Neil Gaiman NOT Co-Writing George R.R. Martin's Book

The Winds of Winter

We've all fallen victim to thinking an article from The Onion is real. At least for a second. Maybe the problem is that I just want to believe there's a National Funk Congress.

But that still doesn't explain why multiple legitimate news outlets have run with the wishful thinking story that Neil Gaiman is helping write the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire.

It's not true. Gaiman has quashed the rumor.

How did it get started?

Turns out, a blog published by the Santa Fe New Mexican wrote (correctly) that Gaiman was in Santa Fe, and then, because Martin lives in the area, jokingly speculated about the possibility that Gaiman was going to help pound out The Winds of Winter, the sixth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

The blog's ending:

The silver bullet to this hypothesis? It would be awesome. Any reader, or fan of fantasy, science fiction, fiction in general, loves this possibility: George emailing his penpal Neil to come for a visit and take a look at what he's got; the two go for a few long walks in the brisk February air; they discuss the next steps for Sam Tarly at the Citadel; the book comes out next Thursday.

Come on. You want this. Just don't think about it too hard.

Alternatively, they met for coffee.

Sigh. Don't you wish we had just stuck with it? I want to live in that world.

But rather than read the blog and catch its joking tone, a couple of sources have pumped up the rumor. 

Sorry, not happening. Sad face. LitReactor: bastion of truth, killer of dreams.

However, this isn't the first time Gaiman was lightly involved in the too-slow-for-fans publication of Song of Ice and Fire. In 2009, a fan awaiting the next installment from Martin wrote in to Neil Gaiman and asked a question about what authors owe their audience.

Gaiman's answer was eloquent and fantastic, and can also be summed up by these short lines:

Look, this may not be palatable, Gareth, and I keep trying to come up with a better way to put it, but the simplicity of things, at least from my perspective is this:

George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.


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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel February 23, 2016 - 11:41am

That quote at the bottom. All it needs is a mic drop.

But instead of walking off stage. Neil just stares at you. George is off to the right, and he just stares at you. Every writer in the world is there, and they just stare at you.