Dangerous Women 1 Author:George R. R. Martin (Editor), Gardner Dozois (Editor) Anthology of specially-commissioned stories from the most stellar names in the genre, set in a number of readers' favourite fantasy worlds. 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... more » 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."
Vol 1 of 3. Each volume contains 7 of the original 21 stories issued in hardcover as "Dangerous Women".
Raisa Stepanova (2013) / Carrie Vaughn: Female fighter pilot in WW2, ends with her crippled and the most she can get is a job teaching.
I Know How to Pick 'Em (2013) / Lawrence Block: Male protagonist kills the woman who wanted to get him to kill her Husband.
Neighbors (2013) / Megan Lindholm: A portal to a post-apocalyptic world that only elderly Women can see. Two decide to go there instead of being put in a home by their worthless children.
Wrestling Jesus (2013) / Joe R. Lansdale: A coming-of-age story about a boy and a retired boxer and a good-looking woman who only dates the winning boxer.
My Heart is Either Broken (2013) / Megan Abbott: From a guy's point of view, and the woman in question doesn't end up having killed anyone, but she might-at some point-in the future...and the protagonist needs to watch her.
Nora's Song (2013) / Cecelia Holland: A lot of royal players. Something is definitely up and the Queen appears to be messing with the King.
The Princess and the Queen, or The Blacks and The Greens [A Song of Ice and Fire] (2013) / George R. R. Martin: Battle history account. Queen just refuses to surrender and then sends everyone she knows to die or kills them herself when her paranoia of being betrayed takes over. Thr whole war can be traced back to the Princess showing up the Queen in a better dress at a ball decades earlier.