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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archmaester's somewhat disorganized piles of scrolls and crumbling manuscripts, and brought forth another piece of his unpublished history.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.


Mar. 12th, 2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Just a few questions
FIRE AND BLOOD is years away, so I can't say definitely what it will and will not cover... but much of the ancient history of Westeros will be covered in THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE. Each of the seven kingdoms gets its own detailed history.

Viserys I flew Balerion, I seem to recall. When the Black Dread died (of old age, not in war), he did not take a second dragon.
Mar. 13th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
Re: Just a few questions
Well, that's interesting! Gone is my pet theory that Balerion and Prince Aemon, Rhaenys' father, died together in battle in about 80/1. But that also cast some really interesting light on old Viserys. Was he considerably older than Daemon? Was he still a dragonrider during the Great Council in 101? I guess Rhaenys' chances would have been much better if Viserys had had no dragon at this point.
But if Balerion was still alive in 101, he must have died before the Old King in 103, to die during Jaehaerys' reign as Barristan Selmy claimed. But then, we also know that Aenar Targaryen brought Balerion with him from Valyria, and was supposed to be about 200 years old when he died (which would put his death in the year 88 AC). I guess Viserys must have been much older than Daemon (who was born in 81 AC), and Balerion may have not died exactly at the age of 200... I don't see a ten or twelve year old Viserys ride the Black Dread...

Just one little tidbit, please: Did Alysanne outlive Jaehaerys to see her great-granddaughter Rhaenyra being made Princess of Dragonstone? I always thought she really would have wanted to see a girl on the Iron Throne...

By the way: Any chance you read from 'Fire and Blood' this year on the cons in London or Dublin? I'm really interested in that kind of stuff, and knowing what's to come would greatly motivate me to move myself from Germany to England...

Edited at 2014-03-13 02:01 am (UTC)
Mar. 13th, 2014 05:48 am (UTC)
Re: Just a few questions
Balerion was not alive in 101.
Mar. 13th, 2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Just a few questions
Does this mean Viserys could have taken another dragon if he wanted to? Rhaenyra, too, seems to believe in TPatQ that she (and possibly Aegon the Younger) could eventually ride other dragons, if additional dragon eggs would hatch.

But Daenerys told Prince Quentyn in ADwD that no Targaryen dragonrider has ever ridden two dragons in his life, indicating that this may not be possible. Is that the case? Or can a dragonrider take another mount if his beast predeceases him?

I guess Aegon III really had enough of all that dragon business after he ascended the Iron Throne, but King Viserys could have picked pretty much any riderless dragon - Dreamfyre (after Princess Rhaena's death), Vhagar (before Aemond claimed him), and eventually Silverwing or Vermithor, even Seasmoke, after the death of Laenor.

Just as we think we have figured out this dragon stuff, it gets complicated again. I really should invite Grand Maester Munkun and Septon Barth to discuss the mating habits of dragons... That should be great fun!
Mar. 13th, 2014 11:40 am (UTC)
Re: Just a few questions
ah, you already did...excellent! Looking forward to all of 'The Lost Lore of the Seven Kingdoms' (as I refer to everything related to A Song of Ice and Fire, but occurs before, including Tales of Dunk and Egg). The ammount of bricks in your vast, detailed wall you're building is staggering and impressive.
Mar. 14th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
Lol, now I know why I stick to writing historical fiction. It's complicated enough to research that background / geneaology stuff (with incomplete, unreliable, biased and simply messed up sources), but making it up in such detail is amazing. How much of it did grow in the writing ? I remember you saying the whole King Kong started with the scene about the Stark kids finding the direwolves, and I assume thus not with a detailed history of House Targaryen. :-)


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