George R.R. Martin
Few American fantasy book authors are ever compared to the all–time master of fantasy fiction, J.R.R. Tolkien. George R.R. Martin has earned that distinction. Widely hailed for his tight plotting, expert pacing, deeply nuanced characterizations and beautifully constructed prose, Martin was dubbed “the American Tolkien” by TIME magazine. George R.R. Martin books are richly rewarding reading experiences that leave fans wanting more. No wonder he’s become one of the field’s leading fantasy book authors, with his #1 New York Times bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series becoming one of the classics of modern fantasy fiction. Born in 1948, George Raymond Richard Martin discovered his love of writing as a youngster in Bayonne, New Jersey, and made his first sale to Galaxy magazine in 1970. Later, he spent 10 years in Hollywood working as writer–producer on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast and various unreleased feature films and television pilots. In the mid ’90s, Martin returned to what he loved best, writing fantasy fiction. He began work on A Game of Thrones, the first novel in his #1 New York Times bestselling Ice and Fire epic, a monumental saga that includes A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows. Though he is best known for that phenomenal series, a keeper’s shelf of George R.R. Martin books should include his shared–world Wild Card series, the many short story anthologies he’s edited and fantasy novels Dying of the Light, Fevre Dream and The Armageddon Rag—all short–listed for prestigious awards. For the upcoming HBO production of Ice and Fire—an event we’ve all been waiting for—Martin is slated to script one episode per season. George R.R. Martin makes his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife and a menagerie of pets.
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