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I Know You're All Dying for an Update...

... about the two big anthologies that I'm editing with Gardner Dozois for Tor Books. Well, they're both coming together very nicely, thanks.

For WARRIORS, our huge crossgenre anthology about war, warriors, and the warrior ethos, we've got stories in from Robert Silverberg, Joe Haldeman, Cecilia Holland, David Morrell, Lawrence Block, and Robin Hobb. Robin's novelette is the latest to turn up, a terrific tale called "The Triumph," about two Romans captured by the Carthaginians during the First Punic War. But Carthage is the least of their problems... Joe Haldeman gave us a story set in the 'Soldierboy' universe of his Hugo-winning novel FOREVER PEACE. Vikings, serial killers, the French Foreign Legion, this book is going to have it all.

Meanwhile, the Jack Vance tribute anthology SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH is also moving right along, with fine stories already on hand from Kage Baker, Tanith Lee, Robert Silverberg, Glen Cook, Terry Dowling, and Liz Williams, and manuscripts from Lucius Shepard, Walter Jon Williams, and Jeff Vandermeer expected any day now. The latest arrival is from Kage Baker, who did a Cugel the Clever story that was a delight from start to finish. Don't know Cugel? Shame on you. In her afterword Kage describes him as a cross between Wile E. Coyote and Harry Flashman, and that's about right. I'd rank him as one of the great characters of modern fantasy, right up there with Conan the Barbarian, Elric of Melnibone, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, Jirel of Joiry, and those guys with the hairy feet from Tolkien. A visit from Cugel is like a visit from an old friend... albeit the sort of old friend where you'd do well to count the silverware after he leaves.

Besides the stories, I've also been seeing some of the rough sketches for the interior illustratons that Tom Kidd will be doing for Subterranean Press's signed limited edition of SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, and those look spectacular as well. Eventually, when we have the final art, I'll post a few samples here to give you all a taste.

Lots more cool stuff is coming on both books. Diana Gabaldon, Howard Waldrop (twice), Neil Gaiman (twice), Tad Williams, Dan Simmons, Peter S. Beagle, Lucius Shepard, and many more. And I get to read all the stories first. Editing is fun.

So that's where we stand on that, and thanks for asking.


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May. 27th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
woohoo Peter S Beagle!

not that I don't love your stuff ^^
May. 27th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Is the SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH author list set? Because I am extremely disappointed not to see Gene Wolfe on that list.
May. 27th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Gene Wolfe
Gene was invited, but declined. Too many projects, too little time. We all know how that feels. Gardner and I both wanted him in the book, badly, but you can't get everything you want.
Re: Gene Wolfe - roseandsigil - May. 27th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 27th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Cugel's back? Awesome. That just made my day :-) The Eyes of the Overworld has the possibly the greatest and possibly funniest ending to any book I've read. And Vance proved he was evil incarnate by making people wait 16 years to find out what happened next (fortunately it was before I was born, so I didn't suffer through it; 5 years for AFFC was bad enough!).

And you got Neil Gaiman to contribute to both collections? Impressive!
May. 27th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
I want my
I want my
I want my MTV

(Hurrah for Dire Straits)

I'm practically giddy with the thought of getting a hold of Songs, considering the list of contributors. Waldrop, one of the funniest writers in the business? Gaiman? Beagle (assuming it's for SONGS)? It makes one salivate.

Is there any chance Vance (though I keep getting the urge to write 'Grand Master Vance') might provide a brief introduction or foreword of some sort? I understand he writes very rarely or not at all now, and for many good reasons; but it'd be fascinating to read his thoughts on the enduring popularity and influence of the Dying Earth, and a book written in tribute to it seems a good a place as any to set down such thoughts.
May. 27th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Both of those anthologies are going to kick so much ass. :)
May. 27th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
You are a cruel and also awesome man.
May. 28th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Oh, awesome. Both sound very good. Warriors sounds particularly great.
May. 28th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
oooh, new Tad Williams. Always loved Dragonbone Chair when I was a kid =) I'm ashamed to admit I don't know Cugel the Clever, but I'll certainly educate myself, even if English books do cost an arm and a leg out here and are ridiculously hard to find (though I'm happy to report my local bookstore has GRRM novels in English, hehe)
May. 28th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Cugel the Clever is the main character in the second and third novels in Jack Vance's four-volume Dying Earth series (The Eyes of the Overworld and Cugel's Saga). You can usually get all four books in one volume (in the UK this is called Tales of the Dying Earth). Hope that helps!
(no subject) - popejewish - May. 28th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 28th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Alright Diana Gabaldon. I love her writing. Can't wait might find some other authors of interest. Tanx. Patiently waiting for Dance of Dragons.
May. 28th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
Double dose of Neil Gaiman? I'm there.
May. 28th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
When I read the list I wasn't quite sure if I was still reading LJ or if I switched to a list of my favorite authors!
May. 28th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
George....u r so cruel!!!! But LOL...u r a genius too!!!! ;-)
May. 28th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)

.... you know, I only just got the reference in Hyperion
May. 28th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Interestingly enough, I'm just now reading the Elric of Melnibone saga, and it's very good.
May. 28th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Ha! It's funny because we really care about DANCE. So, seriously, do you think mid-2009 is a realistic release date?
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