George R.R. Martin isnt thrilled that some people are concerned hell die before completing work on his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novel series. I find that question pretty offensive, people speculating about my death and my health, said Martin, 65, in an interview with Swiss newspaper Tagesanzeiger. A Song of Ice and Fire is the inspiration behind HBOs smash hit series Game of Thrones. I found out long ago that when you look at the overall task, the cathedral you have to build, it looks so daunting that you just give up and sit down and play a video game. And Martin seems to be comfortable with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss taking artistic liberties where they deem it necessary.