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Beyonce gets a bio, George R.R. Martin on how his dragons stack up

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You’ve listened to her songs countless times, follow her on social media, and watched her on TV—but how well do you really know the current Queen of Pop? Grand Central Publishing hopes you’re craving even more Beyoncé knowledge. The publisher announced today that J. Randy Taraborrelli will write a definitive biography of the icon, due out in fall 2015. The book will reportedly span Bey’s start as a 7-year-old pageant diva and chronicle her life up to the present. Taraborrelli has written biographies of Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, the Kennedys, and the Hiltons, so don’t expect this one to be a slouch. [USA Today]

Last night, George R.R. Martin unveiled his new Westeros coffee-table compendium, The World of Ice & Fire, in a Manhattan talk. Told from a maester’s perspective, the book fleshes out the litany of historical events, mythological figures, and sociological details that make Martin’s fictional universe so immersive, both in print and on the small screen. The author predictably talked ad nauseam about Westeros’ details, including one fascinating tidbit that relates to another major fantasy universe making headlines. Drogon, one of Martin’s dragons, would stand no chance against Tolkein’s Smaug, the prominent dragon in The Hobbit. At least, that’s what Martin thinks. “As competitive as I am, no, Drogon is a very young dragon,” the author said. “Not to mention Smaug, like, talks, which would give him an intellectual advantage.” [The Guardian]