George R.R. Martin's Blog, page 5
October 4, 2013
TOUCHY-FEELY tells the story of a massage therapist and her family.
And EXTRATERRESTIAL is our first Spanish language titles. (Subtitled for English speakers). Santa Fe, like Northern New Mexico in general, has a large Hispanic population, but very few of the local theatres ever show movies in Spanish, so we are hoping to make that a regular part of the mix. ANd not just Spanish art films either, the kind that get entered at Cannes and compete for "Best Foreign Film" Oscars, but genre flicks as well. EXTRATERRESTIAL comes to us from the Spanish director Nacho Vigolondo, who has been described as "the Woody Allen of science fiction." Looks like fun.
So if you're in Santa Fe... or Albuqueruqe, or Taos, or Espanola, or wherever... drop by and join us.
You can even pick up some signed Neil Gaiman books while you're here. While the supply lasts.
(We have my own books too. The supply of those will last forever).
And don't forget our midnight movie, SPIDER BABY. Previews for that one several posts below. Shows start at 11pm.
October 2, 2013
Neil Gaiman read stories, Amanda Palmer sang her hits and played her ukelele, and from time to time the they did duets. They opened the night with a memorable version of "Makin' Whoopee" and Amanda closed it with "The Ukelele Song," bringing the whole audience to its feet. After the concert Amanda and Neil adjoined to the concessions lobby to sign books and CDs... and sign, and sign, and sign. Strong wrists, those two. And good hearts.
Every seat was filled. No surprise there. The concert sold out within hours of our announcing it. "I need a larger theatre," as I wrote to Neil and Amanda, after tickets had been on sale for a few hours, "at least when you two come to town."
All box receipts went to two worthy Santa Fe charities, Warehouse 21 and the Food Depot. Warehouse 21 works with local youth, while the Food Depot feeds the homeless and the hungry. The concert raised more than $9000, which will be split between them. To find out more about their work, go here http://www.warehouse21.org/ and here http://www.thefooddepot.org/ And CONTRIBUTE!
Neil and Amanda regularly fill large halls and auditoriums with thousands of fans. It was incredibly kind of them to take time out of their busy schedule to visit Santa Fe and play our modest venue. Though I am delighted to report that they thought the Jean Cocteau was cool. (It is).
For those locals who could not get tickets to the show (sorry for that, they sold out very quickly)... well, Neil signed large stacks of his books and comics for us before he took off, and we have Amanda's CDs in stock as well. So drop by the Jean Cocteau at 418 Montezuma, and you too can score an autographed Neil Gaiman book, or the latest CD from Amanda. But come soon... stocks are limited.
(We also have a handful of signed copies of Michael Chabon's KAVALIER AND CLAY left, from his visit here, as well as autographed copies of many of my own books).
(Sorry, we are not set up to do mail orders)
Lots more cool stuff coming up at the Cocteau: movies, author appearances and booksignings, live music, magic, comedy. If you want to keep on top of that, signed up for our weekly email newsletter. It's free. Go here:
See you at the movies!
October 1, 2013
This week we have another horror... ah... "classic"... coming up, for all of you who loved PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILLS.
Yes, it's SPIDER BABY!
See you at the movies!
They even did a video about it:
These dragon coins bear the likenesses of Jaehaerys I Targaryen (the Old King), the pretender Daemon I Blackfyre, and Joffrey I Baratheon.
(No, silly, they're not made of real gold. If they were, they would be considerably more expensive. They look good, though; bright and shiny with a nice heft to them. And if there is enough demand, Shire Post Mint might even do a short run in real gold for collectors willing to pay the price.)
If you'd like a taste, Pat's Fantasy Hotlist has posted an excerpt from Allen Steele's story, "Martian Blood." You can find it here:
Pat is also giving away three copies of the hardcovers. To see how you can snag one, check out that link above.
The full lineup of stories and authors:
RED PLANET BLUES (Introduction) by George R.R. Martin
MARTIAN BLOOD, by Allen M. Steele
THE UGLY DUCKLING, by Matthew Hughes
THE WRECK OF THE MARS ADVENTURE, by David D. Levine
SWORDS OF ZAR-TU-KAN, by S.M. Stirling
SHOALS, by Mary Rosenblum
IN THE TOMBS OF THE MARTIAN KINGS, by Mike Resnick
OUT OF SCARLIGHT, by Liz Williams
THE DEAD SEA-BOTTOM SCROLLS, by Howard Waldrop
A MAN WITHOUT HONOR, by James S.A. Corey
WRITTEN IN DUST, by Melinda Snodgrass
THE LOST CANAL, by Michael Moorcock
THE SUNSTONE, by Phyllis Eisenstein
KING OF THE CHEAP ROMANCE, by Joe R. Lansdale
MARINER, by Chris Roberson
THE QUEEN OF NIGHT’S ARIA, by Ian McDonald
You can preorder a copy from Amazon at
or grab one next Tuesday from your favorite local bookseller.
September 23, 2013
September 20, 2013
October is going to be an absolutely insane month for me. I have so many things coming out, even I can't keep track of them all.
But I've just gotten the green light to announce one of the coolest.
Those of you who check out my Appearances list regularly know that I'll flying to Washington DC in a few weeks, to be Guest of Honor at Capclave. Well, as it happens, WSFA Press likes to release a "Capclave book" every year, to honor the con's GOH.
This year, that book will be a new collector's edition of my novella "The Skin Trade" (a World Fantasy Award winner, donchaknow), illustrated by the amazing award-winning artist RICK BERRY. You can check out the details here:
CapClave attendees will get first crack at this book, after which unsold copies will be offered to the general public. This illustrated SKIN TRADE will be limited to 1000 copies -- 500 signed by me and Rick, and 500 unsigned. (Must remember to bring my pen to Washington).
So add THE SKIN TRADE to the list of stuff I have coming out next month, along with OLD MARS, MEATHOUSE MAN, THE DANCE WITH DRAGONS paperbacks, and THE WIT AND WISDOM OF TYRION LANNISTER.
September 18, 2013
The Emmy Awards are starting off nicely for GAME OF THRONES this year, and fabulously for HBO.
In the Creative Arts Awards given on Sunday (sometimes called the 'technical Emmys'), GAME OF THRONES took two awards.
In Outstanding Special Visual Effects, GOT beat out DEFIANCE, FALLING SKIES, HEMLOCK GROVE, and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME. Our Emmy winners wereJoe Bauer ( Lead Visual Effects Supervisor), Jörn Grosshans, Visual Effects Supervisor), Doug Campbell, Visual Effects Supervisor), Steve Kullback, Lead Visual Effects Producer), Stuart Brisdon (Special Effects Supervisor), Sven Martin ( Lead Animation Supervisor), Jabbar Raisani (Visual Effects Plate Supervisor), Tobias Mannewitz (Visual Effects Concept Designer), and Adam Chazen (Visual Effects Coordinator). They won for the episode "Valar Dohaeris."
For Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic), the series finished on top of BOARDWALK EMPIRE, THE BORGIAS, GLEE, MAD MEN, and ONCE UPON A TIME. They won for the episode "Kissed By Fire." The Emmys went to Paul Engelen (Department Head Makeup Artist), Melissa Lackersteen ( Key Makeup Artist), Daniel Lawson Johnston ( Makeup Artist), and Martina Byrne (Makeup Artist).
My heartfelt congratulations to our world-class SFX team and makeup artists. Well deserved.
It takes a lot of people to make a quality show, and the craftsmen and artists who do all the 'below the line' jobs contribute just as much as the 'above the line' talent like the directors, actors, and writers, though they seldom receive the recognition they deserve. So hats off to our terrific crew... not only Sunday's winners, but also all the other nominees from GAME OF THRONES, who lost out to other worthy shows. (You wuz robbed, as we used to say in Bayonne)
HBO as a whole did even better, completely dominating the awards with 20 wins, way more than any other network. CBS was a distant second with 15, and the totals plunged sharply after that.
For a full list of the winners and nominees:
September 16, 2013
Our midnight show (starting at 11pm) this Friday and Saturday will be William Castle's HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL.
Do you dare enter?
(I would, but I have to go to the Emmys. Darn).
Amazing series. Amazing episode last night. Talk about a gut punch.
Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros.
(I need to do something about that).
This is the final season of BREAKING BAD. I think GAME OF THRONES may have a shot at upsetting BB for this year's Emmy (only a shot, though, I think they are the clear favorite), which pits us against their previous season... but there's no way in hell that anyone is going to defeat BREAKING BAD next year, when their last season is the one in contention.
Admittedly, trying to handicap the Emmys is a mug's game. You never know. But for what it's worth, I think this year is our best chance of actually winning one. Given the splash the Red Wedding made, our profile is likely as high as it is ever going to be. We had a great season. If the Academy is ever going to give their ultimate accolade to a fantasy show (something that is by no means certain), it's going to be this year, I think.
But we'll see. BREAKING BAD, MAD MEN, DOWNTON ABBEY, HOMELAND, and HOUSE OF CARDS will have something to say about that as well. All good shows, I think. A couple are great shows. HOMELAND is the defending champ, MAD MEN's won four, and HOUSE OF CARDS has that whole "gamechanger" thing going for it. Should be an interesting race. We'll all know on September 22.