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Gardner Dozois and I have completed work on our WARRIORS anthology, and delivered it to Patrick Nielsen Hayden, our editor at Tor

This one is a monster, a gigantic "event" anthology with an all-star lineup of writers, most of them award winners and bestsellers in their own fields. The theme of the anthology is war and the warrior ethos... but what makes WARRIORS different from all the military SF anthologies that have gone before is that this one is a cross-genre anthology. Fantasy, SF, historical fiction, suspense, mainstream, romance, and more, all of it was welcome here.

Our final lineup:

Introduction: "Stories from the Spinner Rack," by George R.R. Martin
"The King of Norway," by Cecelia Holland
"Forever Bound," by Joe Haldeman
"The Triumph," by Robin Hobb
"Clean Slate," by Lawrence Block
"And Ministers of Grace," by Tad Williams
"Soldierin'," by Joe Lansdale
"Dirae," by Peter S. Beagle
"The Eagle and the Rabbit," by Steven Saylor
"Seven Years from Home," by Naomi Novik
"The Custom of the Army," by Diana Gabaldon
"The Pit," by James Rollins
"Out of the Dark," by David Weber
"The Girls from Avenger," by Carrie Vaughn
"Ancient Ways," by S.M. Stirling
"Ninieslando" by Howard Waldrop
"Recidivist" by Gardner Dozois
"My Name is Legion," by David Morrell
"Defenders of the Frontier," by Robert Silverberg
"The Scroll," by David Ball
"The Mystery Knight," by George R.R. Martin

There's twenty stories, all original and never before published, including a Forever Peace
sequel from Joe Haldeman, a "Lord John" novella by Diana Gabaldon, an Emberverse tale from Steve Stirling, and a major new Dunk & Egg novella from yours truly. Vikings, doughboys, Roman legionaries, knights, Buffalo soldiers, cybernetic infantry, WASPs, Cossacks -- you'll find them all in the pages of WARRIORS.

Look for the Tor hardcover in March 2010.

So far there's no UK sale, nor any foreign deals on the table. Those may come later... but until and unless they do, if you want to read "The Mystery Knight" or any of the other stories, you'll need to grab the Tor edition.

Buy early and often, and help us smash these genre boundaries! It's the story that matters, not the label... at least that's our mantra here.



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Mar. 24th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds fabulous, The mix is already making me itch to read this, and if the authors I don't know yet are as good as the ones I know, it'll end like when I read the first Legends and bought a lot of books by the authors I got to know through it. Exactly what you are hoping for, I presume. :)
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard of most of those writers, but this seems like a good way to get familiar with them without having to invest in a bunch of individual books.
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
It's definitely a good idea if it works well. I believe GRRM has said previously that he got a lot of new ASoIaF fans in 1998 from people who read THE HEDGE KNIGHT in the first LEGENDS who'd specifically picked up that book for the Tad Williams or Ray Feist or Robert Jordan story instead.
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Mar. 24th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Peter S. Beagle, Robin Hobb, Carrie Vaughn, Naomi Novik and Robert Silverberg all together? And more Dunk and Egg too?

Absolutely. Must. Read. Congratulations on wrapping up such a good piece of work!
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Mr. Beagle and you, not to mention everyone else? Sold.
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Tad Williams, Joe Haldeman, Peter S. Beagle and Naomi Novik in an anthology that ends with another installment of Dunk and Egg? Color me several shades of sold on this.
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
The Mystery Knight
Even if I weren't interested in any other writer, I'd just get it for "The Mystery Knight". Who knows, maybe I'll find a few other stories that I actually like in there. From what I read in your post, I fall smack right in the middle of the target audience, so: Every success with that project!
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Sounds fun! Surely the D&E story alone will motivate people to buy it?

Why the long lead time to be published, or is that normal for books that aren't ASoIaF/HP/whatever?
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Looking forward to seeing what happens next to Dunk 'n' Egg :-)
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to at least half of those stories, and curious about all the rest. Looks like a great collection of writers. Congratulations on getting it out the door.

Soooo ... how's Star-Crossed Lovers progressing? ;) That's also cross-genre as I recall.
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
I have a new book to look forward to. Huzzah!

I daresay we'll be seeing updates as to availability posted here, so I'm going to tone down my enthusiasm until it actually gets published and I can buy a copy. *Then* I can go crazy.
Mar. 24th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Anthologies are my favorite way of finding new authors and this one is definitely a must.

...Now, what do I read to take my mind off it until it's out? ;-)
Mar. 24th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Looks great!
btw, thanks for posting the a link to Patrick Rothfuss' site a while back, I picked up his novel and loved it! I can now include myself in the group of people eagerly awaiting his next one!
Mar. 24th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
Me too. I'm reading Name of the Wind right now. I'm only about 200 pages in but I consider it the best thing I've read since I started reading A Song of Ice and Fire in '03.
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Mar. 24th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
This seems really exciting, but why so long for it to be published? I'm curious, as I don't know how these things work.

In any case, looking forward to it.
Mar. 24th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Great Lineup
Another anthology to look forward to. Some of my favorite authors are in there, I'll definitely be picking up the HC edition.
Mar. 24th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's a smoking hot collection!

"The Mystery Knight," by George R.R. Martin

I am happy person. ♥♥
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