The A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin appears to be writing and working hard, except not necessarily on The Winds of Winter. On August 10th, he revealed he is beginning to work on a graphic novel entitled Voyaging via his website Not a Blog.
According to the Not a Blog post, Martin said he’d dreamed of revisiting this world many years before he even dreamed of Westeros (the fictional world in Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire). He stated, “The Thousand Worlds stories spanned centuries and light years and had their own cast of heroes, villains, legends, and colorful characters… none of them more colorful than the trader (and ecological engineer) Haviland Tuf, the protagonist of a long series of stories I collected together in the fix up TUF VOYAGING.”
In the announcement, Martin admitted he originally planned on completing short stories, novellas, novelettes, and even a novel for The Thousand Worlds. He never was able to write them due to his many other projects, including A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin also considered a television adaptation of these stories, but that never happened either (yet).
However, Martin is “thrilled” to announce he’s bringing Tuf, the other characters, and their adventures back in the form of a graphic novel. Ten Speed and Random House will publish Voyaging, an adaptation of Martin’s novella The Plague Star, which he said is the first story in “Tuf’s personal timeline.” Those few details are all that Martin is disclosing for now, lest he fears he’ll spoil information for the people who haven’t read the other Tuf stories.
Raya Golden will do the adaptation and the art, Martin said. He shared a drawing of the characters who will be featured in Voyaging, which you can see below. Golden has worked with Martin two times before on Meathouse Man and Starport. However, Martin claims Voyaging will be “even more fun” than those two.
As of now, Voyaging is expected to release in 2023. You can read the full blog post here.
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