A lot of news has been trickling out the past few days from New York Comic Con, but I think this is the news that all Fantasy fans will care about. Anne Groell who is George R. R. Martin's editor at Spectra/Del Rey, says A Dance With Dragons is getting very close to completion. Groell was quoted by i09 as saying:
We're hoping to have a finished manuscript by Christmas. He's told me he has five chapters left and bits of each chapter are done. He really wants it done by the end of the year. We really—I mean really—want to announce the pub date in January.So we are most likely only 5 chapters away from hearing a firm publication date, which is just about the best news we could hope for. There is always a chance Martin may change plans slightly and add another chapter or two, but it is clear the end is in sight. If this all comes together a publication of A Dance with Dragons is likely to happen by October of 2011 if not sooner by 2 or 3 months. It all depends how quickly Spectra will want to get it out.
I was still too wiped out to put together a post of my pictures from NYCC so look for that soon.
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