'Game of Thrones' Author Named in Time 100

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As a man who knows the value of a complex cast, George R.R. Martin should appreciate the company surrounding him on the 2011 Time 100 list. The magazine honored teen idols (Justin Bieber), business titans (Jamie Dimon), hardened terrorists (Anwar Al-Awlaki) and, of course, Oprah, in addition to the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ author.

Humorist John Hodgman wrote Martin's entry, comparing his novels to HBO's 'The Wire,' saying: "The experiences turned out to be surprisingly similar. Both kidnapped me to intimately drawn worlds with stories of a grim conflict and characters so achingly human that you end up rooting, tragically, for both sides. ... Martin, 62, is as fine a researcher as he is a storyteller, and he packs in enough miserable fact about the meanness of medieval life that it occasionally echoes Baltimore in its harshness."