George Raymond Richard Martin (born George Raymond Martin; September 20, 1948), often referred to as George R. R. Martin, is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, screenwriter, and television producer. He is best known for his series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was later adapted into the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–present).
Martin serves as the series’s co-executive producer, and also scripted four episodes of the series. 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.
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 time-tripper 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 published in 1977.
Martin is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), Martin became the organization’s Southwest Regional Director from 1977 to 1979; he served as its vice-president from 1996 to 1998. In 1976, for Kansas City’s MidAmeriCon, the 34th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon).
Martin and his friend and fellow writer-editor Gardner Dozois conceived of and organized the first Hugo Losers’ Party for the benefit of all past and present Hugo-losing writers, their friends and families, the evening following the convention’s Hugo Awards ceremony. Martin was nominated for two Hugos that year but lost both awards, for the novelette “…and Seven Times Never Kill Man” and the novella The Storms of Windhaven, co-written with Lisa Tuttle. The Hugo Losers’ Party became an annual Worldcon event thereafter, and its formal title later changed.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.
George R. R. Martin is mostly known for his High-Fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has released five books from the series and there are two more books yet to be released which will make a token of seven. The names of the books are listed below in the order of their release:
- A Game of Thrones
- A Clash of Kings
- A Storm of Swords
- A Feast for Crows
- A Dance with Dragons
- The Winds of Winter
- A Dream of Springs
- The World of Ice and Fire