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Odds and Ends

SUICIDE KINGS is out in hardcover (see below) and BUSTED FLUSH has been released in mass market. Meanwhile, I've delivered the additional content -- three new stories -- for the first volume of this storied series, WILD CARDS itself, which Tor will be reissuing later in the year. Since the first volume was historical in nature, telling the story of the wild card from 1946 to 1985, adding some original material to cover some of the "lost years" seemed like a natural.

The three new tales:
-- "Captain Cathode and the Secret Ace," by Michael Cassutt,
-- "Powers," by David D. Levine,
-- "Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan," by Carrie Vaughn.

No publication date yet. You'll know when I do.

As for FORT FREAK, the twenty-first volume in the series that WILD CARDS began, first drafts are all in, I've given the usual editorial note, and the writers are all off revising. This one looks to be a lot of fun. The Class of 2009 is doing some great work, and the old-timers ain't half bad either.

On other fronts, Gardner Dozois and I are very close to delivering our original cross-genre anthology STAR-CROSSED LOVERS, to Pocket Books. We're waiting for some minor revisions from one writer. Once those are in hand, the book will be delivered. Only it's not STAR-CROSSED LOVERS any longer. Pocket's sales force did not like that title, so the anthology has now been rechristened SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH. Got a great line up of writers for that one, including Diana Gabaldon, Jim Butcher, M.L.N. Hanover, Peter S. Beagle, Marjorie Liu, Jacqueline Carey, Carrie Vaughn, Robin Hobb, Neil Gaiman, and many more.

Everybody's talking about AVATAR, which I haven't seen yet... but I have been going to movies. While the crowds queue up for Cameron, I've been catching up on some of the other films now in release. I enjoyed THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, and liked INVICTUS as well, but the one that really impressed me was ME AND ORSON WELLES. The guy who plays Welles should get an Oscar nomination for that performance.

As usual, I am way behind on my Xmas shopping.

Where does the time go?


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Dec. 23rd, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
You'll have more time once football season is over.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
For the record, I think the only real negative thing I've heard people say about AVATAR is that the plot is nothing we haven't seen before, that it's basically a sci-fi take on Dances With Wolves or The Last Samurai. Maybe it's just me, but that didn't bother me at all, because the fish-out-of-water protagonist is a very commonly used literary device that's been around much longer than the movies people claim this is aping.

That aside, AVATAR is gorgeous and full of wonder, which not enough movies have anymore.

Also, if you get the chance, see it in 3D. It makes this alien world seem all that much more tangible.
Dec. 24th, 2009 08:34 am (UTC)
Well I would argue, if the plot is SO derivative that I can guess the outcome after the scenario is explained, why bother with ANY story. Why not work for more of a pure visual wonder type movie, like Fantasia. I don't like being told the same story over and over, even if it is in a shinier and shinier package.

That being said, I WILL probably end up going to see it for the visual aspect, and I'm sure if one checks one's expectations at the door one can enjoy such a movie.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Ooo, Songs of Love and Death! Love the line-up. Can't wait for that.... Speaking of SONGS...winter is here....
Dec. 23rd, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Also, is Busted Flush not available in hardcover anymore? I did an Amazon search and only found the mass market book.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Busted Flush
The hardcover is still available from Amazon:

Dec. 23rd, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: Busted Flush
Weird. I did searches for:

Busted Flush
Busted Flush Wild Cards
George R. R. Martin

All of them came up only with the paperback.

Thank you for the link!
Dec. 23rd, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
As cinematic spectacle and good old fashioned (ultra-high tech) entertainment, Avatar can't be beaten. Of course the plot is obvious but it's the hero's journey, but what story isn't in some form or another? The good guys win, the guy gets the girl (3 metre tall blue cat lady) and everybody leaves the cinema happy and impressed. Highly recommended.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
George, I don't wish to alarm you, but in your avatar picture there seems to be a primate on your head. I hate when that happens. I have found that a bit of 409 or WD-40 gets those removed. You may want to wash your head afterward.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
Seems to be one title missing from that list :(

My Xmas wish is that when Santa flies over New Mexico he drops a sword that is strong enough to cut through a Meereenese knot.

Hope you have a happy holidays Mr. Martin and can't wait for the good things you have in store for us in 2010.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
I haven't gotten to the movies; too busy. I hate that the best ones are in December because of Oscar nominations; guess there's coal in my stocking. No ASOIAF there either, but I'm looking forward to some other good reads.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 08:17 am (UTC)
So excited about all the new and old releases!
Dec. 23rd, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
Having just returned from the theatre, I say, see this movie even if only for the beauty of it. It is by far the most gorgeous computer-made scenery and characters I have ever laid eyes on. And the story was engrossing too.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
Didn't miss out on avatar really, just watch "the last mohican", "Dances with wolves" and a few episodes of the smurfs and you have got the movie.

Dec. 23rd, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Can't wait to see that Welles flick. Everybody says great things about it...
Dec. 23rd, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas to you George, to Parris and to Ty. It was a pleasure getting to meet you, for however briefly, at the book signing and Moot in Belfast.

I saw Avatar yesterday and enjoyed it very much. it has dashing heroes, beautiful heroines, the goddess that is Sigourney Weaver and some truly knockout sequences - not just huge action scenes but scenes as simple as the main characters walking through Pandora's forests.

A happy and prosperous 2010 to you also!
Dec. 23rd, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed Avatar, but I would say it's a great 'experience' rather than a great 'movie'. Though the plot was predictable and some of the dialogue rather corny, I never felt that the nearly 3 hours running time was a drag, but I wouldn't want to sit through it again in the immediate future. I'm not a great fan of the overuse of CGI in films (the word "jaded" springs to mind), but Avatar's effects were pretty spectacular. Hopefully anyone inspired by it will have been paying attention to the technical brilliance of Cameron and WETA rather than the somewhat cardboard cut-out story.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
time does fly - but I'm already planning for Xmas 2010!
I'm already making out my xmas wish list for 2010 - and guess what's at the top o' the wish list?!?!

altho the wish list kinda resembles my lists from '06, '07, '08 & '09.....
Dec. 23rd, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
I'm going to completely echo joechummer's and saithkar's sentiments on AVATAR. And George's on Princess and the Frog. And I'm going to go see the Orson Welles flick too!
Dec. 23rd, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Definately agree with Joe, Imax 3D is the way to go. If you see it in a normal theater you'll regret it 10min in to the film. The only problem with the 3D is they don't think of us people with glasses. From fear of getting a headache by wearing the 3D glasses over my own I saw the regular version. All I can say is that this movie would be worth the headache. Yes, the story was generic but with everything else it really worked.
Awesome picture of you by the way! What kind if a monkey was that?
Dec. 24th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Avatar was awesome, if predictable. Also, possibly derivative....

the sahalu seemed awful similar to a concept from Hunter's Run, called the sahael...very similar form and function.
Dec. 24th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Saw avatar the other day and it was pretty impressive. Mass market sci fi's are usually content to leave out any deeper emotions and story line for the appeasement of the masses who don;t want to be known as " Sci-Fi fans", but cameron left a hefty amount in which i was glad of =)
Dec. 24th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Enjoying your early work
I've been reading some of your earlier work this year. Read and enjoyed Fevre Dream. REALLY enjoyed Tuf Voyaging. Started reading about Tuf in the Dreamsong piece, and was DRIVEN to find a copy of the book to get the whole story.
Have a wonderful Holiday.
Go Buckeyes.
Dec. 24th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
Wishing you and Paris, and all the pets a Merry Christmas!
Dec. 24th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas to you, sir.

Dec. 25th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas from Italy! (Buon Natale!)
Dec. 26th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas!!!

I drove 2 hours to see Avatar in IMAX 3D and was glad I did. This movie was visually spectacular. The story was okay, it won't win any awards for that, but it filled my appetetite on a fine Christmas Day.

Dec. 28th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Skip Avatar. It will make you cringe at the expense that schlock job cost to produce, and the end result is far less than the hype made it out to be. District 9 is ther superior film, story, and experience.
Jan. 1st, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
You know you're watching Doctor Who too much when you read 'oods and ends' instead of 'Odds and ends'...

Happy new year to you and yours and hope you spent a delightful christmas and year's end Mister Martin.

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