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Starport (Graphic Novel)
By (author): George R. R. Martin Illustrated by: Raya Golden
9781101965047 Hardcover English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Science Fiction Mar 12, 2019
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.95 x 10.5 x 0.86 in 272 pages 4-COLOR THROUGHOUT Bantam Dell Bantam
Law & Order meets Men in Black in this graphic novel adaptation of a TV pilot script by the author of A Game of Thrones.

SECOND CITY. FIRST CONTACT.

Ten years ago, representatives from an interstellar collective of 314 alien species landed on Earth, inviting us to become number 315. Now, after seemingly endless delays, the Starport in Chicago is operational, a destination for diplomats, merchants, and tourists alike. Inside, visitors are governed by intergalactic treaty. Outside, the streets belong to Chicago’s finest.

Charlie Baker, newly promoted to the district that oversees alien affairs, is eager to put to practical use his enthusiasm for all things extraterrestrial; he just never expected to arrive on his first day in the back of a police cruiser. Lieutenant Bobbi Kelleher is married to the job, which often puts her in conflict with Lyhanne Nhar-Lys, security champion of Starport and one of the galaxy’s fiercest warriors. Undercover with a gang of anti-alien extremists, Detective Aaron Stein has no problem mixing business with pleasure—until he stumbles upon evidence of a plot to assassinate a controversial trade envoy with a cache of stolen ray guns. Now the Chicago PD must stop these nutjobs before they piss off the entire universe.

Based on a TV pilot script written by George R. R. Martin and adapted and illustrated in full color by Hugo Award-nominated artist Raya Golden, this bold and brilliant graphic novel adaptation brings Martin’s singular vision to rollicking life. With all the intrigue, ingenuity, and atmosphere that made A Game of Thrones a worldwide phenomenon, Starport launches a new chapter in the career of a sci-fi/fantasy superstar.

Story Locale: Futuristic Chicago

FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT

ART AND ADAPTATION BY RAYA GOLDEN, WITH ORIGINAL ART

FOLLOWING THE RELEASES OF WINDHAVEN (GRAPHIC NOVEL) AND NIGHTFLYERS: Windhaven was originally published in 2001 and will be published as a graphic novel. Nightflyers has been previously published as part of the Dreamsongs: Volume I compendium, but will be published on its own this time in two print editions: a hardcover (May 2018) with a removable sticker on the jacket making the connection to the upcoming SYFY TV series, and 15 original color illustrations from David Palumbo and a trade paperback movie tie-in (August 2018) with a cover featuring key art from SYFY and the same illustrations in black and white.

HE’S #1: Entering its eighth and final season, Game of Thrones is HBO’s all-time most watched tv show, with viewership growing every season.

George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Tuf Voyaging, Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a collection of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts, and The World of Ice & Fire, with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Author Residence: Santa Fe, NM

Author Hometown: Bayonne, NJ

Raya Golden was born in New York City, and has slowly made her way westward across the United States. She graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, focusing on traditional and digital illustration.  Her first graphic novel, Meathouse Man--an adaptation of George R. R. Martin's short story of the same name--was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Graphic Novel in 2014. Facebook.com/rayagoldenillustration/ @RayaGolden (Twitter)

Illustrator Residence: Santa Fe, NM

Illustrator Hometown: Manhattan

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Consumer convention promotions: ECCC (Seattle, March), C2E2 (Chicago, April)



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Author Website: www.georgerrmartin.com

Author Social Media: Twitter: @grrmspeaking
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