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Wild Cards Times Three

Some exciting news on the WILD CARDS front for fans of the world's longest running shared world anthology series.

HIGH STAKES will be out later this year, as previously announced. That's the third and concluding volume in what we've come to call our "mean streets and madness" triad, and the twenty-third volume in the overall series (which originally began way way back in 1987). It was also the last new volume under contract to Tor.



But no longer! Wild Cards will fight another day. Tor has just stepped up and signed us for three more originals. This set we will be calling (informally) "the USA Triad." But it won't really be a triad, more like three stand-alones, each with its own setting, cast, and tone.

The three new books are:
TEXAS HOLD 'EM
MISSISSIPPI ROLL
LOW CHICAGO


Details? Sorry. You'll need to wait for those. The ink on the contracts is not quite dry yet, so we're just getting up to steam (as in MISSISSIPPI... no, that would be telling).



This much I can tell you. I'll be editing the new volumes, natch. Melinda Snodgrass will continue as my assistant editor and right hand woman. And we'll be calling on the madman and wild women of the Wild Cards consortium for stories, as ever. Whenever we begin a new triad and a new contract, however, we like to reach out and recruit a few new writers. Fresh blood is just so tasty, and adding some new characters to the mix always helps to enliven things.

So let me introduce you to our Class of 2016. The newest inmates in the asylum are:
SALADIN AHMED
MAX GLADSTONE
MARKO KLOOS
DIANA ROWLAND


They're all insanely talented, and they claim they play well with others (we'll see). And no, I won't tell you about the new characters they've created for us... but we think you're going to like them.

WILD CARDS! From 1987 to forever....

((And if you have not caught the virus yet, there's still time. Head over to the Jean Cocteau Bookshop at http://www.jeancocteaubooks.com/ and you'll find all sorts of signed Wild Cards books on sale, some of them with multiple autographs from editors and writers both).



[[Comments welcome. On Wild Cards only, please. Stay on topic]].

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aota
Mar. 11th, 2016 12:52 am (UTC)
Great news. Wild Cards forever!
ladybird97
Mar. 11th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
WOW! Those are some great new authors. Can't wait to see what they come up with!
John Nelson
Mar. 11th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
I want to start reading the wild card series, but I'm quite daunted by the vast legacy. Do I need to start from the first book and go forward from there and/or are there anthology of the earlier books so I can get caught up faster?
grrm
Mar. 11th, 2016 01:36 am (UTC)
Start with Inside Straight. You can always go back and check out the earlier books later.
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a_cubed
Mar. 11th, 2016 02:13 am (UTC)
So, from 1987 to forever. While the recent rumours of your demise were exaggerated, well mistaken identity, you're not going to last forever, though may you last a good while longer. Do you have an arrangement in place for Wild Cards to easily continue "under new management" when you've passed on?
grrm
Mar. 11th, 2016 06:52 am (UTC)
Why is everyone always so eager to discuss my death?

In any case, Wild Cards is a trust. I am the editor and trustee, not the owner. If I should die or retire, a new editor and trustee would be voted in by the members.
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s_scottstephens
Mar. 11th, 2016 03:03 am (UTC)
Saladin Ahmed!!!
Wow, so awesome you got Saladin Ahmed writing something for Wild Cards. Throne of the Crescent Moon was probably my favorite book of the past few years. It had a very different feel than most of the fantasy out there. Really solid stuff. It was nominated for the Hugo when it came out, if I remember correctly.
ADragonDemands
Mar. 11th, 2016 03:40 am (UTC)
The Name of the Rose
Fun fact: through pure coincidence, my full real life name is shared by a character in the Wild Cards series. I was surprised when I stumbled upon it.
grrm
Mar. 11th, 2016 04:09 am (UTC)
RE: The Name of the Rose
So you are the real Thomas Tudbury, is what you're saying?
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writing_mombie
Mar. 11th, 2016 06:28 am (UTC)
That's awesome!
Nacho L
Mar. 11th, 2016 08:42 am (UTC)
Copyright permission
I have developed a nonprofit Android app for fans of Game of Thrones, and I would like to ask you for copyright permission.
Please contact me in nachocooper@gmail.com and I will be glad to send you all the details.

Thanks, I love your work!!
grrm
Mar. 11th, 2016 09:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Copyright permission
You will need to talk to HBO. They control all such secondary rights now.
Jason Raper
Mar. 11th, 2016 04:47 pm (UTC)
Audiobook Version???
Will there be plans for an audiobook version? I spend a lot of time on the road and audiobooks help keep me sane in the Houston traffic. I'm also a notorious multi-tasker and enjoy listening to audiobooks while I perform mind-numbing, monotonous, tasks. The previous audiobooks for the WildCards series were excellent!
harleyquinn87
Mar. 11th, 2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
new to wild cards
I have never read a multi-authored anthology series, I was sort of wary it would have a more choppy feel to it, with different authors not gelling well together - man I'm so happy I got over that hesitation.

I just got done with the first two books and they are freaking fantastic. To anyone who's like "do I really want to delve into another huge universe with multiple authors?" Yes. You do.

I remember you saying something about some of these books being on audiobooks, how is that coming along? Audiobooks are a savior for someone who doesn't always have time to sit down with a book.
grrm
Mar. 11th, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: new to wild cards
Yes.

The audibooks of volumes one and two came out years ago, from Brilliance Audio. A single reader.

Random House Audio has since picked up the series. Future volumes will have a mosaic of readers. Books three and four are in the can, and book five is being recorded even as we speak.

See some of my posts downstream for the casts.
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shannon_a
Mar. 11th, 2016 08:37 pm (UTC)
Congrats! By chance I just started rereading Vol. 1 last night. It's still damned good. (I hope to read the whole series this time; previously I think I've read 1-8 and 18-21.)
grrm
Mar. 12th, 2016 06:58 am (UTC)
Stopped after 8 , did you?

So did a lot of other readers, I confess.
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renepavan
Mar. 12th, 2016 12:08 am (UTC)
Congrats!

I've read every single one of the published books, and they're awesome (yeah, I love even the dark and despairing Jumper books that many people like to complain about).

It's interesting that you got Saladin Ahmed now. One of the complaints I've heard about Wild Cards was the accusation of "Orientalism", on account of the Islamic villains in some of the novels. I don't agree with the accusation, and I think that having an Islamic Fundamentalist as a major villain in 1987 was indeed prophetic.

But the addition of an Arab-American writer to the fold is great. I hope we'll get to see some Islamic heroes, for balance.

grrm
Mar. 12th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC)
It does appear that we predicted a caliphate a decade or so before ISIS. Not to mention the madness of the Iraq War... though the details are notably different.

As for the Islamic Fundamentalist villains, I should point out that our long list of villains also includes Roman Catholic Fundamentalists, Evangelical Protestant Fundamentalists, Soviet communists, greedy capitalists, aliens from space, different aliens from space, Third World dictators, Freemasons (Egyptian Rite), corrupt cops, misguided idealists, sadistic teenagers, sadistic senators, leftist revolutionaries, right-wing reactionaries, would-be world conquerers, lying lawyers, amoral television executives, a couple of undead, a vampire of sorts, and most recently a dark god from another dimension.

With twenty-three books under our belts, and three more to come, our appetite for villainy is voracious.

(But we do try for a certain level of nuance, though I will not claim that we have already succeeded).
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milkforfree
Mar. 12th, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
Any hints as to when we'll see the sequel to Throne of the Crescent Moon? I liked that one.
grrm
Mar. 12th, 2016 08:08 pm (UTC)
Only Saladin knows for sure.
gianetta
Mar. 13th, 2016 01:26 am (UTC)
Mysticon
Sorry for putting this in the wrong post, but I just had to say thank you for the reading in Roanoke. I wasn't able to attend your other sessions, so didn't get to meet you, but I was thrilled to get into your reading. Thank you!
Jack Ashcraft
Mar. 13th, 2016 04:40 am (UTC)
Will the final volume of this triad be another full blown mosaic?
grrm
Mar. 13th, 2016 06:08 pm (UTC)
No. This is not a traditional triad. This is a bit of a change-up, we're doing what are in essence three stand-alones.

We'll return to the triad format with subsequent contracts. The next two are already in the planning stages.
Alfonso Cabello
Mar. 13th, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC)

¡Great illustrations, by the way!

grrm
Mar. 13th, 2016 06:09 pm (UTC)
WILD CARDS has been blessed with some extraordinary artwork.

(Also some terrible artwork, but I've tried to blank that out).
jalalnoir
Mar. 13th, 2016 10:01 pm (UTC)
Alan Moore's Top 10
Hello Sir , is there a Wild Cards story were Aces , Deuces and Jokers live in one place, no Nats , just like in Alan Moore's Top 10 ?
Calum Flanagan
Mar. 14th, 2016 02:02 pm (UTC)
Getting into this series
Hellogrrm (Mr Martin).

I am very fond of your work with ASOIAF, so I was wondering what this series is about as I would like to read some of your other work? What is 'Wild Cards' and who, aside from yourself, writes them?

Thanks you in anticipation,
Calum Flanagan
luxzero
Mar. 14th, 2016 04:22 pm (UTC)
No shipping to Germany from JCC =(
I started reading Wild Cards last summer, after Inside Straight was released in German and a friend gave it to me. I really enjoyed it, and all the references to the older books made me so curious the next day I went to the book store and gathered the first three volumes, which had just been rereleased in English. I'd really love a signed copy of Down and Dirty from the JCC Book Store, but there's no shipping to Germany =(
Is that gonna change in the near future?
huntero
Mar. 14th, 2016 07:52 pm (UTC)
I've not read any of this yet, but it looks really interesting..
Perhaps I should start reading the first book?
You've no idea the happiness your work has brought me.
Thanks, Mr. Martin! :-)
grrm
Mar. 14th, 2016 07:57 pm (UTC)
WILD CARDS (vol 1) and INSIDE STRAIGHT (vol 18) are the best starting points.
Yaakov Abadi
Mar. 21st, 2016 04:14 pm (UTC)
More more more!
Long long time fan here of the series!

A few comments:

1. Its VERY hard to get copies from the NY Public Library. A few times, I had to reserve copies from the older novels from libraries in other states.

2. Why hasnt anyone picked the rights to turn the wild card series into a TV show?


Anyways, keep em coming!
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