The Lands of Ice and Fire - The Greatest Creation of Mankind

I would like you to take a moment and imagine a world in which the Mona Lisa, Sistine Chapel, The Starry Night and all other great works of art do not exist. Furthermore, I would like you to imagine that the pyramids, Eiffel tower, Hoover Dam and all other feats of human engineering have yet to be built.  Since we are already throwing logic and reason out the window, let's go ahead and imagine that I have the physical makeup of a Greek god and live on the moon in a moon palace.  Also, since this is the internet, Nazis are still a thing people talk about...

Relevant?

Relevant?

Now that we have fully established the insane and illogical framework within which we will work, let's get to the heart of the matter.  Assuming that all of the above stipulations (No famous art; No famous constructions, Greek god; Nazis) are true, what would represent the pinnacle of human achievement?  In our mad universe, what has man created that will inflame the spirits of mankind and ignite imagination of future generations? What is the Sistine Chapel of our discombobulated, Sistine Chapel-less world?  The answer, my friends, is The Lands of Ice and Fire.

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That's right, people of the internet, a complete compendium of maps covering the current world of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.  

Now, you may be asking yourself, " How does this handsome fictional atlas constitute one of the greatest achievements of humanity?"  In response, I would like to offer two fundamental statements.  First, I beg you to remember the basic stipulations at the beginning of the article.  If you disregard those then of course the internal logic of this article will collapse.  Are you mad?! Also, you'll make the Nazis sad...

Have you no heart?

Have you no heart?

Second, I would like you to bare in mind that this atlas of a fictional place represents a culminations of pure nerdiness.  At its heart, it combines one of the most beloved modern works of fantasy literature with exceptionally niche hobby of cartography.  In a way, this atlas is basically a voltron of fandom that will devour the earth.  As human beings, we must marvel and cower before this masterpiece.  It is essential, that we, as human beings, recognize this greatness and reward it by checking it out while we're at the bookstore and then putting it back on the shelf because we are not prepared to buy it.

The Thinker- painting of boy reading in bookstore painting by artist Gerard Boersma

The Thinker- painting of boy reading in bookstore painting by artist Gerard Boersma

All jokes and internet stupidity aside, I think this will make a nice companion piece to the actual books.  I always find it easier to understand these kinds of stories when I have a visual reference for the locations of events.  I am looking forward to getting it when it becomes available at the end of October.  If anyone would like to buy it for me, I solemnly promise to be your friend forever (whatever that's worth).  You can check it out through this Amazon link which incidentally reward me with a small amount of money if you choose to buy it.  I hope you find it as exciting as I do.

Pictured: Nothing whatsoever to do with Nazis

Pictured: Nothing whatsoever to do with Nazis