Author George RR Martin, the author of the series of novels that inspired the TV series "The War of the Thrones," described the effects of SF literature as a child on him, in an interview exclusively for MEDIAFAX: "I was no longer American, I was no longer Russian, Romanian or Chinese. "
Author George RR Martin was the guest of honor at the 77th edition of the World Convention on Science Fiction and Fantasy, an event held last weekend in Dublin, Ireland. The author of the novels that formed the basis of the famous "Game of Thrones" series gave an interview to author Marian Coman, editor-in-chief of Armada, the imprint of SF, Fantasy and Thriller from the Nemira Editing Group ̵
George RR Martin talked about his latest book, about the projects he is working on, but also about how literature will develop in the years to come and how he sees the future of humanity.
MC: This year I have published in Armada, in Nemira, the book "Fire & Blood". The history of the continent of Westeros stretches for millennia, but in this story have you chosen to tell the story of the Targaryen dynasty? Why?
R. R. Martin: That, you know, is a difficult question. I never knew why. When I started working on "Song of Ice and Fire" I also created the world. Originally, I had no history, no world. I only had one chapter. I read it again and began to tell the story as it grew, except that I had a feeling that it would not calm me down. So I stopped, drew the first map and put things in it. We had more and more chapters, more and more cities on the map, then I came up with a list of the kings of the Targaryen dynasty. I didn't want the story to be inconsistent and I was referring to the earlier kings. Then I wanted to see how these kings led, what wars they led, what were the relationships between them. From sons and fathers, from brothers, from first born to others. As I created all these things, the stories began to come to me. I wrote that one of the old kings was Baelor the Blessed, Baelor the Beloved, and I began to wonder why he is blessed, why he is loved. Something started behind my mind. Then, a few years ago, I talked to my editor about "The Ice and Fire World". It must be a story that covers the period when the action of the novels in the series takes place. My co-workers Elio M. García Jr. and Linda Antonsson took all references from the novels, every king's story, every war and they organized it for me, and I expanded and ended them a little. I also had to write notes on the story that were not included in the novels. And I started writing these notes, and the next thing I know is that I had reached 300,000 words, too many to include in the book. So I removed all this material and published "The World of Ice and Fire". So, as we all know, as the "War of Thrones" series approached the end, we began developing other possible series for HBO, all of which preceded the shown story. Some of them had the action during the period described in my notes. As you know, the series came from the book's chronology. I don't want that to happen again. I want my texts, my versions of the story to be published before any series tells those stories. So my publisher suggested I publish "Fire & Blood". I had to fill in a few more goals because my notes covered the history of many kings, but not all. I did it and I stopped "Fire & Blood". But even so, it's only half the story. The book tells the story of Aegon the Conqueror to the regency of King Aegon III & # 39; s child. Therefore, I have many kings to cover. War, stores, battles, crimes, intrigues. There is a lot of history to tell. At one point I will deal with "Fire & Blood 2". But not before I quit "Winds of Winter" and other projects I have for the near future. I know I should go home, I shouldn't be here. I should write right now!
M.C: The last decades of your literary activity have mostly been dedicated to the universe of the "Ice and Fire" story. But I started reading for you when I was just a kid with the story "King of the Sands". For me and others like me, you were first a science fiction writer and only then the author of "The War of Thrones." Are you tempted to "go back" to science fiction? With a new story, a new novel?
R. R. Martin: Yes, I always think about it. I would like to write more science fiction. But one day can not have more hours. And one year can not have more days. And I feel that I get older with each passing year. I don't know … maybe I'll be here for the next twenty, thirty years, but maybe I'll just be here for the next six months – who the hell knows ?! Life is full of uncertainty! But if I had all the time in the world, I would definitely finish "Song of is and fire", I would write the second part of the story "Fire & Blood", I would write another eight or ten stories to complete the adventure of "The Knight of the Seven "Kingdoms." And these are just projects related to Westeros, and Westeros is such a developed world now that I could write many more stories in this universe. But, you know, I also have my famous unfinished novel, a historical horror novel, which takes place in New York in the 80-90s. I've already written two hundred pages about it and would love to go back and finish it at some point. I want to write a continuation of the novel "Fevre Dream" And I would like to write more science fiction in the "Thousand Worlds" universe, and in addition to all these things I would like to do, I have other ideas, completely independent of "Thousand Worlds", completely independent of "Song of Ice and Fire". That hand just lets talk about what I work today, what I work tomorrow. As soon as I'm done with one story, I'll move on to the other … You know, I don't think I'll ever retire. It's nice to get rid of the pressure from deadlines and angry letters from fans asking you where the book is, when it's finished, but I can't imagine what it would be like to live without telling stories. I've been doing it since I was a kid. I don't think stories will stop coming, as long as I am physically and mentally capable I will write and publish.
All nations on the islands will decline, the cities on the coast will be destroyed.
MC: The world is changing. How do you view these changes as a science-fiction writer?
R. R. Martin: The world is changing. And I don't know what form it will take in the end. You know my SF texts. And if you look at them you will see hundreds of years in the future and in distant worlds. I've never felt so comfortable writing stories with action for five – six years in the future or over ten years in the future. Because I don't know what will happen then. I like to think that in the future we will reach the stars, we will become a kind of world that I imagined in the stories of "A thousand worlds", we will come in contact with the aliens and we will live in a beautiful universe. science fiction. And we, all of us who live then, will be together, we will be … Earth. In the SF stories I read as a child I had reached the stars and met foreigners. We were people of the earth, we were terranes. We were no longer Americans, we were no longer Russians, Romanians or Chinese. He had come up with the idea that someday this world would unite. I don't know if this will actually happen. There was this science-fiction belief, but when I look around I see people talking about building walls, I see people talking about how to get rid of emigrants. I see countries moving from being together … Look at Brexit, for example. I think we live in dark times. And we find a way to get out of this or not. There are many problems on the horizon: climate change … there will be millions of refugees, not just thousands, as they are today. All nations on the islands will decline, cities on the coast will be destroyed. There will be places on earth where the temperature will rise so much that human life is no longer possible. The proliferation of nuclear weapons is another major problem as more and more countries have them, and sooner or later someone will use them. I worry about the near future. But I am sure of the power of words and try to talk about some simple human problems with life and death in my texts. Only they are placed in worlds among the stars, thousands of years in the future or in an imaginary middle age.
M.C: "Song of Ice and Fire" has not only changed fantasy literature. We have novels, but we also have the series, the games and the series. The history, the characters, the entire universe you created are imprinted in the collective mind. How do you think the literature will develop in the coming years? Will it fall under the attack of TV, video games, virtual reality? Or, on the contrary, will it still be the main source of a success story?
R. R. Martin: Yes, I think we will always need stories, but their form will be different. Books seem to be eternal, and people will continue to read. When the film was invented, the books did not disappear. Then came the radio theater. Then TV. Television would kill the radio theater and the movie. It was supposed to kill the books. He didn't. When it comes to virtual reality and video games, I think they are an art form during childhood. I am what the theater was before Sheakespeare. No one has done a great piece of art in video games or virtual reality yet, but this man will. It will not be me, maybe someone who is four years now, a Sheakespearian genius who will find his job in this new art form. But I think the stories will continue to exist. I think stories exceed support. Sheakespeare wrote plays and the world watched them on stage, but now they are movies after Sheakespeare's gigs, they are TV series after his gigs. The stories survived. "Moby Dick" was originally a novel, but it's also a movie, it's a comic book. Most of the classic novels were shown. For example, there are several variants after "Great Gasby". Stories survive, and I think we need stories.
I now regret that I did not write to Tolkien
M.C: I read somewhere that as a child you were tempted to write a letter to J.R.R. Tolkien. I wonder what that letter would contain.
R. R. Martin: When I was little and ended "Lord of the Rings," I thought it was the best book I read. It was wonderful. When I read the third book, "The King's Return," and I saw that it was nearing the end, I didn't want the story to end. And I thought I would write a letter to Tolkien and tell him how much I liked him. You know, I wrote some letters that were published in Marvel magazine, to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. And I'm sorry now that I didn't write to Tolkien. Many years later, I read in his bio that he used to respond to letters received from fans.
M.C: But if by miracle you meet J.R.R. Tolkien, what would you say?
R. R. Martin: Well, thank you for writing one of the most important books of the 20th century for creating a world that has reinvented the fantasy genre. I think now, all fantasy writers are under the shadow of Tolkien. Of course, there were fantasy writers and before Tolkien, great writers like Lord Dunsany, Eric Rücker Eddison, you can also look at Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Lovecraft, people who wrote different types of fantasy. But in the epic fantasy we know today, Tolkien is very much. And if I were naughty, I would say he shouldn't have killed Gandalf. But I don't know if I could be so naughty in the presence of Professor Tolkien.
The interview was conducted exclusively for the MEDIAFAX agency by Marian Coman, editor-in-chief of Armada, SF, Fantasy and Thriller imprints from Nemira Editorial Group.  American author George RR Martin is 70 years old. He was born September 20, 1948 and is known as the author of fantasy, horror and science fiction prose. George RR Martin began working on the romance series "A Song of Ice and Fire / Ice and Fire Song" in 1991, the first volume was published in 1996. Originally planned as a trilogy, the series has so far included five published novels and even more. two in the project. The novels in this series have been translated into over 47 languages, including Romanian, and have been sold in over 90 million copies worldwide.
The last two volumes of the series "The Winds of the Wind" and "A Dream of Spring" are released, the release date is still a secret.
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