Don't worry about the numbers, Matt---you may have read about the seven
extras in an earlier LOCUS.
My Feb. 1999 copy of LOCUS says "GEORGE R. R. MARTIN sold the final
three books in his "Song of Ice and Fire" hexology, *A Dance With
Dragons, The Winds of Winter* and *A Time of Wolves* to Anne Groell at
Bantam via agent Kitty McCauley for "The biggest advance I"ve ever
gotten." He is working on volume three, *The Storm of Swords,* sold
earlier, and promises not to take as long as between volumes one and
two, and that six volumes is *it.* British rights have not yet been
negotiated." (LOCUS, vol 42 no. 2 issue 457, People & Publishing under
Books Sold, p. 10).
I hope that the extra speed will not jeopardize Martin's craftsmanship.
Oh, dear, the ward nurse is lookin' for the Madwoman! ---djb.