Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Q&A WITH GEORGE R. R. MARTIN
This is an older interview that I did with Martin back in February for a feature on the HBO adaptation of his terrific fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire." I hadn't been assigned to review any of his books yet, but I knew I liked his writing and had read most of it since, as a 12-year-old, my friend Mark Crawford lent me a copy of a Hugo anthology that contained "Sandkings," which gave me horrible nightmares. I recommend it, and Martin's other science fiction stories unreservedly (you can pick up his big hardcover "greatest hits" collection "Dreamsongs" for a pittance these days, if you're interested). Martin was extremely pleasant and willing to talk for quite a while, which I appreciate a great deal as an interviewer. I don't always record my interviews - sometimes I just take notes - but I wanted to get this one down verbatim so I could put it up uncut for posterity. Enjoy.