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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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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.
SleepyGracie
Jan. 24th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't know whether to be happy or sad...
Good to hear I'm not supporting something you don't approve of in relation to your work!

I agree there's a huge difference but I could imagine others coining it off the back of one's creations being a source of irritation for some.

Looking forward to the new collection and wanted to say thanks for creating such an engrossing series!

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