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Love & Death...

... is coming in November.

The good folks at Pocket Books have just informed us that SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH: Tales of Star-Crossed Love, the latest big crossgenre anthology from me and my partner in crime Gardner Dozois, has been slated for publication on November 16 of this year.

The lineup for this one:

-Jim Butcher, "Love Hurts"
-Jo Beverly, "The Marrying Maid"
-Carrie Vaughn, "Rooftops"
-M.L.N. Hanover, "Hurt Me"
-Cecelia Holland, "Demon Lover"
-Melinda M. Snodgrass, "The Wayfarer's Advice"
-Robin Hobb, "Blue Boots"
-Neil Gaiman, "The Thing About Cassandra"
-Marjorie M. Liu, "After the Blood"
-Jacqueline Carey, "You and You Alone"
-Lisa Tuttle, "His Wolf"
-Linnea Sinclair, "Courting Trouble"
-Mary Jo Putney, "The Demon Dancer"
-Tanith Lee, "Under/Above the Water"
-Peter S. Beagle, "Kashkia"
-Yasmine Galenorn, "Man in the Mirror"
-Diana Gabaldon, "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows"

The anthology will be released as a hardcover under the Gallery imprint.


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Feb. 11th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Can't wait! What were your thoughts on Diana Gabaldon's story?
Feb. 11th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
No stories by you will be included?
Oh well, I guess I'll have to settle for Jim Butcher.. :)
Feb. 11th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Such a terrific lineup. Lee, Tuttle, Carey, Gaiman, Hobb, Beagle -- any of these would certainly get me champing at the bit. All of them, though? Brilliant.

Though I know there'll be those who would have loved your own star-crossed lovers story in there. The Prince of Dragonflies and Jenny of Oldstones, or Prince Aemon the Dragonknight and Queen Naerys, or Rhaegar and Lyanna... ;) Suppose we'll have to settle for what we got of Jon and Ygritte, and what may be coming down the pike for some of the other characters.
Feb. 11th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
I would have loved to contribute a story -- and my publisher would have liked it as well -- but, well, there are certain other demands on my time, so --
Feb. 11th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
WOOT!! That sounds awesome!
Feb. 11th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Almost perfectly in time for my birthday, excellent! I know what my husband will be buying me this year {g}....
Feb. 11th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
Whatsa matter? Couldn't find anyone good? >;-)

Wow! What a great line-up! Looking forward to it!
Feb. 11th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
That looks like a strong and interesting anthology. Funny thing, though, all these years later I still scan a list like that, and wonder if a Roger Zelazny story will be in there. I'm re-reading "Lord of Light" at the moment (the edition with your introduction, if I remember correctly) and just know that he'd have done something wonderful, and thorough, with Songs of Love and Death.
Thanks to you and Gardner for throwing out another gem for us.
Feb. 11th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Wow! fabulous line up! I am looking forward to it!
Feb. 11th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Too bad it wasn't out for this weekend - Valentine's Day.
Feb. 11th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I can't wait for the Butcher, Gaiman and Hobb stories!

In an completely unrelated note, I've been a huge ASOIAF fan since I picked up the first book 2 years ago. However, yesterday I branched out into your other works and began to read "Fevre Dream". I haven't been able to put it down since, it's got me hooked!
Feb. 12th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
If you like "Fevre Dream", you should definitely also read "The Skin Trade."
That's the thing - toddtcastillo - Feb. 12th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 12th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
Tanith Lee...
Love her books. As a matter of fact, I'm reading "Red As Blood" right now.
Feb. 12th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
so this is your 3rd short story anthology this year?

1. first romance one that is already out
2. warriors
3. this one?

Or are #1 and #3 the same?

Do you serve like a regular editor on these short stories? Like when you send your manuscript to your editor? Isn't that a completely different job than being a writer? Do you go through the short stories with a pen like a regular editor does?
Feb. 12th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: confused
Well, not sure what you mean by "this year."

The most recent of my anthologies to be published was SUICIDE KINGS, which is part of my long-running Wild Cards series.

SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH, formerly known as STAR-CROSSED LOVERS, is a crossgenre anthology, with romance as one of the genres.

WARRIORS is also cross-genre. That one will be out in March.

Gardner Dozois and I are presently putting together another crossgenre anthology, this one blending SF/ fantasy with mystery// private eye stories. That's called DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS.

Solo, I am also editing FORT FREAK, the twenty-first Wild Cards book.

Yes, editing requires somewhat different skills than writing. Editing an anthology is a bit different from editing a magazine, though. For one thing, it is invitation only, so you don't need to deal with hundreds of slush pile manuscripts coming in over the transom. I don't have the time or energy to deal with that, though I admire those valiant editors who do.
Feb. 12th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
I think you mentioned something earlier about how for example Diana Gabaldon's story ties into the series that she has written - I am wondering if it is necessary to have read her works, or works by some of the other authors, to be able to fully enjoy the anthology. I'm excited to get my hands on a copy of it probably regardless of this fact though!
Feb. 12th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
No, all the stories are perfectly capable of standing on their own.

Diana's story for LOVE & DEATH is a spinoff from her bestselling OUTLANDER series, but it is not necessary to have read the books to enjoy it.
Feb. 12th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
It looks fantastic. I'll probably end up picking up after I read Dance.
Feb. 12th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
ok I love at least 5 of the authors listed and definitely will be on my buy list
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