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Book Title: Under Siege|
The author of the book: George R.R. Martin
ISBN 13: 9781884612244
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Date of issue: December 1st 1991
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A very curious oddity, “Under Siege” is a heavily rewritten “The Fortress”, the historical fiction short story Martin wrote as a college paper, about the Siege of Sveaborg, a short siege in 1808 during the Finnish War, where the fortress of Sveaborg was surrendered to the Russians mysteriously. Here, as in that earlier work, Martin shapes a story around a possible series of events leading to the surrender.
Unlike “The Fortress”, where the events were plausible and fell under the realm of historical fiction, here the story is reenvisioned and recontextualised as a science-fiction time-travel story. It’s a fascinating idea, and reading it after “The Fortress” makes for an interesting comparison. Martins’ development as a writer is clear - he’s a much better author by the time of the writing of this story - but I miss the charm of “The Fortress”, a college paper by a youthful Martin. “Under Siege” is a good story, and a fascinating one when examined as part of Martin’s career, as it is here in “Dreamsongs”.
Taken completely on its own right, however, oddly enough I feel it’s more standard and unoriginal than “The Fortress”. Martin writing a historical fiction story is rare, and a story written by a Martin as young as he was back then is a charming historical curiosity in terms of his own career, but “Under Siege” is a standard clever, well-enough-written science-fiction short story. More Martin’s usual fare. Ultimately, I give it what I gave “The Fortress”; two stores of powder, and a frigate.
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Read information about the authorGeorge R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.
Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.
In 1970 Martin received a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude. He went on to complete a M.S. in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern.
As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973-1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-1978. He wrote part-time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher.
In 1975 he married Gale Burnick. They divorced in 1979, with no children. Martin became a full-time writer in 1979. He was writer-in-residence at Clarke College from 1978-79.
Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986. In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS. In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co-Supervising Producer. He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992-93.
Martin's present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (he was South-Central Regional Director 1977-1979, and Vice President 1996-1998), and of Writers' Guild of America, West.
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