George R. R. Martin

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(September 20, 1948 –)

Born in New Jersey, George R. R. Martin, sometimes called “Railroad” for his middle initials, 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 attends 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. Such parties became semi-official Worldcon events, and Martin personally funded and hosted them for many years.

He attended college at Northwestern University and lived in Chicago during the 1960s and ’70s, where he was active in local fandom and regularly attended cons including Midwestcon. Next, he moved to Iowa, where he was one of the founders of ICON. He taught at Clarion West in 1998.

Besides literary 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 became stunningly successful with his A Song of Ice and Fire series, which has sold quintillions of copies and was turned into the very successful HBO series Game of Thrones, leading Martin to be declared “the American Tolkien.” It has inspired its own media fandom. The books and show popularized a number of Thronespeak catchphrases.

Martin 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; they divorced in 1979. He is married to fellow fan Parris McBride; they live in Santa Fe, NM.

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