Before A Song of Ice and Fire’s first book A Game of Thrones, Robert’s Rebellion took place. The Baratheon ascended to the Iron Throne after defeating the Mad King Aerys II, who had Rickard and Brandon Stark executed.

The author continued: “You have to invent your own characters, you have to do your own world-building, you can’t just borrow from Gene Roddenberry or George Lucas or me or whoever.”

While his second objection was a legal one, adding: “The other thing is there are all sorts of copyright issues when you’re using other people’s work.

“My understanding of the law is that if I knew about I would have to try to stop it, so just don’t tell me about it and do what you want there.

“It’s not for me. I don’t wanna read it and I would not encourage people to write it.”

Meanwhile, the author has spoken out on his writing struggles in completing A Song of Ice and Fire.

Martin has two books to go in The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, with the previous hopefully being published next year.

Speaking with the Nerdette podcast, Martin said: “When it’s going well, I live in Westeros.

“I fall through the computer. I wake up thinking of, you know, Tyrion and Arya or Aegon the Conqueror, whoever I’m writing about, and I go to sleep at night thinking about them.”

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