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There's a new 'Game of Thrones' short story coming this year

There's no guarantee that George R. R. Martin will finish "The Winds of Winter" this year, but at least we'll get a new story in 2017.

We've waited so long for a new 'Game of Thrones' book that we're starting to feel as beleaguered as Jon Snow.

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Season 7 of HBO's "Game of Thrones" will be just seven episodes long, but it looks like we'll have plenty of material to tide us over.

Franchise creator George R.R. Martin is writing a short story set in the world of Westeros for "Book of Swords," an upcoming fantasy anthology.

"Fifteen original tales celebrating fantasy's golden age of sword and sorcery, including a new story from George R. R. Martin set in the world of 'A Game of Thrones'," the Amazon blurb reads.

That's good news for fans, but the short story could prove to just be a cherry on top of a big, fat, long-awaited cake. Martin has been writing "The Winds of Winter," the sixth book in his epic fantasy series, since around 2011. This may finally be the year it sees the light.

"I think it will be out this year," he said on his blog. He did, however, give himself wiggle room by adding, "But hey, I thought the same thing last year."

Meanwhile, season 7 of HBO's much-loved adaptation will hit our screens in mid-2017.

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