1. George R. R. Martin Still Uses A DOS Word Processor

George R. R. Martin Still Uses A DOS Word Processor

CONAN Highlight: Martin writes his "Game of Thrones" books on Wordstar 4.0, a program last popular when Duran Duran was cranking out hits.


CONAN: These novels that you write can be over 1,000 pages long.
They're massive.
And apparently you write them all on a computer.
But unlike most authors, you're not worried about a computer virus.
An author who writes a 1,000-page book, their greatest fear is a virus invades and destroys a chunk of their book.
You don't worry about that.
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: I have a secret weapon.
I actually have two computers.
I have one I do my email on, my taxes and browse the internet, and then I have my writing computer which is not connected to the internet.
It's a dos.
I use word star 4.0, a word processing system.
CONAN: Did you make this computer out of wood?
Did you carve it?
I'm curious why you decided to stick with this old program.
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: I actually like it.
It does everything I want a word processing program to do and it doesn't do anything else.
I don't want any help.
I hate some of these modern systems where you type a lower-case letter and it becomes a capital.
I don't want a capital.
If I wanted a capital I would have typed a capital.
I know how to work the keys.
CONAN: What about spell check?
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: I hate spell check.
Especially when you have the realm of orbitor.
CONAN: You would be constantly -- you mean tire center.
I don't mean tire center.