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Coming Soon

The latest Wild Cards reissue from Tor Books will be out in time for Christmas.

Now available for pre-order via Amazon, B&N, or your favorite local bookstore is volume two in our long-running Wild Cards series, ACES HIGH, scheduled for publication on December 20. No new stories this time around, alas, but the new edition will feature another spectacular cover from Michael Komarck, this time starring Pat Cadigan's character Water Lily.

ACES HIGH features stories by Roger Zelazny, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Victor Milan, Lewis Shiner, Walton Simons, John J. Miller, Pat Cadigan, Walter Jon Williams, and yours truly. (Actually, it includes two stories by me, a Turtle story and the Jube interstitial). The old gang's all here, almost -- Fortunato, Dr. Tachyon, the Great and Powerful Turtle, Demise, Walter Lily, Yeoman, Modular Man, Cap'n Trips.

Make it a Wild Cards Xmas, and join the fun.



Oct. 27th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
Tune stuck in my head now
Am I the only one who read the title of this book and instantly heard the Iron Maiden tune playing in my head?
Oct. 27th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
That cover is absolutely gorgeous. Are prints ever made of the covers?
Oct. 27th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Komarck does sell prints via his official site ... but unfortunately it hasn't been updated for awhile.

Someone needs to give him a nudge. He's produced a lot of great work since the last update, not least his various Wild Cards novels (which got better and better with each new book).
Oct. 27th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Why, why, why has Komarck not gotten more recognition? My jaw dropped when I saw the cover. The painted water effect is gorgeous, and Water Lily is fully as beautiful as I recall from the books.

When are you getting him on board for one of the Subterranean Press limited editions? There's the A Clash of Kings edition with no artist announced...
Oct. 28th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Wonderful news! I'm especially happy because December 20th is my birthday. :)
Oct. 28th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)

The cover is pretty damn awesome. Now we have something else of Komarck's we can nominate for a Hugo!
Nov. 2nd, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
yeah we should ask Michael
if we could all use this work as icons, try to at least get him a nomination for ChiCon through exposure and determined advocacy. We had some high-res prints made of his covers for WILD CARDS, and will be donating them to charity auctions over the next few years.

Love his work in general, but the Water Lily cover really knocks my socks off.
Oct. 28th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
Holy crap, that cover is SPECTACULAR! :O
Kevin Andrew Murphy
Oct. 28th, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
Gorgeous cover. There's a B/W version in the Tor ad in the WFC program book too.
Oct. 28th, 2011 12:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, so thrilled. ^_^ I absolutely loved the reissue of the first book, and I'm collecting the series now, so I really, really hope everything gets reissued. I'll definitely be grabbing this before my Christmastime travels.

And that cover is awesome, definitely hope there's a print of it available sometime.
Oct. 28th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
George, a while back I remember you posting a "must-read guide" of books/resources to use/learn from when writing fantasy. Would you mind re-posting it? Assuming my memory isn't faulty...
Oct. 28th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Writing
It's still up on my website. Check out my FAQ page.
Oct. 28th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
Kindle format not available in the Asia/Pacific region :(
I was really disappointed to see that neither Wild Card I or Wild Cards II: Aces High is available on Kindle in the Asia/Pacific region. Yet all of the Game of Thrones novels are available.

Why is this? All Amazon has to say on the matter is that "Due to copyright restrictions, certain Kindle Titles are not available everywhere." Can it be sorted out?

Nov. 2nd, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
Re: Kindle format not available in the Asia/Pacific region :(
Tor publishes the WILD CARDS series in the USA. The ASoI&F series is published by Bantam Spectra in the USA, and Harper CollinsUK. The rights to publication vary from country to country, and agreements with the companies that offer e-books in various countries and formats/machines can be complex.

The publishers of the two very different series - ASoI&F are George's solo works, the WILD CARDS series has been publishing since the mid-80's with almost 30 separate contributors in the series - have different publication plans and rights. George is one of the founders/writers and has always been the editor of the series since WILD CARDS began - (with help from Melinda Snodgrass, who recently sold a WILD CARDS script to SYFY's movie division) - the publishers do not work in tandem on international rights sales or co-ordinate releases of the two different series.

I understand your frustration - I've wanted to buy books that were not available in the USA for one reason or another - and while I could go into a bookstore in Melbourne to buy a physical copy of a guide to the Australian birds, I could order one on-line and have it delivered to my USA address, I couldn't, not even when I was logging in from a Melbourne ISP, buy the same book in an e-format for my iPad.

My best - and unofficial - suggestion is you contact the publisher and ask when you'll see the WILD CARDS books available in your region. You could also order the USA physical hardback or paperback editions from an on-line store, but if you live in the Asia/Pacific region, the shipping would be expensive.

Edited at 2011-11-02 11:27 am (UTC)
Philip Berghan-Whyman
Nov. 3rd, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
Re: Kindle format not available in the Asia/Pacific region :(
Thanks very much for the well thought out reply. I'll follow up on your unofficial suggestion.

I very much appreciate the time you took in considering and responding to my enquiry.

Nov. 2nd, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
not sure if you've seen this yet, but

a Bastard of Highgarden, Brandon Flowers, almost picked off a bastard of the Trident, Phillip Rivers, on monday night football
Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
Re: football
best summary of a game I've heard all year!
Nov. 2nd, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
Get elected President. Then you can put them all in your Presidential Library. Which you can build to look like The Citadel in Oldtown!
Nov. 3rd, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
Not sure if you heard but Jeopardy had a clue tonight in a category called "little people." It was worth $1000 and it asked for Tyrion's last name. :)
Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
that's really neat but
did the contestant know the answer and form it properly as a question?
Nov. 3rd, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Re: that's really neat but
Nov. 4th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
unrelated note: Best Buy advertisement pamphlet from store showing prices good from Oct 30-Nov 5, 2011, has a page with the Kindle on it.. with A Dance with Dragons cover displayed. Woo!
Nov. 7th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
I must say I am extremely excited to see Wild Cards. I'm a huge Zelazny fan.

Also, thanks for writing the bit about 'the patternmakers Maze' in A Dance With Dragons. It's fantastic.


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