It’s always interesting to read the early works of an established author. Here and there you can see the rough spots that will eventually grow smooth and the youthful flourishes that will become elements of a trademark style. These works, be they humble or mighty, form the bedrock from which will raise a towering literary legacy.
George R.R. Martin’s first published novel, Dying of the Light, is indeed mighty. A work of science fiction, Dying of the Light is the story of love lost and bloody conflict on a planet that in the process of drifting away from the life-giving warmth of its sun. Published in 1977, the book went on to be nominated for a Hugo Award in 1978 and a British Fantasy Award in 1979. Its reputation has grown in the over 30 years since its publication: Writers Michael Chabon and Algis Budrys have both sung its praises.
With Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire having become a genuine pop culture phenomenon, a new generation of readers – many of whom were probably born well after the book was initially published – is set to rediscover this classic work of speculative fiction.
Martin’s fans have described Dying of the Light as “tragic,” “romantic,” and “powerful.” As a final sunset looms over a doomed world and its troubled inhabitants, readers will learn why.
Buy a copy of Dying of the Light from your favorite retailer Tuesday, September 18.