George R.R. Martin, author of the novels that inspired HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” wants to make sure that everyone knows he’s still alive.
When news broke earlier Wednesday that legendary Beatles producer George Martin had died, many people took to social media to express shock and dismay about his passing. Some were confused, though, and thought George R.R. Martin had actually died, while others posted the picture of the wrong Martin to accompany the music pioneer’s obituary.
— John Davidson (@JD24) March 9, 2016
Saw that George Martin died had a slight heart attack cause I thought it was George RR Martin
— Grigsby (@aspIoded) March 9, 2016
Worst thing about the "RIP George Martin" stuff is the sudden panic texts I got from my friend who thinks it's about George RR Martin.
— Magnús Anton (@GeekFurious) March 9, 2016
SOMEONE NAMED “GEORGE MARTIN” DIED AND I THOUGHT IT WAS GEORGE R R MARTIN AND I ALMOST SCREAMED IN CLASS
— stephanie boisclair (@savagedturtles) March 9, 2016
Martin, the author, addressed the matter on his blog in a post titled “Not Dead Yet.”
“While it is strangely moving to realize that so many people around the world care so deeply about my life and death,” wrote Martin, 67. “I have to go with Mark Twain and insist that the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”
Some of the writer’s more-demanding fans would, of course, point out that “The Winds of Winter,” book six in his epic fantasy series, has already blown a couple deadlines, and that there’s still another novel to go after that.
Martin didn’t directly address “The Winds of Winter” in his blog post, but he took the opportunity to join the other luminaries who have praised the late Beatles producer, who passed away at age 90. “He will be missed,” Martin wrote. “I never met Sir George…but like many millions of others, I loved the Beatles, and Martin’s contribution to their music is worthy of recognition and honor.”
He concludes his post by stressing that he’s “still here, still writing, still editing” and that he expects to be around for a while.
“But thank you all for caring,” Martin wrote.
By MICHAEL CALIA