Want to know why it’s taken George R.R. Martin forfreakingever to finish up the last two novels of the A Song of Ice and Fire series? That behemoth of exquisite fantasy that’s gone on to be known as the source material for HBO’s Game of Thrones? Is it because it’s taking him longer than he planned to figure out the perfect way to unify Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and Dany Targaryen atop her three dragons to rule the world of Westeros? Well, no, apparently not (ugh). It’s actually because he keeps using technology that is absolutely ancient. It should also probably be considered that those books are often over a thousand pages each, so, y’know: also that.
While appearing on Conan last night, the author admitted that he keeps things sorta lo-fi as far as computing goes. In fact he hasn’t even left the ’80s in that regard. Martin admitted during a visit to Conan O’Brien’s eponymously named show that he uses a DOS computer — not at all hooked up to the Internet, though we’re not sure it really could even if he wanted it to, to be honest — to type up his many, many pages of epic fantasy. “Unlike most authors you’re not worried about a computer virus,” O’Brien posited, causing us a flurry of questions and thoughts. What? How is this possible? Does he have a super-impenetrable Mac or something? Has he programmed his own virus protection code?
Nope. Martin’s just all about keeping it über-retro:
Wordstar 4.0! A DOS machine from 1985. Oh, George R.R. Martin, never change (but do please hurry it up already, OK? Thanks).
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