George R.R. Martin

Bestselling Fantasy author and creator of the Song of Ice and Fire series.

George R.R. Martin

Biography

Date of birth: 20 September 1948

Author, screenwriter and all-round Fantasy/Science Fiction hero, George R.R. Martin is the creator of the bestselling A Game of Thrones.

Known for his long writing career spanning science fiction short stories and a long stint in Hollywood writing for The Twilight Zone, George R.R. Martin has reached the height of his popularity after HBO aired the screen adaptation of A Game of Thrones in 2011. The novels, already popular with legions of fans, have been boosted by the TV series and the release of A Dance With Dragons: Part 2 After the Feast.

Alongside novels, Martin is known for writing a host of short fiction works published in sci-fi magazines from the 1980's. Recently he edited the collection of future-apocalypse themed short-fiction stories, Songs of the Dying Earth. For a collection of George R.R. Martin's own short stories and novellas fans need look no further than Dreamsongs. It includes the Hugo award-winning 'A Song for Lya', the Bram Stoker-winning 'The Pear-Shaped Man' and 'The Skin Trade', which won the World Fantasy Award.

Book and writing awards

Hugo Award for Best Novella 1975 (A Song for Lya), World Fantasy Award for Best Novella 1989 (The Skin Trade), Premio Ignotus for Best Foreign Novel 2003 (A Game of Thrones) and World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement 2012.

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The World of Ice and Fire

The World of Ice and Fire

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Dangerous Women: Part 1

Dangerous Women: Part 1 (Paperback)

by George R. R. Martin, et al.

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 25/09/2014
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The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of the World of A Game of Thrones

The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of the World of A Game of Thrones (Hardback)

by George R. R. Martin, et al.

Format: Hardback 336 pages
Published: 28/10/2014
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Windhaven

Windhaven (Paperback)

by George R. R. Martin, et al.

Format: Paperback 320 pages
Published: 19/02/2015
Publisher: Gollancz

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A Game of Thrones: Book 1 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 1

A Game of Thrones: Book 1 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 1 (Paperback)

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Paperback 864 pages
Published: 01/09/2011
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A Clash of Kings: Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 2

A Clash of Kings: Book 2 of A Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 2 (Paperback)

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Paperback 752 pages
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A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow Part 1: Book 3 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 3

A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow Part 1: Book 3 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 3 (Paperback)

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Paperback 688 pages
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A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold Part two: Book 3 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 3

A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold Part two: Book 3 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 3 (Paperback)

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Paperback 656 pages
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A Feast for Crows: Book 4 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 4

A Feast for Crows: Book 4 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 4 (Paperback)

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Paperback 852 pages
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A Dance with Dragons: Part 1 Dreams and Dust: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 5

A Dance with Dragons: Part 1 Dreams and Dust: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 5 (Paperback)

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Paperback 704 pages
Published: 15/03/2012
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A Dance With Dragons (Part Two): After the Feast: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 5

A Dance With Dragons (Part Two): After the Feast: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 5 (Paperback)

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Paperback 592 pages
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A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues: The Complete Box Set of All 7 Books - A Song of Ice and Fire

A Game of Thrones: The Story Continues: The Complete Box Set of All 7 Books - A Song of Ice and Fire (Paperback)

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Paperback 5232 pages
Published: 23/08/2012
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The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister

The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister (Hardback)

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Hardback 160 pages
Published: 07/11/2013
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Dangerous Women

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The Hedge Knight Jet City Edition

The Hedge Knight Jet City Edition (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 168 pages
Published: 17/12/2013
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Fevre Dream

Fevre Dream (Paperback)

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 28/08/2008
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Tuf Voyaging

Tuf Voyaging (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 16/05/2013
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Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader (one of the few), and he likes cats. So how is it that, despite being up against the worst villains in the... Read more

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Dreamsongs: Bk. 1: A RRetrospective

Dreamsongs: Bk. 1: A RRetrospective (Paperback)

by George R. R. Martin

Format: Paperback 672 pages
Published: 13/03/2008
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A Game of Thrones: Book 1 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 1

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A Clash of Kings: Book 2 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 2

A Clash of Kings: Book 2 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 2 (Paperback)

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A Storm of Swords Part 1 Steel and Snow A Song of Fire and Ice 3: Book 3 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 3

A Storm of Swords Part 1 Steel and Snow A Song of Fire and Ice 3: Book 3 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 3 (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 688 pages
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A Feast For Crows  A Song of Iceand Fire 4: Book 4 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 4

A Feast For Crows A Song of Iceand Fire 4: Book 4 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 4 (Paperback)

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A Dance With Dragons  Part 1 Dreams And Dust A Song of Ice and Fire 5: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 5

A Dance With Dragons Part 1 Dreams And Dust A Song of Ice and Fire 5: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 5 (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 704 pages
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A Dance With Dragons (Part Two): After the Feast: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 5

A Dance With Dragons (Part Two): After the Feast: Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire - A Song of Ice and Fire 5 (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 592 pages
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