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The Rogues Are Coming...

 . . . and much sooner than expected.

Our good friends at Bantam Spectra have just informed me and my partner-in-crime Gardner Dozois that they have moved up the publication date of our next mammoth crossgenre anthology ROGUES. . . to June 17.  Yes, this year.   Three months from now, in other words.

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, as previously announced:

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”

Twenty stories not enough for you?

Okay, okay, we've decided to add a twenty-first, for all you fans of fake history.

"The Princess and the Queen," Archmaester Gyldayn's somewhat abbreviated account of the Dance of the Dragons, got a great response from all the folks who read it in DANGEROUS WOMEN, so we've dipped back into the archmaester's somewhat disorganized piles of scrolls and crumbling manuscripts, and brought forth another piece of his unpublished history.  "The Rogue Prince, or, the King's Brother," will tell the story of the years leading up to the calamitious events of "The Princess and the Queen" during the reign of King Viserys I Targaryen, with particular attention to the role played by the king's brother, Prince Daemon, a rogue if there ever was one.   I hope you'll enjoy it as much as you did "The Princess and the Queen."

(And yes, sadly, "The Rogue Prince" is an abridged account as well.  For the full version, you will all need to wait some years, until we publish the complete history of House Targaryen in the GRRMarillion... which, by the way, I've decided I am going to call FIRE AND BLOOD, since the GRRMarillion joke has grown somewhat stale by now).

 We're got something for everyone in ROGUES -- SF, mystery, historical fiction, epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, comedy, tragedy, crime stories, mainstream. And rogues, cads, scalawags, con men, thieves, and scoundrels of all descriptions. If you love Harry Flashman and Cugel the Clever, as I do, this is the book for you.

Oh, and speaking of DANGEROUS WOMEN... it's now HUGO NOMINATION time, and we have lots of great stories in both DW and OLD MARS that are eligible, so I hope you'll remember some of them when filling out your ballots.


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Gabe Steller
Mar. 12th, 2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
cool! Is it about the same length as P&Q?
Mar. 12th, 2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
No, it's shorter. A novelette rather than a novella.
(no subject) - Bharad Raghavan - Mar. 13th, 2014 08:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 13th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
youve got to be kidding
A novella focusing on the Batman of Westeros?
Are you for real GRRM???
Mar. 13th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
So awesome you got Joe Abercrombie in there! He is probably one of the few authors whose work comes close to yours.
Courtney Duffy
Mar. 13th, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
Yes! I am so excited to learn more about Targaryen history!

I do have one question, that popped up while reading P&Q, if it's alright to ask! Are Laena & Laenor Velaryon siblings? Since they were both considered by the Great Council of 101, I assumed they both must be the children of Rhaenys (because why else be considered?).

That being said, Dangerous Women was such a great collection & I can't wait for Rogues. :)
Mar. 13th, 2014 05:46 am (UTC)
Yes, Laena and Laenor were the children of the Sea Snake, Lord Corlys Velaryon, and his wife, Princess Rhaenys of House Targaryen. Laena was a year older.
(no subject) - Courtney Duffy - Mar. 13th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 13th, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
Joke number 1: ''The pizza is coming, don't worry... but first! let me tell you about...'' -South Park GRRM

Joke number 2: ''I felt a great disturbance in the force. It is as if millions of impatient fans suddenly cried out in terror.''

Mar. 13th, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
I plan on purchasing Rogues.
Perhaps though, some day may chance we get a Wild Cards EXpansion story, such as one from Down and Dirty. Would it not be magnificent to see more details of Wild Cards V, such as The Great and Powerful Turtle's journey or Dr Tachyon's struggle. (Of course all of these would be better viewed on the big screen at the Cocktoe!). I one day will travel to your glorious theatre but I cannot save the money buying each release of your wonderous books. Heh heh. Thanks to you and yours again, great erudite and illustrious Ser, for bestowing such pleasures amongst your devoted patrons.
Mar. 13th, 2014 04:12 am (UTC)
Anytime we get more history for ASOIAF it is a good thing. I for one can't wait.
Mar. 13th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
Historical Perspectives
TPATQ has definitely whet my appetite for THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE. I just want to devour all of this backstory and history. But at the same time, I kind of prefer the ASOIAF style, where you’re getting this information in dribs and drabs, and as the reader, it’s up to you to forage through the text, and actively piece it together to form a coherent narrative.

The perspectives of Westerosi history are much more subjective and localised. Everything is filtered through family loyalties, and religious and cultural beliefs, and the political ambitions of various characters. But in TPATQ, we got that history as one big info dump, completely formed, completely overarching. You really have to work at the truth of what happens in the novels. Archmaester Gyldayn kind of sucks some of the fun out that.
Mar. 13th, 2014 05:45 am (UTC)
Re: Historical Perspectives
Now, now. I will have you know that at the Citadel, Gyldayn was known as Archmaester Fun.
Re: Historical Perspectives - Valkyrist - Mar. 13th, 2014 08:03 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 13th, 2014 06:58 am (UTC)
Thank you
I'm on the road a lot. Your books have helped pass the time and have meant a lot to me.

Thank you
Tyler Bolton
Mar. 18th, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)
thank you for your countless hours of adventure and entertainment so far! you really have gave me a great deal of inspiration. I am excited for your future works and CANT WAIT to enjoy them as well. if you need any ideas bounced off of someone i would be glad to help. i really hope that people are reading your works as well as watching the game of thrones program as i do.
thanks again, for all of the perfect words you put on paper!

Best regards,
Tyler B.
Mar. 13th, 2014 11:04 am (UTC)
Hey George!

Thanks for this nice surprise! Do you plan to publish other (abridged) fake history bits in anthologies in the foreseeable future? As far as I know, you've already written a large amount of material which won't be included in "World of Ice and Fire", but probably in "Fire and Blood" someday.
Mar. 13th, 2014 11:32 am (UTC)
Off topic question:
Who would be the greater villain: Joffrey? The Mountain that Rides? or Darrelle Revis
Mar. 13th, 2014 11:34 am (UTC)
TPatQ suffered somewhat from the editing. It appears to be a history written from the POV of guy who 'knew everything'. But Gyldayn did not see the Dance with his own eyes, his history is written decades of a century later.

Gyldayn had to work with the source material, and interpret it. As far as I know Gyldayn does comment on the sources, and puts them into perspective in the longer version of the story.

A few hints one can guess from the story as it is:

- Aegon II solemnly declaring that it would be injustice to steal his sister's crown when it was offered to him is a story told by Septon Eustace (the guy who anointed Aegon II, and apparently a big Green loyalist), and most certainly a lie/exaggeration since Aegon is way out of character in that early scene (when compared to later scenes in front of the whole court).

- The same Septon Eustace later claimed that Rhaenyra cut herself on her legs while sitting on the Iron Throne in full armor (if she bled, she was most likely sore from wearing armor for close to a full day, or so).

- Alys Rivers claiming to be a seer is called into question by the story itself, because Prince Daemon demanded that the story be spread far and wide that he would be waiting for Aemond at Harrenhal. Alys wants to style herself as a seer, and she is the only source for Daemon and Aemond's last conversation.

- The maester at Storm's End whispered the contents of Rhaenyra's letter in the ear of Lord Borros Baratheon who could not read. What could be guess from that fact along, with Lady Dustin's rants from ADwD in mind, as well as the fact that HOUSE HIGHTOWER does control the city where the Citadel is based? Rhaenyra's plea for help may have been turned into a brusque command (even an insult) by the mouth of the maester.

TPatQ really has the same level of depth as the longer the other GRRM pieces, although I guess this would have been much more evident in the full version of the story.
Mar. 14th, 2014 02:50 pm (UTC)
You know, as a historian, I'd really like to time travel, take some writers of annals and chronicles by the neck and shake them like a bad puppy for being so sloppy (trying to calibrate the Pictish king lists with the Irish Annals is a work to drive anyone mad). Then I'd sit down Mr. Tacitus and have a nice chat about his biased representation of my ancestors, and finally I'd hunt down some of the historical characters and interview them myself. Yes Arminius, I'm looking at you. :-)

Mar. 13th, 2014 12:10 pm (UTC)
This sounds right up my alley, and the list of authors sold me on it immediately. Looking forward to this very much.
Mar. 13th, 2014 12:39 pm (UTC)
I've waited so long for "How the Marquis Got His Coat Back" to be published! Perhaps there's hope that Wall, The Seven Sisters and the story about Tristran Thorne going to Hell in a hot air balloon will come out after all!
Mar. 13th, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
Alright! Keep these anthologies coming!
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