George R.R. Martin … a computer dinosaur

George R.R. Martin … a computer dinosaur

George R. R. Martin is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He is best known for his series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was later adapted into the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011–present).

He is currently selling more books than nearly anyone on the planet and his computer can’t even send an email. Think about that for a moment. In total, Martin has written almost 2 million words for the series thus far…

“So here’s the thing. I am a dinosaur, as all my friends will tell you. A man of the 20th century, not the 21st. Yes, I have been using a computer for twenty years now, but while I cruise this interwebby thing with a PC and Windows, I still do all my writing on an old DOS machine running WordStar 4.0, the Duesenberg of word-processing software – very old, but unsurpassed.”

Martin has been criticized by some of his readers for the long periods between books in the Ice and Fire series, notably the six-year gap between the fourth volume, A Feast for Crows (2005), and the fifth volume, A Dance with Dragons (2011). The previous year, in 2010, Martin had responded to fan criticisms by saying he was unwilling to write only his Ice and Fire series, noting that working on other prose and compiling and editing different book projects have always been part of his working process. He is currently working on the sixth volume with one more to come after that.

Tell you what though … he’s way way faster than me!



4 responses to “George R.R. Martin … a computer dinosaur

  1. I admire the old fashioned approach! I bet he doesn’t get distracted by cat videos when he’s working.

  2. I wonder how many of us reading this are kicking ourselves for tossing out the old originals! Love it!

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