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George R. R. Martin

George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines. Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, was published in the February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.

In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.

As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. He was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79.

Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for "The Twilight Zone" at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant, and later a Producer, for "Beauty and the Beast" at CBS. He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.

Martin's present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (he was South-Central Regional Director 1977-1979, and Vice President 1996-1998), and of Writers' Guild of America, West.

Learn more at George R.R. Martin's website.

The Glass Flower
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George R. R. Martin
Genre: Science Fiction
Word Count: 16,000
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Publisher: ElectricStory.com       Publication Date: Jun 2005       First Pub: Asimov's 1986
It's been a lifetime and more since Cyrain has been challenged in the game of mind. When the cyborg arrives, she senses a worthy and dangerous opponent—one that's been dead for 800 years... More



In the House of the Worm
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George R. R. Martin
Genre: Science Fiction
Word Count: 20,000
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Publisher: ElectricStory.com       Publication Date: Jun 2005       First Pub: Harper & Row, 1976
In a crumbling city on a dying planet, young Annelyn has lived a life of privilege. When he is humilated at the hands of the crafty groun hunter they call the Meatbringer, he and his high-born friends plot revenge. But Annelyn's plan goes desperately awry, leading him deep into the city's ruins—and to the ugly truth about his forebears' reverence for the mythic White Worm. More



The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr
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George R. R. Martin
Genre: Science Fiction
Word Count: 7,000
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Publisher: ElectricStory.com       Publication Date: Jun 2005       First Pub: Fantastic Stories 1976
Tired and bloody from her battle with the Seven, Sharra stumbles through the gate onto a pristine planet, the kingdom and prison of a solitary singer doomed to await Sharra's arrival... More



Portraits of His Children
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George R. R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy
Word Count: 15,000
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Publisher: ElectricStory.com       Publication Date: Jun 2005       First Pub: Asimov's 1985
Richard Cantling didn't regret the sacrifices he had made for his work, but he had expected his daughter to forgive and forget. When the painting arrives, it seems a gesture of reconciliation—until he's brought face to face with another of his offspring, one he never planned to meet... Winner of 1986 Nebula Award for Best Novelette. More



A Song For Lya
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George R. R. Martin
Genre: Science Fiction
Word Count: 24,000
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Publisher: ElectricStory.com       Publication Date: Jun 2005       First Pub: Analog June 1994
Two telepaths investigate the newly discovered world of Shkea, where every native inhabitant, and an increasing number of human colonists, worships a mysterious and deadly parasite. Winner of the 1975 Hugo Award for Best Novella. More