May 18, 2014 AT 3:00 am

‘Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin writes his novels on a DOS machine

During an interview with Conan O’Brien, George R.R. Martin admits to writing his well-loved novels on a DOS machine using WordStar 4.0. via Rolling Stone:

When most Game of Thrones fans imagine George R.R. Martin writing his epic fantasy novels, they probably picture the author working on a futuristic desktop (or possibly carving his words onto massive stones like the Ten Commandments). But the truth is far more hilarious: Martin works on an outdated DOS machine using Eighties word processor WordStar 4.0, as he revealed during an interview Tuesday night on Conan.

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2 Comments

  1. Pretty cool. But using Linux would be sufficient to prevent Viruses and Trojans.
    It is also a nice thought that someone is sticking to a system like he does and gets an advantage by doing so.

  2. I tried out Wordstar after hearing that was the flame that forged Martin’s works. It hurt. But I liked the minimalism.

    I found Wordgrinder on a Raspberry Pi to be much easier to use and just as minimal/distraction-free. Super fast too.

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