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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archmaester's somewhat disorganized piles of scrolls and crumbling manuscripts, and brought forth another piece of his unpublished history.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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Thomas Joseph Balich
Mar. 13th, 2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
After TPATQ I've decided to name my First Born Daemon Targaryen, It means that he will have no choice but to be Awesome!!!!

I'm pumped for this Anthology! Any idea if Rothfuss' story is in the same world as Kingkiller Chronicles or a new one?
James Rutledge Roesch
Mar. 13th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
Great News!
I'm so happy to hear this. I enjoyed PatQ immensely, especially Daemon. Needless to say, I was grinning ear to ear and dropping my jaw at one particular scene of his.

Next up, a short story all about Rodd the Ruin and the Winter Wolves? Yes?
Mar. 14th, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
I think the grrmarillion would be a wonderful title, paying tribute to the greatest to ever do it
Katherine Almonte
Mar. 14th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
Powerful stuff
Someday, I will have a collection of your books on my shelf and I will read them all. You made me love FAKE and "real" history much more than before reading A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. Thank you
Mar. 14th, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
Awesome. So glad to see more good stories seeing the light of day.

GRRM, if you had a tip for someone who wanted to submit a story for consideration to a future anthology, what would you advise?

- Jared
Mar. 23rd, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC)
My own anthologies are invitation only.

I advise all aspiring writers to submit their stories to the magazines. Build a name for yourself at ANALOG, ASIMOV's, and F&SF, and the anthology invites will eventually come. The magazines come out each month, and are always hungry for new talent.
(no subject) - ext_1757190 - Mar. 27th, 2014 04:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 14th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
Will I have enough money?
I am so happy, Dangerous Women was a blast and I now have a new list of authors to read while waiting for, well you know...
Mar. 14th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, great names there. Matthew Hughes wrote an uncannily spot-on rendition of Cugel the Clever in SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, so I'm curious to see what he'll make of the broader theme of rogues in general.

Also I suppose that I'm not the only one bouncing on my seat on account of Rothfuss, that infuriatingly talented scoundrel.
Mar. 14th, 2014 09:15 pm (UTC)
I loved the Princess and the Queen, and found it even darker and more action packed than even the main series is. This news is very welcome, guess I know what book I am taking on my holiday this year! Will this novelette give us more information on the dispute between Otto Hightower and Prince Daemon? And also, will there be anything in here about The Queen Who Never Was (my favourite Targaryen so far!)?
Once again, great news, thank you so much George!
Mar. 16th, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
Yes, a lot more information about the rivalry between Ser Otto and Prince Daemon... and Criston Cole as well. A bit more about Rhaenys, but not a lot.
On Ser Otto... - lord_varys - Mar. 16th, 2014 04:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: On Ser Otto... - grrm - Mar. 17th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC) - Expand
Rich Kopi
Mar. 15th, 2014 01:25 am (UTC)
Focus man. One book at a time.
Ann Morgan
Mar. 15th, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
I love your Game of Thrones books
I think you may have outdone the Lord of the Rings books. Do you think that someday someone might surpass you, and do you think that would be a good or bad thing?
Mar. 16th, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
Re: I love your Game of Thrones books
I appreciate the compliment, but Tolkien still reigns supreme in epic fantasy, and always will. And there are many many great young fantasists out there whose best work is still ahead of them.
Re: I love your Game of Thrones books - Ann Morgan - Mar. 16th, 2014 04:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Ashwin Anthony Fernandes
Mar. 15th, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
I'm so stoked hear of the imminent new material, especially after "The Princess and the Queen" introduced Daemon Targaryen, the "Uber Targ" :D who's very popular with the fanbase. Can't wait to read more of the scoundrel, ha ha. Looking forward to the other stories as well :) Thanks a bunch, Mr. Martin.
Mar. 16th, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
Daemon was a bad bad boy but fun to write about.
Mar. 16th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
Very excited about Rogues!
Also, kudos to the Cocteau for landing MASTERPIECES OF POLISH CINEMA!
Cameron Paterson
Mar. 16th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
Mr Martin: a question if I may - does this mean that neither 'The Princess and the Queen' or the 'The Rogue Prince' will be featured in the 'World of Ice and Fire' as I had previously assumed? Your post is a little ambiguous in that regard
Mar. 17th, 2014 02:15 am (UTC)
The same 'fake history' facts will be covered in the worldbook, but not these actual texts, which are abridged versions of material from FIRE AND BLOOD.
(no subject) - Cameron Paterson - Mar. 23rd, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 17th, 2014 12:19 pm (UTC)
Reall important thing (at least sort of..)
Any chance we'll get our first glimpse of Jaehaerys the Old King and Good Queen Alysanne in 'The Rogue Prince'? If the youth of Viserys and Daemon is covered by the story, there would be a chance to show them, and even if not, Alysanne could have outlived her husband, being around in the first years of Viserys' reign...

Septon Barth apparently died in the 90s or so, I'd think.

[And by the way, I/we really greatly appreciate that you answer some of those questions. That's really great!]
Mar. 22nd, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Reall important thing (at least sort of..)
No, I am afraid "The Rogue Prince" takes place after the death of the Old King, during the reign of Viserys I.

FWIW, Alysanne died several years before Jaehaerys.
Mar. 17th, 2014 12:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that one. Just got the vibe that Otto must have been an effective leader while I was still under the impression that he was chosen by the Old King, and served throughout the whole reign of Viserys. With that no longer the case he looks a little less like Tywin... I was also trying to not perceive as 'the bitch queen', but it now really seems as if she was the true leader of the Green party, ensuring that her father was re-appointed Hand 'to secure the succession', rather than Ser Otto as long-time Hand arranging Viserys' marriage to Alicent.

Oh, and hopefully we also get a glimpse of Rhaenyra's mother, the mysterious (dragon-riding?) Arryn queen with Targaryen ancestors, who should be known as The Queen Who Should Not Have Died!
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