Suvudu has posted the table of contents for the upcoming (June 17, 2014) 832-page anthology Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois:

Here’s the book description:

A thrilling collection of twenty-one original stories by an all-star list of contributors—including a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin!

The latest story collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire Ice and Fire saga.

Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand in this rogues’ gallery of stories that will plunder your heart—and yet leave you all the richer for it.

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Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel Lowball: A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass.

Here’s the synopsis (larger cover version follows):
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I’ve mentioned a few times that my big brother is the reason I got into genre. He is also the entire reason I write this column.

My brother Rob is disabled in numerous ways. Reading, for him, has always been a way to relate to the world, feel like he’s less alone, and help me understand his perspective. Rob is a hell of a guy, but due to severe seizures a few years ago, he can’t read anymore, which breaks my heart. He was the one who collected books and showed me what a wealth of information and experiences are in books. Books have helped me understand him more than I ever imagined I could.

I had a conversation on the phone with Rob to talk to him about what the genre means to him, and why he thinks that disabilities are important in speculative fiction. It was really enlightening to talk openly about disabilities in the genre with the person who got me into the genre in the first place. It was also really neat to see how disabilities are represented in the genre from a disabled person’s point of view.

Thanks to Rob for taking the time to do this interview. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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Even if you haven’t read A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, you’ve probably heard the name Tyrion Lannister thrown around a bit. Tyrion is, dare I say it, one of the most memorable, compelling characters in current epic fantasy. In fact, he is so compelling that I’ve had to make a stipulation on my Special Needs in Strange Worlds guest posts: Please do not talk about Tyrion Lannister. He is a fantastic character, but if I let everyone talk about him, that’s the only person anyone will ever talk about. (Full disclosure: I have also had to make that rule about Miles Vorkosigan, but I haven’t read those books yet so I’m not really qualified to talk about him.)

Speculative Fiction is a genre that has a tendency to overcompensate for disabilities. Some common examples are the blind person who is also a seer. There’s the guy with an injured leg that just happens to have superhuman strength or an abnormal level of loyalty; and the character everyone thinks is insane but actually sees the truth of all things. These are just a few of the common tropes dealing with disability that I run across frequently in my books. While I understand the need for authors to have an “in” regarding some of these abilities, or give their readers a reason for them to exist, it often makes me wonder if these disabilities even matter in the grander scope, as they are so overshadowed by the character’s incredible, implausible abilities.
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If you’ve never seen Flipboard, it’s a magazine-like way to read news feeds and stay in touch on topics that interest you. That’s old news.

What’s new is that two literary figures of interest are the focus of new Flipboard “magazines”. Go check out Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam’s World (curated by Margaret Atwood) and The World of Ice and Fire – The Official George R.R. Martin Magazine (curated by

Press release follows…
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Today, 5 of George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards superhero adventure anthologies are available for only $2.99 on Amazon Kindle platforms (PCs, Macs, kindle devices and smartphonse). And they’re DRM-free!

Book titles and descriptions follow…
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George R.R. Martin has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology he co-edited with Gardner Dozois, Old Venus. This is a follow up to another upcoming anthology, Old Mars. Martin says “Gardner and I wish to categorically deny the rumor that we are now working on OLD URANUS”. Hiyo!

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Amazon has announced that they are launching a new imprint called Jet City Comics to publish original comics. Their flagship titles include adaptations of works by George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey, and the authors of the bestselling Foreworld Saga (Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey and Cooper Moo).

Press Release follows…

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When George R.R. Martin recently visited Conan to talk about the Death-Prone Characters in Game of Thrones, they took him backstage where they grilled him about surprising plot details coming up in season 4.

You may be surprised! Or at least tickled…

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George R.R. Martin was on last night’s episode of Conan, where Conan O’Brien grilled him about his characters and their tendency to die.

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George R.R. Martin has posted the table of contents for his the upcoming anthology he co-edited with Gardner Dozois. It’s called Rogues and is their latest of “big cross-genre anthologies”:

Says Martin:

This one was an enormous amount of fun. 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.

If there’s any bloody justice, some of these stories will contend for awards.

Check out the star-studded table of contents:
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Fantasy has Gone to the Dogs: Protags with Pets

What is it about dogs that hold such a special place in our hearts? Is it their undying loyalty? Their unceasingly wagging tails? The feral gleam in their adorable puppy eyes when they leap for the throats of our mortal enemies?

Probably a mix of all that, in varying degrees.

Whatever the reason, dogs cling close to our heels even in realms of fantasy and wonder, popping up alongside urban fantasies and epic fantasies alike. There’s something about a person–be they wizard, warrior, angel, demon, or otherwise–who has a faithful canine companion that makes them instantly more personable and sympathetic. After all, if the dog likes the guy well enough, they can’t be all that bad, can they? The opposite is often true, as one of the defining aspects of villainy is the mindless kicking of puppies or drowning sacks of them in the nearest river, is it not?

Let’s give the dogs their day, then, and look at a few examples of fantasy series where these four-legged friends join in the endless adventures of speculative fiction.

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TRAILER: Game of Thrones, Season 3

The trailer for Season 3 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which begins March 31st…
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George R.R. Martin has posted the table of contents for the upcoming all-original retro-SF anthology he co-edited with Gardner Dozois, Old Mars, coming in October:
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Worldbuilders, a non-profit organization founded by Patrick Rothfuss, is raising money for their cause by offering a 2013 Fantasy Pin-Up Calendar. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to Worldbuilders in support of Heifer International.

Each month the calendar will feature a pin-up based on a different author’s works and/or characters illustrated by Lee Moyer. Participating authors include:
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George R.R. Martin has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology Old Mars he co-edited with Gardner Dozois. It’s just been delivered to the publisher (Bantam), so not much more is known…but here’s what we do know about the anthology gleaned from George’s post:

OLD MARS is a new anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories about Old Mars (not the real post-Mariner Mars, but the one we all loved as kids, with the canals and the dead cities and the various flavors of Martian).

The anthology will feature fifteen original, never-before-published short stories and novelettes, story notes and author intros by Gardner Dozois, and an introduction by George R.R. Martin.

Here’s the table of contents…
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VIDEO: Sword and Laser Interviews George R. R. Martin

In the latest episode of Sword and Laser, Veronica and Tom interview George R. R. Martin…
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I have a new post on the Kirkus Reviews blog this week: Before ‘Game of Thrones’: 5 Books by George R.R. Martin.

If ever there was a success story coming out of the field of literary science fiction and fantasy, it has to be the story of George R.R. Martin. These days, Martin is famous because of HBO’s adaptation of his fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, an ongoing, multivolume series of epic fantasy novels depicting the struggle for control over the fictional continent of Westeros. But long before the drama unfolded in House Lannister, Martin was involved in many other worthwhile projects.

Check it out.

VIDEO: An Interview with George R.R. Martin

Here is the full interview with George R.R. Martin from at TIFF Bell Lightbox Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In it, he reveals a new chapter from the next in the series, Winds of Winter.

From the YouTube description: The #1 New York Times bestselling author discusses his epic saga A Song of Ice and Fire and its adaptation to the small screen as HBO Canada’s hit series Game of Throne.


Game of Thrones: You Win or You Die (22 Minute Video!)

Viewers chomping at the bit for the new season of Game of Thrones to begin will enjoy this “illuminating special that revisits the stunning events of Season 1, introduces the major players, and presents a tantalizing peek at Season 2.”

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