George RR Martin Biography

George R. R. Martin was born in 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. As a youth, Martin became an avid reader and collector of comic books. Martin wrote short fiction in the early 1970s and while one of his stories was rejected by different magazines forty-two times, he was not discouraged and went on to win both Hugo and Nebula Awards. His first story to be nominated for Hugo and Nebula Award was With Morning Comes Mistfall. For more information on Martins short stories please refer to the wikipedia source document below.

His first novel, Dying of the Light, was set on a mostly abandoned planet that is slowly becoming uninhabitable as it moves away from its sun. This story, and many other of Martin's novels, have a strong sense of melancholy. Critics have described Martin's work as dark and cynical. His characters are often unhappy - trying to stay idealistic in a ruthless world. As an author, Martin is also quite ruthless with his characters and kills them off with little regard to his audience's attachment to them.

Martin holds a master's degree and has been an instructor in journalism. He has also been a chess tournament director. In addition to writing, Martin is known for his regular attendance at science fiction conventions and his accessibility to fans. In the 1980s he turned to work in television and as a book editor. On television, he worked on the Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast series.

As an editor, he oversaw the lengthy Wild Cards cycle, which took place in a shared universe in which an alien virus bestowed strange powers or disfigurements on a slice of humanity during World War II, affecting the history of the world thereafter . Contributors to the Wild Cards series included Stephen Leigh, Lewis Shiner, Howard Waldrop, Walter Jon Williams and Roger Zelazny. His own contributions to the series often featured Thomas Tudbury, "The Great and Powerful Turtle", a powerful psychokinetic whose flying "shell" consisted of an armored VW Beetle.

In 1991 Martin began what would eventually turn into his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire (apparently inspired by the Wars of the Roses and Ivanhoe), which is expected to run to seven volumes. The first volume A Game of Thrones was published in 1996. In November 2005, A Feast for Crows, the fourth book in this series, became The New York Times #1 Bestseller and also achieved #1 ranking on The Wall Street Journal bestseller list. In September 2006 A Feast for Crows was nominated for both a Quill award, and the British Fantasy Award. Martin announced on the 15th of February 2010 that he was '1,200' pages into finishing A Dance with Dragons.

Martin's novella, Nightflyers, was adapted into a 1987 feature film. HBO Productions purchased the television rights for the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series in 2007, and greenlit the first season in March 2010, for a predicted 2011 premiere. The first season will be based on the first novel in the series.

Source: Wikipedia contributors, 'George R. R. Martin', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 25 May 2010, 05:21 UTC,  

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