George R.R. Martin mentioned he couldn’t come to SDCC due to concern over rising coronavirus instances, however he confirmed up anyway!
A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin was scheduled to look on the House of the Dragon panel tomorrow at San Diego Comic-Con. It would have been his first look because the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold in early 2020. Now, his minions have introduced on his weblog that the writer won’t be attending.
Predictably, the reason being “high levels of the new variant of Covid.” That can be the Omicron subvariant often called BA.5, which now makes up three-quarters of recent instances within the United States and could also be essentially the most transmissible variant but. According to The New York Times, it’s driving a rise in optimistic assessments, hospitalizations and intensive care admissions throughout the nation.
When Martin wrote about heading to SDCC final week, he sounded method of COVID. “I have managed to avoid getting covid so far, knock wood… but if this Comicon is like the last one I went to, I am going to be in one big room with 150,000 other people, some of whom may not have been as careful as we have. That could be a challenge. Yes, I am fully vaccinated and double boosted, but that’s true of a number of friends of mine, who have still contracted omicron despite that.”
I don’t want covid, not even a light case, so please be suggested, I will likely be doing all I can to forestall that. I will likely be masked virtually on a regular basis. I can’t be shaking arms, sorry. Or even bumping fists. You can take my image when I’m signing your e book, however keep in your facet of the desk, please. No selfies. No hugs. In previous years, I used to be at all times glad to do all that, to make myself out there to my readers, however these will not be regular occasions. Once covid goes away for good — if it ever does — maybe I can do all that once more. But not now. I can’t get sick. I’ve an excessive amount of work to do.
Martin’s fears are smart at any age, however on condition that he’s 73 years previous, COVID is an particularly large fear for him on condition that it results the aged extra acutely than others. It sucks he received’t be capable of speak about House of the Dragon alongside the solid and crew, however I get it.
The House of the Dragon panel will happen tomorrow in Hall H at 11:30 a.m. PST. Even although Martin received’t be there in particular person, you possibly can nonetheless ask for signed copies of Fire & Blood on the Penguin Random House sales space or on the Mysterious Galaxy sales space. Have enjoyable and con responsibly.
UPDATE: It finally ends up that Martin showed up after all! His message about cancelling his look continues to be there, however he’s on the con. Maybe one thing modified, or perhaps it was all a ruse. In any case, George R.R. Martin has landed.
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