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George R. R. Martin

George Raymond Richard Martin (born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey) is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy, and also a screenwriter and producer.

Martin was a prolific author of short fiction in the 1970s, and won several Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards before he started to turn his attention to novels late in the decade. Although much of his work is fantasy or horror, several of his early short stories are science fiction occurring in a loosely-defined future history.

In the 1980s he turned to work in television and as an editor. On television, he worked on the new Twilight Zone series, as well as Beauty and the Beast. As an editor, he oversaw the lengthy Wild Cards cycle, which took place in a shared universe in which an alien virus bestowed strange powers or disfigurements on a slice of humanity during World War II, affecting the history of the world thereafter (the premise was perhaps inspired by comic book superheroes). Contributors to the Wild Cards series included Stephen Leigh, Lewis Shiner, Howard Waldrop, Walter Jon Williams and Roger Zelazny.

Martin's short story of the same name was adapted into the feature film Nightflyers (1987).

In 1996 Martin returned to writing novel-length stories, beginning his lengthy cycle A Song of Ice and Fire (ostensibly inspired by the success of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time cycle), to great critical acclaim.




Uncollected Short Fiction

Wild Cards (as Editor)


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