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Introducing Dangerous Women
by Gardner Dozois

Welcome to the world of Dangerous Women! Here, in full, is the introduction to this brand new anthology, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

Genre fiction has always been divided over the question of just how dangerous women are. In the real world, of course, the question has long been settled. Even if the Amazons are mythological (and almost certainly wouldn’t have cut their right breasts off to make it easier to draw a bow if they weren’t), their legend was inspired by memory of the ferocious warrior women of the Scythians, who were very much not mythological.

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Fighter Aces You Probably Haven’t Heard Of
by Carrie Vaughn

I’m trying to pick my favorite dangerous woman to write about. This is really hard. So many to choose from! I’m not even thinking about fictional dangerous women—why would I, when history is filled with them? Warriors, politicians, rulers, diplomats, pirates, rebels, spies, assassins—and fighter aces. Ah, yes, that’s what I’ll tell you about, because that’s what I wrote about for my story, “Raisa Stepanova,” included in the anthology Dangerous Women.

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Deadlier Than the Male
by Melinda Snodgrass

When I was first invited into the anthology entitled Dangerous Women it was then known by a different title—Femme Fatales. Which has a particular and rather negative connotation. Various dictionaries describe such a person as a seductive woman who will ultimately bring disaster to any man who gets involved with her or a woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations. It’s a very noir attitude summed up by generations of male detectives stating—“From the minute she walked in I could tell the dame was trouble.” And I confess I wrote that story though the woman in question is a revolutionary and a freedom fighter so she damages the man in pursuit of a good cause.

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Unexpected Dangers
by Brandon Sanderson

What makes a woman dangerous? Well, what makes a person dangerous?

To me, the best kind of danger—which is, in a way, also the worst kind—is unexpected. It’s that twisted kind of dangerous that takes something familiar and safe and reveals it as something deadly. Wolves are frightening. To me, a loyal pet going mad and killing a child is ten times more terrifying.

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