Gardner Dozois has won fifteen Hugo Awards and thirty-two Locus Awards for his editing work. I especially liked what he and Martin did with the Old Mars and Old Venus anthologies. If you like SF and haven’t read those, I encourage you to do so. I hope this one is as good, it looks, from the contents page, to be.
Rogues is a cross-genre anthology, with both science fiction and fantasy, even some mystery, featuring 21 original short stories from various authors. Some of these may sound familiar to you by this time, because of award nominations, reviews and discussions.
- “Everybody Loves a Rogue” (Introduction) by George R.R. Martin
- “Tough Times All Over” by Joe Abercrombie – In the city of Sipani, a package goes through multiple owners, each providing a different viewpoint, starting with a courier who gets robbed.
- “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.
- “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.
- “Bent Twig” by Joe R. Lansdale – Hap takes the law into his own hands to rescue a young woman from criminals in Tyler, Texas.
- “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.
- “Provenance” by David W. Ball – The journey of a newly resurfaced Caravaggio through war and bloodshed to arrive in the present day.
- “The Roaring Twenties” by Carrie Vaughn – A tense confrontation in a speakeasy frequented by the magical crowd.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “A Better Way to Die” by Paul Cornell
- “Ill Seen in Tyre” by Steven Saylor – A Greek poet and his apprentice stop in Tyre to purchase a magical tome.
- “A Cargo of Ivories” by Garth Nix
- “Diamonds From Tequila” by Walter Jon Williams
- “The Caravan to Nowhere” by Phyllis Eisenstein
- “The Curious Affair of the Dead Wives” by Lisa Tuttle
- “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back” by Neil Gaiman
- “Now Showing” by Connie Willis
- “The Lightning Tree” by Patrick Rothfuss
- 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, 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.
I may try the one-story-a-day thing with this one, though some of them are pretty long for that.