Over the past few weeks, several bizarre reports about George R.R. Martin’s highly anticipated novel, “The Winds of Winter,” have started circulating online, and it was claimed that the sixth book in Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series has been cancelled. However, the book is still very much in the works as the 68-year-old author is currently working on it in his Santa Fe, New Mexico home.
It was rumored that Martin’s book may have been cancelled as the author has yet to release an update about the novel, and he and his publishers have yet to announce a release date for “The Winds of Winter.” iDigital Times reports that though there isn’t any concrete news about the book, this doesn’t mean that the novel will not be released at all. For now, the book’s debut remains a mystery, as fans wait for Martin himself to announce the release date on his website, blog, and social media pages.
It was also claimed that Martin lost the manuscript of the book, spurring rumors that the book may be delayed some more. But the website points out that the claim is nothing but total nonsense, adding that Martin may write on a DOS word processor, but it backs up automatically every day to a remote server, which means that there is no chance that the writer may have lost “The Winds of Winter.”
One of the possible reasons why the book is taking so long is the fact that Martin has always maintained that he is a slow writer. His former assistant, Ty Franck, previously appeared in a Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast (via Light Speed magazine) where he detailed the author’s writing process, saying that Martin is “clearly one of the top writers in the field” and that the author sits down at the keyboard, “wait for the muse to strike, and bang out whatever chapter is sort of banging around in your head at that time.” Franck also quashed the rumors that Martin is still writing his novels on an old DOS computer.
“He did write on an old DOS computer, and then it died,” Franck explained. “Actually, I built him the computer he writes on now, which is a state-of-the-art machine running DOS and WordStar 4.0.”
Stay tuned for more news about “The Winds of Winter.”