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Freaky Monkey Bites the Dust

One more monkey off my back.

I just sent the manuscript of FORT FREAK, volume twenty-one in the ongoing Wild Cards series, off to our editors at Tor. Six hundred and eight pages of Jokertown goodness.

After the wide-ranging global storylines of the Committee triad, this volume returns to New York City, the epicenter of the Wild Cards universe, to tell the stories of the cops and crooks of the historic 5th precinct of the NYPD -- the Jokertown precinct, Fort Freak. The lineup features work by WC veterans Melinda Snodgrass, Stephen Leigh, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, and Victor Milan, and introduces newcomers (new to Wild Cards, that is) Cherie Priest (Hugo-and-Nebula finalist), David Anthony Durham (still wearing his Campbell Award tiara), Mary Anne Mohnaraj, Ty Franck, and Paul Cornell (Dr. Who scripter).

No publication date set yet, of course, but I'd look for it sometime in the spring of 2011. So mark that down on your calendar, and come meet Ramshead, the Rook, Tabby, SlimJim, Abigail, Sgt. Squinch, Ratboy and Flipper, Tinkerbill, the Infamous Black Tongue, Natya, Maggie Graves, Puff, Beastie, Dr. Dildo, and the other colorful denizens of Fort Freak and environs. Old-timers like Father Squid, the Sleeper, and the Oddity are also expected to turn up to enliven the proceedings.

As for me... there are still a few more monkeys to wrestle into submission. Including Kong.



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May. 24th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
monkey magic
Only beauty can kill the beast.
May. 24th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Love the photo, LOL!
May. 24th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
I approve of all monkey-related endeavors!

Lord of Monkeys
May. 24th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Eso photographia
That is totally Gibraltar!
May. 24th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Go go GRRM!! ^_^
Yay for one more monkey off your back.. though the biggest monkey of all definitely needs a good spanking! ^_^

I will defiantly get the Fort Freak Wild Cards asap! Perhaps Mr. Ty can install paypal on here so I can pay for it faster!

Are we going to see Wild Card miniatures? please please please!! That would make me buy from China for sure if there were some!!!
May. 24th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
great! & bonus points for getting Cherie & Paul on board
May. 24th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
MR. MARTIN THAT IS GREAT NEWS!!!! Looking forward to when I can buy a limited edition of this - will Sub. Press be doing one???

Can't wait to read Ty's contribution either since I'm unaware of anything else he has written.

These must be a lot of fun to edit, since you get to witness other people's writing rather than having to produce the entire work single-handedly (like that other series you have going on). I certainly have a lot of fun reading them! :)

I am faithful in your ability to pin down "Kong!" I assume that Kong = A DRAGON'S DANCE or whatever the name of the book you're writing is (sorry, I don't keep up with the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but based on the superb quality of your other work I just might have to!)

Good luck Mr. Martin and know that you have my support! :)
May. 24th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Awww, and I was hoping Curious George died. I hate that monkey...
May. 24th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Leave Kong to me...
Back in the days I was known as Godzilla. I know, I know... I lost the fight against King Kong, but that's what a rematch is for!

I've been practicing MMA and next year I'm fighting on the GML (Giant Monster League) and apparently King Kong will be there. I got this one Martin, not like last time. I've been practicing my Jiu Jitsu skills and I'm fairly sure that if I can take him to floor I can make him tap.

Leave this one to me Martin, as a thank you for writing the most brilliant fantasy I have ever read in my life.

I hope you guys cheer for me, it's going to be a tough fight.
May. 24th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
"The lineup features work by WC veterans Melinda Snodgrass, Stephen Leigh, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, and Victor Milan"

Amusingly, for the last 6 months or so, I have been in a weekly D&D game with Kevin A. Murphy.
May. 24th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
I still intend to check out the Wild Card books one of these days. I just have such a huge pile to get through already. I haven't even finished everything I got for Christmas yet.
May. 24th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
You're a grown man, George... you should stop monkeying around.
May. 24th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Good news on Fort Freak. Another one to look forward to. (Dr. Dildo? Hrm...)

I have to ask, though, what did you think about Lost's finale? It's the other epic SF/F-nal series to end in recent years, and since you had some thoughts on BSG's closing episode...
May. 24th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
Gratz GRRM! Looking forward to Fort Freak! Great meeting you at Leprecon last week! Hopefully now Kong and Son of Kong (the HBO series) can get more focus now.
May. 25th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
I'm sure Monkey wants to make sure that your wily hairs are free of vermin. He lovingly cares for your scalp.

What a nice Monkey.
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