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The ROGUES Are Coming

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Gardner Dozois and I have just delivered the completed manuscript (well, e-manuscript, it being 2013 and all) for our latest big cross-genre anthologies, ROGUES, to our editor at Bantam Spectra.

Once again, we've got a really kickass lineup of contributors, and some terrific stories.

The table of contents:

George R.R. Martin “Everybody Loves a Rogue” (Introduction)
Joe Abercrombie “Tough Times All Over”
Gillian Flynn “What Do You Do?”
Matthew Hughes “The Inn of the Seven Blessings”
Joe R. Lansdale “Bent Twig”
Michael Swanwick “Tawny Petticoats”
David Ball “Provenance”
Carrie Vaughn “The Roaring Twenties”
Scott Lynch “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane”
Bradley Denton “Bad Brass”
Cherie Priest “Heavy Metal”
Daniel Abraham “The Meaning of Love”
Paul Cornell “A Better Way to Die”
Steven Saylor “Ill Seen in Tyre”
Garth Nix “A Cargo of Ivories”
Walter Jon Williams “Diamonds From Tequila”
Phyllis Eisenstein “The Caravan to Nowhere”
Lisa Tuttle “The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives”
Neil Gaiman “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”
Connie Willis “Now Showing”
Patrick Rothfuss “The Lightning Tree”

This one was an enormous amount of fun. We're got something for everyone in ROGUES -- SF, mystery, historical fiction, epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, comedy, tragedy, crime stories, mainstream. And rogues, cads, scalawags, con men, thieves, and scoundrels of all descriptions. If you love Harry Flashman and Cugel the Clever, as I do, this is the book for you.

If there's any bloody justice, some of these stories will contend for awards.

(And it's one more monkey off my back, hurrah, hurrah)

Comments

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Emma Vanden Wyngaerd
May. 13th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! The third one in five months! You sure are busy...
pulvatory
May. 13th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
So you made this specifically for me, didn't you?
Seriously.
Daniel fucking Abraham, *the* man himself.
Paul Cornell.
Connie Willis.
Gillian Flynn.
Walter Jon Williams.
Lisa fucking Tuttle.

There isn't a single writer on this list I wouldn't kiss given an excuse.

I love you and Gardner Dozois.
insurrbution
May. 13th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Hurrah that another one bites the dust! Hopefully the other monkies are behaving, chief among them being 'son of kong', as you call it.

Are you reading, or have read, The Tyrant's Law yet by some author called Daniel Abraham? I remember your review post of The King's Blood and and would love a review of that book.
pulvatory
May. 13th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
That comes out on my birthday
As if I needed another reason to loving Mr. Abraham, book three of "The Dagger and the Coin" gets published on my 24th (I feel old) birthday!

It'll only take three weeks for it to get here, but I can wait.
werthead
May. 13th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”


Ha, some people (i.e. me) have been waiting to find that out for 17 years since NEVERWHERE aired on TV. Cool :)
idemandjustice
May. 13th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yes! The Marquis was my favorite character in that.
superscienceser
May. 15th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oh neil.
People like me as well, plus fans everywhere. Squee to the fourth!
MynameisDrake
May. 13th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
Would it be safe to say this will get a 2014 release?
grrm
May. 13th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, I think that's likely, but until Bantam tells me the pub date, we can't be sure. It all depends on their schedule.
marlowe1
May. 13th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
Nice to see another new one from Scott Lynch.
LordGrimdark
May. 13th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
There is no bloody justice...
Curt Huff
May. 14th, 2013 06:04 am (UTC)
yes
You are right...no bloody justice in having to wait until next year to read a new story from you Mr. Grimdark! Not to mention all the other amazing authors in this compilation. Way to go for putting this one together Mr. Martin! What an amazing crew of authors!
rmholt
May. 13th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to it!
Connie Willis - yeah...
Seth Davis
May. 13th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
awesome!!!
Thanks for doing this, GRRM! I took your suggestion a few weeks back and finished "Best Served Cold" and am now working on "A Shadow in Summer" so I'm excited to see all this new work :)
idemandjustice
May. 13th, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
Ooh, a lot of great names in there!
matociquala
May. 13th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to this one.
plunderpuss
May. 13th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
That is a bad-ass lineup. :D 2014 is going to rule...thanks for giving me one more thing to look forward to!
ext_1799094
May. 13th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Are there others like this already published involving you? If so I may have to get my wallet out!
grrm
May. 14th, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
Yes, Gardner and I have done a number of anthologies together.

Already published are WARRIORS, SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH, DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS, and SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH. The last is a tribute anthology to Jack Vance.

Delivered and forthcoming are DANGEROUS WOMEN from Tor and OLD MARS from Bantam. And now ROGUES.

We are still at work on OLD VENUS.

The rumors of an OLD URANUS are unfounded.
insurrbution
May. 14th, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
Speaking of anthologies and novellas, was wondering if you could provide a Dunk and Egg update? Either on story 4 (She Wolves of Winterfell? That's the title I saw on the net) or info on the anthology of just them.

Enjoy the rest, however brief from delivering some material. You work hard so I daresay you earned it.
ext_1799094
May. 14th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for this list, I now have a great summer of reading ahead!
Valdred Dethstorm
May. 14th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Yay!
One less monkey!
Keep up the awesome work, George! :)
daystarclarion
May. 14th, 2013 06:47 am (UTC)
Can these books be ordered signed? After getting my signed anthologies I don't fancy buying a "naked" copy :)
ext_1800904
May. 14th, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
Feeling a bit aprehensive about this to be honest. I bought the "Songs of Love and Death" anthologie and by the end of it I honestly felt cheated.
grrm
May. 14th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that... but, thankfully, you were in a small minority on that one. The reviews for LOVE AND DEATH were very good, and two of the stories therein were nominated for Edgar Awards.

But not all books are for all readers.
Michael Phillip Hoffman
May. 15th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
Thank you.
I first started reading A Song of Ice and Fire around when Clash of Kings came out. I've loved it ever since.

I recently read Tuf Voyaging, which I really enjoyed. It has me excited to read your other works. I'm looking forward to reading Wild Cards in the near future.

I was curious what other sci-fi and fantasy fiction you would strongly recommend or advocate to your readers? Is it fair to assume that the writers featured in anthologies in which you've been involved come especially recommended? I am particularly interested in works that feature deep, complicated characters.

Thank you for everything.

_ Michael Hoffman

- Michael
zonotrichia
May. 15th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
Carrie Vaughn rocks!
I'm really looking forward to this collection. Great stuff!
den_down_unda
May. 15th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
Please tell me that's a new story from Bradley Denton! I love his f/sf and there's been far too little of it lately.
grrm
May. 15th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's a brand new novella from Bradley Denton.

All the stories are new.
infinite_hiatus
May. 16th, 2013 02:35 am (UTC)
There are enough names I love in that list to make this a must-buy for me.
donteatpoop
May. 18th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
Love Rogue Characters
In playing RPG's, rogues are my default. I'm always excited when the party needs a rogue. Love reading about rogue characters too. I'm excited for this. I have read stories from several of these authors as well. Should be awesome. Too bad they got such a hack writer to do the intro. :P
pulvatory
May. 28th, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)
Is the Rothfuss story part of the Kingkiller canon?
Is it somehow related to Bast or Kvothe? Or something new entirely?

Still very excited for this!
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