George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has sold over 25 million copies in North America alone. With each volume weighing in at close to a thousand pages or more, writing each instalment is quite a time consuming process. On Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show last month, Martin shared why, despite his phenomenal success (or perhaps because of it), he still uses a computer from the 1980s.
For writers wanting to emulate Martin by using his program of choice, Wordstar 4.0 is not currently available for modern operating systems though there are Wordstar emulation programs such as CtrlPlus available. Alternatively, this KAYPRO portable computer with working WordStar software is for sale on eBay for US$125.