A Song for Lya (novella)

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A Song For Lya
AuthorGeorge R.R. Martin
Published1974 (1974)

A Song For Lya is a science fiction novella by American writer George R.R. Martin. It was published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine in 1974 and won the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1975. It was also nominated for the 1975 Nebula Award for Best Novella and Jupiter Award for Best Novella, and took second place in the Locus Poll.[1]


The story deals with two telepaths named Robb and Lyanna who visit an alien planet to find out why the inhabitants worship a mold-like parasitic organism and ultimately choose to be consumed by it. In his essay "The Light of Distant Stars", Martin said it was inspired by the first serious romance he was involved in.[2][3][4][5]

Connections to other works[edit]

A Song for Lya is set in the same fictional "Thousand Worlds" universe as several of Martin's other works, including Dying of the Light, Sandkings, Nightflyers, "The Way of Cross and Dragon" and the stories collected in Tuf Voyaging.[6]

In his later book series A Song of Ice and Fire, the names Robb and Lyanna are used for two members of House Stark, Robb Stark being the son of Eddard Stark and Lyanna Stark being Eddard's younger sister, as well for the character of the young Lyanna Mormont. Additionally, the afterlife and collective consciousness within the Greeshka in A Song for Lya parallels the afterlife and collective consciousness within the Weirwood trees described by the Children of the Forest in A Song of Ice and Fire.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.georgerrmartin.com/awards-draft/
  2. ^ "A Song for Lya: And Other Stories". goodreads.com. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  3. ^ "A Song for Lya: And Other Stories". amazon.com. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  4. ^ "A Song for Lya". barnesandnoble.com. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  5. ^ "George R. R. Martin". harpercollins.com. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.georgerrmartin.com/oldies-but-goodies/

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