Please Help George

by wjw on June 17, 2014

516CS1QDl8LWhen I mention the name “George R.R. Martin,” I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking, “Hey, didn’t he write some good stories back in the Seventies?”

Yes, yes he did.  He wrote some great stories.  And then George moved out to California, and stuff happened, and . . . well . . .

But whatever happened back then doesn’t matter, because I’m happy to tell you that George is back!  He and Gardner Dozois (who has won all the editing Hugos of all time, just about) have a new anthology out, called Rogues, and it’s got brand-new stories in it by great writers like Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Daniel Abraham, and many others.

Including me.  I have a story in it called “Diamonds from Tequila,” narrated by Sean Maken of The Fourth Wall, about his further adventures in the picture business. (And inspired by the fact that you actually can make diamonds from tequila, which is a true fact, on the Internet and everything.)

George even contributed a story of his own, set in his World of Spice and Ire, or whatever it’s called.

Rogues should be available at your local bookstore starting today, or you could find it on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon, and on iBooks. (Though for some damn reason, even though I have page right in front of me, iBooks won’t let me link to it, because they’re iBooks and their interface totally sucks!  And somehow they think they’re going to compete with Amazon, which has one-click service, to which I say HA!)

I know that I’ve been putting up a lot of posts lately about books you should buy (because they have my name on the cover), but you should really consider this one (which quite unaccountably does not have my name on the cover), because it will help my friend George, who has been off in California doing all this obscure stuff, but who now has a book and everything!

TRX June 17, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Jeez, I didn’t know he’d done anything after “The Armageddon Rag.” I might have to check this out…

John Appel June 18, 2014 at 2:57 am

“Spice and Ire” is the name of my Alice Cooper cover band.

Ralf The Dog June 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Mr. Williams, if you must post links to, could you please post them with the smile sub domain? (example: ).

For those of us that have linked our accounts, a small percentage of our Amazon purchases go to a charity of our choice. (Picked from a list.) If a person has not chosen to have Amazon donate the money, using smile does not harm anything, you just give amazon money and get your stuff.

Bruce Arthurs June 19, 2014 at 1:38 am

“Spice and Ire” is when you love hot peppers more than the people for whom you are cooking dinner.

wjw June 23, 2014 at 12:06 am

Ralf, I’ve been meaning to ask: what the hell is Amazon Smile?

Ralf The Dog June 23, 2014 at 9:30 pm

If you the hell type in when starting out your browsing session, Amazon gives five percent of your purchase to charity. They have a list of charities that you can pick from or if you don’t choose, they will divide it up between all of the charities that have regestered. Five percent of my Amazon purchases go to

This also works for deep links. If you type in the money goes to your the cause of your choice.

Ralf The Dog June 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm

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