George Raymond Richard Martin, also known as George RR Martin and GRRM is a prolific American short story writer and novelist. His works are mostly fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Martin is also a renowned screenwriter and television producer for HBO’s television series “Game of Thrones.” It was an adaptation from his bestselling novel series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’Image Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com
The huge success of the long-running show has multiplied the amount of his paychecks which makes Martin one of the highest-paid authors in the world. It was after the Games of Thrones show won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as won the coveted award in 2015 and 2016.
But first, let us know who George RR Martin is, about his humble beginnings, and how he started his long career as a writer that brought him to the continuing success of the series Game of Thrones.
George RR Martin Early Years
In 1970, Martin finished Bachelor of Science in journalism and graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois. Then, in 1971, he completed his M.S. in Journalism from the same university.
During this time, he already began selling science fiction short stories. His first deal was “The Hero” that he sold to Galaxy magazine and was published in the February 1971 issue.
George RR Martin – The Author
His “With Morning Comes Mistfall” story that was published in 1973 in Analog magazine was nominated for the Hugo Award and Nebula Awards. He published his first novel – “Dying of the Light” in 1977. It was also the year when Star Wars became a huge success, and with this, he was able to sell the novel at a higher price because people are craving for more science fiction novels.
Martin is an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and eventually, he became the Southwest Regional Director (1977-1979).
He often writes about fantasy or horror, but he also has several science fiction stories like the “The Thousand Worlds” and “The Manrealm.”
Though he loves writing books, Martin realized that he would get more pay when working for television that is why he decided to go to Hollywood and look for a new career.
His first job was being a staff writer for a show, and then he was hired as an executive story consultant. In 1989, Martin became the writer-producer of Beauty and the Beast, a new dramatic fantasy. It is where he wrote 14 episodes, and later on, he became the show’s co-supervising producer.
After reading his book in 2005, Lev Grossman of Time declared George Martin “the American Tolkien.” He said that Martin is by far the best when it comes to the grand epic fantasy genre. In fact, it was J. R. R. Tolkien who inspires him to write epic fantasy tales.
In 2007, Martin sold the television rights for the A Song of Ice and Fire series to HBO Productions. They launched the fantasy series on their premium cable channel in the US on April 17, 2011. They named the series as “Game of Thrones,” where George R. R. Martin became very much involved in the production and scriptwriting. The first season alone got a nomination for 13 Emmy Awards, eventually winning two: one for its opening title credits, and the other for the Best Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage) award. In 2012, the show won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, at Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention. To date, Game of Thrones is one of the longest-running shows on television due to its enormous success.
George RR Martin Net Worth
The celebrated author reportedly makes about $15M annually in royalties from the TV show and another $10M from his books. Despite being one of the World’s wealthiest authors, he lives a relatively simple and prudent lifestyle.
At present, his estimated net worth is $65 million most of which came from the success of the Games of Thrones series and his bestselling books. His “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel series has sold over 25 million copies and “Game of Thrones” is one of the most watched shows on television today.