George R.R. Martin to speak at UCSD, tickets on sale Friday

Dragons not included...
Posted at 11:21 AM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 14:21:46-04

LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) - A literary master is heading to the University of California, San Diego - but he's likely leaving the dragons at home.

On May 2, UCSD will host George R.R. Martin, writer of "A Song of Ice and Fire," adapted for television as HBO's "Game of Thrones." Martin and author Kim Stanley Robinson, a UCSD graduate, will discuss the craft of writing science fiction and fantasy.

Tickets for the event went on sale Friday, April 7, at the UCSD ticket office in-person, online, or by phone. Proceeds benefit the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop at UCSD.

Martin's success with HBO's "Game of Thrones" is widely known, but he's also worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and other various feature films and television pilots. He's also a former Clarion Workshop instructor.

The Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop is regarded as the oldest and most highly regarded training ground for new science fiction and fantasy writers, according to UCSD. The campus has hosted the workshop since 2007.

Past instructors include Kelly Link, Saladin Ahmed, N.K. Jemison (whose The Fifth Season won the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel), Jeff Vandermeer (whose Southern Reach Trilogy is currently being made into a major motion picture), Elizabeth Bear, and more. Notable writers who have passed through the program include Alyssa Wong (Nebula and World Fantasy Award winner, Campell Award for Best New Writer nominee), Carmen Maria Machado (Nebula & Shirley Jackson Award nominee), Bo Bolander (Hugo Award nominee), Sam Miller (Shirley Jackson Award winner), Jessica Cluess, and others.