George R.R. Martin On Why Star Trek: The Next Generation Rejected Him

While George R.R. Martin is nearly a household name these days due to the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the television adaptation of his popular fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, his name didn’t always speak for itself. Martin recently revealed that he once interviewed for a job on the writing staff of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a job he did not land.

Speaking about the long-held prejudice in the industry against science-fiction during a writer’s workshop at the UCSD’s Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination this past May, the author described a baffling, but hilarious exchange he had with Star Trek‘s showrunner at the time (who Martin does not name, but it sounds like it could be Maurice Hurley, the showrunner of the first two seasons, who didn’t much care for sci-fi). Here’s what Martin said:

“I had an interview with Star Trek: The Next Generation for a possible job as a staff writer. I remember coming in to the office of this producer – who thankfully did not last long on the show and you can see why when I tell the story. He said, ‘I don’t know who you are, can you tell me your credentials?’ And I said ‘I am just coming off Twilight Zone where I worked for a while, but before that I wrote novels and short stories. I am primarily a science fiction writer.’ And he said, ‘Oh really? Well, Star Trek is not a science-fiction show, it is a people show.’ I was fooled by the photon torpedoes and starships. I was misled. Needless to say I did not get that job.”

Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Hannah Murray as Gilly, and Carice van Houten as Melisandre.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9pm EDT/PDT on HBO.

Source: Trek Movie