Martin appeared on Conan Tuesday night and admitted he uses a “DOS machine” running WordStar 4.0 to write the wildly poplar books. This would basically be like David Benioff and D.B. Weiss admitting they filmed the HBO show only for VHS.
For those who can’t recall the age of WordStar, it was a processing system released in the ’70s (yes, computers existed back then) from MicroPro. It reached peak popularity in the ’80s for its simple, text-only design.
“I actually like it, it does everything I want a word processing program to do and it doesn’t do anything else,” Martin said. “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 letter. I don’t want a capital. If I wanted a capital, I would have typed a capital. I know how to work the shift key.”
Makes sense, considering half of Martin’s books are written in made-up vernacular like Low Valyrian and Dothraki.
To the author’s credit, he wrote the first book in the GoT series in 1996, when DOS wasn’t as painfully ancient-sounding as it is in 2014. Just think of how impressed Jon Snow would be even by DOS.