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We’ve all been waiting patiently for damn near three years now for George R.R. Martin to finish up the sixth book in his Song of Ice and Fire series. People are somewhat concerned that, at the pace Martin is going, he may pull a Robert Jordan and up-and-die on us before we get to read the end. Now, some rumors, hearsay and general sewing-circle chatter is suggesting that Song of Ice and Fire may actually end up being eight books instead of just seven. Scroll on for more.

The long road to the Song of Ice and Fire we all know and love is laid out in the words of Anne Groell, Martin’s editor:

“I remember when he called me, years and years back, to confess that his little trilogy was…well…no longer a trilogy. He predicted four books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he said five books. I said Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Then he went to six. I said… Well, you get it. Finally, we were on the same page. Seven Books for Seven Kingdoms. Good. Only, as I recently learned while editing The World of Ice and Fire (another awesome thing you must buy when it comes out!), there are really technically eight kingdoms, all having to do with who has annexed what when Aegon the Conqueror landed in Westeros. So, maybe eight books for Seven Kingdoms would be okay.”

Of course, that suggestion of an eighth book is pretty vague there and Groell went on to confirm that Martin is only under contract to write seven books. Then again, would his publishing company really say no if he decided he wanted to extend the series to eight? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

But that little bit of non-confirmation is just one piece of the “will he or won’t he” puzzle. Jane Johnson, Martin’s publisher in the UK was recently quoted as saying:

“I know there’s been some speculation that A Song of Ice and Fire may run to more than the seven books we currently have under contract, but in all honesty only George knows how many books there will be in the series and he’s not saying: indeed at this stage of the writing, with the many branching pathways of the characters’ stories still to intersect, he may not know. As an editor I can say that it feels as if there’s a lot to tie up in just two more novels – albeit very long novels – but if George continues to kill off characters in his usual ruthless fashion it could easily be over in the planned seven books!”

Dammit. Still no confirmation. I will say that, as a writer, I can understand the tendency for a story to get away from you. And if it’s already happened to Martin a few times in the past, then it may very well happen again. Again, if Robert Jordan is any example, writers with huge, rich worlds have a hard time leaving them.

What say the Nerd Readers? Would you be okay with waiting around for Martin to finish up three more novels as opposed to just two? Is his story worth the wait and deserving of the extra pages?


Source: The Guardian

Category: Nerd Culture

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