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Day of the Rogues

The rogues are here.

Today was pub day.  ROGUES, the latest gigantic crossgenre anthology from Gardner Dozois and yours truly, is now available at your favorite local bookstore on on-line bookseller.

Rogues comp A March 17 lo res

If you enjoyed WARRIORS and DANGEROUS WOMEN, we think you'll love ROGUES.  It may be our strongest anthology yet.   We have some amazing writers and some incredible stories in this one.  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”
George R.R. Martin "The Rogue Prince, or, A King's Brother."

Enjoy the read!

(And yes, New Mexicans, we have copies for sale at the Jean Cocteau, and I will be there tomorrow evening to sign them.  We're having a benefit for the New Mexico Book Association.  Come join us, have a beer, buy a book, hear me read).


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Jun. 18th, 2014 05:33 am (UTC)
Better believe I picked up my copy on Amazon: zap! Been running around with my son and just now seeing Neil's title wondering If it is Neverwhere related...
Jun. 18th, 2014 05:33 pm (UTC)
It is indeed; someone confirmed it on Twitter earlier in the week.
Jun. 18th, 2014 06:03 am (UTC)
"How the Marquis Got His Coat Back"! Finally!

I've been waiting for that story ever since Neil announced it during his Graveyard Book speaking tour, when he said it would be appearing in Legends II. Instead we got a Shadow story, which, while good, wasn't what I was expecting.
Michael Kobus
Jun. 18th, 2014 06:22 am (UTC)
The only thing better than a new book is two new books
Just picked up Rogues and Cibola Burn today. Thanks for helping me discover so many great authors. I've read way more books in the past 3 years than i have in the other 25 and it's been a blast.
Jun. 18th, 2014 10:19 am (UTC)
Got my copy as an ebook! :)

When Winds is out I'll grab that as hardback on day 1.
Jun. 18th, 2014 12:38 pm (UTC)
Just got my copy in the mail! (from Amazon Germany)
Jun. 18th, 2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
I JUST bought mine for kindle last night! :)
I'll see if I can get my friend who you met already to go over there and get one for signed for me.
Rebecca Dornsife
Jun. 18th, 2014 01:57 pm (UTC)
I've got mine pre-ordered from Shawn Speakman at the Signed Page. Can't wait!!
Calle Johansson
Jun. 18th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
The Dance of Dragons on the big screen
Picked it up as an e-book couple of minutes ago!

With this novella you have completed the short version of the story of "The Dance of Dragons". Have you already written "the long version" of this war to be published in "Fire and Blood" or is this the complete published text of The Rogue Prince and The Princess and the Queen?

I dream of the day I step into the movie theatre to watch a movie adaptation of The Dance of Dragons. It is cut out to be an epic film!
Jun. 18th, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: The Dance of Dragons on the big screen
No, both "The Rogue Prince" and "The Princess and the Queen" have been considerably shortened to fit into ROGUES and DANGEROUS WOMEN, respectively. The full versions in the GRRMarillion will be much longer. Same events, more of less, but considerably more detail.
Calle Johansson
Jun. 18th, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
Re: The Dance of Dragons on the big screen
I guess Dunk and Egg fits in the GRRMarillion as well. Do you know how much material is needed for the full book? I guess there are a few big conflicts that would love their own parts, and should you wish you could make it into a whole new trilogy, there is so much history that would make for interesting reading.

Do you have any idea on what constraints and parts you will exclude or not go into detail with as to not make it escalate into an epic saga about the Targaryen Dynasty? (not that I would complain about one of those)
Matt Barrett
Jun. 27th, 2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
Re: The Dance of Dragons on the big screen
When that happens, will there be P.O.V. chapters? I thought The Princess And The Queen was good, but, I didn't feel like I got to know the characters.
Helena Evans
Jun. 18th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
I bought this yesterday, read your latest short on Daemon first and loved it! Oh the wonderful scandals of the Targaryens! Very good stuff. I feel this gives a lovely background to the events in the Princess and the Queen, and it has certainly made me thirsty for more Westerosi history...bring on the World of Ice and Fire! I love your fictional history, keep up the wonderful work.
I'm planning to work my way through the anthology slowly, reading a little each night. Already made a start with "The Lightning Tree" which is very enjoyable so far. I think after that I will move onto Abercrombie's "Tough Times All Over". This seems like an impressive collection and I will be hard pressed to decide on my favourite. Money well spent I think
Patrick Hurley
Jun. 18th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
Fantastic anthology
Picked it up last night and I'm enjoying the hell out of it so far! You, Gaiman, Lynch, Abercrombie, Rothfuss, and so many others-- it's like the Justice League of Fantasy Authors just came together!
Jun. 18th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantastic anthology
The Avengers of fantasy authors would be better. I am a former member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society, after all.
Jun. 18th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to reading it! Great writers, especially Neil Gaiman, one of my all time favorite!
Jun. 18th, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yay! It arrived just now via Canada Post, thanks to the option of pre-ordering. Now the question is whether to read it cover to cover consecutively, or drop in on a few stories at a time.... tough decision!
Greg Miller
Jun. 18th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
Are the books at your theater only for New Mexicans? I am travelling from NY for work and would like to check out the theater and maybe pick up a some books. Is it like a state discount thing or something?
Jun. 18th, 2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
No, not at all. The books are for anyone who wants 'em. We trade them for bits of green paper with pictures of dead presidents on 'em.
Pierre-Etienne Cinq-Mars
Jun. 18th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
Does that mean you don't accept $10 and $100 bills?
Jeremy Scholem
Jun. 19th, 2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
Bravo! That cracked me up.
Rafael Frascino Cassaro
Jun. 19th, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
WARRIORS, DANGEROUS WOMEN and now ROGUES, when " MAGES" is coming out? I wound love read about mages hehe.
Very well done sir, keep going with your good work
Jun. 19th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
If there is a MAGES I just neeed a Dunk and Egg featuring Lord Bloodraven or Archmaester Gyldayn story with the Pyromancers as antagonists.

George - I love Dunk and Egg so much.
Jun. 20th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
MAGES would not work as a crossgenre concept. It is too specific to fantasy.

If and when we do another crossgenre anthology (NOT soon, please), I'd like it to be about children and childhood, another universal. Not a children's book, mind you, but a book about children.
Matthew Brylinski
Jun. 20th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
I would love a story about Renly, Stannis and Robert growing up as children. They are all so different, would love to see what childhood events shaped them into the men that they will become.
Jun. 20th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
It wasnt my idea - just the notion that such an anthology could be a good excuse to learn more about the Alchemists' Guild. *swoon*

But when you think about it - A story about a Mage doesnt have to be Fantasy or even Magical. A Mage can be a charmer or an enchantress. A priest or a prophet. In Nebraska there is a soothsayer they named the Wizard of Wallstreet. The Wizard of Oz - he doesnt have any real magic at all. Artemus Gordon and Janos Bartok were Mages of the Wild West. I imagine a detective story based on the senate investigation of Benny Hinn could fit the heading. Especially since he got away.

After Winds and Tales of and Children and Tuff and thanks for the reply.
Justin Girard
Jun. 19th, 2014 01:02 pm (UTC)
Love the History!
Great anthology! Rothfuss is amazing and this is a nice teaser while waiting for Doors of Stone. I adore the world you have created and get so excited whenever there is new material to devour. These additional stories add so much richness to the main story line. Can't wait for World of Ice and Fire. Any shot at seeing some of these extra stories adapted? I know you've touched on it before but especially the Dunk and Egg stuff could make for an amazing serial.
Jun. 19th, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
Been loving discovering authors via short story since LEGENDS. What an eye opener that one was. This anthology has some writers I've been meaning to read, also nice seeing Lisa Tuttle here. I think I'll give WINDHAVEN another read soon, it's been awhile.
Jun. 19th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
Ser Erryk and Ser Arryk?
George why haven't these guys killed themselves in the Dance of Dragons yet? Where does their duel take place? Was it on Drsgonstone or The battle at Harrenhall? Liked reading it. Cant wait for October!
Frank Probst
Jun. 20th, 2014 03:37 am (UTC)
Lisa Tuttle!
The Lisa Tuttle story was a nice surprise! I haven't seen anything by her since "The Silver Bough", so I wasn't sure if she had retired from writing or not. I see her name on the guest list for Worldcon, but I have no idea if she's planning on doing a signing or not. Any chance you could twist her (non-signing) arm a little? :)
Jun. 20th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Lisa Tuttle!
I do not have the worldcon schedule, but I expect that Lisa will be there, and yes, she will be doing a signing. When I cannot say.

She's a terrific writer, and no, she hasn't retired. Her story in ROGUES is one of a series about those two investigators. Prime stuff.
Robert Dargenzio
Jun. 20th, 2014 09:05 am (UTC)
I've got to say, I was skeptical of both dangerous women and rogues, but after buying them for your stories (and partially abercrombie's stories, first law tril is amazing as well) I've come out of the experience a fan of more writers. Dangerous women got me into the dresden files which I have since read them all. Now rogues is out and after reading Gillian flynns story I'm ready to pick up one of her books as well (she had me cracking up most of her story and I didn't see the twist coming). So I just wanted to say thanks to Gardner Dozois and yourself. You've broadened my horizons and not only that but have slowly molded me into an avid reader. Like tyrion I catch myself reading to nearly dawn then realize I have a million things to do in the morning but can't sleep without another page, another chapter or another story. I've lived a thousand lives since I picked up your book so again thank you Mr Martin

Edited at 2014-06-20 09:12 am (UTC)
Polycrafter [wordpress.com]
Jun. 20th, 2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
LOVED learning more about Dareon's story! What a fascinating character. After I finished I had to go back and re-read the Princess & the Queen.
Mahyar QelThuzad
Jun. 21st, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC)
Dear George, When will you do the audiobook?
Jun. 26th, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
A book with two of my favorite authors right at the top?!?! How can I resist!
Jun. 29th, 2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
The Rogue Prince was fantastic. Insight into Cole's story and a historical context for the piracy in the Stepstones? Yes, please. Another stunted, stillborn Targaryan mentioned? That should get the "Aerys is really Tyrion's father" crowd whipped back into a froth on the message boards.

I haven't read the entire anthology yet, but Scott Lynch's story is also delightful, and I'd really love to see more of those characters. Hope he gets a chance to bring them back somewhere, perhaps in another anthology by a pair of talented if incredibly overworked editors.
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