Well, well, well ole’ Georgie boy… we meet again.
Another year has passed, and so with it comes a promise that Martin — who hasn’t released a book from his A Song of Ice and Fire series since 2011 — is feverishly typing away at the next chapter. This time, though, Martin’s claims hold just a smidge more weight than normal, as we now know the man essentially can’t do anything else but sit in his house and write all day.
“For those of you who may be concerned for me personally… yes, I am aware that I am very much in the most vulnerable population, given my age and physical condition. But I feel fine at the moment, and we are taking all sensible precautions. I am off by myself in a remote isolated location, attended by one of my staff, and I’m not going in to town or seeing anyone,” Martin wrote on his blog.
“Truth be told, I am spending more time in Westeros than in the real world, writing every day,” Martin wrote. “Things are pretty grim in the Seven Kingdoms … but maybe not as grim as they may become here. I cannot help feeling as if we are all now living in a science fiction novel. But not, alas, the sort of science fiction novel that I dreamed of living in when I was a kid, the one with the cities on the Moon, colonies on Mars, household robots programmed with the Three Laws, and flying cars. I never liked the pandemic stories half so well… As ancient as I am, I cannot recall ever having lived through anything like the past few weeks.”
Look, George, I understand your heart is in the right place, but we’ve seen this “oh hey everyone I swear I’m finally finishing A Song of Ice & Fire” song and dance before. Let’s deliver this time.
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