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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. 28th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC)
I work with Kage during the annual Charles Dickens Christmas Faire. She's awesome.
May. 28th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
You're killing me, George.
May. 28th, 2008 08:41 am (UTC)
i was so excited,and were i not an addict i'd be pissed. lol
May. 28th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
Woot, I am excited for these, the Gaiman stories especially. (And yours, of course.)
May. 28th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
How much do I love it when one of my favourite authors works with another? And here you are with Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaiman and Peter S. Beagle in the same sentence! Woot!
May. 28th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Isn't Diana Gabaldon going to do one more from the Highlander series? That would be awsome!
May. 28th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
work ethic and such...
George, Georgie boy, please for the love of Allah stop working on everything under the sun except A Song of Ice and Fire. You are a brilliant man, the BEST writer of fiction EVER and if i wasn't a man i'd love you... but you are killing me with all these other endeavors and I don't want to die before you finish what is the best story ever written. I'd gladly pay $100 per book because there's nothing better out there and that includes Mr. J.R.R. himself!
Note to all you other commentors- stop commenting, just leave this man alone to do what he was put on this earth for, to write.
May. 28th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: work ethic and such...
haha... funny stuff. We should all really stop commenting, you say, in a comment yourself. Dance will be done when its done. Blathering on about his other projects is not going to bring it any faster. I'm sure GRRM wants it done worse than all of us combined, if for no other reason than to move on to the day-after-Dance-release harassment of when the 6th book will be out.
May. 28th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
Re: work ethic and such...
and additionally, I'm just as excited for the new dunk and egg novel in Warriors as I am for Dance... and btw, GRRM's Dunk & Egg story in Warriors IS set in the work of ASoIaF, so he IS working on it, although I'm sure that's not what you meant by stop working on everything besides ice & fire...
May. 29th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
progress is bliss
Let me start by saying I love your Ice and Fire series, maybe my favorite series of all time...BuT....I can no longer stand the countless plugs for the countless other projects...enough already, how could you possibly make a deadline with all those other things going on constantly....am I wrong?
Paving your rode to a happy retirement, financial stability...I get it but for the love of god....ENOUGH.
Finish the book already.
Not sorry to troll, eager to read and most likely deleted in a moment bu it's my 2 cents....thank-ya Big Big!!!
May. 29th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Very much looking forward to both of these, especially Warriors. Love the concept! It will be so cool to read Lawrence Block back to back with Silverberg and Haldeman . . . George: Is Moorcock still planning on submitting to the Vance anthology? Thanks!
May. 30th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Sounds Great!
Those sound wonderful. Tad Williams, Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb...I cannot wait. Only one name missing....GRRM!
May. 30th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Diana Gabaldon?!! What is she doing? I love her!

In addition to eagerly awaiting DANCE WITH DRAGONS, I am also eagerly awaiting ECHO IN THE BONE (next in the Outlander series.)
Jun. 4th, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)
Sound and Fury [teacher's version]
Did you detail your car or organise your CD collection by any chance? How long has it been since you cleaned your raingutters? [Initial spleenish comment]

**wink wink, nudge nudge** [Attempt to soften initial spleenish comment (ISC) with cutsie emoticon language]

The Warriors anthology sounds fantastic. Any estimates on the release date? [Olive branch]

That Jack Vance thing sounds great too. [Straining credibility]

So, how about those Giants? [I'm going to need a bigger olive branch]


Jun. 4th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Moon Moth
I like Cugel - but my favourite Vance story must be The Moon Moth. He really could create a believable, totally alien culture.

There should be a Bernard Cornwell story in WARRIORS.

Keep writing, and have a nice trip to Spain, whether you manage to finish DANCE first or not. See some medieval towns and castles, and get inspired.
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