George R.R. Martin is confirming what Game of Thrones fans have increasingly suspected: The long-awaited sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga, The Winds of Winter, will not be out in 2018In Martin's defense, those books pretty much stopped being interesting at all after the third one. And since the thing that makes them noteworthy, and the source of their appeal, is their meta-commentary on the facile solipsism of the fantasy genre itself, there's no need to finish them. That HBO forked over millions of dollars for the right to run with that should be enough for the guy.
Anyway, we all know what happens when we try to say too many things about too many things at once while too much stuff keeps happening. I can relate a little bit, at least.