George R.R. Martin: Other writing 'will wait' until Winds of Winter is finished

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George R.R. Martin isn’t just the maester of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book-series-turned-TV-series Game of Thrones. He’s the creator of the Wild Cards series, a world of superheroes and villains spread among 41 authors. He loves Wild Cards. But he’s giving it up for Game of Thrones.

Martin, writing on his LiveJournal page, said,

Truth be told, I'd love nothing better than to write some more Wild Cards stories. I have some old favorite characters I'd love to revisit (Popinjay, the Turtle), and some newer characters that I've hardly written about at all (Lohengrin, Hoodoo Mama)... and I have stories to tell. But all that will need to wait until I've finished WINDS OF WINTER, and maybe DREAM OF SPRING as well.

In addition to editing Wild Cards, Martin owns an art-house movie theater, the Jean Cocteau Cinema, and frequents its events; recently, he gave a reading of his unproduced Max Headroom script, with Matt Frewer voicing his old character. He’s also brokering a deal with Syfy to produce a pilot based on his novella Nightflyers.

Will all his other work fall by the wayside until Winds of Winter? As a fan of ASoIaF, I want him to continue writing about my beloved Westeros. But I'm also a fan of Wild Cards. Also also, I want him to enjoy his life and not become a GoT word slave, which may make him resent his work.

To paraphrase Neil Gaiman, I don't want George R.R. Martin to become my b*tch.

There's only one solution I can see: Scientists, you must clone George immediately.

(Via BleedingCool)