George R.R. Martin might be taking his sweet time cranking out the next proper installment in his Song of Ice and Fire series, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have some new Thrones-related literature to keep us entertained this year.
Tor Books has announced that Martin is working on a prequel novella dubbed “The Princess and the Queen,” which will focus on the Targaryen Civil War (aka The Dance of the Dragons). No, it’s not The Winds of Winter, but it's something. Hey, lets just be happy he’s still writing and not spending all of his time hanging out of the set of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Which, yeah, he could be.
The story will be included in a new anthology set for release at an undetermined date (hopefully before Winds of Winter. We kid. Hopefully.) called Dangerous Women, pulling together 21 stories from Martin and several other writers.
The collection was also supposed to include another installment from Martin focusing on his Dunk and Egg series, which is set in the Ice and Fire universe. That story would’ve focused on the history of Winterfell. But he says he’s been wanting to tell the story of the Targaryen Civil War for a while now—so it came first.
If you’re interested, here’s the full breakdown of what will be included in Dangerous Women:
- Introduction by Gardner Dozois
- “Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie - A Red Country story
- “My Heart is Either Broken” by Megan Abbott
- “Nora’s Song” by Cecelia Holland
- “The Hands That Are Not There” by Melinda Snodgrass
- “Bombshells” by Jim Butcher - A Harry Dresden story
- “Raisa Stepanova” by Carrie Vaughn
- “Wrestling Jesus” by Joe R. Lansdale
- “Neighbors” by Megan Lindholm
- “I Know How to Pick ’Em” by Lawrence Block
- “Shadows For Silence in the Forests of Hell” by Brandon Sanderson
- “A Queen in Exile” by Sharon Kay Penman
- “The Girl in the Mirror” by Lev Grossman - A Magicians story
- “Second Arabesque, Very Slowly” by Nancy Kress
- “City Lazarus” by Diana Rowland
- “Virgins” by Diana Gabaldon - An Outlander story
- “Hell Hath No Fury” by Sherilynn Kenyon
- “Pronouncing Doom” by S.M. Stirling - An Emberverse story
- “Name the Beast” by Sam Sykes
- “Caretakers” by Pat Cadigan
- “Lies My Mother Told Me” by Caroline Spector - A Wild Cards story
- “The Princess and the Queen” by George R.R. Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire story
Are you glad to hear Martin has another story up his sleeve, or do you wish he'd just focus on the big books and keep the series rolling?