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Chapter Sixty-Eight

George R.R. Martin

At the Top of His Game

Rich Shivener

“Sometimes you have to wait.”

It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and George R.R. Martin is talking about A Song of Ice and Fire, his epic fantasy series that began in 1996 with A Game of Thrones, now a hit HBO series of the same name. He knows that fans are clamoring for the series’ final two books, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, and he knows that a very vocal batch of them want them now—rendered impatient by the five-year gap between the third and fourth books and the six-year wait for the 2011 release of the fifth. But they’ll have to be patient. After all, the books are heavy volumes, averaging 850 pages.

“I’ve never been a fast writer, and I’ve never been good ...

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