Quartet is the 2001 Boskone book by Guest of Honor George R. R. Martin. It is a sampling of his work, with three stories and one teleplay.
In Black and White and Red all Over, George Martin takes his readers back to turn of the century New York. Follow the mystery that surrounds the killing of an elderly whore. Did Jack the Ripper do it? Is she really dead? Who then does cub reporter Kate Hawthorne apparently stumble across a few years later? What role have the gangs of New York in the investigation reopened by veteran reporter Henry Munce? And who is Ned Cullen, besides a charming rogue? This is an unfinished novel.
Sprinkled in the background are the "colorful" men that controlled yellow journalism in New York: Pulitzer, Hearst, Bennett and Teddy Roosevelt, before he was President of the United States.
In "Skin Trade," something is killing the citizens of a dying industrial town. As Private Investigator Randi Wade searches for answers, she is surprised when she uncovers links between these killings and the death of her father twenty years before. And then she finds out why these people are being killed.
In Starport, a television screenplay, aliens meet Chicagos finest as the Earth joins the Harmony of Worlds. Follow the first few days of Charlies promotion to detective and the furor surrounding security arrangements for a visiting alien ambassador to Earth. Unfortunately, Fox turned down this proposed series. This is the first time that it has been published for Georges fans to read!
In "Blood of the Dragon," Hugo winner in 1987 for Best Novella, we trace the growth of Dany from a frightened pawn to a woman and leader in control of her own destiny. As a child she was sold by her brother to support his ambitions to reclaim their familys throne. "Blood of the Dragon" is part of George R.R. Martins series A Song of Fire and Ice.
Table of Contents
- Introduction (Melinda Snodgrass)
- Black and White and Red All Over (unfinished novel)
- "Skin Trade"
- Starport (teleplay)
- "Blood of the Dragon"
The trade hardcover edition, ISBN: 1-886778-31-0, $25.00, and the boxed hardcover edition, ISBN: 1-886778-32-9, $35.00 are out of print!
George R. R. Martin
George R.R. Martin began publishing SF with the sale of "The Hero" to Galaxy magazine in 1971. Three years later he earned the first of his four Hugo Awards for "A Song for Lyra," and in 1979 he picked up both a Hugo and a Nebula Award for the now-famous story "Sandkings." In the 1980s Martin made a name for himself as a television writer, working on shows such as the new Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast. During that time he also created the popular shared-world series Wild Cards, which currently stands at 15 volumes.
Charles Vess, the guiding force of Green Man Press, has been a freelance illustrator in New York working for such publications as Heavy Metal, Klutz Press, and National Lampoon. In 1991, he shared the prestigious World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story with Neil Gaiman for their collaboration on Sandman no. 19 (DC Comics) — the first and only time a comic book has won this honor. In the summer of 1997, Vess won the the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for best penciler/inker for his work on The Book of Ballads and Sagas.
Trade paperback edition, ISBN 1-886778-35-3, out of print!
Hardcover state ISBN 1-886778-31-0. out of print!
Boxed state ISBN 1-886778-32-9. out of print!
444 pages, 8 3/4 x 5 3/4, published February 2001.