George R. R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He began writing at an early age, selling monster stories for pennies to neighborhood children. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University. In 1986, he worked as a story editor for the CBS series The Twilight Zone. He was also an executive story consultant, producer and co-supervising producer for CBS's Beauty and the Beast. In 1970, he sold the story The Hero to Galaxy magazine. Since becoming a full-time writer in 1979, he has written many novels, stories, and series including A Song for Lya, Portraits of His Children, The Pear-Shaped Man, and the Song of Ice and Fire series. He has won numerous awards including five Locus Awards, three Hugo Awards and two Nebula awards. In 2013 made The New York Times Best Seller List with his titles A Dance with Dragons and A Game of Thrones: A Game of Thrones, a Clash of Kings, a Storm of Swords, a Feast for Crows, and a Dance with Dragons.
Gardner Dozois was born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 23, 1947. After working as an Army journalist, he became a science fiction and fantasy editor and author. He was the founding editor of The Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies and editor of Asimov's from 1984 until 2004. His work as an editor received more than 40 Hugo Awards, 40 Nebula Awards, and 30 Locus Awards. He received the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor 15 times between 1988 and his retirement from Asimov's in 2004. He wrote books including Strangers and short stories including The Peacemaker and Morning Child, which won the Nebula Award for Short Story in 1983 and 1984, respectively. He also collaborated with George R. R. Martin on a series of themed anthologies including Songs of the Dying Earth, Old Mars, Dangerous Women, and Rogues. In 2011, Dozois was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He died on May 27, 2018 at the age of 70.
Also included are original stories of dangerous women--heroines and villains alike--by Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lawrence Block, Carrie Vaughn, S. M. Stirling, Sharon Kay Penman, and many others.
Writes Gardner Dozois in his Introduction, "Here you'll find no hapless victims who stand by whimpering in dread while the male hero fights the monster or clashes swords with the villain, and if you want to tie these women to the railroad tracks, you'll find you have a real fight on your hands. Instead, you will find sword-wielding women warriors, intrepid women fighter pilots and far-ranging spacewomen, deadly female serial killers, formidable female superheroes, sly and seductive femmes fatale, female wizards, hard-living Bad Girls, female bandits and rebels, embattled survivors in Post-Apocalyptic futures, female Private Investigators, stern female hanging judges, haughty queens who rule nations and whose jealousies and ambitions send thousands to grisly deaths, daring dragonriders, and many more."
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