It all started when Alejo Cuervo, a Spanish publisher, had this little verbal exchange in an interview:
¿El sexto libro saldrá…?
Está previsto que el año que viene.
How does Google translate translate this?
Is the sixth book will be … ?
It is expected next year .
Now this took about a day to get picked up and picked apart and parsed and it comes out that, well, the *PLAN* is for it to come out next year. I mean, Adam Whitehead points out stuff like how George RR Martin has reached the point where he’s cancelled events because, it’s theorized, the difference between him doing an event and him not doing an event will actually change the schedule at this point. He goes on to theorize about how, before Dance with Dragons came out, there was stuff going on that isn’t yet going on here. Cover art, or editing of the first half of the book… and those things aren’t happening yet.
BUT! You can totally see how a publisher from a foreign country who is old enough to still have pre-internet disclosure habits might have spilled the beans here so it might actually mean something. Maybe.
In any case, Season Six of Game of Thrones is being filmed currently and, if last year is any indication, should finish filming sometime in December and make it to HBO in April. Of next year. Which is when we should expect the next book. Because I heard that George R R Martin totally wants to let the cat out of the bag about (spoilers) before the television series does.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?