George R.R. Martin writes Game of Thrones on an old school DOS PC

The hottest book series in the past decade was not written on a modern PC, but rather on an obsolete DOS-based machine running WordStar 4.0.

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George R.R. Martin's books from the Song of Ice and Fire series are all over 1000 pages long, and require considerable time to write even if he were to use modern speech to text technology. Modern technology does not seem to be the case with Martin though, and no one would have guessed that Game of Thrones and the subsequent titles were written on 30-year old technology.

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During a recent interview with Conan O'brian, Martin said that he actually uses a 30-year old MS DOS machine that runs the long-obsolete WordStar 4.0 word processor. Martin says that he likes this old school combo because it gives him everything he needs to write without all of the bells and whistles like auto-correct, and other newage features. An added benefit is that the machine has no ability to connect to the internet, and thus can not be infected by a virus, or hacked by fans and spies looking to steal the latest updates to the next book in the series.

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A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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