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George R. R. Martin is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of A Game of Thrones and four sequels.
Gardner Dozois is the Hugo award-winning science fiction and fantasy editor and anthologist.
Neil Gaiman is the critically acclaimed New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of American Gods and Coraline.
Rogues is a meaty feast of a book, stuffed full of fabulous stories from some of the best authors around (George RR Martin and Neil Gaiman to name just a couple). This isn't just about science fiction and fantasy either, there’s some great mainstream contemporary works on show too. There are twenty one stories, proper weighty stories, full of content and some of the most interesting characters around. Once you start reading, it’s difficult to stop as the next story gives a siren call to dive straight in. So…if you've always loved to hiss and boo at an irresistibly wicked and sometimes charming villain, this is the perfect book for you.
From pulp adventures such as Edgar Rice Burroughs's Carson of Venus to classic short stories such as Ray Bradbury's The Long Rain to visionary novels such as C. S. Lewis's Perelandra, the planet Venus has loomed almost as large in the imaginations of science fiction writers as Earth's next-nearest neighbor, Mars. But while the Red Planet conjured up in Golden Age science fiction stories was a place of vast deserts and ruined cities, bright blue Venus was its polar opposite: a steamy, swampy jungle world with strange creatures lurking amidst the dripping vegetation. Alas, just as the last century's space probes exploded our dreams of Mars, so, too, did they shatter our romantic visions of Venus, revealing, instead of a lush paradise, a hellish world inimical to all life. But don't despair! This new anthology of sixteen original stories by some of science fiction's best writers - edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois - turns back the clock to that more innocent time, before the hard-won knowledge of science vanquished the infinite possibilities of the imagination. Join our cast of award-winning contributors - including Elizabeth Bear, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Gwyneth Jones, Mike Resnick, Eleanor Arnason, Allen M. Steele, and more - as we travel back in time to a planet that never was but should have been: a young, rain-drenched world of fabulous monsters and seductive mysteries.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA thrilling collection of twenty-one original stories by an all-star list of contributorsincluding a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin! If you're a fan of fiction that is more than just black and white, this 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 history of Ice and Fire. 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 heartand yet leave you all the richer for it. Featuring all-new stories by Joe Abercrombie *; Daniel Abraham *; David W. Ball *; Paul Cornell *; Bradley Denton *; Phyllis Eisenstein *; Gillian Flynn *; Neil Gaiman *; Matthew Hughes *; Joe R. Lansdale *; Scott Lynch *; Garth Nix *; Cherie Priest *; Patrick Rothfuss *; Steven Saylor *; Michael Swanwick *; Lisa Tuttle *; Carrie Vaughn *; Walter Jon Williams *; Connie Willis And an Introduction by George R. R. Martin!Cast List:INTRODUCTION: EVERYBODY LOVES A ROGUE, read by George R. R. MartinTOUGH TIMES ALL OVER, read by Gwendoline ChristieWHAT DO YOU DO?, read byJulia Whelan THE INN OF THE SEVEN BLESSINGS, read by Roy Dotrice BENT TWIG, read by Phil Gigante TAWNY PETTICOATS, read byRon Donachie PROVENANCE, read by W. Morgan Sheppard ROARING TWENTIES, read by Janis Ian A YEAR AND A DAY IN OLD THERADANE, read by Gwendoline Christie BAD BRASS, read byGil Bellows HEAVY METAL, read byScott Brick THE MEANING OF LOVE, read byConleth HillA BETTER WAY TO DIE, read by Roy Dotrice ILL SEEN IN TYRE, read byGethin Anthony A CARGO OF IVORIES, read by Ron Donachie DIAMONDS FROM TEQUILA, read byDavid Greenlee THE CARAVAN TO NOWHERE, read by W. Morgan Sheppard THE CURIOUS AFFAIR OF THE DEAD WIVES, read by Harriet Walter HOW THE MARQUIS GOT HIS COAT BACK, read by Roy Dotrice NOW SHOWING, read byMolly Quinn THE LIGHTNING TREE, read by Rupert Degas THE ROGUE PRINCE, read by Iain GlenPraise for Rogues ';Not a single bad story in the bunch . . . The table of contents alone will make fans from all genre aisles salivate.'Library Journal
In Death by Dahlia, #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes vampire Dahlia Lynley-Chivers to a lavish party that turns deadly. And with so many different creatures of the night in attendance, Dahlia will have a hard time identifying the most likely suspect.#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs thrills in In Red, with Pearls, as a werewolf PI races to crack a case involving zombies, witches, and the most horrifying creatures of them alllawyers.In Lord John and the Plague of Zombies, New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon follows Lord John as he journeys to the beautiful but faintly sinister island paradise of Jamaica, where hes soon investigating a mystery with no shortage of spiders, snakes, revolutionaries, and, of course, zombies.With these and thirteen more original tales, Down These Strange Streets takes you to the cities where fantasy and mystery collide and where private eyes who have seen it all find something lurking that is stranger still....
George R. R. Martin, from his introduction to Warriors:People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every genre. All Quiet on the Western Front, From Here to Eternity, and The Red Badge of Courage have become part of our literary canon, taught in classrooms all around the country and the world.Our contributors make up an all-star line-up of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thinga story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre theyre best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color in these pages, warriors from every epoch of human history, from yesterday and today and tomorrow, and from worlds that never were. Some of the stories will make you sad, some will make you laugh, and many will keep you on the edge of your seat.Every story in this volume appears here for the first time. Included are: a long novella from the world of his Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, a new tale of Lord John by Diana Gabaldon, an Emberverse story by S. M. Stirling, a Forever Peace story by Joe Haldeman, and a long tale of humanity at bay by David Weber. Also present are original stories by David Ball, Peter S. Beagle, Lawrence Block, Gardner Dozois, Robin Hobb, Cecelia Holland, Joe R. Lansdale, David Morrell, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Steven Saylor, Robert Silverberg, Carrie Vaughn, Howard Waldrop, and Tad Williams. Many of these writers are bestsellers. All of them are storytellers of the highest quality. Together they make a volume of unforgettable listening.
Contains:Thank You, Mr. Vance by Dean Koontz. 2009 by Dean Koontz.Preface by Jack Vance. 2009 by Jack Vance.The True Vintage of Erzuine Thale by Robert Silverberg. 2009 by Agberg, Ltd.Grolion of Almery by Matthew Hughes. 2009 by Matt Hughes Company Ltd.The Copsy Door by Terry Dowling. 2009 by Terry Dowling.Caulk the Witch-Chaser by Liz Williams. 2009 by Liz Williams.Inescapable by Mike Resnick. 2009 by Mike Resnick.Abrizonde by Walter Jon Williams. 2009 by Walter Jon Williams.The Traditions of Karzh by Paula Volsky. 2009 by Paula Volsky.The Final Quest of the Wizard Sarnod by Jeff VanderMeer. 2009 by Jeff VanderMeer.The Green Bird by Kage Baker. 2009 by Kage Baker.The Last Golden Thread by Phyllis Eisenstein. 2009 by Phyllis Eisenstein.An Incident in Uskvesh by Elizabeth Moon. 2009 by Elizabeth Moon.Sylgarmos Proclamation by Lucius Shepard. 2009 by Lucius Shepard.The Lamentably Comical Tragedy (or the Laughably Tragic Comedy) of Lival Laqavee by Tad Williams. 2009 by Tad Williams.Guyal the Curator by John C. Wright. 2009 by John C. Wright.The Good Magician by Glen Cook. 2009 by Glen Cook.The Return of the Fire Witch by Elizabeth Hand. 2009 by Elizabeth Hand.The Collegeum of Mauge by Byron Tetrick. 2009 by Byron Tetrick.Evillo the Uncunning by Tanith Lee. 2009 by Tanith Lee.The Guiding Nose of Ulfnt Banderoz by Dan Simmons. 2009 by Dan Simmons.Frogskin Cap by Howard Waldrop. 2009 by Howard Waldrop.A Night at the Tarn House by George R. R. Martin. 2009 by George R. R. Martin.An Invocation of Incuriosity by Neil Gaiman. 2009 by Neil Gaiman.
A powerful tale of betrayal, trickery and sheer human grit from a dream-team of authors In a fight outside a bar Ramon Espejo kills a man. Next day, all hell breaks loose. The dead man was a big shot, a diplomat on a mission to the out-world of Sao Paulo. Ramon goes on the run, heading north toward unexplored territory, land so far only glimpsed from orbit during the first colony surveys. Ramon has gone from being nothing in the hills of Mexico to being nothing on Sao Paulo. He makes a bare living prospecting for minerals. Maybe God meant him to be poor, or he wouldn't have made him so mean. He can't even remember why he killed the European, only the drinking, and the rage that followed. Better to be alone in the wild landscape ... off the map, beyond law and civilization. Each trip out he's sure will be the big one that'll make him rich. This one, too. Instead he finds something else, something terrifying. Or rather, it finds him, and uses him: as humans are used by species more intelligent than themselves. But Ramon Espejo is about to prove what a man is capable of. Ramon is about to demonstrate what it is to be human; to be angry, intelligent and alive. And he is about to discover his function in the broad flow of the universe. And why it was he killed the diplomat in the first place...