Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winner George R.R. Martin, New York Times best-selling author of the landmark A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, the inspiration for the immensely popular HBO series "A Game of Thrones," has been called "the American Tolkien." Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, George R.R. Martin made his first sale in 1971, and soon established himself as one of the most popular SF, fantasy, and horror writers of his generation. After a decade spent working in Hollywood as a writer and story editor for television series such as Beauty and the Beast and The Twilight Zone, Martin made a triumphant return to the print world in 1996 with the publication of the hugely successful fantasy novel A Game of Thrones, the start of his "Song of Ice and Fire" sequence. A free-standing novella taken from that work, "Blood of the Dragon," won Martin another Hugo Award in 1997. Further books in the "Song of Ice and Fire" series; A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons, have made it one of the most popular, acclaimed, and best-selling series in all of modern fantasy. His most recent book are a massive retrospective collection spanning the entire spectrum of his career, GRRM: A RRetrospective, a novel written in collaboration with Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham, Hunter's Run, and, as editor, several anthologies edited in collaborations with Gardner Dozois, Warriors, Songs of the Dying Earth, Songs of Love and Death, Down These Strange Streets, Dangerous Women, Old Mars, Old Venus, and Rogues, plus two new volumes in his long-running Wild Cards anthology series, Wild Cards: Busted Flush and Wild Cards: Inside Straight. In 2012, Martin was given the Life Achievement Award by the World Fantasy Convention.