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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archmaester's somewhat disorganized piles of scrolls and crumbling manuscripts, and brought forth another piece of his unpublished history.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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Andrs Garcia
Mar. 17th, 2014 12:59 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to reading it! Thank you for all your work, sir. I really enjoyed "The Princess and the Queen" and will definitely be picking this up.

By the way, I was wondering if you could clarify something for all us fans. In a recent interview in Vanity Fair, you suggested that the show may not catch up with the books just yet since AFFC and ADWD could be made to cover three seasons. However, Dan and David have said since the beginning, and reiterated in recent spots for the show, that they are not going to make it more than seven or eight seasons. What is more, it seems that several plot elements from AFFC and ADWD will already be introduced now, in the upcoming season.

Apparently, you guys all had dinner recently and discussed, so I'm confused as to the mixed messages. Has there been a failure to communicate or are you guys having a disagreement, or what?

Thanks in advance!
Mar. 22nd, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Rogues
Nobody really knows how many seasons there will be. HBO has yet to even order season five. Reporters ask us these questions at public events and we answer as best we can, but it is all guestimates, and subject to change.
Mar. 17th, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
Dear God....
Is it wrong to be a fan of these more than main series...I am completely in love with the Tales of Dunk and Egg. The Queen and the princess. It pains me to no avail waiting for the rest to come out knowing the main series takes a precedent. alas, I'll do what I always do and make my own endings on paper
Joey Kalmin
Mar. 17th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
Season 4 premier of GoT in 20 days and then I hear the news about this! Could this get any better?!? Thanks, GRRM!!!
Mar. 17th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
What fascinating titles! I'd love to find a copy once it is out! Almost done with your Dance, I am in love and will miss the feel of this book in my hands once I've finished reading it. Good books are reminders of how quickly one can read.

Mar. 18th, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
The Patrick
Good choice adding Pat Rothfuss.
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Mar. 23rd, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
Re: Audition for the show?
I appreciate your enthusiasm, but really, I am not the guy to contact. I am in New Mexico. Casting is done in London, Dublin, and Belfast.
Nate Robinson
Mar. 19th, 2014 09:12 pm (UTC)
great great great...
Am on DwD for the 4th time (read all 5 books 4 times now ) and have to say that I am completely in awe. With all the rich lore and history you should consider a large scale MMO game project like elder scrolls. something done by a major studio. It would be HUGE. a WOW killer.

Edited at 2014-03-19 09:13 pm (UTC)
Keith Donnelly
Mar. 21st, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
Hello see loved your story in dangerous but had been super stoked for the next entry in the dunk and egg story which I know had previously been referred to as the she wolves of winterfell. Do you have any inkling as to when we'll be able to read the wonderful wonderful story of him and egg. I love asoiaf, but I think I almost love dunk just slightly more I would love if hbo adapted the first three stories of dunk.
Mar. 22nd, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
I need to finish WINDS OF WINTER before I can even think of a new Dunk & Egg.
Stephen Gale
Mar. 22nd, 2014 02:50 am (UTC)
comet ending
Please tell me that the cop out ending of a comet killing everyone at the end of a game of thrones is a cruel,cruel joke. pleeeeeeaaaaaassssse
Mar. 22nd, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
Re: comet ending
When you hang a comet on the wall in act one...

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