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George R.R. Martin, the creator of A Song of Ice & Fire/Game of Thrones universe, has been posting a lot recently about Wild Cards (an ongoing sci-fi anthology series which Martin edits) on his blog. This irked one user who asked the author in comments section as to why he posts so much about Wild Cards but hardly gives any updates on the progress of The Winds of Winter– the eagerly awaited sixth book in the ASOIAF series. Here’s what slancet27 wrote on Martin’s blog:

“While I am sure there are wild card fans, I’m willing to bet 99% of your fans are for asoiaf. Using the popularity of that to promote wild cards to readers who don’t care about it is annoying when you haven’t provided even a nugget of info about WoW in over a year. Fans are annoyed or angry because they love your work, I’m sure it’s a burden but that’s why you get the big bucks. Maybe a 10:1 wild cards to asoiaf posts would be fair. Give us something George, we are starving.”

Martin responded:

“While it is certainly true that SONG OF ICE AND FIRE has many more followers than WILD CARDS, I think your 99% to 1% is rather an exaggeration. Wild Cards is pretty popular as well, elsewise it would not have lasted for thirty years and twenty-three volumes (with four more in the pipeline).

If I post more about Wild Cards than Ice & Fire, it’s because there is more to report — books coming out, being delivered, a new website, and so on. I do post about Ice & Fire and GAME OF THRONES whenever there is actual news to report. Do you really want or need weekly WoW posts all saying, “Still working on it, not done yet?” I know some writers make posts like, “Wrote three pages today,” but that’s never been my way. And when I tried doing posts like that, back when I was working on DANCE WITH DRAGONS, that just seemed to make people angry as well.”

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