Latest in Computer

Image credit:

Game of Thrones' author explains why he writes with an ancient DOS computer

7 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

You may have heard that Game of Thrones (read: A Song of Ice and Fire) author George R.R. Martin writes on a decades-old computer. Well, it's (still) true: he hones his craft on a DOS-based PC running WordStar 4.0, the same technology he used when he started his fantasy series in 1991. But... why? Thanks to a sit-down with talk show host Conan O'Brien, we know. As he puts it, the ancient hardware does everything he needs in a word processor, and nothing more. Automatic spelling checks in modern software would actually get in the way; you'd get frustrated, too, if you had to watch out every time you wrote "Winterfell" or "Daenerys Targaryen." Martin has a modern PC for everything else, but he makes a good case for using only the technology you need to get a job done. Let's just hope he has backups -- he won't get much help if that old machine eats his Winds of Winter manuscript.

[Image credit: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
7 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

View
The Morning After: Google finally reveals the Pixel 4

The Morning After: Google finally reveals the Pixel 4

View
Vatican launches $110 'click to pray' wearable rosary

Vatican launches $110 'click to pray' wearable rosary

View
The (Day)dream is over: Phone-based VR is well and truly dead

The (Day)dream is over: Phone-based VR is well and truly dead

View
There's now a Harry Potter subscription service

There's now a Harry Potter subscription service

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr