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I got an email from a reader who wanted to know if there was a site out there where the Wild Cards books were being discussed and debated the way the Ice & Fire books are on the Westeros board. The short answer, alas, is "no." There is no 'Wild Card Westeros.'

There are a half-dozen different sites where the books have been discussed. The liveliest of them is Captain Comics, at http://www.captaincomics.us/forums/index.php?board=35.0



There is also Tor's official Wild Cards site at http://www.wildcardsbooks.com . No message boards there, but plenty of bios, author interviews, special "outtatkes" and exclusive content, even some links to old Wild Cards panels at worldcons past.

And last but not least, there's the wonderful UK fan site Wild Cards OnLine, with a wealth of detail about the books and characters. That one can be found at http://www.wildcardsonline.com/

All of them are well worth checking out.

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elegantelbow
Feb. 20th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Wow! Sexy cover! I wonder if that will have a statistically significant impact on sales.
johnjosmiller
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
That's a Brian Bolland cover for the British paperback, early 1990s.
dracothelizard
Feb. 20th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
I hope there was a cover for another volume with a scantily clad sexy man on there, otherwise it's just not fair.
johnjosmiller
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to think, but, no, I don't think so. Of course, most comic book costumes are skin tight and/or skimpy, but that's just one of the cliches that Wild Cards has chosen to eschew.

Except, of course, for Wraith. There's a reason why she dresses like that (except for that hood thingy; give Bolland all the praise, or blame, for that), vital to the plot.

John Jos. Miller
johnjosmiller
Feb. 20th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
Just wanted to chime in on something George said.

If you're at all interested in discussing the series definitely check the Captain Comics board. There are several threads that would be of interest, including ones for each of the new Tor books. Also, the readers there have just started a very ambitious re-reading and commentary on the entire series. The pace is not devastating -- one story per week, with commentary on the "current" story usually on Wednesday. The story curently under is consideration is Walter Jon Williams' "Witness" from Book 1, so you can get in practically on the ground floor.

I've been following the commentary myself and finds it very interesting, so check it out if you're so inclined.

John
sleigh
Feb. 20th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
i'll second (well, third) John and George's recommendation of the Captain Comics site: lots of good commentary, and several of the wild cards writers show up there occasionally or even often...
sue_doe_nymn
Feb. 20th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
Hopefully stupid question:

I'm having a hard time finding audiobook versions of 'Wild Cards', other than short stories in 'Dreamsongs'. I typically do audiobooks over hardcopy due to the fact I'm on the road 2.5-3 hours a day and spend another 1.5-2 hours on a treadmill and/or weight bench (with the rest typically devoted to work (8), eating (1), homework (1.5-2), after hours meetings (2-3), chores (1), and sleep (5). Yes, some of my days are 25 hours long.). I do hope I'm missing something; the series sounds quite interesting and lately I just don't have the time anymore to sit down with a novel. Any advice?
grrm
Feb. 20th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
audiobooks
Alas, there are no audiobooks. At least not yet.
atlasimpure
Feb. 20th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
Ice and Fire was my introduction to your writing and as much as I love the series, it will always stand highest in my mind as being my gateway into the sweet perfection of the Wild Card's universe.
aota
Feb. 20th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Audio books would be great.
angel_lord
Feb. 20th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
I haven't read Wild Cards in years, though I still love to Play Gurps Wild Cards.

It would be nice to have a place to discuss it though, and while I'm waiting for other books, there's no time like the present to jump back in I suppose.

Interestingly, if I hadn't recognized your name (and later figured out it was from Beauty and the Beast) I wouldn't have read Wild Cards when I did. And then I would have missed out on Song of Ice and Fire.

So thanks for all your work.

P.S. Any chance there will be more Dunk and Egg stories in the future? I'm not trying to be pushy, just wondering if you have pondered giving more of those two.
hippoiathanatoi
Feb. 21st, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
Angel,

George'll be publishing his third Dunk & Egg story, titled "The Mystery Knight", in the WARRIORS anthology due... I'm not sure when. As I recall, they were waiting on a story from one final, "big name" contributor.

George read a part of it at the last Worldcon. If you're interested, reports on the reading and some of what it revealed start cropping up [url=http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?showtopic=30230&st=40]here at the A Song of Ice and Fire forum[/url], and go on for a couple of pages as others fill in details. Naturally, spoilers, etc.
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