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A Dangerous Delivery

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The women are coming, and they're armed and dangerous.

Gardner Dozois and I have just delivered our latest massive crossgenre anthology, DANGEROUS WOMEN (originally FEMMES FATALE), to our editors at Tor. This one is our biggest yet... yes, even more massive that WARRIORS (though still well short of the length my fantasy writers), with another all-star lineup of bestselling and award-winning contributors.

The table of contents will look like this:

INTRODUCTION, by Gardner Dozois
SOME DESPERADO, by Joe Abercrombie
MY HEART IS EITHER BROKEN, by Megan Abbott
NORA’S SONG, by Cecelia Holland
THE HANDS THAT ARE NOT THERE, by Melinda Snodgrass
BOMBSHELLS, by Jim Butcher
RAISA STEPANOVA, by Carrie Vaughn
WRESTLING JESUS, by Joe R. Lansdale
NEIGHBORS, by Megan Lindholm
I KNOW HOW TO PICK ‘EM, by Lawrence Block
SHADOWS FOR SILENCE IN THE FORESTS OF HELL, by Brandon Sanderson
A QUEEN IN EXILE, by Sharon Kay Penman
THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR, by Lev Grossman
SECOND ARABESQUE, VERY SLOWLY, by Nancy Kress
CITY LAZARUS, by Diana Rowland
VIRGINS, by Diana Gabaldon
HELL HATH NO FURY, by Sherilynn Kenyon
PRONOUNCING DOOM, by S.M. Stirling
NAME THE BEAST, by Sam Sykes
CARETAKERS, by Pat Cadigan
LIES MY MOTHER TOLD ME, by Caroline Spector
THE PRINCESS AND THE QUEEN, by George R.R. Martin

The Abercrombie is set against his RED COUNTRY backdrop, the Holland gives us Eleanor of Aquitaine, Jim Butcher returns us to Harry Dresden's world, Lev Grossman contributes a tale of life at Brakebills, Steve Stirling revisits his Emberverse, Diana Gabaldon's story features Jamie Fraser of OUTLANDER fame, the Spector is a Wild Cards story featuring Hoodoo Mama and the Amazing Bubbles, and mine own contribution... well, it's some of that fake history I have been writing lo these many months, the true (mostly) story of the origins of the Dance of the Dragons. The stand-alone stories, not part of any series, feature some amazing work as well. For those who like to lose themselves in long stories, the Brandon Sanderson story, the Diana Gabaldon story, the Caroline Spector story, and my "Princess and Queen" are novellas. Huge mothers.

This one took longer than we thought it would, mostly because of me (mea culpa), but Gardner and I think you'll find that it was worth the wait. Some terrific tales await you. No pubdate yet, of course... this bulletin is hot off the press... but as soon as we get word from Tor, you guys will be the first to know.

((Hurrah! Another monkey off my back!!))

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ladytanha
Jan. 23rd, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Can't wait for this to come out!
lomnen
Jan. 23rd, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
I can't wait...
...I can't wait to dance the Dance...
and, of course, to travel again in the REd Country (love J. Abercrombie, and love you, sir, for it was you who suggested his name and are the reason why I bought his books and his unforgettable characters!) and encounter again mrs Lindholm and many others...

but to dance the Dance... ow... WOW!!!! ^_____^
lord_varys
Jan. 23rd, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
Can you tell us something about your contribution to the anthology? I'm wondering if this is a theoretical text of sorts? For example, being part of a 'ponderous tome' about the history of the Seven Kingdoms written by some maester or aging eye witness who tries to get closer to 'the enigma that was Rhaenyra Targaryen' through time and space, but not an actual story? Or is this an actual short story/novella with plot, various characters, and a bloody ending ;-)?

Anyway, I'm looking forward to book in any case!
grrm
Jan. 23rd, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
Well, the ending is pretty damn bloody, I'll give you that much.
pulvatory
Jan. 23rd, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
Princess and the Queen clarification: is it a story or history?
Congratulations! I was wondering if "The Princess and the Queen" is a story set-in or around the Dance of the Dragons, or a chunk of history in the style of the upcoming book you're doing with Elio and Linda. Thanks!

Some really promising stuff here. Lucky me, I was about to get around to reading Dave Grossman's two "Magician" books, too, and I guess this is incentive to read Abercrombie's work, finally.
grrm
Jan. 23rd, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Princess and the Queen clarification: is it a story or history?
It's fake history... but history is just "his story," after all. There are many tales to tell a tale, or ten.
Jessy Lauren Blanchard
Jan. 23rd, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
May I have your permission
Dear GRRM,

May I please have your permission to have this design:

http://wfiles.brothersoft.com/g/game-of-thrones-family-logo_193540-1400x1050.jpg

Printed on a Tervis tumbler? They denied it for copyright reasons. It would be super sweet. I would buy one for you, too, if you wanted.

Thanks.
grrm
Jan. 23rd, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
Re: May I have your permission
That's an HBO design. I don't have any more right to use it than you do. Only they could grant permission.
Re: May I have your permission - Jessy Lauren Blanchard - Jan. 23rd, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Rania Melhem
Jan. 23rd, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
Sharon's contribution
Sharon's contribution is a story about Constance de Hauteville, Queen of Sicily and wife of Heinrich VI Hohenstaufen , Holy Roman Emperor and mother of the future Friedrich II, Stupor Mundi (wonder of the world).
grrm
Jan. 23rd, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Sharon's contribution
And a terrific one.
Re: Sharon's contribution - Rania Melhem - Jan. 23rd, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
Big day on Monday for all Ricardians - Rania Melhem - Jan. 30th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
apostle_of_eris
Jan. 24th, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
good
Something else with your name on it I can recommend to people reading your big fat books on the L, to expose them to other Names.
Jeff Libman
Jan. 24th, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)
a huge mother!
George, I will be thrilled to read anything more about the Ice and Fire world that you write! I'm excited that you describe the work as a huge mother. Just how huge are we talking about? Are you able/willing to share a page count with us to give us an idea?

Thanks for enriching my life.

-Jeff

Edited at 2013-01-24 01:26 am (UTC)
lysernix
Jan. 24th, 2013 06:17 am (UTC)
the other stories
Obviously I'm looking forward to your story there quite the most... but I did want to say I immensely enjoyed some of the stories in the Warriors (the book from Dunk and Egg 3) and the other the others (legends). Some of those stories struck me quite profoundly. I even enjoyed the spinner rack introduction!

Defenders of the frontier seemed especially bleak.
SleepyGracie
Jan. 24th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
Don't know whether to be happy or sad...
I've been looking forward to the Shewolves of Winterfell for quite some time as a look at the Stark forebears is very interesting to me (Love the idea of a Dunk and Egg adventure of the week series - if it kept to the overall arc we know from histories presented in ASOIAF, the final episode could well become a television milestone up there with the ending of Black Adder Goes Forth!

That said, more on the Dance of Dragons! SWEEET!!!

Question: I'm currently reading James Lowder edited "Beyond the Wall" collection of essays. Had you any thoughts on this? I've heard of your dislike for fan-fiction, does this extend to a dislike of others publishing analysis of your work?
grrm
Jan. 24th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't know whether to be happy or sad...
No, of course not. There's a huge difference between discussing, analyzing, critiquing, and reviewing a writer's work, and using his world and characters without permission for your own stories.
Eva Martn
Jan. 24th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
You Totally buy me with your short story, but if you add Lev Grossman, and that couple of Romantic writers Diana Gabaldon and Sherilynn Kenyon (Man, I know their novels are kind of repetitive, but I do love that kind of book you can read in hot summer afternoon), you have a deal. Waiting for it.
Stacey Thompson Cawthon
Jan. 26th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
I'll give you S. Kenyon on the repetitive romance thing. ( But freely admit to her being a regular read ) But I can't agree with that for D. Gabaldon. There's nothing repetitive about her books and they certainly aren't light reads. There's actually very little romance past the first one. Or maybe all the horridous day in the life over shadows the touchy feely in my mind.
But I agree this is some awesome mix. Can't wait.
quelonzia
Jan. 25th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
Cannot wait! What a line up. It's like reading a list of my favorite authors. :) Shared on my facebook, and already my family is wriggling with delight.
Theron Chambers
Jan. 25th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
Love your work. I wanted to know will there be an audio book for this anthology? I drive for a living so wanted to ask. It's how I was introduced to your work. Either way these anthology's are great and introduces me to writers I never heard of.
tripleneck
Jan. 25th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Hurrah!
I love these anthologies you put together with GD. Besides being great reads in and of themselves, they've turned me on to many great authors that have provided me with many more hours of pleasure. I use these the way I used to use the monthly pulp magazines to discover new authors. So thanks for having great taste and all your hard work getting the project together.
kojiro_james
Jan. 26th, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)
I don't mean to impose, but your publisher just pushed the release of the paperback editions of A Dance With Dragons back yet again to Sept. 2014. Would it be rude of me that I request that you kick them in the crotch for this?
Tanto Ten
Jan. 31st, 2013 03:04 am (UTC)
Second that...(any other place would also be as good...almost)
momiji_red
Jan. 26th, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
Sounds awesome!
wcbryan80
Jan. 26th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
awesome
Dang, that is some anthology. I simply love the anthologies that Mr. Dozois and yourself put out. Publication for this one simply cannot get here fast enough, I will be sure to add it to my collection. Well done George, I don't know how you have time to do all that you do...you continue to amaze and captivate me with all your stories. Thanks so much for sharing.
Dave Zylstra
Feb. 2nd, 2013 04:05 am (UTC)
Looks Great!
I can't wait to sink my teeth into it :) Hopefully its on Kobo!
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