George RR Martin |  Biography 2021
George RR Martin | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name George Raymond Richard Martin
  • Nickname GRRM, George RR Martin
  • Occupation Novelist, Television Producer, Screenwriter
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey
  • Born Year And Birthday 1948-9-20

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George RR Martin | Biography 2021

Growing up in a low-income family, Martin's family had no car. His family lived on 1st Street, and the furthest he ever walked was to school on 5th Street. He used to see ships coming from different countries while living in a cramped and claustrophobic environment, which sparked a desire in him to escape and explore the world. Eventually, Martin found his salvation in books and films through which he could discover every part of the world and universe. He started to immerse himself in the realm of fantasy.


Quick Information
  • Full Name George Raymond Richard Martin
  • Nickname GRRM, George RR Martin
  • Occupation Novelist, Television Producer, Screenwriter
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey
  • Birth Date 1948-9-20

American author George Raymond Richard Martin is known for writing the famous fantasy novel series, 'A Song of Ice and Fire,' which was adapted into the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Who is George RR Martin?

Before the first novel by fantasy author George Raymond Richard Martin, 'Dying of the Light'— a space opera about love, clash of culture, and struggle for survival in a dying planet, was published in 1977 mid-1980s—he was already writing for television. Later, his fantasy series 'A Song of Ice and Fire' debuted in 1996 with the first installment. 

With the fourth title of the book series, 'A Feast for Crows,' he became a best-selling author in 2005, paving the way for a critically acclaimed TV adaptation, Game of Thrones- it premiered in 2011 and ended in 2019. 

Early Life

On 20 September 1948, Martin was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, to longshoreman father Raymond Collins Martin and mother, Martin Margaret Brady. He has two sisters named Darleen Martin, and Patten Janet Martin were his sisters.

Growing up in a low-income family, Martin's family had no car. His family lived on 1st Street, and the furthest he ever walked was to school on 5th Street. He used to see ships coming from different countries while living in a cramped and claustrophobic environment, which sparked a desire in him to escape and explore the world. "There was a hunger in me to see more of the world, to see things I only read about in books," Martin notes.

On the other hand, Martin found his salvation in books and films through which he could discover every part of the world and universe. He started to immerse himself in the realm of fantasy.

From elementary school, Martin began writing. In his working-class neighborhood, he sold monster stories to other children. Martin went on to different subjects during his high school years. He started making new superheroes, and writing fan fiction focused on the comic books he adored. Martin was also a member of the chess team and a short story writer at Marist High School, a Catholic boys' school.

Martin continued his love for writing at Northwestern University after graduating in 1966. In 1970, he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and, the following year, a master's degree in the same field.

From 1973 to 1976, Martin volunteered for the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation as an alternative program as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. He then worked at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, for two years as a college professor.

Early Writing Career

Martin's first short story, 'The Hero,' was accepted by the science-fiction magazine Galaxy and published in 1971. In 1974, he received a 'Hugo Award' for his science fiction novella 'A Song for Lya.' He accepted a job as a journalism professor at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1976.

Martin's first full-length novel, 'Dying of the Light,' a space opera about love, clash of culture, and struggle for survival in a dying planet, was published in 1977. Two years later, he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to pursue writing full-time. For his novelette Sandkings, he won both The Hugo and The Nebula Awards in 1981

In the same year, he published 'Windhaven' (co-written with Lisa Tuttle), a novel about a girl who learns the ability to fly. He also published two full-length works, 'Fevre Dream' in 1982 and 'The Armageddon Rag' in 1983. The film rights were optioned by a distributor, even though the latter sold poorly. The movie never got made.

Hollywood career

In 1986, he served as a story editor on a reboot of the old favorite show Twilight Zone, which drew some attention from Hollywood, and the following year, he joined the cast of the series Beauty and the Beast, which premiered the next year.

Martin faced some unique obstacles when it came to writing for television. In a National Public Radio interview, he said, "Whenever I would turn in a script, the producers would always say to me: George, this is wonderful, but it would cost five times our budget to produce it,." Later, Martin began a new writing project in the early 1990s, influenced by medieval England's Wars of the Roses, after being frustrated with the limitations of television.

Upcoming Projects

Following the massive success of HBO's adaptations of his Game of Thrones novels, Martin has signed a deal with HBO to produce several television shows for the network and its streaming arm, HBO Max.

Martin is currently working on five projects for HBO, including House of the Dragon, a prequel set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones that concentrates on the strong Targaryen dynasty that once ruled Westeros. Olivia Cooke, Emma D'Arcy, Paddy Considine, and Matt Smith will star in the 10-episode season, which will premiere in 2022.

Martin is currently working on five projects for HBO, including House of the Dragon, a prequel set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones that concentrates on the strong Targaryen dynasty that once ruled Westeros. Olivia Cooke, Emma D'Arcy, Paddy Considine, and Matt Smith will star in the 10-episode season, which will premiere in 2022.

Did You Know?

a. George Martin—who is usually known for extending his book release date and taking a long time to complete his books—has been working on the sixth novel of his epic fantasy series, 'A Song Of Ice And Fire.'  The upcoming book is titled 'The WInds Of Winter,' which he has been penning since 2011. 

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