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Another Monkey Off My Back

Gardner Dozois and I have completed work on our WARRIORS anthology, and delivered it to Patrick Nielsen Hayden, our editor at Tor

This one is a monster, a gigantic "event" anthology with an all-star lineup of writers, most of them award winners and bestsellers in their own fields. The theme of the anthology is war and the warrior ethos... but what makes WARRIORS different from all the military SF anthologies that have gone before is that this one is a cross-genre anthology. Fantasy, SF, historical fiction, suspense, mainstream, romance, and more, all of it was welcome here.

Our final lineup:

Introduction: "Stories from the Spinner Rack," by George R.R. Martin
"The King of Norway," by Cecelia Holland
"Forever Bound," by Joe Haldeman
"The Triumph," by Robin Hobb
"Clean Slate," by Lawrence Block
"And Ministers of Grace," by Tad Williams
"Soldierin'," by Joe Lansdale
"Dirae," by Peter S. Beagle
"The Eagle and the Rabbit," by Steven Saylor
"Seven Years from Home," by Naomi Novik
"The Custom of the Army," by Diana Gabaldon
"The Pit," by James Rollins
"Out of the Dark," by David Weber
"The Girls from Avenger," by Carrie Vaughn
"Ancient Ways," by S.M. Stirling
"Ninieslando" by Howard Waldrop
"Recidivist" by Gardner Dozois
"My Name is Legion," by David Morrell
"Defenders of the Frontier," by Robert Silverberg
"The Scroll," by David Ball
"The Mystery Knight," by George R.R. Martin

There's twenty stories, all original and never before published, including a Forever Peace
sequel from Joe Haldeman, a "Lord John" novella by Diana Gabaldon, an Emberverse tale from Steve Stirling, and a major new Dunk & Egg novella from yours truly. Vikings, doughboys, Roman legionaries, knights, Buffalo soldiers, cybernetic infantry, WASPs, Cossacks -- you'll find them all in the pages of WARRIORS.

Look for the Tor hardcover in March 2010.

So far there's no UK sale, nor any foreign deals on the table. Those may come later... but until and unless they do, if you want to read "The Mystery Knight" or any of the other stories, you'll need to grab the Tor edition.

Buy early and often, and help us smash these genre boundaries! It's the story that matters, not the label... at least that's our mantra here.



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Mar. 24th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I look forward to reading it.
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Sweet fancy moses! That's a must-have!
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
OOh, looking forward to reading the remainder of The Mystery Knight.

Nice monkey btw.
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
That's a hell of a lineup. It's going on my list for sure.
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
That's a hefty lineup. I'm not too thrilled by Mr. Stirling's inclusion, and think you should have gone with the other David (Drake rather than Weber ;) ) but definitely going to grab this.
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
That's awesome news, George. Congratulations to you and Gardner. I look forward to having my copy in my hands!
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds good! Post a reminder when it comes out? :)
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Ordinarily, I'd run far away from a collection about "war", but this looks incredibly good. It's going on my must have list immediately. All those writers are ones I trust not to give me tired cliches on the subject in question.

Suddenly, I am struck by the desire to see another such anthology on the subject of people of religion. Another topic I generally shy away from... Do you suppose you guys might be willing to do more cross-genre anthologies of this sort if this one does well?

Mar. 24th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
cross genre anthologies
That's certainly our hope, but whether or not we will be given the opportunity... well, that depends in large part on how WARRIORS performs.

A cross-genre anthology is always a risk, from a publisher's point of view. The hope is that you will draw readers from all across the spectrum, that SF fans will buy it for the SF, mystery fans for the mystery writers, etc. And that all of them will then find writers they were previously unaware of, so everyone's audience gets expanded.

The risk, of course, is that the same readers will decide that, even though the anthology has some of their favorite writers and favorite genre, it doesn't have enough of same, and is full of writers they don't know and genres they've decided they don't like. And will therefore decide not to buy the book, to wait for the paperback, to wait till the stories they want to read are reprinted in single author collections, etc. That's the downside.

So... you pays your money, and you rolls the dice.
Re: cross genre anthologies - marykaykare - Mar. 24th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: cross genre anthologies - slojae - Mar. 25th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
I don't know most of those writers, but Tad Williams is amazing.
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Neat!
Heh yeah other than GRRM, Tad Williams and Robin Hobb are the only ones I heard of/read anything by. But I like those three enough to check it out. :)
Re: Neat! - aulus_poliutos - Mar. 24th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Neat! - drpaisley - Mar. 24th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Neat! - bojojoti - Mar. 24th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Mar. 24th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, that looks shiny indeed!
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)

What I particularly like is several stories by authors that I like (which actually gets me to buy the book), several by authors I've heard of and want to know if I like (which is a plus) and several I've never heard of (which is not something that actually makes me more likely to purchase, but if I really like a story I have a new name to pick up a novel from!)

And that's really why I like collections, a very efficient way of finding new writers to follow. And collections like this, they're writing in their chosen style/universe, so it's very representative.
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's a heck of a lineup, and I look forward to reading it when it's available.
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Can't wait to read it.
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a doozy. And it ends with a Dunk and Egg novella...see, by putting that at the end, I can motivate myself to read all the stories by authors I don't know, in order, before I let myself get to D&E...that's great. A great way to find new writers (and as you say, cross-genre).

Congrats George!
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)

I am now officially dying to read that.
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds fabulous, The mix is already making me itch to read this, and if the authors I don't know yet are as good as the ones I know, it'll end like when I read the first Legends and bought a lot of books by the authors I got to know through it. Exactly what you are hoping for, I presume. :)
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard of most of those writers, but this seems like a good way to get familiar with them without having to invest in a bunch of individual books.
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
It's definitely a good idea if it works well. I believe GRRM has said previously that he got a lot of new ASoIaF fans in 1998 from people who read THE HEDGE KNIGHT in the first LEGENDS who'd specifically picked up that book for the Tad Williams or Ray Feist or Robert Jordan story instead.
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Mar. 24th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Peter S. Beagle, Robin Hobb, Carrie Vaughn, Naomi Novik and Robert Silverberg all together? And more Dunk and Egg too?

Absolutely. Must. Read. Congratulations on wrapping up such a good piece of work!
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Mr. Beagle and you, not to mention everyone else? Sold.
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Tad Williams, Joe Haldeman, Peter S. Beagle and Naomi Novik in an anthology that ends with another installment of Dunk and Egg? Color me several shades of sold on this.
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
The Mystery Knight
Even if I weren't interested in any other writer, I'd just get it for "The Mystery Knight". Who knows, maybe I'll find a few other stories that I actually like in there. From what I read in your post, I fall smack right in the middle of the target audience, so: Every success with that project!
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Sounds fun! Surely the D&E story alone will motivate people to buy it?

Why the long lead time to be published, or is that normal for books that aren't ASoIaF/HP/whatever?
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Looking forward to seeing what happens next to Dunk 'n' Egg :-)
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to at least half of those stories, and curious about all the rest. Looks like a great collection of writers. Congratulations on getting it out the door.

Soooo ... how's Star-Crossed Lovers progressing? ;) That's also cross-genre as I recall.
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
I have a new book to look forward to. Huzzah!

I daresay we'll be seeing updates as to availability posted here, so I'm going to tone down my enthusiasm until it actually gets published and I can buy a copy. *Then* I can go crazy.
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