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George R R Martin Biography & Facts

George Raymond Richard Martin (born George Raymond Martin; September 20, 1948), also known by his initials G.R.R.M., is an American novelist, screenwriter, television producer, and short story writer. He is the author of the series of epic fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire, which were adapted into the Emmy Award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–2019) and its prequel series House of the Dragon (2022–present). He also helped create the Wild Cards anthology series, and contributed worldbuilding for Elden Ring. In 2005, Lev Grossman of Time called Martin "the American Tolkien", and in 2011, he was included on the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. He is a longtime resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he helped fund Meow Wolf and owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema. The city commemorates March 29 as George R. R. Martin Day. Early life George Raymond Martin (he adopted the confirmation name Richard at 13 years old) was born on September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey, the son of longshoreman Raymond Collins Martin and Margaret Brady Martin. His mother's family had once been wealthy, owning a successful construction business, but lost it all in the Great Depression, something Martin was reminded about every day when he passed what used to be his family's dock and house. He has two younger sisters, Darleen and Jane. He is predominantly of Irish descent; a DNA test on the series Finding Your Roots showed him to be 53.6% "British and Irish", 22.4% Ashkenazi Jewish, and 15.6% "Broadly Northwestern European". The family first lived in a house on Broadway belonging to Martin's great-grandmother. In 1953, they moved to a federal housing project near the Bayonne docks. During Martin's childhood, his world consisted predominantly of "First Street to Fifth Street", between his grade school and his home. This limited world made him want to travel and experience other places, but the only way of doing so was through his imagination, and he became a voracious reader. Martin began writing and selling monster stories for pennies to other neighborhood children, dramatic readings included. He had to stop once a customer's mother complained about her child's nightmares. He also wrote stories about a mythical kingdom populated by his pet turtles — the turtles died frequently in their toy castle, so he decided they were killing each other off in "sinister plots". Martin had a habit of starting "endless stories" that he never completed, as they did not turn out as well on paper as he had imagined them. Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and later Marist High School. While there, he became an avid comic-book fan, developing a strong interest in the superheroes being published by Marvel Comics, and later credited Stan Lee for being one of his greatest literary influences; "Maybe Stan Lee is the greatest literary influence on me, even more than Shakespeare or Tolkien." A letter Martin wrote to the editor of Fantastic Four was printed in issue #20 (November 1963); it was the first of many sent, e.g., Fantastic Four #32, #34, and others. Fans who read his letters wrote him letters in turn, and through such contacts, Martin joined the fledgling comics fandom of the era, writing fiction for various fanzines; he bought the first ticket to the world's first Comic-Con, held in New York in 1964. In 1965, Martin won comic fandom's Alley Award for Best Fan Fiction for his prose superhero story "Powerman vs. The Blue Barrier". In 1970, Martin earned a B.S. in journalism with a minor in history from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude; he went on to complete his M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Medill. Eligible for the draft during the Vietnam War, to which he objected, Martin applied for and obtained conscientious objector status; he instead did alternative service work for two years (1972–1974) as a VISTA volunteer, attached to the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. Career Early writing career Martin began selling science fiction short stories professionally in 1970, at age 21. His first sale was "The Hero", sold to Galaxy magazine and published in its February 1971 issue; other sales soon followed. His first story to be nominated for the Hugo Award and Nebula Awards was "With Morning Comes Mistfall", published in 1973 in Analog magazine. In 1975 his story "...for a single yesterday" about a post-apocalyptic timetripper was selected for inclusion in Epoch, a science fiction anthology edited by Roger Elwood and Robert Silverberg. His first novel, Dying of the Light, was completed in 1976 right before he moved to Dubuque and published in 1977. That same year the enormous success of Star Wars had a huge impact on the publishing industry and science fiction, and he sold the novel for the same amount he would make in three years of teaching. The short stories he was able to sell in his early 20s gave him some profit but not enough to pay his bills, which prevented him from becoming the full-time writer he wanted to be. The need for a day job occurred simultaneously with the American chess craze which followed Bobby Fischer's victory in the 1972 world chess championship. Martin's own chess skills and experience allowed him to be hired as a tournament director for the Continental Chess Association, which ran chess tournaments on the weekends. This gave him a sufficient income, and because the tournaments only ran on Saturdays and Sundays, it allowed him to work as a writer five days a week from 1973 to 1976. By the time the chess craze subsided and no longer provided an income, he had become much better established as a writer. Teaching In the mid-1970s, Martin met English professor George Guthridge from Dubuque, Iowa, at a science fiction convention in Milwaukee. Martin persuaded Guthridge (who later said that at that time he despised science fiction and fantasy) not only to give speculative fiction a second look, but also to write in the field himself. Guthridge has since been a finalist for the Hugo Award and twice for the Nebula Award for science fiction and fantasy. In 1998, Guthridge and Janet Berliner won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in the Novel for their Children of the Dusk. In turn, Guthridge helped Martin in finding a job at Clarke University (then Clarke College). Martin "wasn't making enough money to stay alive" from writing and the chess tournaments, says Guthridge. From 1976 to 1978, Martin was an English and journalism instructor at Clarke, and he became Writer In Residence at the college from 1978 to 1979. Concentration on writing While he enjoyed teaching, the sudden death of friend and fellow author Tom Reamy in late 1977 made Martin reevaluate his own life, and he eventually decided to try to become a full-time writer. In 1979 he resigned from his job and moved from Dubuque to Santa Fe, New Mexico at the end of the year. There he would live alo.... Discover the George R R Martin popular books. Find the top 100 most popular George R R Martin books.

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  • War Lord synopsis, comments

    War Lord

    Bernard Cornwell

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“I gulped it right down. Excellent, as always. . . . Cornwell brings battles to life like no one else.” –George R.R. Martin, Author of Game of ThronesThe f...

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    A Feast for Crows

    George R.R. Martin

    THE BOOK BEHIND THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONESFew books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everyw...

  • The Basilisk Throne synopsis, comments

    The Basilisk Throne

    Greg Keyes

    Master and Commander meets A Game of Thrones and Pirates of the Carribean. Rapidpaced high fantasy with allout combat on the high seas, and a canny young woman who faces the hidden...

  • Windhaven synopsis, comments

    Windhaven

    George R.R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle

    “Told with a true storyteller’s voice: clear, singing, persuasive, and wonderfully moving . . . a truly wonderful book.”Jane Yolen   From #1 New York Times bestselling auth...

  • Soul of the World synopsis, comments

    Soul of the World

    David Mealing

    Starvation and corruption have pushed the citizens of the New Sarrisant to the brink of rebellion. It will take only a spark to tip the scales towards violence, but as the Great Ba...

  • Prometheus Bound and Other Plays synopsis, comments

    Prometheus Bound and Other Plays

    Aeschylus

    Aeschylus (525–456 BC) brought a new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art. In Prometheus Bound the defiant Titan Prometheu...

  • The Armageddon Rag synopsis, comments

    The Armageddon Rag

    George R.R. Martin

    “The best novel concerning the American pop music culture of the sixties I’ve ever read.”Stephen King   From #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin comes the...

  • A Dance with Dragons synopsis, comments

    A Dance with Dragons

    George R.R. Martin

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK FIVE   In the aftermath of a colossal battle, Daenerys Targaryen rules with her three dragons as queen of a c...

  • Anarchy synopsis, comments

    Anarchy

    Stewart Binns

    Anarchy is the knucklewhitening third novel in Stewart Binns' The Making of England series. Ruthless brutality, greed and ambition: the AnarchyThe year is 1186, the thirtysecond ye...

  • Rogues synopsis, comments

    Rogues

    George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaiman & Patrick Rothfuss

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA thrilling collection of twentyone original stories by an allstar list of contributorsincluding a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin!If yo...

  • Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon synopsis, comments

    Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon

    James Hibberd

    The perfect read and perfect gift for Game of Thrones fans  The official, definitive oral history of the blockbuster show from Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibb...

  • A Clash of Kings synopsis, comments

    A Clash of Kings

    George R.R. Martin

    THE BOOK BEHIND THE SECOND SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK TWO   In this thrilling sequel to A Game of Thrones, Geo...

  • The Grace of Kings synopsis, comments

    The Grace of Kings

    Ken Liu

    One of the Time 100 Best Fantasy Books Of All TimeTwo men rebel together against tyrannyand then become rivalsin this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, re...

  • Fevre Dream synopsis, comments

    Fevre Dream

    George R.R. Martin

    A THRILLING REINVENTION OF THE VAMPIRE NOVEL BY THE MASTER OF MODERN FANTASY, GEORGE R. R. MARTIN   Abner Marsh, a struggling riverboat captain, suspects that something’s ami...

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms synopsis, comments

    A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

    George R.R. Martin & Gary Gianni

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LOS ANGELES TIMES AND BUZZFEED  Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Th...

  • Among Thieves synopsis, comments

    Among Thieves

    M. J. Kuhn

    INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERA thrilling fantasy debuta highstakes heist novel set in a gritty world of magic and malice, and perfect for fans of Six of Crows!In just over a year’s time...

  • Dying of the Light synopsis, comments

    Dying of the Light

    George R.R. Martin

    In this unforgettable space opera, #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin presents a chilling vision of eternal nighta volatile world where cultures clash, codes ...

  • The Lost Queen synopsis, comments

    The Lost Queen

    Signe Pike

    “Outlander meets Camelot” (Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers) in the first book of an exciting historical series that reveals the untold story of Languoretha powerful and, u...

  • Old Mars synopsis, comments

    Old Mars

    George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Michael Moorcock, Joe R. Lansdale & James S. A. Corey

    Fifteen allnew stories by science fiction’s top talents, collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and multipleaward winning editor Gardner Dozois   Burroughs’s A Pr...

  • Savage Bounty synopsis, comments

    Savage Bounty

    Matt Wallace

    The sequel to the acclaimed, spellbinding epic fantasy Savage Legion by Hugo Award–winning author Matt Wallace about a utopian city with a dark secret…and the underdogs who will ex...

  • A Storm of Swords synopsis, comments

    A Storm of Swords

    George R.R. Martin

    THE BOOK BEHIND THE THIRD SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES, AN ORIGINAL SERIES NOW ON HBO.Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes ...

  • Savage Legion synopsis, comments

    Savage Legion

    Matt Wallace

    The acclaimed, epic, and spellbinding fantasy by Hugo Award–winning author Matt Wallace, about a utopian city with a dark secret…and the underdogs who will expose it, or die trying...

  • Legends II synopsis, comments

    Legends II

    Robert Silverberg, Terry Brooks, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Robin Hobb, Orson Scott Card, Tad Williams, Raymond E. Feist & Elizabeth Haydon

    Fantasy fans, rejoice! Seven years after writer and editor Robert Silverberg made publishing history with Legends, his acclaimed anthology of original short novels by some of the g...

  • Tuf Voyaging synopsis, comments

    Tuf Voyaging

    George R.R. Martin

    Long before A Game of Thrones became an international phenomenon, #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin had taken his loyal readers across the cosmos. Now back i...

  • The Wall synopsis, comments

    The Wall

    Douglas Jackson

    AD 400. Rome and its Empire are failing . . .Veteran cavalry commander Marcus Flavius Victor sets out with his regiment to make what may be his final tour of the forts along Hadria...

  • Una corte de niebla y furia synopsis, comments

    Una corte de niebla y furia

    Sarah J. Maas

    FEYRE ES INMORTAL. DEBERÁ REPRIMIR SU CORAZÓN PARA SALVAR UN MUNDO PARTIDO EN DOS. Tras rescatar a su amado Tamlin de la malvada reina Amarantha, Feyre regresa a la Corte Pri...

  • Lord Quillifer synopsis, comments

    Lord Quillifer

    Walter Jon Williams

    “For all of you who need some great fantasy to read while you're waiting for The Winds of Winter...try Quillifer, by Walter Jon Williams. WJW is always fun, but this might be his b...

  • The Book of Magic synopsis, comments

    The Book of Magic

    Gardner Dozois, George R.R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Elizabeth Bear & Garth Nix

    A new anthology celebrating the witches and sorcerers of epic fantasyfeaturing stories by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Megan Lindholm, and many others! Hot on the heels of Gar...

  • The Forgotten Kingdom synopsis, comments

    The Forgotten Kingdom

    Signe Pike

    From the author of The Lost Queen, hailed as “Outlander meets Camelot” (Kirsty Logan, the author of The Gloaming) and “The Mists of Avalon for a new generation” (Linnea Hartsuyker,...

  • Old Venus synopsis, comments

    Old Venus

    George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois

    Sixteen allnew stories by science fiction’s top talents, collected by bestselling author George R. R. Martin and multipleawardwinning editor Gardner Dozois   From pulp adventu...