The time has come to imprison George R.R. Martin.
“Game of Thrones” fans are holding the novelist to his promise that, should he not finish the next installment of his “A Song of Fire and Ice” book series by July 29, 2020, he formally consents to go to jail.
“If I don’t have ‘The Winds of Winter’ in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for worldcon,” the author, 71, wrote in a 2019 blog post of the convention, “you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I’m done. Just so long as the acrid fumes do not screw up my old DOS word processor, I’ll be fine.”
Although the writer says quarantine has helped him make “steady progress” on “The Winds of Winter,” he admitted in late June that he still has “a long way to go” before the tome is complete.
As a result of Martin failing to meet his own deadline, fans are now gently calling for his imprisonment.
“Send in the feds I guess,” tweeted one follower, alongside a post from last year announcing that Martin had made the promise.
“Let me get these cuffs out right quick,” wrote another.
“Its time Georgie,” posted a third, with a GIF of running cop.
Martin was not immediately available for comment, but he did write a post on Tuesday addressing this week’s virtual Worldcon — but not the missed deadline.
“As everyone knows (except perhaps the fellow who has been quarantining [in] his bomb shelter all these months, cut off from human contract), we are not actually gathering in Wellington, New Zealand this year, thanks to the pandemic. Instead we are having the very first virtual worldcon,” Martin wrote in the post, before acknowledging that, while he is the event’s Toastmaster, he is “also one of the least tech savvy science fiction writers on the planet.”
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