George R.R. Martin is still hard at work on the sixth installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but anxious fans will be able to get their hands on some new reading material set inside the fantasy world later this year.
According to a new Amazon listing, acclaimed science-fiction author Gardner Raymond Dozois has a new anthology collection that will include a short story from Martin himself. The two have worked together before, co-editing eight anthologies between 2009 and 2015. Based on the listing’s description, Martin will contribute to the anthology with a story that focuses on the “golden age of sword and sorcery.”
The news should come as a pleasant surprise to some, while others may be disappointed that Martin’s sixth book, The Winds of Winter, still isn’t here. The book was originally supposed to be released in October 2015, and was pushed back to March 2016 before being delayed again. Last May, Martin published a chapter of the novel on his LiveJournal page, but was quick to point out this didn’t mean the book was any closer to being finished.
“And no, just to spike any bullshit rumors, changing the sample chapter does not mean I am done," he wrote. "See the icon up above? Monkey is still on my back... but he's growing, he is, and one day..."
The Winds of Winter does not have a release date, but Dozois’ new anthology will be available to read on Oct. 10.
Update: George R.R. Martin has provided a quick update on the short story through his LiveJournal blog. As previously confirmed, the short will focus on characters within the A Song of Ice and Fire series — specifically the Targaryens.
“But if you're fascinated by the politics of Westeros, as many of my readers seem to be, you should enjoy it,” Martin wrote. “As the title suggests, ‘The Sons of the Dragon’ chronicles the reigns of the second and third Targaryen kings, Aenys I and Maegor the Cruel, along with their mothers, wives, sisters, children, friends, enemies, and rivals.”