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Original Essays | July 22, 2014 0 comments
The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
George R. R. MartinDescribe your latest project.
Dreamsongs Volume I and Volume II are a retrospective collection that spans my entire life as writer.
I've been many kinds of writers in my career: novelist; tele-playwright; short story writer. As a high-school student I wrote amateur pieces for fanzines, and I've written for Hollywood. Dreamsongs allows me to show the scope of my writing with personal commentary that puts the works in context and includes some autobiographical details intended to reveal how each piece came to be, what it represents, and how it has formed, or been informed by, my philosophy of writing.
Dreamsongs isn't complete (for example, there are no novels included). Nor is it intended to be a "best of" showcase, although many award-winning pieces are included. Rather I selected these pieces to show scope, or identify a transition in my career, or because they represented a "first" for me something that was important.
Dreamsongs is my career in a nutshell.
True. Everything we (fiction writers) do is based on a lie or lies. But all fiction has to have a certain amount of truth in it to be powerful.
How do you relax?
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands and why did you read it?
Describe the best breakfast of your life.
Name the best television series of all time, and explain why it's the best.
Who's wilder on tour, rock bands or authors?
On a clear and cold day, do you typically get outside into the sunshine or stay inside where it's warm?
Aside from other writers, name some artists from whom you draw inspiration and talk a little about their work.
If you could have been someone else, who would that be and why?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
5 Novels That Should Have Won the Hugo Award
Strangers by Gardner Dozois
Replay by Ken Grimwood
The Year of the Quiet Sun by Wilson Tucker
Brittle Innings by Michael Bishop
A Storm of Swords by me
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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, a big white dog called Mischa, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.