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George R. R. Martin - Author

About the Author

George R. R. Martin published his first story in 1971 and quickly rose to prominence, winning four HUGO and two NEBULA AWARDs in quick succession before he turned his attention to fantasy with the historical horror novel FEVRE DREAM, now a Fantasy Masterwork. Since then he has won every major award in the fields of fantasy, SF and horror. His magnificent epic saga A Song of Ice and Fire is redefining epic fantasy for a new generation. George R. R. Martin lives in New Mexico.

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Featured books by George R. R. Martin

Mississippi Roll

Mississippi Roll

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/12/2017

Perfect for current fans and new readers alike, Mississippi Roll is an all-new, adventurous jaunt along one of America's greatest rivers, featuring many beloved characters from the Wild Cards universe Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin, Mississippi Roll features the writing talents of Stephen Leigh, David D. Levine, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Cherie Priest, and Carrie Vaughn.

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A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2017

The third novel in the epic A Song of Fire and Ice series has been split into two books; the first part Steel and Snow continues to reinforce the reputation of this masterful conjurer of the written word.  Martin has the wonderful ability to make a living breathing world without a whiff of the fanciful; yet dragons fly and the Others are a terrifying menace that the majority of the realm can not even begin to imagine. You should be used to the unpredictable twists and turns that Martin is so skilful at composing, however he still has the ability to stun with his sudden change of pace.  You may well find yourself begging the author not to slaughter your favourites (who are not necessarily the most admirable) as surprises continue apace and characters you previously loathed with good reason, start to reveal hidden depths. Steel and Snow feels as though a towering and precarious set of building blocks is being deftly constructed, just in time to crash to the ground during the second part of a Storm of Swords; Blood and Gold.

Wild Cards: High Stakes

Wild Cards: High Stakes

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Since an alien virus swept through New York City, the world has changed. Those who survived were divided. The lucky ones transformed into aces - heroes gifted with extraordinary powers. The rest became jokers, tragically mutated and cursed with terrifying abilities. These days, the hard-bitten police of Manhattan's notorious Fifth Precinct - 'Fort Freak' - specialise in a very particular kind of criminal ...Officer Francis Black, vigilante joker Marcus 'The Infamous Black Tongue' Morgan and ace thief Mollie 'Tesseract' Steunenberg are stuck in Kazakhstan. The coldblooded Baba Yaga is forcing jokers into an illegal fighting ring, but her hidden agenda is much darker: her fighters' deaths serve to placate a vicious monster from another dimension. And when the last line of defence against this world weakens, all hell will break loose - literally. The Committee in New York sends a team of aces to investigate. One by one, each falls victim to evil forces - including the dark impulses within themselves. Only the most unlikely of heroes stands a chance of saving the world before utter chaos erupts. Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin, High Stakes features the writing talents of Melinda M. Snodgrass, John J. Miller, David Anthony Durham, Caroline Spector, Stephen Leigh and Ian Tregillis. Now in development for TV: rights to develop Wild Cards for TV have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions, the team that brought you The Magicians and Mr. Robot, with the co-editor of Wild Cards, Melinda Snodgrass as executive producer.

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A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2016

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the North of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the centre of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a region of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavours to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

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Rogues

Rogues

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2015

Rogues is a meaty feast of a book, stuffed full of fabulous stories from some of the best authors around (George RR Martin and Neil Gaiman to name just a couple). This isn't just about science fiction and fantasy either, there’s some great mainstream contemporary works on show too. There are twenty one stories, proper weighty stories, full of content and some of the most interesting characters around. Once you start reading, it’s difficult to stop as the next story gives a siren call to dive straight in.  So…if you've always loved to hiss and boo at an irresistibly wicked and sometimes charming villain, this is the perfect book for you.

Wild Cards: Dead Man's Hand

Wild Cards: Dead Man's Hand

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2014

A wonderfully old-fashioned whodunnit stuffed full however, (as you would expect) with quirks, peculiarities and eccentricity.  In a departure from the previous six Wild Card novels just two authors have written Dead Man’s Hand; George RR Martin and John J Miller. This allows a real insight into two of the more complex characters; astute private detective and ace Jay Ackroyd and the wonderfully enigmatic nat Daniel Brennan. Taking place in the same time period as Ace in the Hole, the majority of the focus for this remains in and around the gloriously freaky Jokertown, as Ackroyd and Brennan try to solve a murder from different angles. Slide a step to the side from the preceding books and enjoy this well crafted and stimulating read. You will understand so much more of the Wild Card world if you start at the beginning of the series with ‘Wild Cards’. You do not have to be a science fiction and fantasy buff to enjoy these books. George RR Martin has proven his more mainstream appeal with the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series adapted from his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. Recommended for anyone who appreciates the unusual and bizarre side of life.

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Wild Cards: Ace in the Hole

Wild Cards: Ace in the Hole

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/07/2014

This is a classic slow burner, it gradually gets it’s hooks into you and then rockets along to a cracking ending.  Set over a period of a week during the American Presidency campaign in July 1988, there is a definite political overtone, but you don't have to know how the system works to enjoy this novel. Feeling more focused and directly featuring less characters allows the storyline of Gregg Hartmann, hero to the Jokers (but a hidden murdering nightmare of an ace) to take centre stage. You may initially miss the brawling turbulence of the wider range of characters from previous books, but hang on in there as it gets good!  The Closing Credits at the end of the book is an interesting page as it features a list of characters and their creators. Dr Tachyon,  created by Melinda M Snodgrass has assisted Martin with the editing of ‘Ace in the Hole’. You will understand so much more of the Wild Card world if you start at the beginning of the series with ‘Wild Cards’. You do not have to be a science fiction and fantasy buff to enjoy these books. George RR Martin has proven his more mainstream appeal with the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series adapted from his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. Recommended for anyone who appreciates the unusual and bizarre side of life.

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Wild Cards: Aces Abroad

Wild Cards: Aces Abroad

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

A new ‘triad’ of books begins within the ‘Wild Cards’ series; set during 1986 and 1987, Nats, Jokers and Aces take a sponsored tour around the world to investigate the treatment of victims of the wild card virus. Focusing on particular endeavours, we hear voices clamouring to be heard in one country through to aspirations for total world domination in another. On board are a range of favourite characters and we are also introduced to some compelling and sometimes abhorrent new antagonists. The joy of this series is that although the Wild Card Virus is fantasy at it’s best, the characters are so realistic that it appears resoundingly normal and rational; villains are capable of sporadic moments of gentleness and idols can fall resoundingly off of their pedestals. There is a slightly disjointed feel to this novel initially, possibly because the cohesive setting of New York is left far behind and some serious country hopping takes place. As you get used to the differences however and the plot and pace builds, the different authors bring out the best (or worst) in their characters, so hang on to the fuselage of the ‘Stacked Deck’ and settle in for a wild ride. Although you could potentially read this as a stand alone story, you will understand so much more of the Wild Card world if you start at the beginning of the series. You do not have to be a science fiction and fantasy buff to enjoy these books. George RR Martin has proven his more mainstream appeal with the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series adapted from his ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’. Recommended for anyone who appreciates the unusual and bizarre side of life.

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A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A FEAST FOR CROWS is the fourth volume in the series. The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne. The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life. The Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell seek vengeance for their dead. Euron Crow's Eye, as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, returns from the smoking ruins of Valyria to claim the Iron Isles. From the icy north, where Others threaten the Wall, apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms to the Citadel. As plots, intrigue and battle threaten to engulf Westeros, victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts.   Song of Ice and Fire series:1. A Game of Thrones2. A Clash of Kings3. A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow4. A Storm of Swords 2 : Blood and Gold5. A Feast for Crows6. A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust7. A Dance with Dragons 2 : After the Feast

Game of Thrones A Storm of Swords Part 2

Game of Thrones A Storm of Swords Part 2

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

HBO's hit series A GAME OF THRONES is based on George R R Martin's internationally bestselling series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A STORM OF SWORDS: BLOOD AND GOLD is the SECOND part of the third volume in the series.     Game Of Thrones returns on Monday 7 April 2014 at 9pm on Sky Atlantic HD and Sky Atlantic +1.  Click below to view the official trailer.   The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs. From there, the renegade Brother Mance Rayder will lead them South towards the Wall. The men of the Night's Watch are ready for the coming of a great cold and the walking corpses that travel with it. But now they face a horde of wildlings twenty-thousand strong - hungry savage people steeped in the dark magic of the haunted wilderness - poised to invade the Kingdom of the North where Robb Stark wears his new-forged crown. But Robb's defences are ranged against attack from the South, the land of House Stark's enemies the Lannisters. His sisters are trapped there, dead or likely yet to die, at the whim of the Lannister boy-king Joffrey or his depraved mother Cersei, regent of the Iron Throne. Cersei's ambition is unfettered while the dwarf Tyrion Lannister fights for his life, a victim of treachery. And on the other side of the ocean, the last of the Targaryens rears the dragons she hatched from her husband's funeral pyre. Daenerys Stormborn will return to the land of her birth to avenge the murder of her father, the last Dragon King on the Iron Throne.   Song of Ice and Fire series:1. A Game of Thrones2. A Clash of Kings3. A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow4. A Storm of Swords 2 : Blood and Gold5. A Feast for Crows6. A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust7. A Dance with Dragons 2 : After the Feast

Tuf Voyaging

Tuf Voyaging

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader (one of the few), and he likes cats. So how is it that, despite being up against the worst villains in the universe, he has become the proud owner of the last working seedship, pride of Earth's Ecological Engineering Corps? We'll leave that aside for now - just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in space is in good hands, hands which now control cellular material for thousands of outlandish creatures. With his unique equipment and powerful spacecraft, Tuf is set to tackle the myriad problems that human settlers have created during their colonisation of far flung worlds.

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Other books by George R. R. Martin

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONESNominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS'sThe Great American ReadFrom a master of contemporary fantasy comes the first novel of a landmark series unlike any you've ever read before. With A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has launched a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of this magnificent saga, the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere.A GAME OF THRONESA SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK ONELong ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. To the south, the king's powers are failinghis most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.Unparalleled in scope and execution, A Game of Thrones is one of those rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won't let you go until the end, and leave you yearning for more.

Feast for Crows

Feast for Crows

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

THE BOOK BEHIND THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONESFew books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin's monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . .. only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.A Feast for CrowsIt seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears. . . . With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King's Landing. Robb Stark's demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still existor they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out. But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising facessome familiar, others only just appearingare seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead. It is a time when the wise and the ambitious, the deceitful and the strong will acquire the skills, the power, and the magic to survive the stark and terrible times that lie before them. It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes . . . and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guestsbut only a few are the survivors.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Fevre Dream

Fevre Dream

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2001

Abner Marsh has had his dearest wish come true - he has built the Fevre Dream, the finest steamship ever to sail the Mississippi. Abner hopes to race the boat some day, but his partner is making it hard for him to realise his ambition. Joshua York put up the money for the Fevre Dream, but now rumours have started about the company he keeps, his odd eating habits and strange hours. As the Dream sails the great river, it leaves in its wake one too many dark tales, until Abner is forced to face down the man who helped to make his dreams become reality.

Dying Of The Light

Dying Of The Light

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2000

A whisperjewel from Gwen Delvano calls Dirk t'Larien across space and beyond the Tempter's Veil to Worlorn, a dying Festival planet of rock and ice. Warlorn is slowly drifting through twilight to neverending night; as the planet sinks into darkness, so its inhabitants face annihilation. Seven years ago, on Avalon, Gwen was Dirk's lover, his Guenevere; now she wears the jade-and-silver bond of Jaantony Riv Wolf high-Ironjade Vikary, a barbarian visionary, an outcast from his own people for his acts of violence. And Garse Janacek, Jaan's *teyn*, his shieldmate, is also bound to Gwen -- in hatred. Dirk, a rogue and a wanderer, is called to be saviour of the three who are bonded together in love and hate. But in breaking their triangle, he could lose all ...

Sfi3

Sfi3

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2000

A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/1997

The first volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. GAME OF THRONES is now a major TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. As Warden of the North, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must ... and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty. The old gods have no power in the south, Stark's family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

Author: George R. R. Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/1996

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