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Just flipped over the page on my World Wildlife Fund calendar (a day late, sue me), and was amused to see that the featured animals for July are gorillas. Nothing could be more fitting for the month in which Kong is finally loosed upon the reading public. heh

On other fronts... I mentioned below that WARRIORS won the Locus Award as the best anthology of 2010, which pleased me no end... but I forgot to mention that Gardner Dozois and I have just signed with Tor for a sequel of sorts. A mammoth crossgenre book featuring contributions from an all-star lineup of award-winning writers and bestsellers from half a dozen different genres and subgenres. This one has the working title DANGEROUS WOMEN. Whether that will be the final title or not, I am less sure. Must admit, I do not love it; too generic for my taste. I wanted to call the book FEMMES FATALE, but our editor suggested that no one younger than forty would have any idea what that phrase meant. Which boggles the hell out of me, but what do I know? Could be we'll settle on WOMEN WARRIORS. Though that's limiting in a different sort of way. But whatever title it goes by in the end, it should be a helluva anthology. We have some great writers lined up, as we did with WARRIORS.

And yes, DANGEROUS WOMEN will include the fourth Dunk & Egg novella, the long-promised tale of their visit to the North, where they encounter the She-Wolves of Winterfell. I could tell you more than that, but then I'd need to kill you.

Meanwhile, Ice & Fire continues its slow conquest of the world, nation by nation and language by language. I've just signed a deal for Turkish editions, and we're negotiating with a Vietnamese publisher as well.

And my US book tour is coming up fast, so these days have been busy ones. At the moment I am finishing up the first draft of my script for the second season of the HBO series, hammering out the overplot of the new Wild Cards book LOWBALL, and of course doing what seems like ten interviews a day. Would that there were four of me.

These are exciting days.


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Jul. 2nd, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
All I want to know about is when Dunk & Egg get to Tarth. Well, that and Summerhall...
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Dunk & Egg
Whatever you end up calling it (FEMMES FATALE works for me) I will be looking forward to more tales of Ser Duncan the Tall and his faithful squire. This is great news!
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
I'm 20 and I know the phrase femmes fatale. Geez, publishers have no faith in the reader and their vocabulary. I want to shake my head at them, they should step out of the norm and have trust in the readers.
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'm another 20-something who knows what Femmes Fatale means.
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
OK, I'm older than forty so I won't count. ;) But the decision against Femmes Fatales sounds a bit like The Sorcerer's Stone (US edition) instead of The Philosopher's Stone (UK), which upset some kids who said they damn well knew what a philosopher is. ;)

BTW, is there any chance the Eggs may one day be put into one basket? A nice hardcover volume would look pretty besides my other ASOIAF books. Plus, my nephew has filched Warriors and forgotten to return it. *grin*
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
Femmes Fatale
Martin Bennedik
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
Lethal Ladies?
How about "Lethal Ladies"?
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
I like Femmes Fatales best of those three (but I'm over 40, so I don't count! LOL!)... That said, as long as there's Dunk and Egg in it, I'm beyond happy and will buy it no matter what it's called. I'm curious, of course, about what else it will contain - I love good stories about strong women.

And I'd like to echo aulus_poliutos' call (above) for a volume with all the Dunk and Egg stories together. They are just wonderful and a perfect backstory to ASOIAF. *grin*

Oh, and bravo for supporting WWF. :)
Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
It's not only that many won't know what it means, they also will think it's one of those foreign books. Don't underestimate the lack of broad knowledge by the masses.

However, are entertainment tabloid readers the target audience? I would have guessed that most novel readers would know what a femme fatale is.

And, if you put a really sexy cover on it with the words Femme Fatale I'm certain you may even get some folks who will think it's purely about sex. Sex sells...
Jul. 2nd, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
Dude, you gather no moss! I wish there were four of you, too. All writing. Then I could look forward to another seven book series after ASOIAF :) But, I'm really happy to hear about another anthology. I ate up Warriors and Songs of Love and Death and am looking forward to Down These Strange Streets.

I'd vote for Femmes Fatale as the next title.
Steve Bennett
Jul. 2nd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Dunk and Egg and Direwolves! Sweet jesus!
Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
I can assure you that people under 40 DO understand what Femmes Fatale means. Just in case you were losing faith in humanity...

Any idea of how one could get an invite for that anthology? ;)
Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'm 30, know what it means, yadda yadda . . .

. . . do please try to convince them to avoid entitling it WOMEN WARRIORS, if only because I absolutely deplore the tendency to use "women" as an adjective. WARRIOR WOMEN would be preferable if you had to go that way.
Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
I've never read the Dunk and Egg stories; are the collected anywhere? Or available for individual purchase somewhere electronic?
Steve Bennett
Jul. 2nd, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
They were publshed under "the hedge knight" in a couple of Anthologies - Legends, Legends II, and Warriors. The stories in Legends and Legends II were also published as graphic novels titled "The Hedge Knight" and "The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword". The third story is currently (to my knowledge) only available in "The Warriors" anthology (still in print and available at B&N and Amazon). I don't think either of the "Legends" anthologies are in print anymore and would need to be purchased 2nd hand."Dreamsongs" another GRRM anthology also had a reprint of it (or was it Dreamsongs II?...) the graphic novels are awesome, part 1 is out of print and commands a premium online, part 2 is still available in paperback form from amazon or B&N. If you've read all of the SoIaF novels, the hedge knight is a pleasant side story showing the world of westeros from a different perspective before Roberts reign as King. I love the journey of Dunk and his squire Egg. Good stuff.
Jul. 2nd, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm most definitely under 40 and certainly know what Femmes Fatale means. ;)
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