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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archmaester's somewhat disorganized piles of scrolls and crumbling manuscripts, and brought forth another piece of his unpublished history.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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Mar. 12th, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds good - perfect summer reading!
Burcă Adrian Claudiu
Mar. 12th, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
But an even better summer reading would be THE WINDS OF WINTER.
George, make it happen. Please. PLEASE.
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Kevin VanNatter
Mar. 12th, 2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
Wait, wait, wait. WHAT? SWEET!
Esther Pleuris
Mar. 12th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
Daemon time!
This is again great news.

I absolutely loved Daemon Targaryen in TPATQ. I felt he needed some extra attention concerning his backstory in Kingslading. I could have known that was exactly what you were planning ( or had already written).
Very excited for this one.

Thank you.
Mar. 12th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
Sounds awesome!
Liz Peters Hall
Mar. 12th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
Can't wait. Hopefully you get to do a similar author event at the Jean Cocteau when the book comes out that you did for Dangerous Women.
Mar. 12th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
Just a few questions
That comes as a huge and pleasant surprise. Thank you very much!

1. Will 'Fire and Blood' focus completely on House Targaryen (encompassing its time on Dragonstone and Valyria) or will it also cover other topics as well (history of Westeros pre-Conquest)? From what we have already heard about the GRRMarillion thing you should have written enough material on the history of the Targaryen rule of Westeros to cover one huge volume...

2. Is 'The Rogue Prince' going to stop before the Dance of the Dragons, or will it shed (at least) some light on Prince Daemon's rather erratic actions throughout the war (i.e. his deteriorating relationship to Rhaenyra (?), and whatever the thing between him and Nettles was in the end)?
It would be great if the story could shed some light on that as well as on Daemon's past.

3. Any chance of meeting the dragon of Viserys I in that story?

4. Any chance on giving us a version of the conclusion of the Dance in the same fashion? The rates for the bets of the manner of death of Aegon II are already pretty high...

I'm really looking forward to Daemon's clashes with Ser Otto, the campaigns in the Stepstones (was this an all-out war, or merely 'an adventure'?), Laenor and Laena, and a younger Queen Who Never Was. And please don't forget to give us a really good glimpse of Rhaenyra in her prime as the Realm's Delight. She should have won that war!

Oh, and any hint whether Baelon's identity is going to be revealed in that story? The scholary circles really start use the big guys trying 'to prove' that the Baelon Jaehaerys I chose over Rhaenys was either Viserys/Daemon's father, Rhaenys' brother, or from a different line of Jaehaerys/Alysanne. Perhaps we should get lives, but then...

Edited at 2014-03-12 07:06 pm (UTC)
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.
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Fernando Pezo Fonseca
Mar. 12th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)

I thought GGRRMarillion it would be something like the Silmarillion. The whole history of the world, from creation through the Children of the Forest, the First Men, the Long Night, etc.

Any chance we ever get to know that part of history?
Mar. 12th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)
This is a surprise george, a real nice surprise! Good to know that it will be 'epic' much like Dangerous Women...and great that you've got a 'secret' story coming with it. So the GRRM-Arillion is now entitled 'Fire and Blood'...intereting! Can you give any insight at this point as to what else we may see in there? If I were to guess, I'd say the other main Houses will be fleshed out. Looking forward either way!

Great news on Rogues by the way!
Sara Elnen Bellomi
Mar. 12th, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
Aw... I would have loved a GRRmarillion, being the Silmarillion my favourite book ever!
Anyhow, I'm happy you're bringing to destination so many projects lately. Keep it up! (But next time I want Robin Hobb in there too!!! 3:-) )
Tom Palleschi
Mar. 12th, 2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I unfortunately haven't had a chance to read 'The Princess and the Queen' yet, but now I'm looking forward to reading both of your Targaryen histories back to back.

The anthology as a whole sounds really great, too.
Dan Mcreedeez
Mar. 12th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
This sounds great! I loved Dangerous Women, bought it to read P&Q;, was delighted to discover some new authors along the way. I'm really starting to come around to this anthology concept, its tough to try and pick up a new authors because of the shear volume that would come along with reading 10 new books, but this way I get to have an "appetizer" first to see how their writing style gels with my tastes.

Great News!
Eric Larson
Mar. 12th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
With the Dance of Dragons covered in P&Q;, what sorts of conflicts will be in The Rogue Prince? Or will it be more about the plotting and intrigue?

Anyway, I can't wait! I'm loving all this Targ history.

Edited at 2014-03-12 08:19 pm (UTC)
Mar. 12th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
My favorite parts of your last story were about that prince and Nettles. Well done!
Mar. 12th, 2014 09:13 pm (UTC)
Excellent news
I'm looking forward to more of the expanded histories. They may add fuel to the "he's not working on the real books" turmoil in the more clueless sections of fans, but more Westeros is always welcome. :)

I hope the art for the World book get done in time for the projected pre-Christmas season this year.
Kenny Pitzl
Mar. 12th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
Can't Wait
Abercrombie, Rothfuss and Martin all in one collection, I am really looking forward to this.

Will "The Rogue Prince,or, the King's Brother" be of a similar length to "The Princess and the Queen"?
Mar. 12th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
With all these new books coming out, I may need to pawn some collectibles. Took a bath in the NFL playoffs, but an NCAA cover five league should put me over for the year.
Gabe Steller
Mar. 12th, 2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
cool! Is it about the same length as P&Q;?
Mar. 12th, 2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
No, it's shorter. A novelette rather than a novella.
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Mar. 13th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
youve got to be kidding
A novella focusing on the Batman of Westeros?
Are you for real GRRM???
Mar. 13th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
So awesome you got Joe Abercrombie in there! He is probably one of the few authors whose work comes close to yours.
Courtney Duffy
Mar. 13th, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
Yes! I am so excited to learn more about Targaryen history!

I do have one question, that popped up while reading P&Q;, if it's alright to ask! Are Laena & Laenor Velaryon siblings? Since they were both considered by the Great Council of 101, I assumed they both must be the children of Rhaenys (because why else be considered?).

That being said, Dangerous Women was such a great collection & I can't wait for Rogues. :)
Mar. 13th, 2014 05:46 am (UTC)
Yes, Laena and Laenor were the children of the Sea Snake, Lord Corlys Velaryon, and his wife, Princess Rhaenys of House Targaryen. Laena was a year older.
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Mar. 13th, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
Joke number 1: ''The pizza is coming, don't worry... but first! let me tell you about...'' -South Park GRRM

Joke number 2: ''I felt a great disturbance in the force. It is as if millions of impatient fans suddenly cried out in terror.''

Mar. 13th, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
I plan on purchasing Rogues.
Perhaps though, some day may chance we get a Wild Cards EXpansion story, such as one from Down and Dirty. Would it not be magnificent to see more details of Wild Cards V, such as The Great and Powerful Turtle's journey or Dr Tachyon's struggle. (Of course all of these would be better viewed on the big screen at the Cocktoe!). I one day will travel to your glorious theatre but I cannot save the money buying each release of your wonderous books. Heh heh. Thanks to you and yours again, great erudite and illustrious Ser, for bestowing such pleasures amongst your devoted patrons.
Mar. 13th, 2014 04:12 am (UTC)
Anytime we get more history for ASOIAF it is a good thing. I for one can't wait.
Mar. 13th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
Historical Perspectives
TPATQ has definitely whet my appetite for THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE. I just want to devour all of this backstory and history. But at the same time, I kind of prefer the ASOIAF style, where you’re getting this information in dribs and drabs, and as the reader, it’s up to you to forage through the text, and actively piece it together to form a coherent narrative.

The perspectives of Westerosi history are much more subjective and localised. Everything is filtered through family loyalties, and religious and cultural beliefs, and the political ambitions of various characters. But in TPATQ, we got that history as one big info dump, completely formed, completely overarching. You really have to work at the truth of what happens in the novels. Archmaester Gyldayn kind of sucks some of the fun out that.
Mar. 13th, 2014 05:45 am (UTC)
Re: Historical Perspectives
Now, now. I will have you know that at the Citadel, Gyldayn was known as Archmaester Fun.
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Mar. 13th, 2014 06:58 am (UTC)
Thank you
I'm on the road a lot. Your books have helped pass the time and have meant a lot to me.

Thank you
Tyler Bolton
Mar. 18th, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)
thank you for your countless hours of adventure and entertainment so far! you really have gave me a great deal of inspiration. I am excited for your future works and CANT WAIT to enjoy them as well. if you need any ideas bounced off of someone i would be glad to help. i really hope that people are reading your works as well as watching the game of thrones program as i do.
thanks again, for all of the perfect words you put on paper!

Best regards,
Tyler B.
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