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Dubbed "the American Tolkien" by Time magazine, number-one New York Times best-selling author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a compendium of his shorter works, collected into two stunning volumes, that offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

BONUS: Each selection includes extensive commentary by author George R. R. Martin

©2003 by George R. R. Martin. "Meathouse Man" © 1976 by Damon Knight. From Orbit 18 (Harper & Row, 1976). "Remembering Melody" ©1981 by TZ Productions, Inc. From Rod Serling's Twilight Zone Magazine, April 1981. "Sandkings" ©1979 by Omni International, Ltd. From Omni, August 1979. "Nightflyers" © 1980, 1981 By George R. R. Martin. From Binary Star 5 (Dell, 1981). A shorter version of this story originally appeared in Analog, April 1980 ©1980 by The Conde Nast Publications, Inc. "The Monkey Treatment" ©1983 By The Mercury Press, Inc. From The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 1983. "The Pear-Shaped Man" ©1987 by Omni International, Ltd. From Omni, October 1987; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"Fans, genre historians, and aspiring writers alike will find this shelf-bending retrospective as impressive as it is intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)

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