George Raymond Richard Martin was born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two younger sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten. Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism graduating summa cum laude. In 1971 he went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism, both from Northwestern University.
George began writing science fiction and horror stories very young, selling monster stories to neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines. His first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: “The Hero,” published in February, 1971, in Galaxy Magazine.
During the Vietnam War he was a conscientious objector. He did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He successfully wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working at these other endeavors.
From 1975-79 he was married to Gale Burnick, with no children. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. Moving on to Hollywood, 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. From 1988-1991 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast.
In 2011 he married long-time partner Parris McBride in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
and of Writers’ Guild of America, West. He and his wife support numerous arts programs and charities. His blog, Not a Blog, draws numerous fans, as do his appearances at various conventions.
He is best known for A Song of Ice and Fire, his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted for its dramatic series Game of Thrones. Martin serves as the series' co-executive producer, while also scripting one of each season's 10 episodes. This series was inspired by the Wars of the Roses and Ivanhoe. It is currently intended to comprise seven volumes.
1996 A Game of Thrones
1998 A Clash of Kings
2000 A Storm of Swords
2005 A Feast for Crows
2011 A Dance with Dragons
2016 (possibly) The Winds of Winter
20?? A Dream of Spring
A prequel of three novellas is due to be published in October 2015 to hold the fans until the Winds of Winter is ready for release. The illustrated Knight of the Seven Kingdoms contains: "The Hedge Knight," "The Sworn Sword," and "The Mystery Knight."