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George Raymond Richard Martin was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Sept 20 1948. He began writing monster stories as a child, and by high school was contributing fiction to comic fanzines. His first professional sale, short story 'The Hero', written while he was in college, appeared in Galaxy February 1971.
Martin graduated from Northwestern University (BS Journalism 1971, MS 1972). A conscientious objector, he worked for VISTA at Chicago's Cook Country Legal Assistance 1972-4. From 1976-8 he taught journalism at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, and spent another year there as writer-in-residence 1978-9. He has been a full-time writer ever since.
Martin won his first Hugo for the novella 'A Song for Lya' (1974). In 1980 he won the Nebula and Hugo Awards for novelette 'Sandkings', and a Hugo Award for short story 'The Way of Cross and Dragon'. Martin won a second Nebula in 1986 for 'Portraits of His Children', a 1988 Bram Stoker Award for 'The Pear-Shaped Man', a 1989 World Fantasy Award for novella 'The Skin Trade', a 1997 Hugo for novella 'Blood of the Dragon', and is a 10-time Locus Award winner.
Gardner Dozois has won fifteen Hugo Awards and twenty-eight Locus Awards as editor on the magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction, and for the annual anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction. He has also won two Nebula Awards for his own writing and is the author or editor of over a hundred books.