For everyone less than impressed with the Game of Thrones finale, George R.R. Martin has finally given us a hint of when to expect The Winds of Winter, sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, and it’s actually not as far away as you might think.
Replying to Air New Zealand’s offer of a free flight to boost his motivation to complete the series, on his personal blog, Martin suggested Winds of Winter will be complete before July 2020.
But I tell you this — if I don’t have THE WINDS OF WINTER in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for worldcon, you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I’m done. Just so long as the acrid fumes do not screw up my old DOS word processor, I’ll be fine.
Worldcon refers to the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, being held in Wellington, New Zealand, next year. Martin will be there, serving as Toastmaster for the Hugo Awards. White Island is an active volcano off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
This is pretty good news for fans of the books, since the last one came out in 2011. Many of us had given up hope. I am mildly concerned that he writes everything in WordStar 4.0, though.