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Good news for all my Wild Cards readers. FORT FREAK, volume twenty-one in the series, will be out in hardcover on June 21, Tor tells me.

The cover is once again by the amazing Michael Komarck, who just keeps getting better and better. You really should nominate him for a Hugo some year, he's way overdue.

After the wide-ranging global storylines of the Committee triad, FORT FREAK 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.

The lineup this time around includes stories by Wild Cards veterans Melinda Snodgrass, Stephen Leigh, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, and Victor Milan, and introduces newcomers (new to Wild Cards, at least) Cherie Priest, David Anthony Durham, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Ty Franck, and Paul Cornell. You can check out a sample of Cherie's interstitial, the literary mortar that holds all the bricks together, on my website.

So mark June 21 on your calendars, and place your preorder now with Amazon or your favorite local bookstore. Come meet Ramshead, the Rook, Tabby, SlimJim, Abigail the understudy, 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.

And while you're reading, we'll be working on LOWBALL.



May. 17th, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
Oh, that's *awesome*!
May. 17th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
Exciting news! I've been looking forward to this one. :)
May. 17th, 2011 11:17 am (UTC)
I nominate Komarck for the Hugos every year. It always surprises me he never makes the ballot.
May. 17th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
Speaking of books...

Are you willing to sign Kindles during your brief ADWD tour?
May. 17th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
interesting reads
I was listening to your books on audio to get ready for dance, the audio books are amazing by the way, and thought of a couple of non-fictions you or your readers might enjoy.

James B Gillette' Six Years with the Texas Rangers will remind you a bit of the Nights Watch.

Herman Lehman's Nine Years Among the Indians will remind you of the Dothraki.

Both are quick and excellent reads if you like small folk biographical stuff.
May. 17th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Awesome news again!
This is terrific, I can't wait to get a copy asap, and then a few weeks later we get to Dance! Please keep up the great work on the Wild Cards books, what great new additions to the lineup. And kudos to Ty for getting a shot with Wild Cards, that should be wonderful. Any chance this will be available as an ebook too? Three cheers for the return of Father Squid!
May. 17th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
I'm loving that cover.
May. 17th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
I agree with the last poster. I love this cover. Any info on who drew it George?
May. 17th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Cover
How about you read his post in which George explains in the third sentence it's drawn bby the amazing Komarck.
May. 17th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Love the cover. Looking forward to some Jokertown action.
Buck Henry
May. 17th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
want want want
Incredible cover art. I want to read this book. I also want it adapted into a television series. I want too much.
May. 17th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Is "Fort Freak" a card game I've never heard of or is this a break from the Card game references for this Novel's title?
May. 18th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
I have a question: are you planing on releasing this for the kindle? :( i live in latin america and because of the taxes and shipping rates i can't order this books (of course, that if they ship it to where i live, which is not always the case) :D can you release it for kindle too, like you do with ASOIAF? :DDD pleeeease.

(btw, Semly's POV & Melissandre's POV in ADWD... i just can't wait!!!)
Ivan Jovanovich
May. 18th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Dear George,

I've read almost complete Wild Cards during April and May of 2009. during a very difficult time for my family and me and I must say that the series has helped me go trough them with much less pain than otherwise. I have read all the books in the series except the Suicide Kings and I am looking forward to reading new sequence.

I am a great admirer of your work. In fact, it was I who suggested you to your Serbian publisher. To my deepest sorrow, I was not chosen to translate your work, since I was translating the Wheel of Time novels at the time (and I still do), but now I am kinda relieved because the responsibility that comes with that task is equal to that of translating Tolkien and I am not sure I could bear it. :) Thank you for your writing. I just wanted to know that you have helped some people on the other side of world.

May. 18th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)

I think you mentioned once or twice that you spend some days just sitting in you house and playing video games. With the ASoIaF games coming out soon, could you perhaps devote a blog post to telling us what games are your favorite and what is your involvement in the production of the games? What are the features you like the most in strategies and cRPGs, if you play them? What is the best story in a videogame you've ever witnessed? Did you play Fallout or Planescape? How do you imagine a perfect "A Song..." game?
May. 18th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Videogames
I haven't played any videogames for a number of years. No time for them, what with Kong and all.

(Actually, Ty and Parris stole all my videogames to keep me from playing. When I do play, I tend to play obsessively, and weeks and months whizz by in the blink of an eye).

When I did play, I enjoyed the old DOS based strategy games like ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS and BANDIT KINGS OF ANCIENT CHINA, as well as all of Sid Meier's games, PIRATES and RAILROAD TYCOONS and all. Also loved MASTER OF ORION. The first one, never played the second or third.

The most recent videogame I've played was HOMEWORLD. Which had amazing graphics, for its era. Better than most SF tv shows.
May. 19th, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
Re: Videogames
Wow...thanks for replying that fast.

Are you/Will you be doing some kind of supervision of the production of the upcoming games though? I mean, when it's branded an ASoIaF product, we can except nothing short of a superior quality, right?:)

And yeah, maybe it's not that bad to have people keeping you from playing after all, I know most of my friends (and I guess the vast majority of the blog readers as well) would kill me for recommending you videogames to play, as they seem to have a better idea of what you should do with your time(:P). Well, I at least hope you will play YOUR games, that could be treated as a part of your job anyway, so I hope people won't complain too much this time.

At first I was quite skeptical of the idea of RPGs that are based on novels but then, when the Witcher came out in 2007 (and its sequel which was released just a few days ago and now it has a whooping 94/100 average on metacritic) I totally changed my mind and I'm eagerly waiting for more.

The Witcher (based on the works of A. Sapkowski, I guess there are 2 of his books already available in English as of now; might be worth picking up) setting kind of reminds me that of ASoIaF, the game being more of a tale of a political struggle than that of saving the world, not shying away from the issues such as racial prejudice, sex, corruption, drug abuse, moral ambiguity and so on, all that while remaining a true to its core dark fantasy game which isn't sounding pretentious. True, its world is tangibly more magic/monsters heavy making it easier for a video game conversion, but it shows that making a great RPG out of "A Song..." is entirely doable if it only follows the right tracks that was set. Got excited for that!

As for the strategies, yeah, Homeworld was a revolution of its era, and pretty much the last real revolution we've witnessed. That is not to say there aren't also some great strategy games that came out afterwards, such as the Total Wars series, (there's even a fan-made "Westeros" mod for it:O) Europa Universalis or Sins of a Solar Empire as they are the true gems. Yet my biggest problem with strategies is that they eat out way too much of your time and you never really know when to stop it, so it indeed may be wise to stay away from them. RPGs are way safer as they are more like a book - you might totally sink into another world for a week, but after that you could honestly say you've finally beaten it...and start it all over again,(:)) but the point is, they have a storyline which has its ending, so you might as well try them from time to time (with caution, and as soon as you're done with Kong, that is:)).

Greetings and sorry for my clumsy English.
May. 20th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
Wild Cards Graphic Novel...Maybe?I
I stumbled upon 'Wild Cards' when I was a kid in the shoppette of an army base in Hawaii. Only read two books, got obsessed then couldn't find anymore (this was before internet dominated the world). Now I am thinking on hunting down the whole series...where to start? Also, after seeing the great cover here. Any thoughts to make it into a graphic novel or comic book series? Thanks.

Eternal fan!

P.S. loving GoT on HBO
May. 21st, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Death Draws Five
I know it says "paperback" on this listing, but I'm not entirely sure this is accurate... I have never seen a pb edition of this title, anyway... has anyone actually ordered one of these? What did you get?
May. 21st, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Wild cards

will the Wild cards books and the Great Ecological ngineering Haviland Tuf ever be out as audio books?

Thanx a again

Steve Bunche
May. 30th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Fort Freak
Hi George-

I have my reviewer's copy of the latest book in hand and I cannot wait to get started. I was introduced to the series some twenty-one years ago when I was working in the Marvel Bullpen, and I have devoured the whole run with each succeeding volume, so I wanted to say thanks to you and the other writers who have provided me with such smashing entertainment where other series have sputtered and fizzled out. Please keep it coming! And are we ever going to see what happened to Tachyon in the wake of the situation on Takis and the birth of his daughter? I GOTS TA KNOW!!!
TZHX [myopenid.com]
Jun. 1st, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
ebook format?
Are there any plans to release this and the other Wild Cards books for Kindle or other e-readers?


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