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George RR Martin blasts 'absurd' rumours about 'A Song of Ice and Fire' books

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(Eds: Minor changes in headline, copy) Los Angeles, May 14 (PTI) Author George RR Martin has trashed reports which claimed that he has finished writing the final two books in the "Song of Ice and Fire" saga but plans to release them after the TV adaptation of "Game of Thrones" is complete. The mega HBO show will air its finale on May 19. According to Entertainment Weekly, actor Ian McElhinney, who played Ser Barristan Selmy on the show, was quoted as saying that Martin has finished writing "The Winds of Winter" and "A Dream of Spring". The actor also reportedly said that the author has made a deal with "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss to put the books on hold. "George has already written books six and seven, and as far as he's concerned there only are seven books. But he struck an agreement with David and Dan, the showrunners on the series, that he would not publish the final two books until the series has completed," McElhinney said. Martin, 70, called the reports "absurd" and reiterated that the books are not yet finished. "No, 'THE WINDS OF WINTER' and 'A DREAM OF SPRING' are not finished. 'DREAM' is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six. It seems absurd to me that I need to state this... It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense," Martin wrote on his blog. The author said delaying the release of the books makes no sense financially. "Why would I sit for years on completed novels? Why would my publishers - not just here in the US, but all around the world - ever consent to this? They make millions and millions of dollars every time a new Ice & Fire book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed?" he wrote. Martin said the network and the showrunners never asked him to delay his books. "The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books. So... no, the books are not done. HBO did not ask me to delay them. Nor did David & Dan. "There is no 'deal' to hold back on the books. I assure you, HBO and David & Dan would both have been thrilled and delighted if 'THE WINDS OF WINTER' had been delivered and published four or five years ago... and NO ONE would have been more delighted than me," Martin wrote. PTI RB RB SHD SHD BK BK

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