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Martin was born Sept. 20, 1948, to Raymond and Margaret Martin.
Martin grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey.
George R.R. Martin is the oldest of three Martin siblings. Martin has two younger sisters: Darleen Martin Lipinski and Janet Martin Patten.
The initials stand for Raymond Richard.
He began writing fiction in elementary school. Martin wrote and sold monster stories to children in his neighborhood.
Martin attended Marist High School in New Jersey. At the time, Marist was a private Catholic college preparatory school for boys.
Martin received both degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Martin earned the degree in 1971.
Martin was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. A conscientious objector is opposed to bearing arms or serving in the military based on moral or religious beliefs. Conscientious objectors are placed in noncombat roles through the Alternative Service Program.
Martin performed his alternative service as a conscientious objector from 1972-74. Martin worked as a volunteer for the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation in Illinois.
From 1973-76, Martin directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association.
Martin taught journalism at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-78.
Martin married his first wife, Gale Burnick, in 1975.
Martin's first published work was "The Hero."
Martin was 21 years old when "The Hero" was published.
Galaxy Magazine published "The Hero" in 1970. Galaxy was an American science fiction magazine that was published from 1950-80.
The collection was originally published by Avon in 1976 but has been reprinted by other publishers since.
"Dying of the Light" was nominated for the Hugo Award for best novel.
"Dying of the Light" was published by Simon & Schuster in 1977.
Martin and Burnick divorced in 1979. The couple had no children.
In 1986, Martin was a story editor for the CBS science fiction television series "The Twilight Zone."
"Beauty and the Beast" aired from 1987-90.
Martin was co-supervising producer when he left the series "Beauty and the Beast" in 1989.
Martin was the writer and executive producer of the television movie "Doorways." The Columbia Pictures Television science fiction movie was used as the framework for the series "Sliders."
The TV show "Game of Thrones" is based on "A Song of Ice and Fire."
"A Game of Thrones" is the first book in the series "A Song of Ice and Fire." It was originally published in 1996 by Bantam Books.
Martin and McBride were married on Feb. 15, 2011.
HBO began airing "Game of Thrones" in 2011.
In 2013, Martin opened the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Martin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.