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The Archive of 'A Song of Ice and Fire' Lore

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The War of the Roses

In broad terms, the action in A GAME OF THRONES and its sequels is definitely informed by the War of the Roses, one of my favorite historical periods. It's not a one-to-one correspondence, however; I had considerable fun playing with expectations and mixing things up, and the characters grew more from my own head than from history.

Yes, the series was originally a trilogy, but it has grown... to four initially, but now I am inclined to think it will be longer than that. What can I say? It's a BIG story, and a cast of thousands.

Scifi.com Chat for the Nebula Awards

[Note: The following chat is made available through the Internet Archive.]

http://web.archive.org/web/20061230131123/http://www.scifi.com/transcripts/nebula-97.3.html

Amazon.com Interview

[Note: The following chat transcript is made available through the Internet Archive. The precise date, beyond late 1996, is unknown.]

http://web.archive.org/web/20010802222331/http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/show-interview/m-g-artineorgerr/

Omni Magazine Interview

[Note: The following chat transcript is made available through the Internet Archive.]

http://web.archive.org/web/19970710231523/http://www.omnimag.com/archives/chats/ov112196.html

Sci-Fi Talk Interview

https://beta.prx.org/stories/35008

ASoIaF Outline

[Note: Sent in October of 1993, this letter to one of Martin's agents, Ralph Vicinanza, provides a glimpse of GRRM's original conception of the A Song of Ice and Fire series at the point where he had completed about a dozen chapters in A Game of Thrones. It is a very substantially different narrative than what eventually came to be published.]

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

KPFA Interview

https://kpfa.org/area941/episode/george-r-r-martin-1991-before-game-of-thrones/

New University TV Interview Clip

Eidolon Interview

[Note: The following interview is made available through the Internet Archive. The precise date, beyond April 1990, is unknown.]

http://web.archive.org/web/19990503011306/http://www.eidolon.net/old_site/issue_02/02_gmart.htm