‘Game of Thrones’ Author George R.R. Martin Uses DOS to Write His Books (Video)

Because he doesn’t want any help from a pesky artificial intelligence know-it-all

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 9:55 AM

“A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R.R. Martin appeared on “Conan” on Tuesday and revealed his secret weapon: DOS word processing program Word Star 4.0.

The 65-year-old author, whose work is the basis for HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” said he chooses to use the ancient Disk Operating System program because more modern word processing programs are annoying.

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“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,” Martin said in the interview (above). “I don’t want a capital. If I wanted a capital, I would have typed a capital. I know how to work this ship. Stop fixing it.”

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Don’t even get him started on spell check.

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