George R.R. Martin, best-known for his A Song of Ice and Fire series, which inspired Game of Thrones, was once turned down by The Next Generation when he applied for a writing job.
“I had an interview with Star Trek: The Next Generation for a possible job as a staff writer,” said Martin. “I remember coming into the office of this producer, who thankfully did not last long on the show and you can see why when I tell the story.
“He said ‘I don’t know who you are; can you tell me your credentials.’ And I said ‘I am just coming off Twilight Zone where I worked for a while, but before that I wrote novels and short stories. I am primarily a science fiction writer.'”
And unbelievably, the producer came back with, “Oh really, well Star Trek is not a science-fiction show; it is a people show.”
“I was fooled by the photon torpedoes and starships,” said Martin. “I was misled. Needless to say I did not get that job.”
Source: Cinema Blend