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Curveball Is Coming

And she's bringing Bugsy with her. (Well, maybe not intentionally, but it's hard to keep Bugsy out).

For all you Wild Cards fans out there who are tired of waiting for the next book... we have a little treat coming to tide you over, a brand new original never-before-published Wild Cards story, not part of any previous anthology or mosaic novel.

It's called "When We Were Heroes," it's by Daniel Abraham, it features Curveball and Bugsy.

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Look for it (not yet, but soon, soon) on Tor.com -- as an ebook, natch. For the moment, that's the only way it will be available. Eventually we hope to collect this story and a few other Wild Cards originals in an actual paper book, but that will probably be a few years down the line, when we have enough material.

That's the "cover" up above, by the amazing Hugo-winning John Picacio, and my, ain't it swell?

Elsewhere in the Wild Cards universe, the JOKERS WILD reprint is in Tor's pipeline, we're adding two new stories to the ACES ABROAD reprint that will follow (as we did for volume one), LOWBALL is edging closer to delivery, and we'll be moving right on to HIGH STAKES after that. We have more Wild Cards originals coming up on Tor.com too, so keep an eye on that site.

UPDATE: Just got some new information from my friends at Tor.

"When We Were Heroes" will debut on the Tor.com website on JANUARY 16, at 9 AM (Eastern). The ebook version will be available for purchase "about a week later."

Also, the JOKERS WILD reissure has been scheduled for February 2014, as a trade paperback.

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( 17 comments )
daveroguesf
Jan. 4th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
All delightful news! Been itching for JOKERS WILD.
amomich
Jan. 5th, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
WIld Cards
Thanks for the good news about the Wild Cards series. Any chance that Lohengrin will pop up again in future titles? I kind of miss that one eyed German knight in (literally) shining armor.
Shane Archer
Jan. 5th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
Whatever you do, don't stop making Wild Cards! Ice and Fire may get all the press but these are truly spectacular as well. Kudos to all of the authors involved and I can't wait for LOWBALL to arrive.
andi2101
Jan. 5th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
Third "... is coming" topic in a row.
I wonder if Winter Is Coming next ;-)
nhumrod
Jan. 5th, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
Well I think that summer will last for at least two more years.
of_the_night22
Jan. 5th, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
Picacio is one of my favourite artists - I think I have about six signed pieces by him, all of which are just classics!
Greg Miller
Jan. 5th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
Wild Cards
Im confused...are the stories in Wild Cards related in any significant way? or is it just a collection of Sci-fi/Fantasy short stories?
grrm
Jan. 5th, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Wild Cards
Wild Cards is a shared world. Most of the books are mosaic novels, heavily interwoven. Even the ones that are "just stories" share backgrounds and characters.
Jack Ashcraft
Jan. 5th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
WC
Sounds great, can't wait!

Also, you wrote once upon a time about the first five Wild Cards books and what went into creating them. The first was titled "The First Wild Card Day, or the Game That Ate My Life". I was wondering if you'd even consider writing more of those about the rest of the series? I really enjoyed reading about what went into them.

Lastly, any chance of a return to Takis book?
nickelbackstark
Jan. 6th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
Bugsy and Curveball, not really familiar with the characters but since it's new I'll have to get this for my cousin. He's a bit obsessed with Wild Cards at age fourteen!
of_the_night22
Jan. 7th, 2013 01:07 pm (UTC)
Now that is awesome in every way possible, frankly! I was only sixteen when I picked up wild cards for the first time and I was instantly hooked!
fp_dreadwolf
Jan. 7th, 2013 08:56 am (UTC)
Be that as it may but Wild card series is a unique and not yet properly appreciated phenomenon in the fantasy literature – all that in my opinion which is one of the sworn fan so somehow prejudiced and of course at its best an opinion quite, quite humble. In addition to that the “Hard Call” is currently in my top three Wild Card books, so it is needless to say how excited by the news I am.
jetsfan1971
Jan. 9th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm
Probably my top current three would consist of Aces High, Ace in a Hole, and Dead Man's Hand.
sourbillytipton
Jan. 10th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Seems like you're getting a lot of work done
On Tuesday you said you're working on TWOW and half a dozen other projects. But in your last writing update I counted 8 total monkeys on the back. Did you kill one and are waiting to announce it?
grrm
Jan. 11th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Re: Seems like you're getting a lot of work done
You're too literal.

These are offhand remarks I post here, they are not meant to be taken so seriously.

I am working on a bunch 'o stuff.
sourbillytipton
Jan. 11th, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
Thought I may have been reaching.
Need something to be hopeful for, my favorite teams aren't helping.

Edited at 2013-01-11 12:38 am (UTC)
ragerevival
Jan. 11th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
I hope you find time in the Hurricane of fantasy stardom to read A Memory of Light! It's the end of an era!
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