George R. R. Martin

(b. 1948)

Born in New Jersey, George R. R. Martin made his first pro sale to Galaxy in 1971 and quickly became a leading short sf writer getting Hugo and Nebula nominations.

A fan as well as a pro, Martin regularly attend cons. In 1976, at MidAmeriCon Martin and Gardner Dozois conceived of and organized the first Hugo Losers Party for the evening following the convention's Hugo Awards ceremony.

He was GoH at the 2003 Worldcon, Torcon 3.

He won the 1975 Best Novella Hugo, the 1980 Best Short Story Hugo, the 1980 Best Novelette Hugo, the 1997 Best Novella Hugo, and the 2013 Best Dramatic Presentation Short Form Hugo and has been nominated for numerous other Hugo Awards.

Besides written sf, he worked in Hollywood on a revival of Twilight Zone, and on Beauty and the Beast, while also developing the multi-volume, multi-author Wild Cards series.

He has become stunningly successful with his Game of Thrones series which has sold quintillions of copies and been turned into a very successful HBO series, leading Martin to be declared the American Tolkien.

He taught at Clarion West in 1998, he collects medieval-themed miniatures and has a house devoted to his collection. In the early 1970s he was in a relationship with fellow pro Lisa Tuttle. He later married Gale Burnick, but divorced her in 1979. He is married to Parris McBride.

Other Awards, Honors and GoHships:

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