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George R. R. Martin from Wikipedia

George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. 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.

Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. He was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978 and was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79. Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.

Martin has won many of science fiction's major awards: Hugo Award, 1974 Novella: "A Song for Lya;" Nebula Award, 1979 Novelette: "Sandkings; Hugo Award, 1979 Novelette: "Sandkings;" Hugo Award, 1979 Short Story: "The Way of Cross & Dragon;" Nebula Award, 1985 Novelette: "Portraits of His Children;" Daikon (Japanese Hugo) Award, 1982: Best Short Fiction in Translation, "Nightflyers;" Balrog Award, 1983 Fantasy Novel: The Armageddon Rag; Gigamesh (Spanish) Award, 1987: Best Collection/Anthology: Songs the Dead Men Sing; Daedelus Award for 1987: Wild Cards; Bram Stoker Award, 1987 Novelette: "The Pear-Shaped Man;" World Fantasy Award, 1988 Novella: "The Skin Trade;" Six-time winner of the Locus Award; Finalist for the 1971 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction; World Fantasy Award (Howard) finalist for 1982, 1983; Finalist for the Writers Guild Award, best teleplay, anthology series, for 1986; Hugo Award, 1997 Novella: "Blood of The Dragon."

George R.R. Martin's extensive bibliography can be found at and his blog can be found at

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.

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