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Fresh Blood for Wild Cards

The Wild Cards series began in New Mexico in the mid-80s with a group of writers and friends who all gamed together, players in an epic years-long campaign of the role-playing game SUPERWORLD. That gaming group included me, Melinda Snodgrass, Walter Jon Williams, John Miller and Gail Gerstner Miller, Parris, Chip Wideman, and Victor Milan... but when we decided to pitch Wild Cards as a shared world anthology, I reached out to some other writers who shared our love of comic books and superheroes, and Roger Zelazny, Steve Leigh, Lew Shiner, Bud Simons, Pat Cadigan, Edward Bryant, Leanne C. Harper, Arthur Byron Cover, and Howard Waldrop came aboard. So did Steve Perrin, the creator of the SUPERWORLD game that had inspired us. That core group of writers and creators produced the first seven books in the Wild Cards series.

It's always been my feeling, however, that any long-running series risks growing stagnant after awhile unless it's freshened up from time to time... and the best way to do that is by regularly adding new characters, new concepts, new conflicts... new writers. Wild Cards has had a long tradition of dragging new inmates into the asylum (some of them kicking and screaming). Over the years, the original founding members of the Wild Cards consortium were joined by others: William F. Wu, Michael Cassutt, Chris Claremont, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Bob Wayne, Laura J. Mixon, Sage Walker, Daniel Abraham... and most recently the Class of 2007, made up of Caroline Spector, Christopher Rowe, Carrie Vaughn, Ian Tregillis, and S.L. Farrell.

Renewal is a never-ending process, however. With SUICIDE KINGS in the pipeline and the Committee triad wrapped up, the time was ideal to go out and recruit some more poor damned fools for the Wild Cards projects to come (which I can't talk about, not just yet, but watch this space, we'll have news for you soon).

So let me introduce all you Wild Cards fans (and those who aren't yet, but soon will be) to the Wild Cards Class of 2009.


David is the Hugo-winnning author of "Tk'tk'tk'" and many other fine short stories, a graduate of Clarion West and the Writers of the Future contest, a Nebula and Campbell Award loser, hailing from Portland, Oregon.


"Southern gothic historical horror fantasy" is as close as I can come to describing Cherie's work. She was born in Tampa and schooled in Chattanooga, but lives in Seattle at present. She's also an associate editor for Subterranean Press.


Born in Sri Lanka, Mary Anne presently lives in Chicago (my old stomping grounds), where she's a Ph.D. candidate. She's written novels and short stories, edited anthologies and a Hugo-nominated ezine. Her work includes science fiction, fantasy, poetry, erotica, even a cookbook.


A two-time Campbell Award nominee for Best New Writer, David has written both fantasy (ACACIA) and historical novels (THE PRIDE OF CARTHAGE). He lives in Fresno, but he's getting out as soon as he can.


Novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, and comic book scripter, Paul comes to us from England, where he's written episodes of DR. WHO and TORCHWOOD. He's currently scripting Captain Britain and MI-13 for Marvel Comics.

I could tell you about their cool new characters as well... but I'd rather make you wait and meet them in the books. But we're all excited to have them aboard, and we expect they'll make some great contributions to the future of Wild Cards.



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Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Excellent lineup. Paul Cornell is a superb writer, Mary Anne is versatile and fascinating, Cherie is just awesome... I'm looking forward to seeing what they have to offer!

One of my dreams is to make it into the Wild Cards universe some day. Once I've made that fiction name for myself. Ah yes, someday...
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
I am *so* excited about DAD and Paul Cornell writing for the series. :D

I'm not familiar with the work of the other new writers... but I'm sure I soon will be. As well as being terrific in its own right, Wild Cards has introduced me to many wonderful new writers over the years that I would not otherwise have been exposed to - people like Stephen Leigh, Daniel Abraham, John Jos. Miller and Melinda Snodgrass. I'm delighted to see that there'll be a few more. :)
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for having me!
This is going to be awesome (if a little terrifying).

And man, I miss having all that hair ... *sigh*

Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)

Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)

Woot! :D
Apr. 22nd, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
I think your current cut really suits you, though!

Congrats on inclusion in the Wild Card Class of 2009, by the way.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Woot I believe is the appropriate term.
Aug. 28th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
My husband is super excited about seeing what you do with the universe! He wants to know if there's only one, or if he should look out for your stuff in the future, too.
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I feel like I'm on the cutting edge -- I've read works from each and every writer listed. Hurrah!

Fantastic. Looking forward to theier additions to the Wild Card universe. :)
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
The next time I see Dave Levine I shall give him a small dose of what-for for not telling me! He knows I'm a nerd!
Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Congrats, everyone! Particularly happy to see David Levine hitting some more heights. :)
Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! I love Cherie Priest. Good move.
Apr. 22nd, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what Wild Cards are, but Paul Cornell is a v nice man. His blog is here (more for other readers, as I'm sure GRRM knows that already).
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is a great sounding lineup! Very interested to see what they do in the WC world. (Hadn't heard of Paul Cornell before though, nice CV anyway.)
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Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Sorry about that. What have I misremembered? Did you do a PRIMEVAL, was that it? One show has a rift, one has an anomaly...

You did some great episodes of DR. WHO, though. That part I remember.

And I'm looking forward to seeing what you do for Wild Cards.
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
I <3 Portland, Oregon.

Must mean that David is awesome. ;)
Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the announcement! I am completely jazzed, honored, and terrified by the opportunity!
Apr. 22nd, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
I couldn't be happier about being part of the Wild Card world! These last few weeks I've felt new, strange areas of my creative brain coming online... I like it.

Thanks for bringing me in, George.

Apr. 22nd, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous. One day I'll be cool enough to be a member of the Wild Cards team.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
Good one, Dave, and all others.

Now go recruit Ken Scholes--his "Action Team-Ups Number 37" is one of the greatest superhero stories ever.
Apr. 23rd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Wonderful fun!

Not that I had any complaints about the old crew, but new blood is always good.

When can we expect the next sequence of books?
Apr. 24th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
I had no idea Art was involved in this! Well, now we have an excuse to give him a call.

Glad to hear Paul's involved. Met him on Gallifrey and thought he was a very nice guy!

Oh, and doubly glad to stumble onto your blog, thanks to this post. You might not remember, but you met my husband (David Wise) at a con not too long ago. Comic-Con, I think. (I'm too naturally blond to remember, LOL.)
Apr. 24th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
This is great news!

Just wanted to let you know I grew up with this series and still go back to re-read them.

All the authors did an amazing job creating a very rich and wonderful world.

Thanks to you all!

Dan Madden
Toronto, Canada
Apr. 28th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
A minor correction
Hey, George -- just a quick correction -- I actually received my Ph.D. a few years ago. I'm currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, teaching fiction writing, post-colonial lit., and Asian-American lit. I'm hoping they'll let me teach a SF/F writing class sometime in the next few years.

Delighted to be joining Wild Cards, and looking forward to working with so many writers whose work I've admired and enjoyed!
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