from the Immortality dept.
Susanna Kim reports that author George R.R. Martin, the creator of the "Game of Thrones" series, will introduce a new character named David Goldblatt in one of his upcoming books and eventually kill him off. Goldblatt, a 30-year-old Facebook employee won the prize in a charity auction in which Martin will name a character after him in an upcoming book in the series, "A Song of Ice and Fire." Goldblatt says he viewed the first season of the HBO series on the recommendation of a friend, then he immediately read the book series in six months. "I'm just lucky enough to be in a position to do this," says Goldblatt of the $20,000 payment. "Obviously, the money is going to charity, so it's an added bonus. I didn't immediately seek to help wolf sanctuaries, but the more I read about the charities, I learned it was a worthwhile cause." Martin's project is raising money for Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Martin lives with his wife, Parris.
Goldblatt chose to be a "Valryian," a people group famous for their indestructible steel, as his station in Martin's literary universe. "You read some piece of fiction and for whatever reason you think one particular character or race is cool and for whatever reason," says Goldblatt. I thought the Valyrians were cool. I'm hoping in future books we get to see more of them."