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George R.R. Martin

Bio: 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.

Martin's present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (he was South-Central Regional Director 1977-1979, and Vice President 1996-1998), and of Writers' Guild of America, West.



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1 Portraits of His Children [MultiFormat]
by George R.R. Martin
  Richard Cantling didn't regret the sacrifices he had made for his work, but he had expected his daughter to forgive and forget. When the painting arrives, it seems a gesture of reconciliation--until he's brought face to face with another of his offspring, one he never planned to meet... (Published: 1985) Nebula Award(R) Winner

Words: 15258 - Reading Time: 43-61 min.
Category: Fantasy
27 Reader Ratings:
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2 A Song for Lya [MultiFormat]
by George R.R. Martin
  Two telepaths investigate the newly discovered world of Shkea, where every native inhabitant, and an increasing number of human colonists, worships a mysterious and deadly parasite. Winner of the 1975 Hugo Award for Best Novella. (Published: 1974) Hugo Award Winner

Words: 24172 - Reading Time: 69-96 min.
Category: Science Fiction
42 Reader Ratings:
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3 Howard Who? [MultiFormat]
by Howard Waldrop, George R.R. Martin
  A twentieth-anniversary celebration edition of Howard Waldrop's erudite, gonzo, wistful, funny, and beautifully written debut collection of short stories. Waldrop has a capacious, encyclopedic knowledge of superheroes, baseball players, Mexican wrestlers, world wars, long-dead film stars, oddball television shows, pulp serials, radio plays, fairy tales, scientific expeditions, extinct species, and knock-knock jokes. What if the dodo wasn't extinct after all? What if sumo wrestlers could defeat t... more info>> (Published: 2006) World Fantasy Award Winner, Nebula Award(R) Winner

Words: 78321 - Reading Time: 223-313 min.
Category: Science Fiction/Fantasy
5 Reader Ratings:
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4 In the House of the Worm [MultiFormat]
by George R.R. Martin
  In a crumbling underground city on a dying planet, young Annelyn has lived a life of privilege. When he is humilated at the hands of the crafty groun hunter they call the Meatbringer, he and his high-born friends plot revenge. But Annelyn's plan goes desperately awry, leading him deep into the city's ruins--and to the ugly truth about his forebears' reverence for the mythic White Worm. (Published: 1976)

Words: 20567 - Reading Time: 58-82 min.
Category: Science Fiction/Horror
43 Reader Ratings:
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5 The Glass Flower [MultiFormat]
by George R.R. Martin
  It's been a lifetime and more since Cyrain has been challenged in the game of mind. When the cyborg arrives, she senses a worthy and dangerous opponent--one that's been dead for 800 years... (Published: 1986)

Words: 16208 - Reading Time: 46-64 min.
Category: Science Fiction/Fantasy
25 Reader Ratings:
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6 The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr [MultiFormat]
by George R.R. Martin
  Tired and bloody from her battle with the Seven, Sharra stumbles through the gate onto a pristine planet, the kingdom and prison of a solitary singer doomed to await Sharra's arrival... (Published: 1976)

Words: 7250 - Reading Time: 20-29 min.
Category: Fantasy
23 Reader Ratings:
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