Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons.
- 09 April 2012
- By Heather Butterfield
New Book Explores George R.R. Martin’s New York Times–Bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire Series, the basis for the HBO series Game Of Thrones. Go Beyond the Wall and Across the Narrow Sea with SFF Authors and Experts.
As season two of HBO’s hit Game of Thrones series, an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, draws to a close in June, Smart Pop is releasing Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons. With a foreword by New York Times–bestselling author R.A. Salvatore and contributions from top fantasy authors and science fiction experts, Beyond the Wall gives fans their fix of direwolves, Starks, and Lannisters while they wait for the sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter, and the third season of Game of Thrones.
Its contents cover everything from the series’ sexual violence, which has been the cause of so much media controversy, to what it will take to win Westeros’ Game of Thrones, to how the religions in A Song of Ice and Fire reflect those of our world. Contributors include:
- Linda Antonsson and Elio M. Garcia, Jr., the founders of the Martin-endorsed A Song of Ice and Fire fansite, Westeros.org, and co-authors with Martin of the forthcoming guidebook, The World of Ice and Fire
- Daniel Abraham, who is adapting A Song of Ice and Fire into graphic novel form
- Caroline Spector, who has worked with Martin on the Wild Cards series
- Jesse Scoble, creative director on the RPG A Game of Thrones d20 and contributor to the more recent A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying
The full list of contributors:
- Daniel Abraham
- Linda Antonsson
- Elio M. Garcia, Jr.
- Myke Cole
- John Jos. Miller
- Alyssa Rosenberg
- Jesse Scoble
- Caroline Spector
- Matt Staggs
- Ned Vizzini
- Gary Westfahl
- Adam Whitehead
- Susan Vaught
- Andrew Zimmerman Jones
- Brent Hartinger
Beyond the Wall surprises, entertains, and provokes further thought as it explores the book series’ influences, its place in the fantasy pantheon, its challenging narrative choices, and the pull of its stunningly epic scope.
About the Editor
James Lowder has worked extensively on both sides of the editorial blotter. His bestselling, widely translated dark fantasy novels include Knight of the Black Rose and Prince of Lies. As an editor he’s helmed over a dozen anthologies, including Curse of the Full Moon and Triumph of The Walking Dead, and has directed book lines or series with subjects ranging from Arthurian Britain to zombies.
About Smart Pop
Smart Pop is the pop culture imprint of Dallas-based publisher BenBella Books. Our mission is to publish smart, fresh nonfiction titles on television, books, and film. You can find more online at smartpopbooks.com.
Title: Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, From A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons
Editor: James Lowder
Publisher: Smart Pop (An Imprint of BenBella Books), distributed by Perseus Distribution
Publication: June 26, 2012, $14.95 (CAN $17.50), Paper, ISBN: 978-1-936661-74-9
Science Fiction & Fantasy, 272 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4