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George R.R. Martin
Bestselling Fantasy author and creator of the Song of Ice and Fire series.
- 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 SF magazines from the 1980s.
- 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.
A Song of Ice and Fire series
- A Game of Thrones (1996)
- A Clash of Kings (1999)
- A Storm of Swords (2000) (i) Steel and Snow (ii) Blood and Gold
- A Feast for Crows (2005)
- A Dance with Dragons (2011) (i) Dreams and Dust (ii) After the Feast
- The Winds of Winter (TBC)
- A Dream of Spring (TBC)
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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Fans of George R.R. Martin will love the books of David Gemmell - they are much less densely written but just as entertaining with heroic adventure, leadership and personal heroism at their core. Also Robin Hobb, Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie, Bernard Cornwell, Mervyn Peake, Ursula K. Le Guin, Richard Adams and of course, no doubt, J.R.R. Tolkien.
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