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James Hibberd
July 11, 2015 AT 11:11 PM EDT

George R.R. Martin says he has no regrets about missing Comic-Con this year.

“Staying home was the right decision,” the Game of Thrones author told his readers on his “Not a Blog” on Saturday. “It is hardly as if HBO needed me in San Diego to represent … not with so much of our cast on hand.” 

Not to mention, there’s the whole reason he stayed home in the first place: To work on the sixth book in his bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire saga, The Winds of Winter.

“I have so much work to do, I am way behind on everything, and I have a wedding to attend in Jersey in a few weeks, and worldcon after that,” Martin noted. “And if truth be told, San Diego has gotten overwhelming in recent years. There are always good times catching up with friends, and hanging with the cast, but it’s not as if I can walk the floor anymore and look for old comic books, the way I once did.”

Having said all that: “It does make me a little sad, not being there.”

Martin did have a recommendation for his fans, however. He urged readers to check out Syfy’s new series The Expanse, which is based on a series of novels that have drawn comparisons to Martin’s own work. Check out the Expanse trailer here.

More from the Game of Thrones team at Comic-Con:

— Even Obama is asking if Jon Snow is dead

Thrones director confirms that Stannis Baratheon is also dead

— Awesome Game of Thrones audition reel released online

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