Neil Gaiman Is Not Helping George R. R. Martin Finish 'Winds Of Winter,' So Don't Believe The Rumors
In your daily reminder to not believe everything you read on the Internet, no Neil Gaiman is not helping George R. R. Martin finish Winds of Winter . In a story that sounds like behind-the-scenes fantasy writer fanfiction, The Santa Fe New Mexican published a funny, jokey blog post, to speculate that Gaiman was spending time in Santa Fe, where GRRM lives (and is a pretty spectacular inspiration for youth in culture in the city), so he could help his friend write the long-awaited and insanely anticipated A Song of Ice and Fire installment Winds of Winter. The blog post was picked up as straight news by several media outlets, including Christian Today. And that, readers, is how rumors get started.
The original blog post used language to make it clear the story was intended as a joke, such as:
And, finally, the proverbial nail in the "this is a joke" coffin:
"Just don't think about it too hard." Whoops. After the blog post was used as a source in "real news," Gaiman quickly refuted the story on Twitter.
So, no, Neil Gaiman is not helping GRRM finish Winds of Winter (GRRM is on his own with that), but did this just fuel your this-collaboration-absolutely-must-happen-in-the-future feelings? Because nothing less than a game-changing epic fantasy story would come from these two powerhouses.