The book in question, according to George R.R. Martin, is “a compendium of the history and legends of the world of Westeros,” and though it’s officially called The World Of Ice and Fire, UK publisher HarperCollins has given it the nickname “The GRRM-arillion.” I like that name better. The nerd is strong with this one.
For all you Westeros backstory fiends, the book is presented as a book given to King Robert Baratheon just after the Rebellion and will contain, per Martin:
“Never-before revealed details of Aegon’s Conquest, the War With the Faith, The Dance of the Dragons, the Paramours of Aegon the Unworthy, etc.”
The book, co-written by Martin and fansite Westeros’ Elio M García, will be out next Spring. Martin’s publisher Jane Johnson is quick to note that Martin, who mentioned at a con that he’s written 250,000 words for the book, won’t actually be working on it for that long, and that the long wait time is:
“more to do with illustrative complications and global publishing schedules than the writing, and I certainly wouldn’t want fans getting the impression that George is working on [it] at the expense of The Winds of Winter“
Ah, yes. Johnson knows exactly where fans’ minds are going to go. And before someone pops in to say “fans aren’t entitled to have the book out faster, ‘George R.R. Martin is not your bitch,‘ rarrrrrgh”—yes, we know. He’s the author of the series; he can write whatever he damn well pleases, Winds of Winter or coffee table book or, heck, even a Tennessee-set paranormal romance novel if he wants. (I would read that last one, not gonna lie.) But expressing a desire that he write book six, not other stuff, is perfectly fine. OK? OK.
García notes that other topics to be covered include:
“story of the fall of the Tarbecks and the Reynes, the surprising person from whom the Lannisters are descended, more history of the Vale and the arrival of the Andals, and a good deal more.”
Hmmm. “The surprising person from whom the Lannisters are descended.” I’m calling it: Hot Pie. He’s a time traveller. Duh.
All jokes about Hot Pie secretly being the Doctor aside (someone write that fanfic!), this sounds like a pretty cool book. Now write like the wind, George!
(via: The Guardian)