George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid '90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since.
Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.
George R. R. Martin currently resides in Santa Fe, in the state of New Mexico.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Song for Lya: And Other Stories?
On par with A Song of Ice and Fire series Oct 20, 2006
I'm not a big sci-fi fan, and I LOVED this book. The last story is "A Song for Lya" and it's just incredible. This isn't a spoiler cuz it's the premise of the story. Two telepaths go to a planet to find out why the aliens commit suicide at the age of 50. Pure cheery GRRM at his best.
Early George Martin...contains inklings of great things to come Dec 17, 2005
An interesting read.
This book is a collection of ten short stories by George Martin that were written in the late 60's and early 70's. The writing is not quite up to the quality of the "Ice and Fire" series, however if you look beneath the surface you can see the beginnings of the style that has made the aforementioned series a resounding success.
The stories are all off world adventures including the Hugo Award winning "A Song for Lya", however it is the story "Override" that is my favorite in this group of ten. This tale has a gut wrenching, visceral component to it that we fantasy fans have grown to love in Mr. Martins' latest offerings. In fact, I'd recommend buying this book for this story alone, it's that good.
All in all, early G.R.R. Martin, and definitely worth reading.
Does not stand the test of time Oct 4, 2005
This series of short stories has a very distinct 1970's feel (because they were written in the 70's!) which I personally do not really appreciate. It is a kind of morose look at the nature of people that has a depressive 70's way of looking at things. The fact is that it is more geared towards deep thinking (or depressive) people who like to overly ponder about the state of humanity and that kind of crap. It is not anything like George Martin's Song of Ice and Fire in terms of mood or writing, which is what put me off about this book. If you really must introspect into the multiple facets of loneliness or some equal emotional angst then I guess that you may enjoy this book, otherwise get a good sci-fi or fantasy novel that has action and not so much of this philosophical 70's drama.
Solid Aug 22, 2005
I've read all of Martin's Song of Ice and Fire books. While waiting for A Feast For Crows, I picked this one up to tide me over. This was a surprise! It's really good.
A treasure for all Martin fans Feb 22, 2004
These stories are by far the greatest short fantasy/scifi fiction I have ever read. Martin puts Bradbury to shame in this spectacular collection. Each character is well defined, living in worlds lightyears away from our own...but at the same time, very similar. My favorites were "Override" and "Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels", and "The Exit to San Breta". "A Song for Lya", probably the featured story of this novel, was, in my opinion, the most poorly written. But at the same time, it was the most powerful. It was one of those stories (as with all in this collection) that someone could write hundreds of pages trying to explain, and never get it right. But in less than fifty pages, Martin captured one of the most elusive ideas that we all have in our minds, and all understand to some degree, and put it into a very touchable setting, so we can examine it closely. Truly, these stories are each a masterpiece. Martin is an author that has never once yet let me down on anything he has written.