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The Transformation of George R.R. Martin

I’ve been a fan of Game of Thrones since I first caught it a couple of years ago, and I’ve been impressed with the HBO series as I’ve continued to watch. When Season 1 hit, I pulled out my copies of A Song of Ice and Fire and started the first book, alternatively reading and watching the show. I’ve found the books to be a trial to get through, but I’ve ultimately enjoyed them.

I’ve found Martin’s rise to real fame in the last couple of years to be an interesting thing to watch, and it’s equally as interesting to look back and remember that he was a fairly prominent SF author throughout the 70s and 80s, and with this past weekend’s release of Season 4, it’s a good time to look back on his roots.

Go read The Transformation of George R.R. Martin over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog.

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Andrew Liptak is a freelance writer and historian from Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015. He can be found over at and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.

2 Comments on The Transformation of George R.R. Martin

  1. I actually first noticed Martin’s work in some of the comics fanzines he contributed to before he started selling professionally. Even way back then, his work stood out as better developed and written than those by other contributors (some of whom also eventually started selling to professional markets).

    I believe some of those early fanzine stories were included in the DREAMSONGS collections.

  2. I recommend the Dreamsongs volumes to anyone who only knows Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire work. I feel that “Nightflyers”, “Sandkings” and “The Skin Trade” are some of his best work, none of which include swords or dragons or epicness of any kind.

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