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Dangerous Women Coming

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Take home a dangerous woman this Christmas.

DANGEROUS WOMEN, the latest big cross-genre anthology from Gardner Dozois and yours truly, has been scheduled for a December 3 release in hardcover, according to Amazon. (I assume that is correct. The date has not actually been confirmed for me by anyone at the publisher, but presumably 'twas Tor who gave Amazon their date. Sometimes, alas, the author is the last to know).

The cover looks like this (again, according to Amazon, who apparently know more than we do):

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(I know, I know, some of you will not like the cover. Honestly, I am not a huge fan of the all-typographic approach myself, but it seems to be the lot in life for writers who reach a certain level of success, the thought being that the writer's name will sell more copies than any artwork, no matter how splendid. And DANGEROUS WOMEN contains stories by a LOT of brilliant famous award-winning bestselling writers, ergo the desire to trumpet their names. All understandable. Being an old fanboy at heart, however, I love great SF and fantasy art, and would have preferred to depict some actual dangerous women on the cover... but this one, I must concede, will probably sell better).

DANGEROUS WOMEN is our biggest anthology yet... yes, even more massive that WARRIORS (though still well short of the length of my fantasy series), with another all-star lineup. 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.

You can preorder DANGEROUS WOMEN here:
http://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Women-George-R-R-Martin/dp/076533206X

Comments

( 28 comments )
hk47_
Jun. 1st, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
Yay!
Pre-ordered :)
gracht
Jun. 1st, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Huge mothers
Your Grace, the dragons are coming.
orehime
Jun. 2nd, 2013 12:20 am (UTC)
Niiiice.
Re the cover, I can also see that in compilations with quite the variation in theme/story it must be quite difficult to make something that represents everything inside.
stephen1985
Jun. 2nd, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
Good point. I was just wondering what exactly they might have done for a cover instead of what they chose to do, but your statement says it all.
ext_1900867
Jun. 2nd, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
Fantastic news - and also...
This is wonderful news--I've just pre-ordered!

On a slightly related note, when I have the chance I grab my copy of Dreamsongs and turn to one of your stories I haven't read yet. I hadn't had the chance to do so in forever but last night finally found an opportunity to dig in again and went for Sandkings. It was already late and I wasn't expecting to get in but maybe a few pages before snoozing off.

Needless to say I was afforded no such luck. My eyes didn't close till well after the last word was read, and even after they did my mind has lingered in that dark beautiful story ever since. No thanks is big enough for sharing your worlds with us.
pulvatory
Jun. 2nd, 2013 07:53 am (UTC)
Re: Fantastic news - and also...
> Needless to say I was afforded no such luck. My eyes didn't close till well after the last word was read, and even after they did my mind has lingered in that dark beautiful story ever since. No thanks is big enough for sharing your worlds with us.

I have to say: even as a fan, that made me very happy. So many people are vitriolic it makes me avoid the fandom, but you read stuff like this - someone who doesn't stomp their feet and demand a book NOW - and who understands that art takes time to craft, that we should appreciate the work, and it makes you love reading all over again. Thank you. I like to think that GRRM was happy with your comment, too.
Carey Wilson
Jun. 2nd, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantastic news - and also...
Sand Kings is my favorite Martin short story with the possible exception of the Ice Dragon. Kings is so scary and twisted and complex. I reread it at least once a year. Wish someone would make a horror flick based on it.
Scott Wilson
Jun. 4th, 2013 11:01 am (UTC)
Re: Fantastic news - and also...
You mean other than the 1995 Outer Limits adaptation?
Carey Wilson
Jun. 9th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantastic news - and also...
Yes, I do not consider the 95 Outer Limits adaption a full scale 90 minute horror flick (you know, like what is played at the movies). And that is what Sandkings needs to do it justice (in my opinion of course). The Outer Limits thing was great and all, but it could be way more.

Edited at 2013-06-09 04:17 pm (UTC)
insurrbution
Jun. 2nd, 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
Looks great George! i know you've been busy on this one for a while so I'm sure you're glad to witness its evolution.

Looking forward to the first Dunk and Egg collection, the story found here, The World of Ice and Fire, as well as 'the GRRM-arillion', and any subsequent volumes. Again, won't hold you back from duties / relaxing, just wanted to thank you for taking the time to update us.

Closer to the fall, I will send you a message in regards to my short story.

A final PS: those looking to find the season 3 soundtrack of Game of Thrones will be pleased to know it will be through itunes June 4, and on CD for us dinosaurs on July 9, via Water Tower instead of Varese Sarabande.
brokenbulbs
Jun. 2nd, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
It's only bad when the author's name becomes larger than the title. I work at a library, and I quickly found whose works have less substance... especially when a new best seller is on the shelf within mere months of the last! Please, Mr. Martin-- take all the time you need.
gilda_elise
Jun. 2nd, 2013 10:43 am (UTC)
Ooh, sounds interesting. And Sharon Kay Penman! Can definitely go for that.
Mary Ellen Wofford
Jun. 2nd, 2013 12:22 pm (UTC)
Oh...it looks delightful!
And the Holland story about one of my absolute women in history, Eleanor of Aquitaine? OH YEAH.
And the Fake History from D of Dragons?
I think I just had a fangasm!
geshtarr
Jun. 2nd, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
Hi George, how's progress coming on the Poul Anderson tribute story? I'm highly looking forward to that collection.
webbre3
Jun. 2nd, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
Cool!
Brilliant cant wait for it!!
Any eta on Dunk and Egg? Just curious.
bardtk
Jun. 2nd, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
Hey, good news! :)

So, how many monkeys are left by now?
rowyn
Jun. 2nd, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Of the stories in existing settings -- are they wholly standalone or do they work better if the reader is already familiar with the setting?
tripleneck
Jun. 3rd, 2013 05:38 am (UTC)
I may not be finished reading the Old Mars collection by the time DW appears, but I'm not complaining. I love these anthologies!
TymCon
Jun. 3rd, 2013 09:47 am (UTC)
I kind of wish that Kim Harrison was in this:P

Oh, I'm not complaining. I'm gonna pre-order it now.
lilpix33
Jun. 3rd, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
Is this a Dunk and Egg story?
grrm
Jun. 3rd, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
no
TheRedViper
Jun. 5th, 2013 08:29 am (UTC)
She Wolves
Is the "She-Wolves of Winterfell" being saved for another collection? Or has it been scrapped?
ext_1911331
Jun. 3rd, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
SKP!!!
Yay for Sharon Kay Penman!!! Pre-ordering NOW!!!
farasche
Jun. 5th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
Only related in terms of dangerous women, but you might enjoy checking out the webcomic "Strong Female Protagonist". The writer and artist *are* friends of mine, but don't hold that against them! And, the writer is also the son of Elaine Lee, write of STARSTRUCK. I hope you are familiar with that work.

Anyway, I'm super excited about this anthology. As much as I enjoy the artwork, sometimes it's nice to build the character completely in your own mind, based solely on the words.
vikjha
Jun. 6th, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
robin hobb?
Robin Hobb is writing a Megan Lindholm story???? oooooooo-- when's the last time she's done this??? (I confess for all I know it could have been the last few years haven't had a chance to read much fiction lately...)

very, very cool.
nerwende
Jun. 18th, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re: robin hobb?
The previous one would have been "Old Paint" in the July 2012 issue of Asimov's mag. :)
emp_sheeptopia
Jun. 7th, 2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
Pre-ordered... just hope I remember in December that I did so! LOL
veber
Jun. 8th, 2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
Great news!
Pre-ordered.
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