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Another Monkey Off My Back

Gardner Dozois and I have delivered SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH: Tales of Star-Crossed Love to our editor at Pocket Books.

SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH is another of our crossgenre anthologies, this one featuring stories that blend fantasy, science fiction, and romance. (I hear you jeering. Pfui. Those of you who know my work only from A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE may not be aware that I was once considered the most romantic science fiction writer of the 70s, back when I was doing my Thousand Worlds stuff).

We're got another terrific lineup. Our table of contents:

Jim Butcher "Love Hurts"
Jo Beverly "The Marrying Maid"
Carrie Vaughn "Rooftops"
M.L.N. Hanover "Hurt Me"
Cecelia Holland "Demon Lover"
Melinda M. Snodgrass "The Wayfarer's Advice"
Robin Hobb "Blue Boots"
Neil Gaiman "The Thing About Cassandra"
Marjorie M. Liu "After the Blood"
Jacqueline Carey "You and You Alone"
Lisa Tuttle "His Wolf"
Linnea Sinclair "CourtingTrouble"
Mary Jo Putney "The Demon Dancer"
Tanith Lee "Under/Above the Water"
Peter S. Beagle "Kashkia"
Yasmine Galenorn "Man in the Mirror"
Diana Gabaldon "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows"

The Butcher is a Harry Dresden story, the Carey tells a long-awaited tale from her Kushiel series, the Gabaldon ties into her immensely popular OUTLANDER series, and the Snodgrass is from her IMPERIALS space opera series.

No word yet on publication date, but you'll know when we do.

So... one more project done, one more book delivered, one more monkey off my back.

(Yes, I know. King Kong is still perched up on my shoulders. He was a king in his world, but I'll teach him fear).


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Jan. 13th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Most excellent! Very much looking forward to it :)
Jan. 13th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
You know, there was a time I would have scoffed at this... but my appetite has been whet for fantasy romance lately. I'm tempted to pick this up, and have the SoIaF-DA:O circle of Things Inspired By and/or Tied To George made complete.
Jan. 13th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Good times :o)
Jan. 13th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
congrats on finishing the anthology!
Jan. 13th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
King Kong eh?
Where's a squadron of bi-planes when you need one?
Jan. 13th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
And I miss that good old '70s stuff of yours, George, and I often re-read it.

Good collection of authors you have there. Looking forward to it.
Jan. 14th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
My brain deceives me... that white square in the shadow will never
look as dark ad the dark square in the light... speaking of which,
that is exactly the picture I need to explain this phenomenon to my

Oh, and on topic... where can one find G.R.R.M.'s 70's stuff at? X3
Jan. 13th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful, a lot of my favorite authors. I actually got Vaughn's Kitty books because I loved what she did in Wild Cards.
Jan. 13th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
It was beauty wrote the beast, i mean killed the beast.
Jan. 13th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Outstanding lineup!
I can't wait! Congrats, George!
Jan. 13th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Robin Hobb has a story in it?

Bagged and sold, Mr. Martin. :)
Jan. 13th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
I am SO excited about Carey's piece!
Jan. 14th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
*happy dance*
Jan. 14th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
I like King Kong, but in this case...whip it! Whip it real good! :p Teach him fear indeed.

Tangent, but I love the lineup for the anthology. Gaiman, Carey, Beagle, Vaughn, Butcher = YAY! I'm sold.
Jan. 14th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
That sounds awesome - I look forward to reading this.
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
like a lot of others have mentioned, this looks like a fantastic line-up of authors

I'll be picking it up.
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
So MANY books, so little time. To read them all, that is...
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
I've been largely frazzled by the lack of ADwD to date but your King Kong comment was really cool and made me feel a lot better... not sure why, maybe it was just good to see you tangentially ackowledge how important this is for some of us...

Mighty clever crossover comment too... you ought to be a writer :-)
Jan. 14th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
You fuck those monkeys up!
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
A Song for Lya was one of my favorite Dreamsongs
So I trust you on this collection. Plus, Neil Gaiman's a part of it, which cannot be ignored. Thanks for the update.
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
That sounds like a really good anthology - will be looking out for it ^_^
Jan. 14th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
Re: your romantic work, I recall your name popping up quite a lot in Beauty and the Beast, so no, I'm not surprised. ;)
Jan. 14th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
I'll be picking that one up.

(Be careful of those tiny airplanes buzzing about your head trying to bring doom to Kong.)
Jan. 14th, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
That sound like a great lineup.. looking forward!
Jan. 14th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
oh my god so many good romance authors are in it!
Jan. 14th, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
Jan. 14th, 2010 08:53 am (UTC)
Looking forward to it!
Jan. 14th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
I adore this line-up. Can you by chance share if the Robin Hobb story is about the Golden Fool or set in the Liveship Trader's series?? You have a good 5 authors I can't get enough of in this set. Thank you for bringing them together in one compendium!!!!!!
Jan. 14th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
Ooh! There's a book for me!

Out of pure curiouisty with no implications towards impatience (for I will wait as long as it takes to get a really great book), how many projects is it usual for such a successful author to be working on at once? Don't you find you get mixed up in the head with all those stories pounding about?
Jan. 14th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
I'm not much on Romance authors so I was really surprised to see Jim Butcher - I love his work but it's no where near romance. I see Jim shying away from love scense in his books all the time so I'm curious to see what he comes up with.
Jan. 14th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
is this the Warriors Anthology listed on Amazon?
I remember you blogging about an anthology called Warriors. Is this the same thing with a name change? I saw it listed on Amazon.
Jan. 14th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: is this the Warriors Anthology listed on Amazon?
No, WARRIORS is completely different book. Out in March.
Jan. 14th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
When you talk that way it reminds me of your story The Monkey Treatment. Don't let the story take over like that monkey did. Scary.
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Jan. 14th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)

and I think it's time for King Kong to submit..
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Sweet! I've been digging Jim Butcher lately. Those Dresden books are great. I got my wife to start reading them. She's been on a vampire kick lately and Jim Buthcher rescued her from it. I think she just finished the Sookie Stackhouse books after reading the Twilight books. The Sookie Stackhouse books weren't too bad (for what they were), but I couldn't even start on the Twilight books. Jacob and Edward. Bah! Those books are schlock.

Now there's an over-saturated literary market. Way too many girlie vampire books out right now. I dug Anne Rice. Lestat and Louis and what-not (the Mayfair books are good,too). But she has loads of literary talent. Those Twilight books are like After School TV Specials with vampires. Not very well written at all.
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Kill that damn dirty ape and stop me and my friends from trying to come up with one theory after another on characters and plots. Yesterday, while re-reading Storm of Swords, I was thinking that maybe Jon Snow and Ned Dayne were twins or something until I realized they are not even close in age. And why would Ashara Dayne throw herself out a window because her brother got killed? And are Shireen's nightmares about dragons the same as Danny and Tyrion's dreaming of dragons? Will Brienne become the undead's leader with the magic sword and will she fight a new, godly Hound in a reversal of fate? Is Tyrion really one of the three heads? What role will Gendry have? Will he be legitamized? AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
But how will you throw King Kong from your back if he is tied to it with a Myreeneese knot?

Hopefully the ghost of Ned Stark will take up Ice and give the knot a hearty whack like Alexander whacked the Gordian Knot.
Jan. 14th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, this anthology sounds awesome! I'm usually not a huge fan of short stories, but this one has several of my favorite authors in it.
Jan. 14th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Is it sad that I thought the best thing about this post was that you actually had an avatar pic of you with a monkey on your back?
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Holy crap. GRRM, Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Robin Hobb, Jaqueline Carey? Is this going to form Captain Planet's better read, more vicious cousin? GRRM is the one with a monkey on his head, does that mean he has Heart? I mean I always thought of it as the fake power, but in his hands it could be devastating!
Jan. 14th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Does GRRM have a story in this anthology?
Just wondering.
Jan. 14th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed a couple collections (I believe Dreamsongs vol. 1&2) from some of these authors, and I had only bought them so I could read Hedge Knight. But a lot of them were very enjoyable. Jim Butcher is one of my 'exception' authors, since I normally don't read the sort of stuff he writes, but I simply can't resist his work in particular.

I'll have to see if this is available on the Kindle, my bookshelf is already creaking when I add to it now.

You show that mutant ape who's boss.
Jan. 15th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Can't wait to see this published. It looks like a wonderful line up of authors!
Jan. 15th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Have you wrote something in this new book?
And yes, King Kong should be affraid
Feb. 11th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Wow, Gabaldon, Butcher, Carey, and Gaiman?! Awesome. This just got added to my "must buy" list.
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