Steve Chatterton
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Science Fiction References in George R. R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones”

July 21st, 2016 by Steve

A Game of Thrones, the first book in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series

Before becoming arguably the most well-known fantasy writer alive, George R. R. Martin–author of the A Song of Ice and Fire saga that became the hit HBO series Game of Thrones–used to make his living as a science fiction writer. He made his first professional sale ever to Galaxy magazine when they published his story “The Hero” in 1971. According to Wikipedia, “Although Martin often writes fantasy or horror, a number of his earlier works are science fiction tales occurring in a loosely defined future history, known informally as ‘The Thousand Worlds’ or ‘The Manrealm’.”

First, let us assume that Martin–as a successful science fiction writer–is also well-read in the genre. Second, note that Martin has a tendency to reference other works within his own. This page, for instance, details references to everything from The Three Stooges and Blackadder to Jack Vance and Robert Jordan that can be found within the pages of A Song of Ice and Fire, many of which have been confirmed by Martin himself.

Given that, it seems likely that Martin–whether consciously or not–might also reference classic works of sci-fi in his fantasy work.

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642 Things to Write About

March 30th, 2014 by Steve

642 Things to Write About

So my wife went book shopping today (Yea!) and brought this, 642 Things to Write About, home for me (Yea!).

I didn’t even know this book existed, but now I’m excited to get working on it. The book is a series of writing prompts to get you trying new things in your writing, pushing you in strange, new directions you may have never considered going.

Prompts include things like:

  • Study a stranger. Go home and write a tragedy about his or her mother.
  • Five things that always get you in trouble.
  • Write down everything you can remember about your algebra teacher.
  • Why do you like those shoes?

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