A Look at George R.R. Martin’s Life & Career
The Game of Thrones Audiobook wasn’t initially a big hit. It took a few years before George R.R. Martin’s books sold millions and later adapted into an award winning TV series.
The Life of George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He is an American author that has reached critical acclaim and has millions of international readers worldwide because of his popular book and TV series, A Game of Thrones. As an impressionable youth, Martin already had an inclination to fantasy, writing, and storytelling. Martin told, wrote, and sold monster stories to other children in his neighborhood. He also occasionally did dramatic readings of the stories he wrote.
In high school, Martin developed an interest in comic books, especially Marvel Comics. He would repeatedly send letters to the editors of the comics, who in turn published some of the letters he sent. George R.R. Martin got his B.S. Journalism degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he also finished summa cum laude. George R.R. Martin pursued further studies and got his M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University as well.
The Career of George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin began selling his science fiction short stories when he turned 21. The first short story he sold was ‘The Hero’, which Galaxy magazine bought and published in its February 1971 issue. George R.R. Martin was nominated for his first Hugo Award and Nebula Award in in 1973 for his story entitled ‘With Morning Comes Mistfall’. After the commercial failure of his fourth novel, ‘The Armageddon Rag’, George R.R. Martin shifted his career into writing for TV. He wrote for The Twilight Zone before it was officially cancelled. He was later hired to write for the satirical science fiction series Max Headroom. Before the material that Martin wrote could hit the screen, the show was cancelled. Martin was then hired to write and produce the series Beauty and the Beast. He later became the show’s co-supervising producer and wrote 14 episodes.