Friday, July 29, 2011

George R.R. Martin Sighting

Have you read the latest edition from the “Fire and Ice” series, probably the bestselling fantasy novels in stores today? Or maybe you've gotten hooked on the new HBO series about the books entitled “A Game of Thrones?” Are you a longtime follower of the man they call “the American Tolkien” or have you recently joined the legions of his fandom?

I usually refrain from talking about my day job on my blog, but yesterday at lunch I noticed a man standing not ten feet away from me with a black cap and a fluffy white beard. I nearly did a double take when I recognized the man as George R.R. Martin himself eating lunch right by me! Needless to say me and those around buzzed with giddy excitement. The reclusive author came onto Google campus and did a book signing in Mountain View before stopping by our Google cafes for lunch.

His handlers weren't letting anyone near him, but it was cool to see “the American Tolkien” up close. Nonetheless, people lined up to see him and the crowds astonished me as I'd never seen that level of fame and fandom bestowed on an author before. You would have thought Brad Pitt or the President had stopped by.

It makes me curious as to other peoples' experiences upon seeing famous authors up close? Anyone ever caught a glimpse of one or heard one speak? Who's a famous author that you'd like to one day meet?


  1. Very cool. Though sometimes I think it's best not to meet our artistic/sports/entertainment heroes... since they can often disappoint as people.

  2. my husband is loving the latest george r.r. martin book. i've never read them. most famous book signing for me was when muhammed ali signed a copy of the koran for me. (we also went to a magic show and he waited in my driveway while i ran into my house to grab something....the magic show makes it sound surreal but it's true).

  3. I met India's famous Author Ruskin Bond and was charmed by his humility....he arrived at the book signing alone, only the publisher accompanied him. He was on time. He is in his mid to late seventies. I was floored by that man.

    Mark..there is an award for you on my blog.

  4. I've never read anything by George R. R. Martin. How cool that you got to see him, though. :)

  5. Very cool. Though sometimes I think it's best not to meet our artistic/sports/entertainment heroes... since they can often disappoint as people.

    My thoughts exactly!

    That's very cool about seeing R. R. Martin, having him at your work. I haven't seen any famous authors, but I did once kinda meet Ian Tracey.

  6. This is really cool! I haven't read the books, but I'm completely hooked on the HBO series. I'm avoiding the books for now as I don't want to be spoiled for the series, I love it.

    I haven't seen any famous authors, maybe someday though!

  7. Really? Is that what he looks like? I've never read anything by him but will have to check him out.

  8. How fun for you to have gotten to see him. I couldn't get into the books, though my sons are all crazy about them. I'm more into Wheel of Time.

  9. Ack! He's going to be at my local bookstore in two days! I don't even know if I'll be able to get in the door. It's going to be crazy.

  10. That must have been amazing! Famous writers/poets make me feel like a teenage fangirl. It's so embarrassing.

  11. How awesome! Hmm... Most famous author I've met... I'm going to have to go with Brandon Sanderson. I actually went took his college course twice (auditing). He's one of the nicest, most down to earth, genius, most helpful people I've ever met. I owe a lot to him.

  12. That's awesome! We actually have a handful of famous authors in my area; I've spotted a few of them in various bookstores, though I've never introduced myself. There are many I'd love to meet, particularly those I communicate with via the Internet.

  13. I had the opportunity to meet Kelley Armstrong at a conference here and she was really nice and down-to-earth. She actually inspired me enough to jump out there and write, and stop making excuses dealing with my children. I've only met one author I didn't like, but it did ruin my opinion of her books (I read one after meeting her, out of curiosity, so not sure if my view on an author could ruin one I really liked before then). I've found authors so encouraging and reassuring that I'm not sure the risk of disliking one/being disappointed would overshadow the positive aspects of meeting them.

  14. Hello Mark:
    We have, over the years, been very fortunate to know a number of writers who have, to a lesser or greater degree, established themselves with a national if not international reputation. Those who we have known, and know, really well are as any one of us and do not display any particular characteristics to single them out. Thankfully, we feel. By the time we met Iris Murdoch she was, very sadly, already suffering with dementia and so proved to be an exception.

  15. I read his books about 10 years ago. I stopped reading them when there was a long break between books. They were different, but great. I haven't read his latest installment.

  16. Hektor - True, I suppose some can be disappointing, but it just depends what you're expecting.

    CLB - I bet you'll treasure that Kora forever:) If you haven't read the Fire and Ice series, def check it out.

    Rachna - It must have been a thrill to meet him. Also, thanks for the contest win on your blog:)

    Eagle - Def was cool, try the books...I guarantee you'll like them:)

    Karen W - That's still cool. But yes, good point:)

    Julie - Glad you like the HBO series. I kind of did the same thing with Lord of the Rings, but I suggest you read the stories as there's a lot more in there to enjoy:)

    Laila - Do check him out, you won't be disappointed:)

    Donna - I've been meaning to read Wheel of Time myself. Thanks for visiting my blog:)

    L.G. - Yup I bet it'll be crazy, but check it out if you can. Sounds like fun:)

    Lydia K. - That's okay, I'm kind of the same way. Can't help it I guess:)

    Peggy - That's so cool that you could audit author's classes. Wish I had that option in college.

    Paul - Very cool. Where do you live that you have so many authors nearby? Sounds like a great opportunity.

    Shanon - Always great when authors are down to earth:) Sounds like you've had a wide range of experiences meeting authors;)

    Jane/Lance - OMG, you met Iris Murdock! That's crazy cool. Pity she was suffering at the time, but that's quite an experience nonetheless.

    Lynda - True, way too much time between some editions if you ask me, but it's still an intriguing storyline:)

  17. Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts
    and I am waiting for your further write ups thanks once again.

    Here is my web site ...

  18. What's Happening i'm new to this, I stumbled upon this I
    have discovered It positively useful and it has helped me out loads.
    I hope to give a contribution & help other customers like its aided me.
    Great job.

    My blog password recovery

  19. I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This paragraph posted at this
    site is actually good.

    Feel free to surf to my page: free ps3

  20. My partner and I stumbled over here by a different website and thought I might check things out.
    I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to looking at your web page yet again.

    my page ... adult video games

  21. Hello there, just became aware of your blog
    through Google, and found that it's really informative. I'm going to watch out for brussels.

    I'll appreciate if you continue this in future. Numerous people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

    my website ... music dj

  22. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who was doing a
    little homework on this. And he actually ordered me dinner simply because
    I found it for him... lol. So let me reword this.

    ... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending
    the time to discuss this issue here on your blog.

    Also visit my web page - adfocus bot

  23. Fantastic web site. A lot of helpful information here.
    I am sending it to some pals ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And naturally, thanks to your sweat!

    my page ... forgot twitter password

  24. I've been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.

    Take a look at my web blog - DragonVale Cheats (iPhone - iPod) - Chapter Cheats

  25. Hi to all, how is the whole thing, I think every one is getting more
    from this site, and your views are pleasant in support of new visitors.

    my web-site: free psn codes

  26. Nice weblog here! Additionally your website so much up fast!
    What web host are you the use of? Can I get your associate link on your host?
    I want my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

    my website password Hacking Software

  27. Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I had written and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I'm still new to the whole thing. Do you have any suggestions for first-time blog writers? I'd definitely appreciate it.

    My website; erotic games

  28. Thanks for every other informative web site. The place else could I
    am getting that type of information written in such a perfect method?
    I have a project that I'm just now running on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

    Feel free to visit my web site sex games

  29. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker
    who had been doing a little homework on this. And he actually bought me breakfast because
    I discovered it for him... lol. So let me reword this.
    ... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this
    subject here on your site.

    Also visit my web site: virtapay currency

  30. Thanks, I have recently been searching for info approximately this subject for ages and yours is the best I've discovered so far. But, what concerning the bottom line? Are you positive in regards to the supply?

    Look into my weblog adfly auto Clicker

  31. Awesome blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog shine.
    Please let me know where you got your theme.
    Many thanks

    My web-site How To Hack Twitter

  32. I like the helpful information you provide to your articles.
    I'll bookmark your weblog and test again right here regularly. I'm
    slightly certain I'll learn plenty of new stuff right right here! Good luck for the following!

    Also visit my homepage miscrits locations

  33. Someone essentially assist to make significantly articles I'd state. This is the very first time I frequented your website page and so far? I amazed with the research you made to create this actual publish incredible. Excellent job!

    Check out my web site free psn

  34. I just could not go away your website prior to suggesting that I extremely
    enjoyed the standard info a person supply for your guests?
    Is going to be again incessantly in order to check out new

    Here is my blog post - dragonvale dragon

  35. Very interesting subject , regards for putting up.

    "The rest is silence." by William Shakespeare.

    Feel free to surf to my weblog - HOW TO EARN EASY MONEY ONLINE