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It's Publication Day...

... for the long-awaited Tor reissue of ACE IN THE HOLE, volume six in the Wild Cards series. Look for it on the shelves of your friendly neighborhood bookstore, among the trade paperbacks, or from whichever online bookseller you prefer.

Set during a dramatic week in Atlanta during the 1988 Democratic National Convention, as a religious fanatic and a secret psychopath struggle for the nomination, ACE IN THE HOLE is one of our full mosaics, featuring the work of Melinda M. Snodgrass, Victor Milan, Walton (Bud) Simons, Stephen Leigh, and Walter Jon Williams, deftly edited and interwoven by yours truly.

The stars this time around are Dr. Tachyon, Mackie Messer, Demise, Puppetman, and Golden Boy. That's Mackie coming through a Hartmann poster on the stunning new cover by Michael Komarck.



This is one of our best, if I do say so myself. The full mosaic form is incredibly demanding, for the writers and editor both, but I think the results are worth it.

Don't be frightened, though, ACE IN THE HOLE is purely fiction. No way any presidential candidate so malicious and deceptive could ever be nominated by a major party in real life. Right?

Comments

( 39 comments )
Stephen Prizant
Feb. 28th, 2017 09:26 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, what does "full mosaic" mean? What is the difference between Wild Card books in that format and in other formats?
grrm
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:33 pm (UTC)
In a full mosaic, there are no separate stories. Each writer produces a storyline with his own viewpoint character, and I pull them all apart and weave them together, scene by scene and hour by hour, to create a full-on five-way collaborative novel.
LordColdemort
Feb. 28th, 2017 09:31 pm (UTC)
Dukakis did nothing wrong
That's quite a post title, sir.
grrm
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Dukakis did nothing wrong
Riding around in that tank was probably a mistake. So was his answer to that rape question in the debate.

Even so...
cashcraig
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Dukakis did nothing wrong
At least he didn't show such crippling weakness as checking his watch.

Huh. I guess times have changed.
LordColdemort
Feb. 28th, 2017 11:08 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Dukakis did nothing wrong
Are you suggesting that having good intentions and being good at politics don't necessarily go together?

Sounds like a topic for a book or seven.
Ape Wilson
Feb. 28th, 2017 09:57 pm (UTC)
Wild Cards
I'm glad to see Tor is stepping up the releases. I hope it is not just because 6 and 7 are basically 2 parts of 1 book.

I hope we can get more releases per year until we merge with the current books. I preorder each rerelease as soon as you mention it.

I hope the sales numbers show Tor they don't have to space them out to get the numbers they desire. If you could Mr. Martin I hope you could advocate for a 3-4 release year . I know if puts added pressure for extra content but I think it is a series that should be in the hands of as many people as possible asap.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.
grrm
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Wild Cards
The new three originals will be coming out six months apart.

Hard to maintain that pace, though.
Carine E.
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:09 pm (UTC)
Rarely has bitter disappointment hit me so harshly...
...because when I spotted the Facebook post's title, without seeing the full picture, for a glorious 5 seconds I firmly believed that -this- will finally be -it-, the long, long, very long awaited WoW book publishing date. Dear Mr. Martin. Do you thrive on our tears?
grrm
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Rarely has bitter disappointment hit me so harshly...
Do you really think I would not have announced completion and delivery months before I could possibly announce publication? C'mon.
m777z
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Rarely has bitter disappointment hit me so harshly...
True, but a lot of fans probably only visit the blog once every few months and were wondering if they had missed the completion/delivery announcement for a moment there.
Carine E.
Mar. 4th, 2017 09:44 am (UTC)
Re: Rarely has bitter disappointment hit me so harshly...
Exactly...Sorry for the post. I'll read the entire thing next time.
Jason Gray
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:50 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Rarely has bitter disappointment hit me so harshly...
How do you make the call that a work is complete? Does it differ when you're in an editorial role versus being an author?

Edited at 2017-02-28 10:50 pm (UTC)
Albano Calefato
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Rarely has bitter disappointment hit me so harshly...
Well sir, you are known to us to be full of surprises and plot twists...so, I guess a surprise publication of WoW announcement without previous info wound't be so unexpected, at least in our minds full of craving desires of that day finally coming.

Edited at 2017-02-28 10:51 pm (UTC)
cashcraig
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:19 pm (UTC)
This one is THE best, if you ask me. It's a climax to all 5 prior books rather than just the previous 2.

Edited at 2017-02-28 10:20 pm (UTC)
Rod Carnahan
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:50 pm (UTC)
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Any update on when the Wild Card television series will come out?
sombre_sleep
Feb. 28th, 2017 10:51 pm (UTC)
My heart stopped beating for a moment when I saw the post title :).
aota
Feb. 28th, 2017 11:38 pm (UTC)
Mine just arrived. Even though I already own the originals I've been picking up the new printings because I love the new look of the books.
Rebecca Dornsife
Feb. 28th, 2017 11:39 pm (UTC)
Will you have signed copies at the theatre?
grrm
Mar. 1st, 2017 03:49 am (UTC)
Yes, we will. Signed by me for a start, but we will add other signatures when we can.
Rebecca Dornsife
Mar. 1st, 2017 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yay!
wazat
Mar. 1st, 2017 12:00 am (UTC)
Coincidence

Congratulations on the delightful coincidence of your Ace in the Hole novel being about a secret psychopath seeking nomination. As an Australian viewing your political scene from afar, it has been both stupefying and deeply disturbing to see recent events. I am sure the psychopath in Ace in the Hole is a narcissist. Brings to mind a recent press conference with your president who rated his efforts since the election as A plus.
Ramsay Bolton
Mar. 1st, 2017 04:07 pm (UTC)
RE: Coincidence
Most psychopaths are narcissists.It is known.
Charlie Ballard
Mar. 7th, 2017 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Coincidence
It is known.
viciadoguarana
Mar. 1st, 2017 01:07 am (UTC)
Hey, Martin! Do you know of any plans to adapt Wild Cards in a series of video games on the consoles?
crocobar
Mar. 2nd, 2017 05:49 pm (UTC)
Really? :)
grrm
Mar. 2nd, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
No, know nothing of that.
BentleyEarly
Mar. 1st, 2017 02:57 am (UTC)
tease
You tease, Happy Mardi Gras from New Orleans
Christopher Frazier
Mar. 1st, 2017 05:29 am (UTC)
I'm glad you cleared up that Ace in the Hole is purely fiction. Just like Trump's speeches except his speeches are the work of a Ace Hole. Hopefully folks don't get confused.

I'm picking up a copy thanks for the heads up George.
Margarita Mader
Mar. 1st, 2017 10:39 am (UTC)
Speaking of publications
Dear George Martin,

Sorry for being so intrusive (and posting somewhat in the wrong place), but I have an idea that might be completely stupid or maybe brilliant. I would feel extremely grateful if you gave it the mildest consideration. Apologies in advance for anything that may sound strange or impolite, I'm not an English native speaker, so I might not always find the correct tone.

The idea is this: After everything I read about the publication of "The winds of winter", I think that there might be one thing that could relieve the pressure you might be feeling:
As I see it, you started by wanting to write 4 or 5 books, then it became more, but at some point you decided that it may not be more than 7. And it appears to me that this is exactly what puts a lot of pressure on you. At least it is an effect that I experience sometimes with stuff I want to finish - the more pressure I feel (and particularly if it is self-made pressure on top of any pressure from others), the less I can go on with doing what I want to be doing or what I expect myself doing, or rather, getting done. Particularly if I try to take one really "big junk" at one go.

It appears to me that the novel is getting ever more detailed during being written and that's actually super cool and maybe the thing that made the novel so successful. So why should anybody, even yourself, restrict the level of detail artificially, or restrict the number of tomes? Why not leave that open? Why not patiently go into writing a couple of months of Westeros' history, or a certain number of pages and whenever some part, little as it may seem, is finished, publish it? Is the publishing process so cumbersome?

I have no experience in publishing, so I have no clue whether there is a very important reason to restricting the number of tomes, or anything, I'm completely naïve at that. But I have a suspicion that it might just be some kind of idea in the writing business, that an author should define the end of a story, or amount of pages or tomes, in advance and failure to do so is generally perceived as failure as an author, or something along the lines. If so, it might just be time to throw this prejudice away and learn better? Time evolves, authors evolve, TV series revolutionarily evolved particularly with the start of GOT... Things could just change for once, like many other things changed with ASOIAF (like protagonists dying frequently, for example). You're a pioneer and have already changed the world of writing, that's for certain in any case.

And I feel almost certain that splitting the remaining work into digestible pieces would very much reduce the pressure you seem to be experiencing. So this would be my suggestion: Write tome 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and publish something every few months of Westeros' history, or every year of writing, or every, say, 400 pages, or whenever you think that this part is just ripe (be it after 50 or 600 pages, why even bother about making any artificial limits to how much it must be?). And just not care whether it will be 7, 12 or even 20 tomes in the end.

Why not? Even more books for the fans, who would buy eagerly I'm certain, even more possibilities for sales events, etc. Could the drawbacks be so heavy that those advantages cannot compensate? Particularly the feeling of being free to write as you want? As much as you want, as detailed as you want, as long in one go as you want - would that not sound great and so much easier? OK, I'm only half your age, have virtually no experience in writing (novels, at least) and might be completely wrong with this funny idea, but who knows, it might be just the solution as well. I would feel so honoured if you considered the idea, even if eventually you were to judge it as complete stupidity.

Kind Regards,

Margarita
informaniaen
Mar. 1st, 2017 08:07 pm (UTC)
Very good !
vandor
Mar. 2nd, 2017 01:31 am (UTC)
Music is Coming
Sorry to go off topic but this past Saturday I have the joy and privilege of seeing Ramin Djawadi live music performance. I don't think I saw any posts or anything from you on the subject but I really hope you get the opportunity to see the performance (if you haven't already). They really put on an impressive show from start to finish. The Rains of Castamere has long been one of my favorite side stories/aspects of your world and to see the live performance gave me chills.

Thomas Joly
Mar. 2nd, 2017 01:34 pm (UTC)
awesome book
I'm reading, once more, Ace in the Hole, but in french this time.
It's still one of my favourite WildCards books. I'm realy enjoying reading it even if I know all of the secret hiden in the book now.

But I'm so disappointed of the french book cover... :(

http://www.actusf.com/spip/IMG/image/jean-laurent/jailu%20wild%20card%20IV.jpg
Aline Molina
Mar. 2nd, 2017 01:53 pm (UTC)
Question
Can I start reading by this book?

;-
grrm
Mar. 2nd, 2017 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Question
Wouldn't be the best place to start, no. Start with WILD CARDS. Or failing that, with book four, ACES ABROAD. This one is book six.
Aline Molina
Mar. 3rd, 2017 02:50 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Question
I'll, Thanks.
bzloink
Mar. 3rd, 2017 01:46 am (UTC)
Faves
I've thought about getting into the 'Wild Cards' series, and as a primer, I have a question that I'm sure has been often asked before:

What are your favorite (if you can choose) standalone stories/novels in the series?

Edited at 2017-03-03 02:44 am (UTC)
Ian Goss
Mar. 3rd, 2017 02:25 am (UTC)
Does tor have any notion of companioning these stories with audio books? Im really curious to check this out but with a one year old at home its hard to find time to read words on paper
grrm
Mar. 3rd, 2017 04:09 am (UTC)
There are audiobooks. Brilliance did the first two books, RandomHouse Audio volumes three through six. Seven is being recorded even now.

Edited at 2017-03-07 07:10 pm (UTC)
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