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
http://georgerrmartin.com/bibliography.html and his blog
can be found at GRRM.livejournal.com.
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,