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George R.R. Martin

Martin is a novelist and short story writer in the fantasy, horror and science fiction genres who is best known for “A Song of Ice and Fire,” his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted into the dramatic series “Game of Thrones.” Martin serves as the award-winning serie's co-executive producer and scripts one of each season's 10 episodes. In 2005, Lev Grossman of Time called Martin "the American Tolkien." The magazine later named him to the "2011 Time 100," a list of the "most influential people in the world."