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George R. R. Martin
Born September 20, 1948 (1948-09-20) (age 61)
Bayonne, New Jersey
Occupation Author
Genres Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Horror
Notable work(s) A Song of Ice and Fire
Official website

George Raymond Richard Martin (born September 20, 1948), sometimes referred to as GRRM, is an American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He is best known for his ongoing epic A Song of Ice and Fire series.

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Biography

George R. R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey.[1] As a youth, Martin became an avid reader and collector of comic books. Fantastic Four #20 (Nov 1963) features a letter to the editor he wrote while in high school. He credits the attention he received from this letter, as well as his following interest in fanzines, with his interest in becoming a writer.[2]

Martin wrote short fiction in the early 1970s and while his start into the professional writer career was not easy (one of his stories was rejected by different magazines forty-two times) he was not discouraged and later on won several Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards. His first story to be nominated for Hugo and Nebula Award was With Morning Comes Mistfall published by Analog magazine in 1973. The story lost both Awards, but Martin didn't mind too much, noting that joining "Hugo-and-Nebula Losers" Club was a big enough accomplishment for him[3].

Although much of his work is fantasy or horror, a number of his earlier works are science fiction occurring in a loosely-defined future history, known informally as 'The Thousand Worlds' or 'The manrealm'. He has also written at least one piece of political-military fiction, "Night of the Vampyres", collected in Harry Turtledove's anthology The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century.[4]

In the 1980s he turned to work in television and as a book editor. On television, he worked on the new Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast series. As an editor, he oversaw the lengthy Wild Cards cycle, which took place in a shared universe in which an alien virus bestowed strange powers or disfigurements on a slice of humanity during World War II, affecting the history of the world thereafter (the premise was inspired by comic book superheroes and a Superworld superhero role-playing game of which Martin was gamemaster). Contributors to the Wild Cards series included Stephen Leigh, Lewis Shiner, Howard Waldrop, Walter Jon Williams and Roger Zelazny. His own contributions to the series often featured Thomas Tudbury, "The Great and Powerful Turtle", a powerful psychokinetic whose flying "shell" consisted of an armored VW Beetle.

Martin's short story, Nightflyers, was adapted into a 1987 feature film.

In 1991 Martin briefly returned to writing novel-length stories, and began what would eventually turn into his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire (ostensibly inspired by the Wars of the Roses and Ivanhoe), which is projected to run to seven volumes. The first volume A Game of Thrones was published in 1996. In November 2005, A Feast for Crows, the fourth book in this series, became The New York Times #1 Bestseller and also achieved #1 ranking on The Wall Street Journal bestseller list. In addition, in September 2006 A Feast for Crows was nominated for both a Quill award, and the British Fantasy Award.[5] The series has received praise from authors[6], readers[7] and critics[8] alike. Martin is currently engaged in writing A Dance With Dragons, which is the fifth book in the series.

It was announced January, 2007 that HBO Productions has purchased the broadcast rights for the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series, with the author also serving as co-executive producer on the project. The plan calls for each book from the series to be filmed over an entire season's worth of episodes. Production will take place in the UK and Martin is reported to have agreed to script one episode per season. Further details are expected to be announced soon.[9]

Martin has also been an instructor in journalism (in which he holds a master's degree) and a chess tournament director. In his spare time he collects medieval-themed miniatures[10] and continues to treasure his comic collection, which includes the first issues of Spider-Man and Fantastic Four. Although he is fairly active on the internet, he notes: "I do my writing on a completely different computer than the one I use for email and the internet, in part to guard against viruses, worms, and nightmares like this. (...) I write with WordStar 4.0 on a pure DOS-based machine."[11]

Themes

Critics have described Martin's work as dark and cynical.[12] His first novel, Dying of the Light, set the tone for most of his future work; it is set on a mostly abandoned planet that is slowly becoming uninhabitable as it moves away from its sun. This story, and many of Martin's others, have a strong sense of melancholy. His characters are often unhappy, or at least unsatisfied, and many have elements of tragic heroes. Reviewer T. M. Wagner writes, "Let it never be said Martin doesn't share Shakespeare's fondness for the senselessly tragic." [13] This gloominess can be an obstacle for some readers. The Inchoatus Group writes, "If this absence of joy is going to trouble you, or you’re looking for something more affirming, then you should probably seek elsewhere." [14]

His characters are often considered multi-faceted, each with surprisingly intricate pasts, inspirations, and ambitions. Publisher's Weekly writes of his on-going epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire "The complexity of characters such as Daenarys [sic], Arya and the Kingslayer will keep readers turning even the vast number of pages contained in this volume, for the author, like Tolkien or Jordan, makes us care about their fates." [15] No one is given an unrealistic string of luck, however, so misfortune, injury, and death (and even false death) can befall any character, major or minor, no matter how attached the reader has become. Martin has described his penchant for killing off characters as being necessary for the story's depth: "...when my characters are in danger, I want you to be afraid to turn the page, (so) you need to show right from the beginning that you're playing for keeps." [16]

Fan relationship

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In addition to writing, Martin is known for his regular attendance at science fiction conventions and his accessibility to fans. In the early 70s, critic and writer Thomas Disch identified Martin as a member of the "Labor Day Group",[17] writers who congregated at the annual Worldcon, usually held around Labor Day.

Martin has a good relationship with his official fan club, the Brotherhood without Banners, and has praised them in the past for their parties[18] and philanthropic efforts.[19] As of December 2006, the organization has over 1,000 official members listed on its website.[20]

Martin is strongly opposed to fan fiction, believing it to be copyright infringement and bad exercise for aspiring writers.[21] He does not give permission for any of his intellectual property to be used in fan fiction.[22]

Bibliography

Author

Novels

Selected novellas

  • A Song for Lya
  • Night of the Vampyres, originally in Amazing, 1975, re-published in The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century
  • "The Skin Trade" (1989) from the three-author collection Dark Visions.

Selected novelettes

  • Sandkings, Martins most anthologized story to date and the only one of his to win both the Hugo and the Nebula awards.
  • Meathouse Man, first published in 1976, in Orbit 18. (Originally intended for Harlan Ellison's notorious "The Last Dangerous Visions" anthology, GRRM has admitted that this is probably the darkest, most depressing story he has ever done and that he still finds it painful to re-read nearly thirty years later.)

Children's books

  • The Ice Dragon (Originally printed in 1980 as a short story[32], illustrated and re-printed as a children's book in October, 2006)

Collections

  • A Song for Lya (1976)
  • Songs of Stars and Shadows (1977)
  • Sandkings (1981)
  • Songs the Dead Men Sing (1983)
  • Nightflyers (1985)
  • Tuf Voyaging (1987, collection of linked stories)
  • Portraits of His Children (1987)
  • Quartet (2001)
  • GRRM: A RRetrospective (2003; reissued 2006 and 2007 as Dreamsongs)

Television

  • The New Twilight Zone
    • The Last Defender of Camelot (1986) - writer (teleplay)
    • The Once and Future King (1986) - writer (teleplay), story editor
    • A Saucer of Loneliness (1986) - story editor
    • Lost and Found (1986) - writer (teleplay)
    • The World Next Door (1986) - story editor
    • The Toys of Caliban (1986) - writer (teleplay)
    • The Road Less Travelled (1986) - writer (story and teleplay), story editor
  • Beauty and the Beast
    • Terrible Saviour (1987) - writer
    • Masques (1987) - writer
    • Shades of Grey (1988) - writer
    • Promises of Someday (1988) - writer
    • Fever (1988) - writer
    • Ozymandias (1988) - writer
    • Dead of Winter (1988) - writer
    • Brothers (1989) - writer
    • When the Blue Bird Sings' (1989) - writer (teleplay)
    • A Kingdom by the Sea (1989) - writer
    • What Rough Beast (1989) - writer (story)
    • Ceremony of Innocence (1989) - writer
    • Snow (1989) - writer
    • Beggar's Comet (1990) - writer
    • Invictus (1990) - writer
  • Doorways (1993, unreleased pilot) - writer, producer, creator

Editor

Wild Cards (also contributor to many volumes)

Others (with Gardner Dozois)

  • Warriors a massive, cross-genre anthology featuring stories about war and warriors (delivered, forthcoming in 2010 or early 2011)[35]
  • Songs of the Dying Earth a tribute anthology to Jack Vance´s seminal Dying Earth series, to be published by Subterranean Press (delivered)[36]
  • Star Crossed Lovers a cross-genre anthology featuring stories of romance in fantasy and science-fiction settings (forthcoming)

Awards

A more complete list of Martin's awards and nominations can be found at The Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards.

References

  1. ^ "Life & times of George R.R. Martin". http://www.georgerrmartin.com/life/. Retrieved on 2008-10-07. 
  2. ^ Official site: Speech at Electracon, 23 June 1984. URL accessed 21 November 2006.
  3. ^ From fanboy to filthy pro
  4. ^ Turtledove, Harry, ed, with Martin H. Greenberg. The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century. New York: Ballantine, May 2001, p. 279-306.
  5. ^ A Feast for Crows award nominations
  6. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/product-description/0553801503#Review
  7. ^ http://www.sfsite.com/columns/best00b.htm
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.com/dp/product-description/0553801503#Review
  9. ^ Michael Fleming. (2007-01-16), HBO turns 'Fire' into fantasy series: Cabler acquires rights to Martin's 'Ice'. Variety.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  10. ^ George R. R. Martin: Official website Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  11. ^ LiveJournal post by grrm, putatively George R. R. Martin. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  12. ^ "The American Tolkien" by Lev Grossman, a Times article on Martin. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  13. ^ T. M. Wagner. (2003),Review of A Storm of Swords. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  14. ^ The Inchoatus Group. (2004-08-21), Review of A Game of Thrones. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  15. ^ Review of A Storm of Swords by Publisher's Weekly
  16. ^ Geekson interview with George RR Martin, 08/04/06
  17. ^ "Literature, Bowling, and the Labor Day Group" Essay by GRRM discussing his status as a member of the "Labour Day Group." Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  18. ^ "A Welcome From George". Bwfanclub.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  19. ^ www.childsplaycharity.org
  20. ^ BwBfanclub.com. "Members". Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  21. ^ "George R. R. Martin: Zines, copyright and Creative Commons"
  22. ^ (1999-05-09), The Citadel. Westeros.org. Retrieved on 2007-11-03.
  23. ^ "Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 1978 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1978. Retrieved on 2009-03-28. 
  24. ^ "Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 1979 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1979. Retrieved on 2009-03-28. 
  25. ^ "Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 1982 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1982. Retrieved on 2009-03-28. 
  26. ^ "Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 1983 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1983. Retrieved on 2009-03-28. 
  27. ^ "Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 1984 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1984. Retrieved on 2009-03-28. 
  28. ^ "Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 1997 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1997. Retrieved on 2009-03-28. 
  29. ^ "Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 1999 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=1999. Retrieved on 2009-06-07. 
  30. ^ "Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 2001 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=2001. Retrieved on 2009-03-28. 
  31. ^ "Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by Award: 2006 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. http://www.worldswithoutend.com/books_year_index.asp?year=2006. Retrieved on 2009-03-28. 
  32. ^ Review of The Ice Dragon with a footnote on the original printing
  33. ^ http://grrm.livejournal.com/80431.html
  34. ^ http://grrm.livejournal.com/87685.html
  35. ^ http://grrm.livejournal.com/80313.html
  36. ^ http://grrm.livejournal.com/61805.html

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Interviews



Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Sure, some of the reviews have been very flattering, but the series is not finished yet. The end needs to be as strong as the beginning.

George R. R. Martin (born September 20, 1948) is an American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction.

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  • In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which.
    • Interview with Infinity Plus, February 2001
  • Tolkien made the wrong choice when he brought Gandalf back. Screw Gandalf. He had a great death and the characters should have had to go on without him.
    • on a panel at Odyssey Con 2008, April 2008
  • Ten years from now, no one is going to care how quickly the books came out. The only thing that will matter, the only thing anyone will remember, is how good they were. That's my main concern, and always will be.
    • Official blog, July 2007
  • I was always intensely Romantic, even when I was too young to understand what that meant.
    • Interview with Infinity Plus, February 2001
  • The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real... for a moment at least... that long magic moment before we wake. Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smoke-stacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?
    We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the song the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever, somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.
    They can keep their heaven. When I die, I'd sooner go to Middle Earth.
    • The Faces of Fantasy, 1996
  • Art is not a democracy. People don't get to vote on how it ends.
    • Interview with GamePro magazine, 8 April 2003
I think that for science fiction, fantasy, and even horror to some extent, the differences are skin-deep. [...] The real difference, to my mind, is between romantic fiction, which all these genres are a part of, and mimetic fiction, or naturalistic fiction.
  • Believe me, no one wants to finish this book more than me.
    • On the lateness of A Dance with Dragons in his progress update (2008)
  • Back at the Philadelphia Worldcon (which seems a million years ago), I announced the famous five-year gap: I was going to skip five years forward in the story, to allow some of the younger characters to grow older and the dragons to grow larger, and for various other reasons. I started out writing on that basis in 2001, and it worked very well for some of my myriad characters but not at all for others, because you can't just have nothing happen for five years. If things do happen you have to write flashbacks, a lot of internal retrospection, and that's not a good way to present it. I struggled with that essentially wrong direction for about a year before finally throwing it out, realizing there had to be another interim book. That became A Feast for Crows, where the action is pretty much continuous from the preceding book. Even so, that only accounts for one year. Why the four after that? I don't know, except that this was a very tough book to write -- and it remains so, because I've only finished half. Going in, I thought I could do something about the length of the second book in the series, A Clash of Kings, roughly 1,200 pages in manuscript. But I passed that and there was a lot more to write. Then I passed the length of the third book, A Storm of Swords, which was something like 1,500 pages in manuscript and gave my publishers all around the world lots of production problems. I didn't really want to make any cuts because I had this huge story to tell. We started thinking about dividing it in two and doing it as A Feast for Crows, Parts One and Two, but the more I thought about that the more I really did not like it. Part One would have had no resolution whatsoever for 18 viewpoint characters and their 18 stories. Of course this is all part of a huge megaseries so there is not a complete resolution yet in any of the volumes, but I try to give a certain sense of completion at the end of each volume -- that a movement of the symphony has wrapped up, so to speak.
    • Interview with Locus Magazine, November 2005
  • I think that for science fiction, fantasy, and even horror to some extent, the differences are skin-deep. I know there are elements in the field, particularly in science fiction, who feel that the differences are very profound, but I do not agree with that analysis. I think for me it is a matter of the furnishings. An elf or an alien may in some ways fulfill the same function, as a literary trope. It’s almost a matter of flavor. The ice cream can be chocolate or it can be strawberry, but it’s still ice cream. The real difference, to my mind, is between romantic fiction, which all these genres are a part of, and mimetic fiction, or naturalistic fiction.
  • With great power comes great responsibility, Stan Lee once wrote. Spidey's credo articulates the basic premise of every superhero universe, including ours. But Lord Acton wrote that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The tension between those two truths is where the drama comes in. My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results... but it is the effort that's heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.
  • Of all the bright cruel lies they tell you, the crudest is the one called love.
    • from the novella Meathouse Man
  • Those of you who know my work only from A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE may not be aware that I was once considered the most romantic science fiction writer of the 70s, back when I was doing my Thousand Worlds stuff.
    • On his blog, talking about romance in science fiction and fantasy
  • The House of Fantasy is built of stone and wood and furnished in High Medieval. Its people travel by horse and galley, fight with sword and spell and battle-axe, communicate by palantir or raven, and break bread with elves and dragons.
    The House of Science Fiction is built of duralloy and plastic and furnished in Faux Future. Its people travel by starship and aircar, fight with nukes and tailored germs, communicate by ansible and laser, and break protein bars with aliens.
    The House of Horror is built of bone and cobwebs and furnished in Ghastly Gothick. Its people travel only by night, fight with anything that will kill messily, communicate in screams and shrieks and gibbers, and sip blood with vampires and werewolves.
    • "The Furniture Rule", explaining the differences and similarities between the fields of weird fiction in Dreamsongs
  • I've been killing characters my entire career, maybe I'm just a bloody minded bastard, I don't know, [but] when my characters are in danger, I want you to be afraid to turn the page (and to do that) you need to show right from the beginning that you're playing for keeps.
  • As a writer, my goal, (which I'm never going to achieve, and I know that, and no writer can achieve that,) but my goal is to make you almost live the books... I want you to fall through that page and feel as if these things are happening to you.
  • There are many different kinds of writers, I like to use the analogy of architects and gardeners. There are some writers who are architects, and they plan everything, they blueprint everything, and they know before the drive the first nail into the first board what the house is going to look like and where all the closets are going to be, where the plumbing is going to run, and everything is figured out on the blueprints before they actually begin any work whatsoever. And then there are gardeners who dig a little hole and drop a seed in and water it with their blood and see what comes up, and sort of shape it. They sort of know what seed they've planted - whether it's an oak or an elm, or a horror story or a science fiction story, but they don't how big it's going to be, or what shape it's going to take. I am much more a gardener than an architect.
  • Sure. Some of the reviews have been very flattering, but the series is not finished yet. The end needs to be as strong as the beginning.
    • Interview with Patrick St-Denis on Pat's Fantasy Hotlist, May 01, 2006 (talking about his magnum opus, A Song of Ice and Fire)

A Song of Ice and Fire (1996-)

  • A knight who remembered his vows.
    • Steely Pate in The Hedge Knight (1998). Describing Duncan the Tall, to explain why the commoners are on his side.
  • In the name of the Warrior I charge you to be brave. In the name of the Father I charge you to be just. In the name of the Mother I charge you to defend the young and innocent. In the name of the Maid I charge you to protect all women [...]
    • The Hedge Knight (1998). Start of the knighting ceremony
      Winter is coming.
      Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death... I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
  • Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death... I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
    • Vow of the Night's Watch
  • Winter is coming.
    • Words of House Stark
  • Valar morghulis.
    • An old saying in High Valyrian
  • In a coat of Red or a coat of Gold a lion still has claws. 'And mine are long and sharp, my lord, as long and sharp as yours.
    • A line in the song "The Reins of Castamere." (A song written about the destruction of house Tarbeck and House Rein brought about by Lord Tywin Lannister.)

A Game of Thrones (1996)

  • "We should start back," Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. "The wildlings are dead."
    • Prologue
  • The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer.
    • Bran (I)
  • "Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?"
    "That is the only time a man can be brave."
    • Bran & Ned. Bran(I)
  • A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is.
    • Lord Eddard Stark. Bran(I)
  • Generations of capering fools in motley have won me the right to dress badly and say any damn thing that comes into my head.
    • Tyrion Lannister. Jon(I)
  • The things I do for love.
    • Jaime Lannister. Bran (II)
  • "I beg to differ. Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities."
    • Tyrion Lannister. Tyrion (I)
  • "The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. They never are."
    • Ser Jorah Mormont in Chapter 23, Daenerys (III)
  • "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."
    • Cersei Lannister in Chapter 48, Eddard (XII)

A Clash of Kings (1998)

  • Prince Tommen was not so obedient. "I'm supposed to ride against the straw man."
    "Not today" [Joffrey said].
    "But I want to ride!"
    "I don't care what you want."
    "Mother said I could ride."
    "She said," Princess Myrcella agreed.
    "Mother said," mocked the king. "Don't be childish."
    "We're children," Myrcella declared haughtily. "We're supposed to be childish."
    The Hound laughed. "She has you there."
    • Sansa (I)
  • "Tell me, Bronn. If I told you to kill a babe . . . an infant girl, say, still at her mother's breast . . . would you do it? Without question?"
    "Without question? No." The sellsword rubbed thumb and forefinger together. "I'd ask how much."
    • Tyrion and Bronn, Tyrion (II)
  • (a confrontation concerning someone bound for the Night's Watch)
    "I'll have the boy."
    "You'll have no one," Yoren said stubbornly. "There's laws on such things."
    The gold cloak drew a shortsword. "Here's your law."
    Yoren looked at the blade. "That's no law, just a sword. Happens I got one too."
    • Arya (III)
  • Kings have no friends, only subjects and enemies.
    • Stannis Baratheon (Catelyn III)
  • There are no men like me. There's only me.
    • Jaime Lannister in Chapter 56, Catelyn (VII)
  • So many vows . . . they make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It's too much. No matter what you do, you're forsaking one vow or the other.
    • Jaime Lannister in Chapter 56, Catelyn (VII)

A Storm of Swords (2000)

"You know nothing, Jon Snow."
  • "You'll wear your Chains, Kingslayer"
    "You figure you'll row all the way to king's Landing, Wench."
    "You will call me Brienne, not Wench."
    "My name is Ser Jaime. Not Kingslayer."
    "Do you deny you slew a king?"
    "No. Do you deny your sex? If so unlace those breaches and show me. I'd ask you to open you bodice but from the look of you that wouldn't prove much"
    • Jaime (I)
  • "Be quiet Cersei. Joffrey, when your enemies defy you, you give them steel. However, when they bend the knee, you help him to their feet, elsewise no-one will bend the knee"
    • Tywin Lannister
  • "You know nothing, Jon Snow."
    • Ygritte
  • "Have they told you who I am?"
    "Some dead man"
    • Gregor Clegane
  • "Well sir, who better to command the black cloaks than him who commanded the gold cloaks?"
    "Anyone I should think, even the cook."
    • Stannis Baratheon
  • "Another name? Oh, certainly. And when the Faceless Men come to kill me, I'll say, 'No, you have the wrong man, I'm a different dwarf with a hideous facial scar.'"
    Both Lannisters laughed at the absurdity of it all.
    • Tyrion to Jaime

A Feast for Crows (2005)

  • "The war of the Ninepenny Kings?" [asked Hyle Hunt.]
    "So they called it, though I never saw a king, nor earned a penny. It was a war though. That it was."
    • Brienne
  • I fear what little law and order left to us by the five kings will not survive the three Queens.
    • Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish

A Dance with Dragons (2010?)

  • Burning dead children had ceased to trouble Jon Snow; live ones were another matter.
    • Jon (I)

Others about Martin

  • "In my opinion, he's a saint. If I had to deal with that level of fan dickishness, I would have already lost my shit in some spectacular way. There would be a video of me on youtube, gone all berserk with nerd rage, holding someone up by the neck, shouting "I've got your sequel right here, bitch!"

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George R. R. Martin
Born
Bayonne, New Jersey
Occupation Novelist
Genres Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Horror
Notable work(s) A Song of Ice and Fire
Official website

George Raymond Richard Martin (September 20, 1948), is an American writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He is best known for his A Song of Ice and Fire series.

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