Expect a book from George R.R. Martin in 2018 ... but it might not be The Winds of Winter

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Jul 23, 2017

George R.R. Martin has been working on his A Song of Ice and Fire series (known as the source material for HBO's Game of Thrones) since the early 1990s. Yesterday, he announced … he's still working on it.

But there is actual freakin news.

As he wrote on his blog:

“I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that's all I care to say … I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018 … and who knows, maybe two."

But the Westeros book he's referring to may not be The Winds of Winter. Martin is also at work on an assemblage of the history of the Targaryen kings, Fire and Blood. Ya see, in order to write the complex saga that is ASoIaF, he had to write the backstory. And that itself was such a complex saga that Fire and Blood will have two volumes.

(Here I'm reminded of the late author Robert Jordan, who stepped away from the main story of his Wheel of Time series to write a prequel. Jordan died in 2007, leaving his novels in the hands of author Brandon Sanderson, who followed Jordan's notes.)

The most recent book in GRRM's Westeros series was A World of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, which is filled with the history, as well as the geography, of the entire world. (Buy it because it's awesome.)

"Whether WINDS or the first volume of FIRE AND BLOOD will be the first to hit the bookstores is hard to say at this juncture, but I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018 ... and who knows, maybe two. A boy can dream ..."

So some time in 2018, we can expect perhaps two books. Here's hoping at least one of them will be The Winds of Winter.

Via io9.