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2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire

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Winter is coming . . . but so is the holiday gifting season.

Is your present situation looking dire(wolves)? That space under the tree looking kind of, well, Stark? Do you have a list laden with Lannisters?

We have the gift guide for you!


  1. Direwolf Wrapround Scarf. Perfect for warming your friends who live in the cold north. (Would also look great wrapped around a package as decoration!)
  2. Beyond the Wall. Shameless self-promotion: Smart Pop’s anthology on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series is a must-read for fans waiting for the next installment (because who knows when that will be?).
  3. Game of Thrones Map Locket. Choose the landmark featured in your locket, whether it’s Kings

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GeekGirlCon 2012

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Convention season is still going full swing, and this weekend Leah and a few other Smart Pop contributors will be heading to GeekGirlCon in Seattle. If you’re planning on attending, we’d love to see you at the two panels we’ll be participating in! And don’t forget to ask for a free 2012 Smart Pop Preview while you’re there–we’ll be giving away a limited number at the panels.

Gender and Race in the 74th Hunger Games

Saturday, 2:00 PM — 2:50 PM

Although the Hunger Games trilogy takes place in what looks like a future North America, the nation of Panem is distinctive from the contemporary United States, Canada, and Mexico. Social and cultural conventions clearly shifted over the centuries between our own time and Katniss …

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Gary Westfahl on “Back to the Egg”

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Beyond the Wall contributor Gary Westfahl shares his thoughts on his essay, “Back to the Egg,” below.

As a critic, my natural impulse is always to go where other critics rarely go, so when Jim Lowder invited me to write an essay about George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, I immediately thought about examining its most obscure elements–the three prequels that Martin had written about the characters of Dunk and Egg. Why, I wondered, would an author in the midst of crafting a vast fantasy epic bother to write prequels, which could only serve to further delay its completion? Why, for that matter, did so many other fantasy writers similarly dabble in prequels? These seemed like questions worth exploring, and …

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An Event of Ice and Fire

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an-event-of-ice-and-fire-graphicWith Game of Thrones finished for the season, and the release date for The Winds of Winter yet to be announced, Winter Is Already Here for Song of Ice and Fire fans: and Beyond the Wall, out today, is here to help ease your wait for the return to Westeros.

As you may have read in editor James Lowder‘s guest post here, Beyond the Wall is Smart Pop’s new anthology all about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. And to celebrate today being the official publication date, we’ve gathered contributor thoughts and commentary on their essays and the book, links to Beyond the Wall giveaways from around the 7 Kingdoms ( . . . or just the …

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San Diego Comic-Con 2012

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Headed to SDCC next month? Hey, us too!

Here’s where to find us at Comic-Con, what we’re up to, and what we’re giving away.

Jump to: Location, Free Stuff, Signings, Giveaways


Location, Location, Location (#4300)

This year, thanks of Friend of Smart Pop Jamie Chambers, we’ll be front and audience-left-of-center in the exhibit hall, at Booth #4300.

We’re excited about this for multiple reasons:

  1. The company (we’re sharing space with Jamie’s Signal Fire Studios and Dead Gentleman Productions)
  2. We’ll be only twenty feet from Starbucks
  3. We’ll be a lot easier for you to find!

We’re listed in two places in the exhibit hall guide, and you’ll still be able to pick up a sampler from our table …

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Go Beyond the Wall with editor James Lowder

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Each season we announce our new titles individually, each in their own post, to give you a little extra background behind the book. If you’ve missed any, you can check them all out here. All of Spring 2012”²s intro posts are here.

For Beyond the Wall, our latest anthology, on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons), we’ve asked the book’s editor, James Lowder, to write the intro post. Read his take on the book, and putting together anthologies in general, below! And don’t forget, you can sign up on the book page to get a free excerpt: Lowder’s introduction from the book itself, plus an additional

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Beyond the Wall: Unveiling the Cover

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If you, like me, have a permanent Amazon search for “Smart Pop” as one of your browser bookmarks, you might have noticed a new book that popped up a few months back, to be published in late June 2012: Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, a collection of essays on the books. You might have also noticed that this page has remained stubbornly absent of cover image.

Today, I’m very pleased to share Beyond the Wall‘s front cover, which you’ll see over there to the right of this paragraph. The design is the always-excellent work of Charles Brock over at Faceout Studio, who not only put together a whole set of fantastic comps for …

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