Going Rogues

May 14th, 2013

GRRM has announced he and Gardner Dozois’ latest multi-genre anthology, Rogues, and look who wrote the very first story, why it’s only that nice Joe Abercrombie fellow.  Mine’s quite a hefty 12,000 worder, set in Sipani, City of Mists, City of Whispers, and featuring all manner of thievery, roguery, skullduggery, tomfoolery, and unpleasantness, with a few old friends cropping up here and there.  But even I would have to concede there’s an awesome range of other contributors and stories in all manner of different genres.  The full table of contents:

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”

Lipsmacking, huh?  It’s just gone into the publisher, apparently, so it’ll probably be a little while til there’s a firm publication date, but I’ll let you know.  My wild guess would be … er … 2014?

Just as a reminder, I’ve also got a Shy South story in another of Martin and Dozois’ cross-genre anthologies, Dangerous Womenpossessed of an equally awesome and various set of contributors.  That one’s a little more imminent, with a publication date in the US of December 3rd at present.

Posted in announcements, news by Joe Abercrombie on May 14th, 2013.

19 comments so far

  • Dominic says:

    OMG GARTH NIX…i mean…thats like cool and stuff.

  • DepressedRat says:

    When are You publishing an anthology with all your short stories? cause I only care about your remarkable work, You are the best writer ever lived (and i know You love to hear it).

  • JamesM says:

    That’s a pretty beastly line up of fantasy authors. Can’t wait.

  • akarthis says:

    Great news. Sipani, what a place!!!!

  • Roger says:

    That’s amazing! I have been missing Styria. And Sipani is the most interesting city of all! Sipani means Vitari and… Shenkt!!

  • […] Rogues This sounds very interesting – a short story collection about rogues introduced by GRRM and including stories from Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, and Neil Gaiman, of all people: https://joeabercrombie.com//2013/05/14/going-rogues/ […]

  • Kharanet says:

    I love your work loads Joe, and I hope you keep churning out good stuff, whether in the form of novels, trilogies or shorts, but could you please tell grandpa GRRM to finish ASoIaF already!

  • bobbby says:

    OMG OMG Bradley Denton OMG OMG !!

    Joe, have you read anything by Bradley Denton ?

  • bobbby says:

    Any reason you are not planning to release a collection of your short stories ?
    You have a name big enough that that collections would instantly become the bestseller.

  • Binary Worrier says:

    Folks if you haven’t read any Gillian Flynn yet, then man are you missing out. “Sharp Objects” is excellent and “Gone girl” has a properly monstrous baddie that has absolutely no idea how monstrous they are. Both well worth a read.
    I’ll be picking this one up as soon as it’s out 🙂

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    On a collection of my own, yes, there certainly will be one, but you need enough stories, I’d have thought at least a dozen, and those stories have to be out of a period of exclusivity with anyone who published them already. So no time soon…

  • Mike hunt says:

    With all this twitting, twatting and blogging I thought you’d given up writing anything interesting. Sorry I misjudged you.

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    No, no, wrote this a while ago.

  • Looks like a great mixture of authors that I love and authors who I am yet to read. Looking forward to it!

  • Rowan says:

    Looks Great!

    Hope they come out with a limited/signed edition, with those types of contributors you want the special copy.

  • AntMac says:

    So, Joe, when are you getting your shot at Dr Who?.


    Introducing the Drs new companion Grim McMurder, what ever you do, don’t laugh at his wee kilt, cause he WILL kill you.

  • Jacob says:

    More Vitari?! 😀

    Possibly her children growing up and learning from mother’s techniques? The locales throughout BSC were immensely enjoyable for me. Greatly looking forward to this short story and subsequent anthology…

    I have this slight feeling that you’re setting up a lot of the children characters for roles later on down the line (Jezal’s children with Terez, Jezal’s bastard with Ardee…going to be a devilishly handsome torturer I can imagine) if Red Country was any indication.

    I know you won’t want to give any future plot hints, but… wasn’t it hinted at/stated in the trilogy that Ferro was pregnant with Logan’s child prior to her eater transformation and flight towards the Gurkish Emperor?

  • bobbby says:

    “wasn’t it hinted at/stated in the trilogy that Ferro was pregnant with Logan’s child prior to her eater transformation and flight towards the Gurkish Emperor? ”

    None that i remember.

  • Alissa says:

    Thanks for the blog. Looking forward to this one, I see it’s due in June. I’ve enjoyed the previous installment, “Dangerous Women”. When the short stories are in anthologies is great.
    I’m hunting high and low for the “Yesterday, Near A Village Called Barden” short story but with no luck whatsoever, Waterstone’s hardcover copies are impossible to get. Amazon says it is not in the enhanced ebook version of the heroes 🙁 any suggestions (for my Gorst fix)?

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