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A Dangerous Delivery

January 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm
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The women are coming, and they’re armed and dangerous.

Gardner Dozois and I have just delivered our latest massive crossgenre anthology, DANGEROUS WOMEN (originally FEMMES FATALE), to our editors at Tor. This one is our biggest yet… yes, even more massive that WARRIORS (though still well short of the length my fantasy writers), with another all-star lineup of bestselling and award-winning contributors.

The table of contents will look like this:

INTRODUCTION, by Gardner Dozois
SOME DESPERADO, by Joe Abercrombie
NORA’S SONG, by Cecelia Holland
THE HANDS THAT ARE NOT THERE, by Melinda Snodgrass
BOMBSHELLS, by Jim Butcher
RAISA STEPANOVA, by Carrie Vaughn
WRESTLING JESUS, by Joe R. Lansdale
NEIGHBORS, by Megan Lindholm
I KNOW HOW TO PICK !˜EM, by Lawrence Block
A QUEEN IN EXILE, by Sharon Kay Penman
CITY LAZARUS, by Diana Rowland
VIRGINS, by Diana Gabaldon
HELL HATH NO FURY, by Sherilynn Kenyon
NAME THE BEAST, by Sam Sykes
CARETAKERS, by Pat Cadigan
LIES MY MOTHER TOLD ME, by Caroline Spector

The Abercrombie is set against his RED COUNTRY backdrop, the Holland gives us Eleanor of Aquitaine, Jim Butcher returns us to Harry Dresden’s world, Lev Grossman contributes a tale of life at Brakebills, Steve Stirling revisits his Emberverse, Diana Gabaldon’s story features Jamie Fraser of OUTLANDER fame, the Spector is a Wild Cards story featuring Hoodoo Mama and the Amazing Bubbles, and mine own contribution… well, it’s some of that fake history I have been writing lo these many months, the true (mostly) story of the origins of the Dance of the Dragons. The stand-alone stories, not part of any series, feature some amazing work as well. For those who like to lose themselves in long stories, the Brandon Sanderson story, the Diana Gabaldon story, the Caroline Spector story, and my “Princess and Queen” are novellas. Huge mothers.

This one took longer than we thought it would, mostly because of me (mea culpa), but Gardner and I think you’ll find that it was worth the wait. Some terrific tales await you. No pubdate yet, of course… this bulletin is hot off the press… but as soon as we get word from Tor, you guys will be the first to know.

((Hurrah! Another monkey off my back!!))

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Tuf Contest

January 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm
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Pat, of Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, that unrepentant Dallas Cowboys fan, is having another one of his contests.

This time he is giving away a copy of the new Bantam edition of TUF VOYAGING.

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To enter and maybe win a free book, go here:

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It’s the Pits

January 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm
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Son of Homer.

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Football Ruminations

January 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm
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So the AFC and NFC championship games have been played, and it turns out this year’s Superbowl will be the Bro-Bowl. Say, are there any other Harbaughs at home? I know plenty of NFL teams in need of better coaches.

With both of my beloved New York teams out of the playoffs, I have a lot less emotionally invested in the games, but I still watch. I am a fan of good football… especially good defense… no matter who is playing. This year’s playoffs did not feature much in the way of defense, sadly, but there have been some very exciting games, for those who enjoy a lot of scoring. Today’s championship games were both terrific. I can’t believe that Atlanta blew the morning game after opening up a 17-0 lead, must confess… if it had been the Giants or Jets, I would still be frothing at the mouth. I did enjoy the late game. Though I no longer have anyone to root for in these playoffs, so long as the Patriots were in the hunt I had a villain to root against… and now they are gone, thanks to Flacco and Ray-Ray. Goodbye, Evil Little Bill.

(The real stunner was last week’s Denver-Baltimore game. It still boggles me that the Ravens tied that one and won it in OT. I mean, down a touchdown, no timeouts, only 35 seconds left, on their own twenty. All the Denver D needed to do was make sure no one got behind them for a touchdown. Even if Flacco had tossed a 70-yard bomb, so long as they kept the receiver out of the endzone, the Broncos were fine… with the time remaining, the clock would have run out before the Ravens could sprint downfield and set up for another play. But no, somehow, somehow, they give up the tying TD. Sigh. Whatever happened to DEFENSE??? No one plays it any more).

The other unbelievable NFL news comes from my Jets. So at the end of the season they fire Mike Tannenbaum, their GM. Tanny was a salary cap specialist, and everyone says Gang Green’s draft and free agent moves suffered as a result. They needed a real football guy to evaluate personnel, supposedly, not a bean counter. So the Jets interview half the bloody league, candidate after candidate, many with great credentials in personnel, and what do they finally do?? They hire another bean counter, a salary cap specialist from the Seahawks. Oh, he has “attended some personnel meetings,” we are told. Only the Jets.

They also fired Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator, because, after all, the Jets were 6-10. To replaced him, they bring in the OC from the Eagles, who finished 4-12. Only the Jets.

And then there is Manti T’eo and his imaginary girlfriend. The way things are going, the Jets are probably going to take him with their first round pick in the draft. You saw it here first.

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Another Taste of Season Three

January 20, 2013 at 10:46 am
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Here’s yet another season three preview, courtesy of HBO.

An “invitation to the set” from HBO GO.

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March isn’t that far off now. Winter is coming… this spring.

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The World Is Mine

January 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm
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My slow conquest of the world continues, nation by nation and language by language.

Just signed contracts for an Icelandic edition of Ice & Fire, the first time I’ll be published in that language, and now my agent informs me that he’s closed a deal for a Persian (Farsi) edition as well… a first for him as well as me.

WILD CARDS is marching on as well, with new deals for the first seven books in Mexico and Russia.

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Brian Cogman Speaks

January 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm
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With a few glimpses of season three.

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Our first look at the Queen of Thorns as well…

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Curveball Is Here

January 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm
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And Bugsy too.

For those of you jonesing for your Wild Cards fix, Daniel Abraham’s brand new never-before-published “When We Were Heroes” is now available on Cover art by John Picacio, Hugo winner and all-around great artist.


You can download and read it for free here:

Then you can run right out and buy every Wild Cards book you can get your hands on.

Don’t worry, we’re making more. (Books and stories both).

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Season 3 Is Coming

January 11, 2013 at 11:30 pm
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HBO is teasing us again.

(Yes, me too).

Here’s their latest teaser for Season 3:

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Sad News

January 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm
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We have had some sad news from the UK, regarding one of our stalwarts from HBO’s GAME OF THRONES.

I will let the press release speak for itself:


I am very sad to announce that Wilko has recently been diagnosed with terminal
cancer of the pancreas. He has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy.

He is currently in good spirits, is not yet suffering any physical effects and
can expect to enjoy at least another few months of reasonable health and

He has just set off on a trip to Japan; on his return we plan to complete a new
CD, make a short tour of France, then give a series of farewell gigs in the UK.
There is also a live DVD in the pipeline, filmed on the last UK tour.

Wilko wishes to offer his sincere thanks for all the support he has had over his
long career, from those who have worked with him to, above all, those devoted
fans and admirers who have attended
his live gigs, bought his recordings and generally made his life such an
extraordinarily full and eventful experience.

Thank you.

Robert Hoy

(GRRM back). I never had the chance to meet Wilko Johnson during any of my visits to the set, but I certainly liked what he has been doing in the role of our silent headsman, Ser Ilyn Payne. He will be missed.

About a dozen people have sent me that press release above, by the way. (The story appeared in the GUARDIAN and other UK newspapers). Many of them want to know if the part of Ser Ilyn will be recast. I’m sorry, but I have no answer. At this juncture, it would premature even to discuss the issue, I think. Anyway, no one has discussed it with me, nor would I expect them to.

Thanks for the good work, Wilko… and for all the joy your music gave your fans. You’ll leave the world a richer place than you found it, and more than that cannot be asked of any man.

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