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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.



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.
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Re: cross genre anthologies
I sure hope it works out. I like multiple genres myself, but apparently I'm really unusually promiscuous in my reading habits.

Mar. 25th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
Re: cross genre anthologies
you're a GRRM fan and you avoid books about war?

i think there's a bit of a conundrum here...


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