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My friend and sometime partner in crime Melinda M. Snodgrass has just launched her new website and blog. The site can be found at


and I encourage all of Melinda's friends to go and check it out and leave a calling card.

For those of you who may not be familiar with her work, Melinda has been my assistant editor and right hand on WILD CARDS since the series was first born back in the 1980s. She was the creator of Dr. Tachyon and Dr. Finn, two of our most popular characters, and has a great new character called Double Helix set to debut in the new Wild Cards book, INSIDE STRAIGHT, that Tor will be publishing next January. She and I also collaborated on a couple of screenplays back during my Hollywood days -- a WILD CARDS feature film featuring the Turtle and Dr. Tachyon, and an adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic, A PRINCESS OF MARS. Neither one ever made, alas, but that's the way it goes in Hollywood, and we did get wheelbarrows full of money, so it wasn't all bad.

Snod also wrote some great television and film all by her lonesome, including the now-classic "Measure of a Man" episode of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, some great episodes of REASONABLE DOUBTS and THE PROFILER, and the pilot for STAR COMMAND, her own SF show, which filmed in Germany (ask her about the robot than ran amuck and smashed the set) and should have been picked up for series, but wasn't. She's written a brand new WILD CARDS feature screenplay as well, and is deep in discussions with various Hollywood studios about getting it optioned and filmed, so cross your fingers.

She also has a big new novel coming out from Tor next year.

I shouldn't be telling you all her news, however. Give her a visit, say hi on her blog, and you can hear it all first hand.


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Mar. 10th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Waitasec. You guys wrote a John Carter script? As in, Barsoom, Dejah Thoris, Tars Tarkas, the whole shebang?

Who do I have to get, off or get off to get a copy of that? And why the hell wasn't it made?
Mar. 10th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
John Carter of Mars
Yeah, that's the story. John Carter and the incomparable Dejah Thoris.

It was all Melinda's fault. She grew up on those Barsoom books, and shanghaied me into the project.

It wasn't made because Jeffrey Katzenberg, on his last week at Disney before moving to Dreamworks, decided to move the projection from Hollywood Pictures / Touchstone (live action) to the animation division of Disney proper, so it could be done as a musical. Tars Tarkas singing and dancing! Anyway, our script wasn't considered suitable for that purpose, so it was thrown out and they started all over.

Nothing came of it, of course, and eventually Disney's option ran out and another studio stepped in, bought the book, and started developing it all over again with their own writers.
Re: John Carter of Mars - yagathai - Mar. 10th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: John Carter of Mars - scriptbabe - Mar. 12th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 10th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
Holy Cats!
It's a shame that it never did get made. Although I heard the Harry Knowles' (of Ain't It Cool News fame) production company has optioned to produce a John Carter movie, with the director of Zathura as the director.

I could be wrong, of course.


Saint Dharma
Mar. 10th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Holy Cats!
Knowles was attached when Robert Rodriguez was, but Rodriguez left the project after he dropped out of the DGA due to the [i]Sin City[/i] debacle. It seems dead in the water right now, according to [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Carter_of_Mars_(film)]Wikipedia[/url], as Paramount has apparently decided not to renew the option and is looking to other projects, and Jon Favreau is currently working on [i]Iron Man[/i].
Re: Holy Cats! - stdharma - Mar. 11th, 2007 06:31 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Holy Cats! - hippoiathanatoi - Mar. 11th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 10th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
Mrs. Snodgrass sounds interesting.
I'll google her novel. I'm always looking for a good read. ;)
Mar. 10th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Opera, history and dressage horses - her blog is so going on my blogroll. :) Thanks for providing the link.
Mar. 10th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Why such a hard time getting a WILD CARDS feature film made?
Mar. 11th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
Profiler episodes? The Ally Walker show back in the mid to late nineties? I loved that show...

Mar. 11th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
Any recomendations on where to track down old Wild Cards books? I've worked up to book VI by hook, crook and sneezing my way through old book shops but VII is nowhere to be found.
Mar. 11th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Books 1 through 6 are generally more widely available because they were reprinted in paperback. After that they're trickier to find, especially outside the US. I had to import most of mine from the US. Looking online is your best bet. If you're in the US, try abebooks or eBay: you ought to be able to pick up paperbacks for $5-$10 plus shipping.

The last two books were only ever printed in hardback and are quite rare. Even so, they're not outrageously hard to find or expensive.

I loved John Carter too... love to see that script sometime. :D
finding the Wild Cards books - grrm - Mar. 12th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: finding the Wild Cards books - the_corbie - Mar. 12th, 2007 09:07 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: finding the Wild Cards books - bluetyson - May. 16th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - classicalrob - Mar. 11th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 11th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
apologetically negative
I really feel like a schmuck for saying this, but I'm propelled into it by a mix of bafflement and fan-fervour. The thing is, I have all of the Wild Cards series and the only sentences that I don't like are penned by Melinda Snodgrass. In particular, I couldn't even finish Double Solitaire, which made me feel angry and betrayed and dirty and then angry again. But I love all the rest of the series, and I adore GRRM's entire oevre, and I would happily marry most of HBO's output, so I just DON'T GET IT. A fine friend she may be, but does anyone really rate her work? What am I to do with my strong feelings that she's a low-grade mediocrity when she is promoted by my favourite author in the world? How do I get past this?
Mar. 12th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
Re: apologetically negative
Here's a valuable lesson. Whenever you have something to say that's going to make you feel "like a schmuck," DON'T SAY IT.

Hey, look, no one says that you have to like Melinda's writing. I am sure that if we ever sat down together and talked books, we'd find that there were a lot of writers I enjoyed that you didn't, and vice versa. We all have our own preferences in fiction.

That's still no cause for coming into my Live Journal and calling a close friend of mine a "low-grade mediocrity." Why not just say you don't enjoy Melinda's stories and leave it at that? If you were looking for a literary discussion, tossing around terms like that is not how you go about starting one. Your choice of language would suggest that, in fact, you're looking for a fight.

I have better things to do than indulge in flame wars, however. So I am going to ask you for an apology... not for not liking a particular book or writer, which is your right, but for your rudeness.

This place is my internet living room, in a sense, and if you want to continue to visit here, I expect a modicum of common courtesy.
Re: apologetically negative - ewanmc - Mar. 12th, 2007 08:55 am (UTC) - Expand
apology accepted - grrm - Mar. 12th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: apologetically negative - la_bonne_annee - Mar. 16th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 12th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Totally OFF subject...
I just noticed that you are holding a baby tiger in your default picture! That is too cute. When/where did this happen?! Is it an interesting story? Will you blog about it?
Mar. 12th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Off Topic: GRRM have you seen 300???
I know this is off topic, but I just wanted to see what you thought of 300, if youv'e seen it. I thought it was pretty decent but a little like a videogame for me. But hey call me old fashioned.
Mar. 12th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Off Topic: GRRM have you seen 300???
Who knew the Persians had war rhinos?

And why didn't I think of them first?
Re: Off Topic: GRRM have you seen 300??? - miss_ion - Mar. 14th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 12th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
The intro to philosophy class at the Winthrop University (We're an 11 seed in the NCAA this year) discussed "The Measure of A Man" at length. You say "War Rhinos" as though it might not be historicaly accurate. Didn't you know "300" was exhaustively researched?


Mar. 13th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
Alright, now that's not fair! Here I am stuck in Japan till friday and all my friends are going to see 300 tonight in NYC and now you guys are talking about it too!! AARGH! I can't even get a decent cup of coffee here much less a good up to the minute film that hasn't been dubbed over in Japanese. However, I believe that I did see a war rhino walking down the street in the Ginza. Could be jet lag-maybe it was a cool kimono...
Mar. 13th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin,

I am not a writer nor do I role play your characters. I am just a regular reader. I am in the middle of A Feast for Crows. I just wanted to say thank you for giving me a reson for not needing cable television. And geez I hadn't realized readers were so demanding on you. I know that when you finish A Dance with Dragons I won't be disappointed. I hope you get this message, especially because I had to create some LiveJournal account which I don't understand and will probably never use again.

Jessica Minko
Mar. 14th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Snodgrass, huh? Any relation to Fred Snodgrass centerfielder for the New York Giants of the early 1900s. You know the one who committed an error that helped them to lose the 1912 Series to the Boston Red Sox?
Mar. 14th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Snodgrass?
Ah, the infamous Snodgrass Muff, renowned in baseball lore!

Yes, I believe Fred and Melinda are indeed distantly related, though I am uncertain as to the precise degree of kinship.
Re: Snodgrass? - ariochrip - Mar. 16th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Snodgrass? - guidman - Mar. 22nd, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 8th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
If the screenplay were produced the irony of the likely critical response would be funny but NOT unexpected.
"Well, gee aren't you ripping off "Heroes"?"
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