George RR Martin | American novelist
George Raymond Richard Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in New Jersey, U.S. He is an American novelist and short-story writer in genres like fantasy, horror, and science fiction, television producer, and screenwriter. Martin was titled as “the American Tolkien” in 2005 by the Times. He was also listed as ‘the most influential people in the world’ in Top100. His international bestselling series of epic fantasy novel, A Song of Ice and Fire, made him popular worldwide. This novel was later adapted into the HBO dramatic series Game of Thrones in which Martin was the co-executive producer, and script-writer of four episodes of the series.
Martin earned his M.S. in Journalism in 1971, from Northwestern University, Illinois. Martin started selling his science fiction short stories professionally in 1970 at age 21, being ‘The Hero,’ published in February 1971, as the first issue. He obtained the conscientious objector status, and did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He is a chess expert who also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976.
‘With Morning Comes Mistfall’ (1973) was his first story to be nominated for Nebula Awards and Hugo Award. His first novel was ‘Dying of the Light’ (1977). His short story ‘The Way of Cross and Dragon’ won a 1980 Hugo Award along with his novel ‘Sandkings’. He signed on as a story editor for ‘Twilight Zone’ at CBS Television in 1986. He became an Executive Story Consultant for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at CBS in 1987. In 1988, he became Producer for ‘Beauty and the Beast’, and ‘Co-Supervising Producer’ in 1989. He was Executive Producer for ‘Doorways’ of Columbia Pictures Television, filmed during 1992-93.
Martin has several awards and achievements including Ignotius Award, Best Foreign Novel (2002) for ‘A Game of Thrones’. He won Best SF and Fantasy Books of 2000 for ‘A Storm of Swords’. His’ A Feast for Crows’ was nominated for 2006 Hugo Award for Best Novel and Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Similarly, his novel ‘A Dance with Dragons’ was nominated for World Fantasy Award, and Hugo Award whereas he won the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 2012. ‘The Armageddon Rag’ helped him bag the Balrog Award, 1983 for Fantasy Novel. He is the winner of several awards for his writings on short stories, novellas, and novelettes.