“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge.”
– George RR Martin, Game of Thrones
True First Edition, and First American Edition. September 1996. First printing 1-10 full number line. Black cloth-backed black paper-covered boards, spine stamped silver, author’s facsimile signature blind-stamped to cover. Silver foil embossed dust jacket lettered dark blue, $21.95 price on flap. First Book of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.
Interior Artist: James Sinclair (Map endpapers)
A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin and is the namesake of the wildly popular HBO series. A Game of Thrones is structured with chapters indicating whomever of the eight main characters is being reflected by the third person limited narration. The series focuses on the 7 kingdoms of Westeros and the drama that unfolds when family, wealth, power, and fear of “the other” clash.
George RR Martin acquired a passion for reading at a young age when he realized that he could escape his home in Beyonne, New Jersey, to fantastical worlds beyond his wildest dreams. Martin began his lifetime love affair with storytelling as a youth when he would write and perform monster stories to the neighborhood children for a penny. Martin’s first published work was at the ripe age of 21 with the sale of his story “The Hero” to Galaxy magazine. In 1973 Martin was nominated for his first Hugo Award and Nebula award for his work “With Morning Comes Mistfall.” In 1977 Martin published his first novel Dying of the Light. GRRM is very active in the sci-fi fandom community as much as a fan as he is a contributor. Martin actively writes on his blog “Not a Blog” and regularly attends conventions. Martin may have found fame, and well-deserved success, even being called “the American Tolkien” by Lev Grossman of Time Magazine, but he has never turned his back on the creative community that helped bring him to where he is today