So I'm on the train going to work reading "Skin Trade" from Dreamsongs Volume II (I'm guessing "nocturne" is too over used as a title and with my musical background I think the word should be reserved for Chopin). I come to a page break and put my book away as I'm getting off at the next stop. I notice the college aged looking kid across from me is reading something from "A Song of Ice and Fire" (which ever book has the red cover), a forty something-ish woman further back is reading Armageddon Rag and as I'm stepping off the train I see a lady coming on with Fevre Dream in her hands. It would seem Time Magazine had a point in naming Martin influential. At the least, he was extraordinarily popular yesterday at this particular place and time.
Unrelated to trains or Martin, I just got my copy of Michael Swanwick's Dancing with Bears from the mailbox! You should be jealous.