The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond features hundreds of pages of all-new material from George R.R. Martin
If the past is prologue, then George R.R. Martin’s masterwork-the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time-warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire.
George R.R. Martin, in collaboration with Elio M. Garcia, Jr. and Linda Antonsson, has written a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, featuring the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead up to the events in the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series. Collected within this volume is the accumulated knowledge, scholarly speculation, and inherited folk tales of maesters and septons, maegi and singers, including over 170 full-colour illustrations and maps, family trees for the Houses Stark, Lannister and Targaryen, and in-depth explanations of the history and culture of Westeros.
This is the definitive companion volume to George R.R. Martin’s dazzlingly conceived universe; The World of Ice and Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.
George R. R. Martin was born in 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey and studied journalism at Northwestern University after graduating from high school. He began writing from an early age, selling monster stories to neighbourhood children for pennies. In high school he was an avid comic book collector and began to write fiction for comic fanzines. George R. R. Martin made his first professional sale while at college in 1970 at age 21 with The Hero which he sold to Galaxy and this was published in the February 1971 issue. Throughout the 70s he wrote part-time while working as a VISTA volunteer, a chess director and teacher. He became a full-time writer in 1979 working as the writer in residence at Clarke College. In 1986 he made his first foray into Hollywood, working as a staff writer on the television series Twilight Zone, working his way up to Story Editor and then Executive Story Consultant. He then worked as a Producer and Executive Producer on Beauty and the Beast for CBS Television and was also the Executive Producer for Doorways, for Columbia Pictures Television. He has also written a number of screenplays and television episodes. He has written six novels, seven short story collections and edited many anthologies of science fiction and fantasy. Throughout his writing career he has been the winner of five Locus Awards, three Hugo Awards and two Nebula Awards. He has also been the finalist for the World Fantasy Awards twice and a finalist for Writers Guild Award, for best teleplay, anthology series in 1986. His work has also been translated into thirteen languages including Croatian, Hungarian and Finnish. His A Song of Ice and Fire series, which began in 1996 with A Game of Thrones is now a blockbuster TV series on HBO. George currently lives in New Mexico, USA.