Happy Birthday, George R. R. Martin!

Today we wish a very Happy Birthday to one of the most successful Fantasy authors of all time, the Lord of Ice and Fire himself, George R. R. Martin!

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last five years, you will be aware of the colossal hit television show Game of Thrones. And what you should also be aware of is that Game of Thrones derives its title from A Game of Thrones, the first book of George R. R. Martin‘s epic A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Despite what you might have heard, though, George R. R. Martin actually wrote one or two other books before A Song of Ice and Fire. And some of them were very well received, such as World Fantasy Award nominees Fevre Dream and The Armageddon Rag, Hugo and BSFA Award-nominated Dying of the Light, and Locus Award-runner-up Windhaven, co-written with Lisa Tuttle. And he is also largely responsible for the Wild Cards shared world superhero series of novels and anthologies – soon to be adapted to a small screen near you!

Fevre Dream The Armageddon Rag Dying of the Light Windhaven

You can find more of George R. R. Martin’s work via the  Orion and Gateway websites, and read about him in his entry in The Encylopedia of Science Fiction.