George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin is the author of the Emmy-award winning HBO series – The Game of Thrones, which was adapted from his fantasy novels – A Song of Ice and Fire. Born in New Jersey, he began his writing career at an early age, and sold his first science fiction short stories in 1970, at the age of 21, to Galaxy magazine, which was nominated for the Hugo Award. He also worked in Hollywood for a few years, writing and adapting screenplays, though many of his TV pilots and movie scripts got cancelled before being made. Frustrated, he returned to full-time writing, and began working on A Song of Ice and Fire in 1991, publishing the first book of the series in 1996, with two of its books still underway to being completed. In 2007 HBO bought the rights to the series, with Martin being involved in co-writing the scripts for the seasons. The show had a record viewership worldwide, receiving 59 Emmy awards, the most for a drama series.

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