All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in
"Dangerous Women" include work by twelve "New York Times"
bestsellers, and seven stories set in the authors' bestselling
continuities--including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon,
a tale of Harry Dresden's world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev
Grossman set in the world of "The Magicians," and a 35,000-word
novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the
vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before
the events of "A Game of Thrones."
Also included are original stories of dangerous women--heroines and
villains alike--by Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Sherilynn
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."