Synopses & Reviews
Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by Time magazine, #1 New York Times
bestselling author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for readers: a compendium of his shorter works, collected into two stunning volumes, that offer fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.
Gathered here, in Volume I, are the very best of George R. R. Martin's early works, including never-before-published fan pieces, his Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker Award-winning stories plus the original novella The Ice Dragon, from which Martin's New York Times bestselling children's book of the same title originated. A dazzling array that features extensive author commentary, Dreamsongs, Volume I, is the perfect collection for both Martin devotees and a new generation of fans.
"Martin may be best known for his Song of Ice and Fire epic fantasy, but this mammoth collection of short stories (the first of two volumes) highlights his work in numerous genres, including SF, horror and fantasy. Focusing on Martin's early output, volume one features 'The Second Kind of Loneliness,' originally published in 1972, which chronicles a man's insanity-inducing introspection millions of miles from Earth; the 1975 Hugo Award winning 'A Song for Lya'; 'The Pear-Shaped Man,' a disturbing horror masterpiece about a creepy apartment neighbor; and more obscure works like a 1967 fanzine story starring the Astral Avenger and an unconventional college term paper about the Russo-Swedish War of 1808. An insightful introduction by Gardner Dozois, illustrations by Michael Kaluta and extensive and candid author commentary make this much more than just a compilation of stories. Fans, genre historians and aspiring writers alike will find this shelf-bending retrospective as impressive as it is intriguing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This career retrospective of fantasy author Martin's short stories, novellas, and television scripts many of them award winners has much to recommend it to speculative fiction fans....Highly recommended." Library Journal
"Dreamsongs is the ideal way to discover one of genre fiction's finest writers. The collection is punctuated by a number of engaging autobiographical pieces....Martin is a writer like no other." The Guardian (U.K.)
"Martin is a major influence within the speculative field, surely on his way to Grand Master status if he continues to produce writing of such quality, and Dreamsongs is a major body of work, one that feels like a career summation for his short fiction. It's a must-have for any serious student of speculative literature." Strange Horizons
"Dreamsongs covers an immense 40 years in George R.R. Martin's working life, and rolls like a safari though the fantastic land of his imagination....[A] master class of slow burn, subtlety, and an instinctive ability to truly connect with both characters and audience." The SF Site
The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns with a rare treat for readers: a collection of the best of his short fiction, which shows his growth as a writer from his early days of fan fiction to the giant of the field he has become today.
About the Author
George R. R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid '90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.