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Wild Cards Take Texas

We're calling the latest Wild Cards volumes the America Triad. First one up was MISSISSIPPI ROLL, which we completed and turned in back in October. Then came LOW CHICAGO, delivered in December. And now comes the third and final book in our cross country tour: TEXAS HOLD 'EM.

Another one done. The manuscript went off to our editors at Tor yesterday. Hot damn!

The table of contents for this one:
Caroline Spector "Bubbles and the Band Trip"
Max Gladstone "The Secret Life of Rubberband"
William F. Wu "Jade Blossom's Brew"
Diana Rowland "Beats, Bugs, and Boys"
Walton Simons "Is Nobody Going to San Antone?"
Victor Milan "Dust and the Darkness"
David Anthony Durham "Drop City"

TEXAS HOLD 'EM is the final book in the America Triad, and the twenty-sixth volume of the overall series... but no, it's not necessary to have read the first twenty-five to enjoy this one. In fact, it's not even necessary to have read MISSISSIPPI ROLL and LOW CHICAGO (though we hope you will). The America books are not a triad in the traditional sense, like the ones we have done before; they are more in the nature of three stand-alones, linked thematically rather than by plot. Aside from a couple of double-dippers, each book of the three has a different roster of writers.

The cast in TEXAS HOLD 'EM includes long time fan favorites like the Amazing Bubbles, Mr. Nobody, and Rustbelt, and brings back a couple of minor players from past books in much bigger roles (Jade Blossom from INSIDE STRAIGHT, the Darkness from SUICIDE KINGS), but you'll meet a bunch of fun new characters as well. Diana Rowland and Max Gladstone are here making their Wild Cards debuts (Abandon hope, all ye who enter here). I think you'll love their work as much as I do.

TEXAS HOLD 'EM is a departure for us in other ways as well. Like the Marvel and DC universes, the Wild Cards universe is huge, and allows for all sorts of different stories. Last summer's HIGH STAKES was our horror outing, and one of the darkest we have ever done. TEXAS HOLD 'EM is the other side of the coin; a romp, light-hearted and frenetic, with touchs of screwball comedy.

Which doesn't mean it was easy. "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard," someone once said (just who is a matter of dispute).

Look for TEXAS HOLD 'EM sometime next year. At last word, Tor is slating MISSISSIPPI ROLL for publication in hardcover in the fall of this year, with Chicago and Texas to follow, but we don't have hard dates for those two yet, but you'll know when we do.

Meanwhile, we have further Wild Cards books in mind... and that TV series in the works...

Remember, we can't die yet. We haven't seen the Jolson Story.

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drtachyon
Jan. 28th, 2017 11:09 pm (UTC)
Eureka!
Mr. Martin! Have you personally seen "The Jolson Story"? Please say no, then all those people rushing you to finish books can just chill out. ;)
grrm
Jan. 29th, 2017 12:33 am (UTC)
Re: Eureka!
Alas, I have seen the Jolson Story.
ncohen2
Jan. 28th, 2017 11:14 pm (UTC)
Hype
I can't wait to pick these up. I remember going through the first couple Wild Card books hoping that Jetboy would show up. He did die well so there is that. Unlike Kid Dinosaur. So much potential gone at such a young age. I am glad to see that Wild Cards is still going strong. I can't wait to see how the TV series pans out. I am interested to see how Croyd is portrayed.
werthead
Jan. 29th, 2017 01:22 am (UTC)
Hi George,

Just a question: you've delivered these three books pretty quickly. Are they likely to be published quite quickly as well (all three in a year or, two in a year) or are they likely to come out at annual intervals?

Thanks.
laviniagrace
Jan. 29th, 2017 01:22 am (UTC)
Wild Cards
Just got Book 1 on Kindle. I hesitated because I haven't finished the ASOIAF books, but I got curious. 26 books? Yikes.
grrm
Jan. 29th, 2017 01:42 am (UTC)
Re: Wild Cards
Enjoy the ride.

Yes, 26 books... though some, alas, are out of print, and hard to find.

Eventually we hope to resotre them all to print, but it's a long process.
rmwick
Jan. 29th, 2017 01:30 am (UTC)
Literary Agents
Mr. Martin,
I've written an urban fantasy collection of short stories tied together before the climax, totaling 110,000 words. I have a few contests in mind (Glimmer Train, New Millennium, Ghost Story Supernatural) and several magazines. Could you suggest one or more literary agent waiting for a query letter from an emerging fantasy/sci-fi writer?
grrm
Jan. 29th, 2017 01:45 am (UTC)
Re: Literary Agents
Not really. I know a lot of agents, but most have full client lists.

The best way to find an agent is to go to some big SF cons and meet some of them in person. That's how I found mine, back in the 70s.

You say you've written a collection of short stories. Have they been published previously, in the magazines, e-magazines, and anthologies? If not, that's where you should send them. Rack up a series of magazine publications and you may attract an agent.

And you don't need an agent to submit to magazines or contests, only for books. My own agents have never handled my short fiction.
rmwick
Jan. 29th, 2017 02:41 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Literary Agents
Thanks for the tips. If it's not inconvenient, I might reply again when my first submission is accepted into a magazine, in case you have that subscription floating around.

Edited at 2017-01-29 02:44 am (UTC)
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