Why is it impossible to have one fucking internet conversation about George R. R. Martin without some asshole showing up to say "He needs to finish those books because he might die soon!"? Why? Why do people think this is an ok thing to say?
Because frankly, it's difficult to imagine something grosser and more callous than hoping a human being accomplishes the things you would like them to accomplish before he/she dies. "You know, George, you're in your sixties and aren't very thin. In spite of the fact that I know dick about your health, I'm just going to assume you're going to drop dead at any fucking moment. So, since you're in the waning moments of your life, I'm really, really hoping that you spend those moments in a way that would please me, rather than in a way that you see as enriching your own life in your remaining time with us". Do people genuinely not realize how fucking awful this is? Not only how morbid it is to discuss an author's obviously impending death without any real information about his health, but how selfish and ghastly it is to continually air your own grievances about what he chooses to do with his own damn life, and demand that he live it in service to you because you paid money for his books?
Headline: "GRRM Weds Longtime Sweetheart". People: "GOD, NOW HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO GO ON A HONEYMOON AND WASTE VALUABLE WRITING TIME HE OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T HAVE BECAUSE HE'S ABOUT TO KEEL OVER."
Headline: "GRRM Attends Emmy Awards for Nominated Game of Thrones Series". Readers: "HE COULD TOTALLY HAVE BEEN WRITING DURING THESE AWARDS AND WALKING DOWN THE RED CARPET WAS PROBABLY TOO STRENUOUS FOR HIS FAT HEART AND I AM MAD."
Headline: "GRRM Donates Time and Money to Wolf Sanctuary". People: "WHY IS HE SPENDING TIME AROUND DANGEROUS ANIMALS HE'S ALREADY ABOUT TO DIE AND NOW HE'S RISKING HIS PRECIOUS TIME LEFT NOT WRITING AND WALKING THE KNIFE EDGE OF DEATH WHAT A DICK."
I am a huge Game of Thrones fan. I read the first book back in 2007, immediately devoured the next three, and waited with bated breath for A Dance With Dragons, just as I now wait with bated breath for Winds of Winter. Will I be disappointed if for whatever reason GRRM does die before writing the conclusion? Of course I will. (Though now that Benioff and Weiss have been told the ending, I am at least assured that I will know what the ending is, even if it's not in the mediumI prefer.) But GRRM owes me nothing beyond the books that I have paid for. A writer who starts a series and doesn't finish it due to just not wanting to finish it will likely not be getting another cent of my money for any of their other work, but they still do not owe me anything. And they especially do not owe me every moment of their free time slaving over a novel that I am excited to read.
So how about it, people? Can we just STFU about GRRM's impending doom, and instead debate the finer points of the five books he has already released? He's given us more than ample material.
ETA: If your response to this is "But Robert Jordan died!", then you have clearly missed the entire point of the post.