"Heavy Water", 1998
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Nabokov, who was always a very good guide in these things, was convinced that the way you dealt with extreme villainy in fiction was not to punish it. Your villain is not to be tritely converted, as Dickens tended to do, but the novelist's job is bitter mockery, and that's part of how I'm going at it.
After reading "nothing but science fiction till he was fifteen or sixteen," as his father Kingsley Amis
complained, Martin did extremely poorly in school until he determined to enter Oxford's Exeter College. He studied Latin and poetry to pass the entrance exam and graduated with a degree in English with first-class honors. He went to work as a book reviewer for the London Observer in 1971, and ...