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Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors News: Neil Gaiman Defends a Cause and G.R.R. Martin Teases

Two of the most talked-about contemporary authors in the world of genre shows, sci-fi, and fantasy were in the news this week, one giving an interview following his defense of free speech on campus (or just Firefly?) and the other teasing his fans with a chapter of his upcoming book.

Renown comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy author Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere, American Gods, Stardust) sat for an interview in which he explained why he threw his support behind James Miller, professor of theater and speech, in the confrontation the latter had with his employer at the University of Wisconsin, Stout. Miller displayed a Firefly poster outside his office with a quote from Mal (Nathan Fillion): “You don’t know me son, so let me explain this to you once: If I ever kill you, you’ll be awake, you’ll be facing me, and you’ll be armed.” This did not sit well with the university and it took some activism and the support of Gaiman and his 1.6 million twitter followers to make free speech prevail. [via: The Huffington Post]

G.R.R. Martin, the author of the book series A Song of Ice and Fire on which HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones is based, has blogged a chapter of the upcoming book VI in the series, The Winds of Winter. This will undoubtedly be received as a holiday gift by fans who waited six years for the fifth book A Dance with Dragons that was released in the summer of 2011. [via: The Huffington Post]

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