This month, we showcase a prolific fantasy writer who has been producing
stories for nearly 40 years, and shows no sign of slowing down--in fact,
his work just seems to get better and better as time goes on.
George R.R. Martin was born on September 20th, 1948, in Bayonne, New
Jersey. He began writing as a youngster, where he would read the monster
stories he created to friends in his neighborhood, and also penned
numerous comic book stories while in high school. His first sale came in
He moved to California in the 1980s and became the story editor for the
Twilight Zone television series in 1986. In 1987, he moved on to work at
CBS as the Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast. He was
still writing during this time, as well, and published, among other
books, "Fevre Dream" in 1982, a historic vampire novel, set on the
Mississippi River during the 1800s, and "Tuf Voyaging" in 1986, a
collection of unusual and marvelous science fiction short stories.
His current project, a series of fantasy novels entitled, "A Song of Fire
and Ice," started with "A Game of Thrones," published in 1996. "A Clash
of Kings" followed in 1999, along with "A Storm of Swords" in 2000, and
the latest edition, "A Feast of Crows," was published in 2005. "To Dance
with Dragons" and "The Winds of Winter," the final books in this series,
are scheduled for future release.
When asked what advice he could give to aspiring writers, Mr. Martin
said, "The most important thing for any aspiring writer to do is to READ!
Read everything--not just within the genre that you wish to write in,
but everything you can get your hands on. And write every day, even if
it's only a page or two. The more you write, the better you will get."
George R.R. Martin now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You may explore
his other many works and obtain further information about him on his web
His series, "A Song of Fire and Ice" will also be discussed in this
month's Book Review. If you are a serious reader of fantasy work and
have not yet read any of Mr. Martin's stories, I strongly suggest that
you do so. He is an amazingly gifted writer, and his stories will draw
you in deeply, to the point that you soon find yourself lost within the
plot and strongly attracted to his characters.
Terry D. Scheerer