Over dinner, George R.R. Martin dishes on comics, television writing

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Jul 21, 2017

As you likely know, George R.R. Martin is the author of the wildly successful A Song of Ice and Fire series, better known as the source material for HBO’s Game of Thrones. In recent years, he’s tapered his convention schedule down, to focus on the continuing adventures of the War of the Five Kings. But he recently attended the horror convention Stokercon, and there, he was interviewed for a podcast about the continuing adventures of GRRM.

In the podcast Eating the Fantastic, writer and editor Scott Edelman (who happens to be the former editor-in-chief here at SYFY) interviews science fiction authors over dinner. In this episode, we get to know our geek hero GRRM a little better.

For example, we know that GRRM had letters-to-the-editor printed in Marvel comics, but never in DC Comics. Years later, DC editor Julius Schwartz became his friend. When GRRM complained about his failure to get a letter printed, Schwartz then told him, “You should have written better letters. They weren’t very good.”

We also learn how Martin made his way into television writing. A producer optioned his 1983 novel Armageddon Rag and flew him out to Hollywood. From there, he met the producer, who asked him to write for The Twilight Zone. He became a staff writer after Harlan Ellison quit. “There was an opening,” Martin said.

In addition, GRRM talked about the two scholarships he has available for the science fiction writer’s workshops Clarion (N.B: I attended Clarion West back in 1995) and Odyssey. GRRM’s Clarion scholarship will go to writers of space opera, while his Odyssey scholarship will go to writers of Lovecraftian horror.

Near the end, Edelman pulls out an old interview with GRRM from 1993, where he discusses “a fantasy novel I’ve been working on off and on for awhile.”

It’s a two-hour chat, where we really get to know our favorite author on a personal level. It’s well worth your time (as is the Eating the Fantastic podcast). Check it out.

(via ScottEdelman)