Rogues (anthology)

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Rogues
Rogues 2014-1st ed. cover.jpg
First edition cover
Editors George R. R. Martin
Gardner Dozois
Author Various
Cover artist Oleg Zhevelev
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction/Fantasy
Published 17 June 2014
Publisher Bantam Spectra
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 832
ISBN 978-0-345-53726-3
OCLC 866615115
Preceded by Dangerous Women

Rogues is a cross-genre anthology featuring 21 original short stories from various authors, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, and released on June 17, 2014.[1][2]

Of the book Martin said, "We’ve 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."[1]

Contents[edit]

“Everybody Loves a Rogue” (Introduction) by George R.R. Martin
  1. “Tough Times All Over” by Joe Abercrombie
    In the city of Sipani, a package goes through multiple owners, each with a different viewpoint, starting with a courier who gets robbed.
  2. “What Do You Do?” by Gillian Flynn
    A nameless sex worker and fortune teller is hired to spiritually cleanse a wealthy woman's house but soon comes to believe she is in way over her head.
  3. “The Inn of the Seven Blessings” by Matt Hughes
    A thief is interrupted in a haul when he touches an idol and soon finds himself rescuing its owner.
  4. “Bent Twig” by Joe R. Lansdale
    Hap takes the law into his own hands to rescue a young woman from criminals in Tyler, Texas.
  5. “Tawny Petticoats” by Michael Swanwick
    In a surreal Post-Utopian New Orleans full of zombies, two tricksters, named Darger and Surplus, attempt a huge con.
  6. “Provenance” by David W. Ball
    The journey of a newly resurfaced Caravaggio through war and bloodshed to arrive in the present day.
  7. “The Roaring Twenties” by Carrie Vaughn
    A tense confrontation in a speakeasy frequented by the magical crowd.
  8. “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” by Scott Lynch
    A retired thief is blackmailed into stealing an entire street within a year and a day.
  9. “Bad Brass” by Bradley Denton
    When a group of high school students tries to sell stolen tubas, their substitute teacher plans on stealing their profits to teach them a lesson.
  10. “Heavy Metal” by Cherie Priest
    A monster hunter is called in to a small town which is still recovering from a 150 year old ecological disaster
  11. “The Meaning of Love” by Daniel Abraham
    In the slums a prince is in hiding - but now he has fallen in love with a young woman about to be sold as a slave.
  12. “A Better Way to Die” by Paul Cornell
  13. “Ill Seen in Tyre” by Steven Saylor
    A Greek poet and his apprentice stop in Tyre to purchase a magical tome
  14. “A Cargo of Ivories” by Garth Nix
  15. “Diamonds From Tequila” by Walter Jon Williams
  16. “The Caravan to Nowhere” by Phyllis Eisenstein
  17. “The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives” by Lisa Tuttle
  18. “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back” by Neil Gaiman
    Following the Neverwhere series, the Marquis de Carabas seeks to recover his lost signature coat somewhere in the London Below.
  19. “Now Showing” by Connie Willis
  20. “The Lightning Tree” by Patrick Rothfuss Follows an average day in the life of Bast, the mysterious innkeeper's even more mysterious assistant.
  21. The Rogue Prince, or, a King’s Brother by George R. R. Martin, set in the Westeros of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, hundreds of years before the events of A Game of Thrones[2]
    This is a prequel to The Princess and the Queen (2013) and focuses on the actions of King Viserys I Targaryen's brother, Prince Daemon Targaryen.[2]

Reception[edit]

The anthology as a whole was nominated for the 2015 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Martin, George R. R. (March 12, 2014). "Not a Blog: The Rogues Are Coming..." grrm.livejournal.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Reiher, Andrea (March 16, 2014). "George R.R. Martin announces new Game of Thrones prequel short story, The Rogue Prince, or, the King's Brother". Zap2it.com. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "World Fantasy Awards 2015". sfadb.com. 8 November 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 

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