You win some, you lose some. And sometimes those loses can eventually turn into wins. Every now and then, even the great ones feel the cold sting of rejection. As hard as it may be to believe, the man who brought us the wonderful world of Westeros, George R.R. Martin, says he was once turned down for a job as a writer on Star Trek: The Next Generation. During a workshop at UCSD’s Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Martin spoke about a meeting he had with a producer that he will likely never forget.
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.
It is not surprising this producer didn’t stick around for more than a season or two. Star Trek isn’t science fiction? That is the most preposterous thing I have heard since being told The Batman won’t be connected to the DC Extended Universe. This is an interesting bit of trivia though, as Martin was an award winning science fiction writer at the time, yet was still turned away.
Martin has given us one of the great reads of our time, and from those novels comes one of the best television series in history, Game of Thrones. Martin being overlooked for a writing position on the Star Trek spinoff may have been a blessing in disguise, as his involvement in the show could have severely delayed the writing of the A Song of Ice and Fire series and it is possible he may have never written the beloved novels at all.
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