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Freaky Monkey Bites the Dust

One more monkey off my back.

I just sent the manuscript of FORT FREAK, volume twenty-one in the ongoing Wild Cards series, off to our editors at Tor. Six hundred and eight pages of Jokertown goodness.

After the wide-ranging global storylines of the Committee triad, this volume returns to New York City, the epicenter of the Wild Cards universe, to tell the stories of the cops and crooks of the historic 5th precinct of the NYPD -- the Jokertown precinct, Fort Freak. The lineup features work by WC veterans Melinda Snodgrass, Stephen Leigh, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, and Victor Milan, and introduces newcomers (new to Wild Cards, that is) Cherie Priest (Hugo-and-Nebula finalist), David Anthony Durham (still wearing his Campbell Award tiara), Mary Anne Mohnaraj, Ty Franck, and Paul Cornell (Dr. Who scripter).

No publication date set yet, of course, but I'd look for it sometime in the spring of 2011. So mark that down on your calendar, and come meet Ramshead, the Rook, Tabby, SlimJim, Abigail, Sgt. Squinch, Ratboy and Flipper, Tinkerbill, the Infamous Black Tongue, Natya, Maggie Graves, Puff, Beastie, Dr. Dildo, and the other colorful denizens of Fort Freak and environs. Old-timers like Father Squid, the Sleeper, and the Oddity are also expected to turn up to enliven the proceedings.

As for me... there are still a few more monkeys to wrestle into submission. Including Kong.



May. 24th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
monkey magic
Only beauty can kill the beast.
May. 24th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Love the photo, LOL!
May. 24th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
I approve of all monkey-related endeavors!

Lord of Monkeys
May. 24th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Eso photographia
That is totally Gibraltar!
May. 24th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Go go GRRM!! ^_^
Yay for one more monkey off your back.. though the biggest monkey of all definitely needs a good spanking! ^_^

I will defiantly get the Fort Freak Wild Cards asap! Perhaps Mr. Ty can install paypal on here so I can pay for it faster!

Are we going to see Wild Card miniatures? please please please!! That would make me buy from China for sure if there were some!!!
May. 24th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
great! & bonus points for getting Cherie & Paul on board
May. 24th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
MR. MARTIN THAT IS GREAT NEWS!!!! Looking forward to when I can buy a limited edition of this - will Sub. Press be doing one???

Can't wait to read Ty's contribution either since I'm unaware of anything else he has written.

These must be a lot of fun to edit, since you get to witness other people's writing rather than having to produce the entire work single-handedly (like that other series you have going on). I certainly have a lot of fun reading them! :)

I am faithful in your ability to pin down "Kong!" I assume that Kong = A DRAGON'S DANCE or whatever the name of the book you're writing is (sorry, I don't keep up with the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but based on the superb quality of your other work I just might have to!)

Good luck Mr. Martin and know that you have my support! :)
May. 24th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Awww, and I was hoping Curious George died. I hate that monkey...
May. 24th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Leave Kong to me...
Back in the days I was known as Godzilla. I know, I know... I lost the fight against King Kong, but that's what a rematch is for!

I've been practicing MMA and next year I'm fighting on the GML (Giant Monster League) and apparently King Kong will be there. I got this one Martin, not like last time. I've been practicing my Jiu Jitsu skills and I'm fairly sure that if I can take him to floor I can make him tap.

Leave this one to me Martin, as a thank you for writing the most brilliant fantasy I have ever read in my life.

I hope you guys cheer for me, it's going to be a tough fight.
May. 24th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
"The lineup features work by WC veterans Melinda Snodgrass, Stephen Leigh, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, and Victor Milan"

Amusingly, for the last 6 months or so, I have been in a weekly D&D game with Kevin A. Murphy.
May. 24th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
I still intend to check out the Wild Card books one of these days. I just have such a huge pile to get through already. I haven't even finished everything I got for Christmas yet.
May. 24th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
You're a grown man, George... you should stop monkeying around.
May. 24th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Good news on Fort Freak. Another one to look forward to. (Dr. Dildo? Hrm...)

I have to ask, though, what did you think about Lost's finale? It's the other epic SF/F-nal series to end in recent years, and since you had some thoughts on BSG's closing episode...
May. 24th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Gratz GRRM! Looking forward to Fort Freak! Great meeting you at Leprecon last week! Hopefully now Kong and Son of Kong (the HBO series) can get more focus now.
May. 25th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
I'm sure Monkey wants to make sure that your wily hairs are free of vermin. He lovingly cares for your scalp.

What a nice Monkey.
May. 25th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
awesome. Congrats on getting that one out. Good luck with Kong ;)
May. 25th, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
As a big fan of monkeys, I envy you. I've always wanted to have a monkey perch on my shoulder. Unfortunately, there are no monkeys to be had where I live. Perhaps I can coax my cat into perching on my shoulder...
May. 25th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
the sleeper
I have just recently discovers you( in the last year)and only read the ASOIAF series. However i do know that in the wild card series the character the sleeper was created by Mr. Zelazny (according to wikipedia). Is it strange or difficult to write about the sleeper?
May. 25th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
Well here it is. Almost June 2010. Somebody should look up there and check to see if Kong hasn't died of old age yet.
May. 25th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Easy now, Kong is a behemoth. I'd like to see any human take him down quickly.
Besides, he is a closer relative to Homo Sapiens(who have a long life span) than say Godzilla (whos life span would be much shorter) or Mothra (who would be dead even faster than the giant lizard). I sincerely doubt he will die of "natural causes" at the unripened age of five. That being said, he will die. George "The Monkey Slayer" will destroy him!

Give it time and I'm sure George R.R. Martin can push the giant ape's lifeless corpse off the top of the Empire State Building, flooding the streets below with blood.

Happy writing Mr. Martin.

May Kong's crimson be our reward to your success!

-Syleon "Nighteyes" Vaerx
May. 27th, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
Without sounding like a self righteous prick (I have just always loved the Kong vs Godzilla debate) I would just like to point out that certain species of reptile absolutely smoke humans and therefore by association king kong in the longevity stakes. Species such as the Tuatara and Giant Tortoise can live well in excess of 100 years, if not 200 according to some.
May. 25th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
2011? why it takes so long to publish?
May. 25th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Wild Cards - urgghhhh
I tried to read the two Wild Card stories in Dreamsongs but just couldn't do it. To each their own, but when the usually illustrious author equated Islamic intolerance to Christian intolerance I just about threw the book across the room. I know we're all supposed to worship at the temple of Political Correctness, but that doesn't mean we have to check our brains at the door. However, on a positive note, I was truly surprised to find that several science fiction stories I had read and admired years before had been written by the afore-mentioned illustrious author. I also really enjoyed the werewolf stories, among (many) others. So if you all haven't read Dreamsongs, get it!
May. 26th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
Re: Wild Cards - urgghhhh
Awe, I find that sad - the Wild Cards chapters in Dreamsongs are actually what got me into Wild Cards, and since then I have obsessively stalked Amazon for copies of the older books (do you know how hard it is to find them in the UK!?)

But yeah, to each their own - and I agree the skin trade (which was the title if i recall correctly?) was absolutely mind blowing.
May. 25th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
that picture is awesome.
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May. 26th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
For some reason most of the poo flinging appears to be contained within a huge web... I think our author is safe.
May. 26th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
Cage Match
and up next in the Suvudu cage match... GRRM vs. King Kong!

GRRM - Quick wit, the pen is mightier than the sword.
Kong - King of the jungle, three stories tall.

GRRM - Currently dealing with multiple monkeys on his back.
Kong - Has a soft spot for young blonde women.
May. 26th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Wrestling with Kong
Use the steel chair!
May. 26th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
I just managed to get a monkey off of my back, too
Hey there Mr. Martin!

I was recommended Song of Fire and Ice by a friend about 2 months ago and have read it during my commute. So. Awesome. I just knocked a monkey called A Feast for Crows off my back and would love to check out something else you've done while waiting for the final installment.

What of your own work since finishing A Feast for Crows would you recommend reading next?
May. 27th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Congratulations on Wild Cards.

With regards to Kong, I noticed something another author did that might be interesting to try out. He listed the number of scenes (some long, some short) remaining until completion of the draft and then provided an update. Started at 16, now 2/16 are completed. Any chance you might be tempted to try that out?

I like the idea because it is not a percentage estimation (which seems like a fake statistic) and deals with status updates from the perspective of the author. Don't worry, I'm not holding my breath that you will go for the idea, but I thought I would throw it out there for consideration.

Best of luck in your writing, I cannot wait to read DwD when it's ready.
Jun. 1st, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
I recommended nearly the identical...

you can see GRRM's response to that there... ;-)
May. 27th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Monkeying Around
Wish you'd get Kong off your back soon. All those other little monkeys are distractions!

But congrats on the hard work!
May. 28th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
This lack of (very) recent updates has my tail twitching with excitement. It speaks to me of monkey slaying. Never was there a sport so satisfying.

The scent of Kongs fear is palpable. May his blood soon add to the aroma. You have him Grrm! Wring that overgrown simians neck!
May. 28th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Happy Memorial Day
Mr. Martin,

One down, many to go, there is no rest for the wicked. Sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor, you have earned it. Just remember that Memorial Day is for honoring war dead, not getting drunk and stuffing your face as so many Americans do.

And in the off chance you still need a really tall guy to play Hodor, I'm there for ya.
May. 29th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
King Kong is weak to fire. Use fire! Whatever you do, good luck :) and congrats for the progress with Wild Cards.
May. 30th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Wild Cards the computer at work tells me that there is a release date in November for the re-release of book 1. Of course the same computer also tells me Dance will be available sometime in 2027 so I must ask if this is this a firm date. I really want to read the series but I'm one of those people who needs to start at the beginning.
Jun. 1st, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
hmmm... though I have already jumped in (with the most recent triad) I would love to restart at the begining. I hadn't heard about the re release of the series so I am seconding Mr Strikes request for info on this matter.
Jun. 1st, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
An expanded edition of WILD CARDS volume 1, including three brand new stories, will be released in November. The date's as firm as anything in publishing ever is.
Jun. 1st, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Cool. Between this and JMS' Superman Earth One looks like November will be a busy reading month for me. Is there a plan to re-release other volumes in the series on a regular basis following this?
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Dance dance dance
Any chance of an update on Dance? We are crazy anxious. It's because we love your series. Don't you think you could throw us a bone? It's very hard to get teased about possible finish dates, but no updates when we pass those dates.
Most of us have heard the podcasts and interviews, so we do know you are writing. And I think I can speak for most fans when I say we are glad you are a perfectionist when it comes to writing. Some fans are starting to get pretty out there in message boards with theories of plot direction. I mean, out there. It's that rich for analyzing.
But I also think I speak for most fans when I say thank you for hundreds of pages of awesome awesome awesome content in one of the best political thrillers (with a fantasy back drop) ever written. Thank you.
Ass-kissing for an update? Nah...I'm just plain asking for an update, and adding a compliment to the post. No update, we'll live. THe compliment, it's yours either way. And i think you see how genuine it is in your emails, posts, book sales, and popularity at cons.
Keep writing George! The series is tops, and we anxiously await the next installment(s).
Jun. 7th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
I don't care much about the Wild Cards stuff (like most of the fans posting here i daresay), but I am glad you got it finished nethertheless. One step closer to ADWD :-)
Jun. 10th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful and beneficial to your readers.
Jun. 10th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Softball for King Kong crowd
When I saw the title of this entry, I thought to myself "This is a real hanging curve that everyone will be tempted to hit out of the park with King Kong references." Your honor, I rest my case.

I am no longer frustrated by the Kongmeister. It reminds me of a favorite little poem (psychologically somewhat analogous)

As I was walking up the stair
I saw a man who wasn't there
He wasn't there again today.
I do so wish he'd go away.


George R.R. Martin
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