It turns out that I have been a fan of George R. R. Martin’s writing long before I ever laid eyes on HBO’s The Game of Thrones and, eventually, his A Song Of Fire And Ice novels.
We’ve run out of good TV series to watch, Alex suggested an old sci-fi, The Outer Limits, as she’s so hooked on sci-fi these days. Blame it on the release of Season 10 of The X-Files earlier this year. Alex was much too young to watch Fox Mulder and Dana Scully when their show originally hit the airwaves but, after watching all six episodes of Season 10, she decided to watch everything from Season 1 to Season 9. After that, she wanted more sci-fi. We’re loving Stranger Things but, while waiting for Season 2, the lull is much too long.
So, we tried The Outer Limits, and lo and behold! The pilot episode was based on a novella by George R. R. Martin. “The Sandkings” is the title story in Sandkings, a short story collection by the author.
The question, of course, is would I have agreed to an old sci-fi (which, for sure, would have bad special effects) in a non-wide screen format had I not read George R. R. Martin’s name in the opening credits? That depends on how good the first five minutes are.
Okay, so, that’s how much I worship his writing. I was willing to presume that his earlier work would be good although, perhaps, not as grand as A Song Of Fire And Ice. And I wasn’t disappointed with “The Sandkings”. Despite the ugly-oh-so-fake insect-like aliens from Mars and the moralizing at the end of the pilot, I loved the story.
As I often do after enjoying a show, I dig up more information about it. And I discovered that I had been enjoying George R. R. Martin’s writings for decades. He was a writer and producer of The Twilight Zone (1985 to 1989) and Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990) both of which I watched very religiously when I was younger.
I suddenly remembered something that a friend told me when I urged him to watch Game of Thrones and read the A Song of Fire and Ice novels. He was surprised when I mentioned that the writer was someone called George R. R. Martin. My friend said that Mr. Martin was a well-known science fiction writer but he wasn’t aware that he had gone on to write fantasy.
Well, he did. And now I have experienced his work in both genres.
So, yes, we’ll be watching seven seasons of The Outer Limits in the coming weeks.