe, Doctor Who and Brandon Sanderson. And the most delightfully weird fantasy spinoff ever! »10/01/15 4:28pm10/01/15 4:28pm

Drool Over This Exclusive Look At The Official Game of Thrones Astrolabe

Game of Thrones has the coolest opening sequence on television, thanks to that insane orrery showing the relief map of Westeros along with the heavens. And io9 is proud to bring you an exclusive video showing the official Game of Thrones Astrolabe as it spins. Plus you can enter to win one for yourself, right here! »9/11/15 4:26pm9/11/15 4:26pm

Not Even the Zombie Apocalypse Can Stop George R. R. Martin From Releasing Books

Whenever George R.R. Martin does anything that isn’t releasing the next A Song of Ice and Fire novel, some (typically crass) people tend to cry “he’ll be dead before he finishes!” But apparently Syfy’s Z Nation is going to show that not even a little thing like zombification can stop Martin from writing. Wait, what? »9/10/15 4:20pm9/10/15 4:20pm

The Best Things George R.R. Martin Created (That Aren't Game of Thrones)

Creating an epic, sprawling fantasy series like A Song of Ice and Fire seems like an author’s life’s work, but it’s certainly not the only thing George R.R. Martin has achieved. His short stories and novels were taking us to amazing worlds long before we visited Westeros. Here are some of his best non-Game of Thrones »9/10/15 11:00am9/10/15 11:00am

Can Ser Davos Help Clean Up One of Game of Thrones’ Biggest Messes?

We’ve got a long wait until Game of Thrones comes back, and there are a lot of situations we’re going to be freaking out about until then. Ser Davos Seaworth is in the middle of about three of them. So when we caught up with actor Liam Cunningham, we had a lot of questions for him. And he had answers! »7/15/15 11:00am7/15/15 11:00am

So Did Game Of Thrones Just Reveal A Huge Book Spoiler?

Game of Thrones has been getting ahead of the books by George R.R. Martin for a while now. But it’s also been diverging from the books in significant ways. So when we see an event that’s not in the books, it’s hard to tell if it’s a spoiler for Winds of Winter, or another sidetrack. Except we just got one big hint.
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On Game Of Thrones, Remaining True To Yourself Is The Worst Lie Of All

A few characters face terrible choices in this week’s Game of Thrones. They pretty much all choose expediency over principle. In the midst of all this, one character says these choices should be easy as long as you remain true to yourself. But that’s the most insidious lie of all. Spoilers ahead... »6/08/15 11:00am6/08/15 11:00am

On Game Of Thrones, Recruiting Followers Is Hard...Unless You're A Wight

Last night’s Game of Thrones was a welcome return to form. It was also a weirdly structured episode: Half a series of vignettes about faith and learning to read people, and half a rip-roaring apocalyptic action movie. But it was all tied together by the contrast between single-minded zombies and undependable humans. »6/01/15 11:00am6/01/15 11:00am