George R. R. Martin

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George R. R. Martin (born 20 September, 1948)[1] is an American author who primarily writes fantasy and science fiction. He is best known for A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of epic fantasy novels influenced by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.[2]

Adam Roberts recognises Tolkien's obvious influences on Martin's work, but considers him an "anti-Tolkien", with the Song being a grimdark reaction to Tolkien's idealism.[3]

The Song was adapted in television as Game of Thrones, with some cast and crew from The Lord of the Rings trilogy being involved in the series, such as actor Sean Bean, and Weta Digital providing the visual effects.

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  1. "Life & times of George R. R. Martin", (accessed 20 June 2012)
  2. James Hibberd, "EW interview: George R.R. Martin talks 'A Dance With Dragons'" dated 12 July 2012, Entertainment Weekly (accessed 20 June 2012)
  3. Adam Roberts (2014), Get Started in: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, Hachette UK, p. 42