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Flying High with Wild Cards

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I've got all sorts of good news for the Wild Cards fans reading this.

LOWBALL, the twenty-second volume in the overall series, and the second part of the current triad that began with FORT FREAK, is almost complete, and should be going in to Tor very shortly. I will be sure and let you know when a publication date is announced. My thanks to my friend and co-editor Melinda Snodgrass for helping me bring this one home.

And the story continues. I've just signed contracts with Tor with the next Wild Cards book, a full-on mosaic to conclude the triad. This one will be titled HIGH STAKES.

Tor's reprints of the first three volumes of the original series have also done very well (well, WILD CARDS and ACES HIGH have done well, JOKERS WILD is still forthcoming), so I am thrilled to announce that we will be continuing with those as well.

We've just signed for four more volumes. New Tor editions of ACES ABROAD, DOWN & DIRTY, ACE IN THE HOLE, and DEAD MAN'S HAND will be coming your way during the next few years, probably as trade paperbacks. And to make things even more interesting, we will be adding three brand new original stories to ACES ABROAD, just as we did for Tor's reissue of WILD CARDS, volume one.

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And Wild Cards readers outside the US are going to have plenty to read as well. After far too long, we finally have a new deal in the United Kingdom, where Gollancz/ Orion will be publishing British editions of WILD CARDS, ACES HIGH, JOKERS WILD, INSIDE STRAIGHT, BUSTED FLUSH, SUICIDE KINGS, FORT FREAK, and LOWBALL.

Wild Cards will be invading France as well. We've just closed a deal with J'ai Lu for French translations of the first six volumes in the original series: WILD CARDS, ACES HIGH, JOKERS WILD, ACES ABROAD, DOWN & DIRTY, and ACE IN THE HOLE. (More foreign deals are in the offing but I will hold off on those till the contracts are signed).

We've had a long strange run with Wild Cards... but from all appearances, we're only getting started. If you haven't tried the books yet, what are you waiting for?

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irbian
Aug. 5th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
Wonderful!
Great! Hope to see them in Spain! :D
bungeebot
Aug. 5th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Hiya, George! Hiya Hiya!

I've been into ASOIAF for more than a decade now, and didn't think I'd have the time to pick up another of your series for a while (I'm a slow reader). But earlier this year, in preparation for a road trip, my parents swung by the library to pick out something you wrote in audiobook form. We got volume 3 of Selections from Dreamsongs, and I became hooked on Wild Cards after hearing Adrian Paul read Shell Games.

So I'm a fan of two of your series now!
Daniel Schroeder
Aug. 9th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
I'm excited for you
That means you still haven't discovered Tuf Voyaging, or the Thousand Worlds, or Armageddon Rag, or Fevre Dream...you have no idea what you're missing. Hurry up! : )
Aman Senna
Aug. 5th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Well, waiting for them to be avaiable in France...... oh wait... seems than soon I will try them! =D
iseeyoupenguin
Aug. 5th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
awesome
will we be seeing kindle editions of the original trilogy any time soon?
Mark Stackpole
Aug. 5th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
I've been a faithful reader of WILD CARDS since 1987. And the only person in the world who wishes you went on to complete AVALON rather than getting distracted by those wolves in the snow. Ah well.

Who are the authors whom have been invited to add stories to the new edition of ACES ABROAD?
davey0110
Aug. 5th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
What a long, strange trip it's been.
oneminutemonkey
Aug. 5th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Good grief... more original stories for old volumes? I already have multiple versions of each book, thanks to the iBooks releases. You're going to make me neurotic!

Still, glad to see the series continuing and flourishing.
slthlvschnk
Aug. 5th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
2 Cool.
Quirky cover on the new Aces. Like it very much.
grrm
Aug. 5th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 Cool.
That's actually an old cover, from the book club edition.

We won't have our new cover for some time.
hippoiathanatoi
Aug. 6th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
Re: 2 Cool.
Thought it was quite cool, as well! Did some Googling and it looks like it's by Richard Kriegler. Definitely an intriguing image.
istarki77
Aug. 6th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
Wild Cards
Sounds Great! I've been a fan of the Wild Cards series since the beginning and loved them all. Currently reading Fort Freak. My favorite char. from the whole series was Zelazny's Sleeper. Any chance we might see him in any of the new books? Did he pass over the rights to the char. before he passed away, just wondering?

Thanks, take care
sourbillytipton
Aug. 6th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Congrats
All I have read of Wildcards has been the 2 stories ("Shell Games" and "From the Journal of Xavier Desmond") in Dreamsongs Volume II. I enjoyed them along with your other short stories. Will you have another edition to Dreamsongs? I heeded your advice on what to do when waiting for the next volume in ASOIAF and now want to read all of your work.

Edited at 2012-08-06 02:13 am (UTC)
grrm
Aug. 6th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: Congrats
DREAMSONGS is actually a reprint of my retrospective collection GRRM: A RRETROSPECTIVE, originally published by Subterranean. It is pretty much the definitive collection of my work, at least up until 2003, the year it was originally published. There are no plans to add another volume to it.

That is not to say that I might not do another collection some day, when and if I have enough new material to make it worthwhile.

Meanwhile, you might look for some of my old, out of print collections, which contain stories that DREAMSONGS does not. (Although really, DREAMSONGS has all the best stuff).
sourbillytipton
Aug. 6th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats
Thanks for taking time out of your schedule for replying to our comments. When you start the book tour for TWOW please come to Philadelphia. Gardner Dozois is here and I'll bring you a Pat's cheesesteak. You can tell one of your assistants to play the role of Ser Boros Blount.
jana_denardo
Aug. 6th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
that's very good to hear. I loved those books back in the day
hippoiathanatoi
Aug. 6th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Any word yet on who's providing the new Aces Abroad stories, or is that still to be decided?
grrm
Aug. 7th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
Yet to be determined. Three writers not in the original book, that's all we know for sure.
Rich Steeves
Aug. 6th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Tremendous news!
I really, really enjoyed Fort Freak. A nice blend of classic characters/writers and new blood. And I am excited for Lowball (and High Stakes!). Also glad to hear there's new material forthcoming in Aces Abroad. Not my favorite title, but there is definitely room there for exploration of other countries! TO JETBOY!
Gabriel Zachariah
Aug. 6th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
your books have changed my life.
not only have they kept me entertained through long long months, but i have learnt from them, mmuch and more about the people that surround me. it scares me to think that so much glorious narrative could come from the mind of only one man and make so much sense. thankyou. i am only 19 but one day my children will read your books. required reading. ps i believe there are two things that make you great-- the ability to describe an event front multiple perspctive and give the reader a sense that they can make up their own mind ( to an extent) what the facts are. -- the fact that i feel that there is a code to be discovered, through prophecy and dream states i believe you have already laid a web where the smart reader can deduce certain climaxes in the novel - this is a beautiful thing and i have NEVER seen it done so masterfully. again. thnkyou so much. truly.

also - i bet my life john snow is the son of rhaegar and lyanna :)
HarryGoldstein3
Aug. 6th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Where to start?
Hi,

I'd love to start reading Wild Cards, but I have no idea where to start. It goes back so far and the thought of having to read everything before I can catch up to the present is a little intimidating.

Where would be a good place to start? If there's no convient break-in point I suppose there's nothing for it but to read from the very first issue.
grrm
Aug. 6th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Where to start?
Start with INSIDE STRAIGHT, the first of the "next generation" books, which is in print and available as a mass market paperback.
Angus Mol
Aug. 8th, 2012 09:30 am (UTC)
Re: Where to start?
It is a bit audacious of me to presume to give better advice on these books than mr. Martin, but I was also new to the series and started reading "Inside Straight". I put it down for a while (other, study related stuff to read) and when I went back to the series I re-started with Wild Cards I (also available everywhere as a paperback). Then I went back reading the new series, starting with Inside Straight. I enjoyed it better than and I still feel that Wild Cards I sets up the series perfectly, introducing most of the major events and names that still feature in the new series.

Oh and great news for Wild Card fans like me! Aside from a few extra Martin short stories (I'll commit another blasphemy and admit that I like some of these even better than the ASOIAF corpus), the Wild Cards series presents so much literary talent from classic and new SF/fantasy authors that I hope they re-issue all of them and that new editions continue to be published well into the future!
apostle_of_eris
Aug. 6th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad all these were lined up so the good fortune could be spread around. May your coattails be long and strong.
querldox
Aug. 6th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Any chance of an eventual collection of the new stories being added to the reprints in their own single volume? 'Cause, y'know, some of us already have those books and both want to read the new stories but dislike having to pay full book price just for 10-15% new material.
grrm
Aug. 6th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
I understand where you are coming from, of course... but that would sort of defeat the purpose. The main reason we're adding new stories is to give readers who already have the old editions a reason to buy the new one.
Dalton Hatcher
Aug. 7th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Any news?
I'm really glad to hear about the new book coming out soon, but I'm a little curious about the movie. Any news on that front?
grrm
Aug. 7th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Any news?
We're still in the script-writing stage on that one.
Nick Sandbulte
Aug. 7th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
What am I waiting for?
Honestly I'm waiting for Joker's Wild to be in ebook format - not all of us can afford a 2nd house to store books in you know! Any chance by 'Tor's reprints of the first three volumes of the original series have also done very well (well, WILD CARDS and ACES HIGH have done well, JOKERS WILD is still forthcoming)' what you're saying is that the ebooks have been doing well and Joker's Wild is coming soon and then the rest of them sometime in the future?
musedmoose
Aug. 8th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
So very, very glad to hear this, sir. After reading the re-release of the first Wild Cards book, I picked up the trilogy that starts with Inside Straight and absolutely loved it. Aces High is next on my reading list, so I'm thrilled to hear that more are set for re-release.
Thomas Joly
Aug. 8th, 2012 07:01 am (UTC)
A french translation.....
I hope that the fench translation will be better than the translation made by Jean Sola for ASoIaF :/

Anyway, I'm happy to be able to read this masterpiece ;)

Edited at 2012-08-09 09:54 am (UTC)
Emre Aygün
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
We need more of this kind of books in Turkey.It's a long shot, though.
grrm
Aug. 10th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
I might have been guilty of an excess of optimism.

LOWBALL needs more work.

(You would be amazed at how much effort goes into these Wild Cards anthologies. Much more than on any simple theme anthology).

Back to it.
outsdr
Aug. 11th, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
I have been a fan of the Wild Card series since the early 90s, when a college chum gave me a few of them to read.

I'm ecstatic to hear more books will be released. I'm hoping the Turtle will pop up again; he has always been my favorite (Well, I loved Kid Dinosaur too- his death really shook me up at the time!)
harryfenton
Aug. 14th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
Nook and Kindle
I bought Wild Cards 1 and 2 for eBook reading. But volume 3 is not in the Nook or Kindle catalog. I read all 5 of the ASoIaF books on my iPad's Nook software. Any time frame for converting the existing hard copies of Wild Cards to Nook/Kindle? I'd really like to read them sequentially (and save some trees).
grrm
Aug. 14th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Nook and Kindle
Book 3 has not yet been re-released. When the new edition comes out, I am sure there will be an electronic copy as well.
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