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George R. R. Martin

"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge."


A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin

George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.

In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.

As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher.

In 1975 he married Gale Burnick. They divorced in 1979, with no children. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. He was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79.

Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.

All Titles
1997 - A Game of Thrones
1998 - A Game of Thrones*
1999 - A Clash of Kings*
2000 - A Clash of Kings
2001 - A Storm of Swords - Part 1 : Steel and Snow*
2001 - A Storm of Swords - Part 2 : Blood and Gold*
2005 - A Storm Of Swords
2006 - A Feast for Crows
2007 - A Feast for Crows*
2008 - Wastelands
2011 - A Game of Thrones
2011 - A Game of Thrones
2011 - A Dance with Dragons
2011 - Songs of the Dying Earth
2012 - A Dance With Dragons : Part 1
2012 - A Dance with Dragons*
2012 - Game of Thrones : A Clash of Kings*
2012 - A Dance With Dragons : Part 2 : After the Feast
2012 - A Game of Thrones : The Story Continues*
2013 - Aces High
2013 - Game of Thrones : A Storm of Swords Part 1 : Steel And Snow*
2013 - Tuf Voyaging
2013 - A Game of Thrones
2013 - Wild Cards
2013 - The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister
2013 - Dangerous Women
2014 - The Sworn Sword
2014 - Game of Thrones : A Storm of Swords Part 2 : Blood and Gold*
2014 - Tuf Voyaging
2014 - Game of Thrones : A Feast For Crows*
2014 - A Dance with Dragons Part II : After the Feast*
2014 - A Dance with Dragons Part I : Dreams and Dust*
2014 - Game of Thrones - A Clash of Kings*
2014 - A Game of Thrones*
2014 - A Feast for Crows*
2014 - A Storm of Swords Part I : Steel and Snow*
2014 - A Storm of Swords II : Blood & Gold*
2014 - A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues - Buy this and get Dangerous Women for free*
2014 - The World of Ice and Fire
2014 - The Ice Dragon
2014 - Dangerous Women
2015 - Aces Abroad
2015 - Windhaven