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No, not me. (I wish). Wild Cards.

I'm pleased to announce that I've just signed contracts with Tor Books for another volume in our long-running Wild Cards series of shared world anthologies and mosaic novels.

This will be the twenty-second volume in the overall series, which debuted in 1987. Wild Cards has outlasted all of the other shared world series of the 80s and 90s, and given rise to games, comics, television and film options, and other spinoffs. Over the years, our contributors have included such stars of SF, fantasy, comics, and television as Roger Zelazny, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Walter Jon Williams, Howard Waldrop, Chris Claremont, Paul Cornell, Cherie Priest, Carrie Vaughn, Daniel Abraham, Stephen Leigh, S.L. Farrell, and many many more.

Our working title for this one is LOWBALL. It will be a direct sequel to volume twenty-one, FORT FREAK (due out next month), chronicling the further adventures of the cops and criminals of New York City's historic Jokertown precinct, Fort Freak.

If you'd like to know more about the Wild Cards series, check out these to excellent fan sites:



You can also begin at the beginning by picking up Tor's trade paperback reprint of the very first volume in the series, WILD CARDS, available on Amazon or at your favorite local bookshop.

And remember -- we can;t die yet, we haven't seen THE JOLSON STORY.



May. 14th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Jetboy Lives!
May. 14th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
If only we can get those lovely HBO people to make a Wildcards series as well
Carey Wilson
May. 15th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
I am hoping for a Sandkings feature film! Spread it over two hours and that short story could be the scariest movie ever made.

I know twilight zone did a version in the 80s but technology is way better now and HBO is really good when they do something right.
Carey Wilson
May. 15th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
make that Outer Limits not Twilight Zone. Still I think HBO could do a hell of a job with Sandkings.
May. 15th, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
Omg that would be amazing! :)

I love the wild cards books, and I hope they continue for a long time.
May. 14th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)

That reminds me, I still need to pick up the new version of WC 1 to check out the new stories.
Matthew Smith
May. 14th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
why not
have a big e-book sale at some point? Right now it's pretty hard to find all the volumes. I'd think there'd be interest in e-book versions, especially if there was some sort of bulk discount for getting the all 21 out so far.
May. 14th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Re: why not
Well, the rights situation is a little complicated.

Tor presently holds ebook rights to volumes 1, 2, 3, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22. Volumes 16 and 17 are owned by Brick Tower Press, who bought out iBooks in the bankruptcy sale. The rest belong to the consortium for the moment.

But ebooks are something we're looking at.
May. 14th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: why not
They started it all it for me. They were the reason I grabbed Game of Thrones off the book shelf. When I saw your name on the cover I knew it would be a wild ride.
May. 15th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
That's awesome news. While I love your fantasy work too, I tend to see those books as "stuff he's writing instead of more Wild Cards." (I kid, I kid.) I'm a huge fan and eagerly devour each new book.
Carey Wilson
May. 15th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
Awesome! Can't wait to read it!
May. 15th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Am I alone in saying (writing, actually) that I have very mixed feelings about your books? They are an improbable wonder, no doubt, and you are a master craftsman, but I don't know if I can sustain the emotional investment. Each time I finish a new volume--I've just begun A Feast For Crows--I feel as though I've been traduced, betrayed, and left at the alter by my soulmate. Or even worse, I feel like Sisyphus rolling that damn rock up that damn hill. I couldn't stop if I wanted to.
May. 15th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
George, you have to get the wonderful Robin Hobb to do a wild cards story
May. 15th, 2011 07:58 am (UTC)
I bet the TV show Heroes ripped-off its idea from your Wild Card series. You should sue them, make millions, and give me 2% for giving you the idea.

We make a fine team, you and I.
May. 15th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Jetboy = Daniel Abraham?
The new cover art of Jetboy looks an awful lot like Daniel Abraham.
Is there something he's not telling us?
May. 15th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Awesome news!

YES! *fist pump*

I can't wait to get my grubby hands on Fort Freak, incidently. And seriously, I think we need to have a 21st Birthday Party for Wild Cards this year.

Jetboy Lives!
May. 16th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
More Wild Cards!!
This is great news Good Ser - please keep up the good work on getting more of these stories out. I can't wait for this one, but hope that you can get some more publishing orders for new trilogies like the last triad; its nice to have some extended story arcs like that. Now that you pushed the last Ice and Fire book off your desk, I hope you have some more time for these. You always get great lineups of writers I don't know, but I hope Melinda Snodgrass keeps getting a piece of every new WC book!


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