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Coming in November...

For all those Wild Cards fans, both old and new, who have been complaining that the original series is impossible to find, and too damn expenseive when you do find it, I'm pleased to announce that Tor will be releasing a new edition of the first volume in the series, WILD CARDS, this November.

Here's an advance peek at the cover mock-up, which once again features the gorgeous art of Michael Komarck.

The new edition will be in trade paperback format.

If you've enjoyed INSIDE STRAIGHT, BUSTED FLUSH, and SUICIDE KINGS (and if not, you should), and wanted to know how it all began, here's your chance to start at the beginning.

Longtime fans of the series will recall that WILD CARDS is our historical volume, with stories that took us all the way from Dr. Tachyon's arrival on Earth in 1946 right up to the Wild Card "present" -- which was 1986 back when the book came out in 1987. We had forty years to cover, and we covered it pretty well... but of course, there were gaps. Years and even decades of Wild Card history that we simply did not have the space to dramatize.

Tor's new edition will help rectify that. We're not just reprinting volume one as it was first published; we're adding three brand-new, original, never-before-published stories set during some of the "lost years" we couldn't cover last time around. So this edition of WILD CARDS will be fortified with original content, extra fiber, and three news tale:
- Michael Cassutt will take us back to 1956 with, "Captain Cathode v the Secret Ace,"
- David D. Levine will visit 1960, to tell us about "Powers," and,
- Carrie Vaughn will show us 1981, as "Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan."

We think these will be three terrific new additions to the Wild Cards saga, and we're excited about the chance to present them to you.

November is looking to be a big, big month for me. In addition to WILD CARDS, that month will also see the release of SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH, the big new cross-genre romance/ fantasy anthology that Gardner Dozois and I have edited. AND I'll be showing up in Minnesota for Fantasy Flight's "Days of Ice and Fire."


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Aug. 1st, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Wow. "The Secret History of Our Times Revealed!"

I was in Jr. High when that (the original) came out, and a buddy bought it at the comic book store. He was sort of pleasantly puzzled by it and had me read it so we could discuss. "It's..uhh..it's kind of like WATCHMEN" was his assessment. We were both too young to really get Wild Cards (just as we were too young to really get what Alan Moore was doing), but we had fun trying.
Aug. 1st, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
Any idea when the other volumes will follow?

I managed to find volumes 1-6 on eBay and Amazon Marketplace, but 7 and upwards still elude me, at least for a reasonable price I can actually afford. I really wonder about the people that want to sell a used paperback, with the remark "may be torn" no less, for 140€...

(Living in Europe, I also don't really like to buy from within the US, since shipping is around $15, takes up to 6 weeks (or longer, if the package is checked by customs) and has, in my experience, a rather high chance of getting lost in transit. More expensive shipping methods are neither affordable by me, nor do I feel that the prices are in any way justified.)
Aug. 1st, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
ACES HIGH will be reissued in late 2011, JOKERS WILD in mid 2012, though those dates are subject to change. Nothing set in stone yet.

Further reprints are contigent on how well these first three sell, of course.

Yes, the prices on some of the original series are shocking. But much of that is simple scarcity. John Miller's DEATH DRAWS FIVE, for instance, only got 600 copies out before the publisher went bankrupt. Someone may know what happened to rest of the print run, but it's not me. So that one is VERY rare.
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Aug. 1st, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)

(Katie might need to break out the Jetboy gear again for Reno.)
Aug. 1st, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
My significant other had a few of the comics kicking around and I always wanted to read the series... i am glad that it is coming out again... Woot!
Aug. 1st, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
I want the cover as a print, first of all. I'd get Howard to sign that bad boy and frame it up for the library.

That aside, I'm still really sad it's not available in hardcover. Will we never see these books in the hardcover they deserve? (And yes, I have the SFBC editions. It's not the same thing.)

Aug. 1st, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Around the Internet, Re-sellers are weeping
Very good news for those of us who have yet to read it though!

I recall seeing a few of the books at a B. Dalton's store in the late '80's, and seriously considering buying one, but they didn't have the first Volume in the series and so I ultimately decided against purchasing any. After that it slipped my mind until I had started following your work with Ice & Fire. While I've purchased the three recent volumes in the series, I am very excited to finally get ahold of that first novel.
Aug. 1st, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Oh dear. I have the original paperback series, all 12, bought as they came out - loved the early ones, found something of a "and the kitchen sink" approach once we hit the sea people (whose real name I've forgotten) and the drawn-out Jumpers - but even those I don't love I still like. Don't know that I am happy that the re-issue includes brand-new stories, though - in the first instance, that's marketing bullshit to make me buy something I already have, for a second time; and in the second instance, the work of writers writing in 1986 is a lot different than writers today and even though (good) writers can inhabit any time, there's something lost in adding new stories from people who are, after all, writing in a different universe than that of 1986. Sorry, not expressing that well, but I hope you understand what I mean.

Maybe I'll just go back to re-read the originals, except I've got about 30 new books waiting for my attention!
Aug. 1st, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
This is bad news to some people.
I work in a warehouse that buys and resells used books on Amazon. A few weeks back when you (George) posted about the complete set of Wild Cards being sold on ebay, I checked at work to see if we had any of the old, out of print ones.
Turns out we had exactly one copy of Wild Cards. The price was a whopping $18 or so. Not entirely expensive when you consider it, but still a little more than many are willing to pay.
Just yesterday, one of my stacks of orders had that very book on it. And now, just over a day later, this news comes out.
In a way, I feel bad for the guy that ordered it. In a way, though, I have job security.
Aug. 1st, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Ugh, trade paperback. I'm glad the book will be available, but I despise the trade paperback format. It has the weight and unwieldiness of a hardcover with none of its elegance, and combines that with the flimsiness and cheap construction of a paperback without the convenience - and for some reason publishers seem to think we should pay near-hardcover prices for that.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Agree x 1000
Aug. 1st, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
This absolutely makes my day! I've been looking everywhere for the first few books (I read them years ago, presumably at the library), but can only find the last three or so, and then only if I'm especially lucky. This gives me the chance to not only read the first books again, but also to catch up on the rest of the series.

Very good news, indeed, for a very young fan who wasn't around for the original releases!
Aug. 1st, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
That's great news! I love Wild Cards and have wanted to re-read the original stuff for some time now.

The extra stories are a nice bonus too.

Aug. 1st, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
Oh, what a gorgeous, gorgeous cover. This is definitely going onto the Christmas list

When is Komarck going to illustrate a limited edition of your work? ;) If not A Dream of Spring, than maybe it's time to get a limited edition of Dying of the Light, which certainly has vistas and characters he could go to town on?
Aug. 1st, 2010 09:27 am (UTC)
That cover single-handedly made me a Komarck fan. I was always on the fence.
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Aug. 1st, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)
Great news!
I started reading Wild Cards about a year ago, and I have to say that I am loving it. I'll definitely be pickup this up.

(I'm on Jokertown Shuffle now, and I'm gearing up to shell out a bit more than I'm used to for Black Trump. I wouldn't say I'm a completionist, but I can't bear the thought of skipping one.)
Aug. 1st, 2010 08:56 am (UTC)
Excellent news! Looking forward to reading this one. I had the chance to talk to David about his story last year in Montreal, and he whetted my appetite nicely.

Also love the cover. :)
Aug. 1st, 2010 09:04 am (UTC)
Death draws five
I have a copy, woot!
Also managed to get the ibooks copies of vol 1-6 and still have at least three left to read.
It will be nice though to get the books between vol 7 and Deuces down. Only a couple of years to wait for those I guess.
Great news about all the castings, great news about book progress, Keep on trucking.
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