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And Speaking of Wild Cards...

... I am thrilled to report that we've completed and delivered the latest Wild Cards mosaic novel, HIGH STAKES. The day before I left for Chicago, I shipped off the massive (truly) manuscript to Diana Pho, our new editor at Tor.

HIGH STAKES is the third and concluding volume in the triad that began with FORT FREAK and continued with LOWBALL. Aces and jokers and Lovecraftian horrors, what more could you ask?

The contributing writers this time around are Melinda M. Snodgrass, John Jos. Miller, David Anthony Durham, Caroline Spector, Stephen Leigh, and Ian Tregillis. Featured viewpoint characters, respectively: Francis Xavier (Franny) Black, the Midnight Angel, Marcus (Infamous Black Tongue) Morgan, the Amazing Bubbles, Barbara (Babel) Baden, and Mollie (Tesseract) Steunenberg. You'll also see plenty of Lohengrin, Carnifex, Hoodoo Mama, Baba Yaga, and all sorts of other characters, both new and old.

As usual, it was a bitch to edit. But I think you'll like it.

Look for it next year, in the spring. More details when I have 'em.

And meanwhile... YES!... another monkey off my back!!!


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Michael Montazeri
Jul. 7th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
Awesome, can't wait to pick it up. Son of Kong, you're next :)
Nicols Ivn
Jul. 7th, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
Can I start reading Wild Cards with Lowball?
Or should I start with a different book in the series?
Jul. 7th, 2015 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Can I start reading Wild Cards with Lowball?
I would not recommend starting with LOWBALL.

Start with either FORT FREAK or INSIDE STRAIGHT, for the new books.

If you want the classic series, start with WILD CARDS.
Jul. 7th, 2015 07:09 pm (UTC)

"As usual, it was a bitch to edit. But I think you'll like it."

I bet. How much more difficult, or I guess, maybe less enjoyable, is it to edit a novel of your own compared to an anthology? Or are they two separate animals?

Anyways, cheers!
Jul. 7th, 2015 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Awesome!
Editing and writing are very different.
Jul. 7th, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
Hurray for getting another off your back! I know you don't mention progress much, if at all, but here's hoping that Son of Kong is getting to jump off, or is entering the beginning of his death throes. After all,it'd be awesome for the Comic Con panel if you could surprise everyone with an unexpected appearance!

Regardless, hope the remaining monkeys are faring well.
Jul. 7th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
Wild Cards Info
I saw yearsterday this series(Wild Cards)in library. I am very interested to read them. if i understand exactly... this series is a series of stories written by many autors,including u george? I Have to read form the first book? What is the difference between the classic series and the new books?

Edited at 2015-07-07 08:03 pm (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Wild Cards Info
Thirty years.
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Joanna Maryniak
Jul. 7th, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
Do you always conceptualize books that you write/edit as monkeys or is it just a development King Kong -> Son of Kong -> another monkey? I love getting such insight into author's perception of his work.
Jul. 7th, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Monkeys-books
It's just a joke. Try not to take it so seriously.
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Jul. 7th, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
Wild Cards
I'm taking the advice posted earlier and starting with Wild Cards. Thanks.
Jul. 7th, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)
Hi George!

Sorry if this is already mentioned elsewhere, but I can't recall reading about it:

You mention this is another monkey off your back. I'm curious, what other monkeys are there currently on your back? I mean, we all know about the son of Kong, but in addition to that?

Best regards,
Jul. 8th, 2015 01:22 am (UTC)
Re: Monkeys
Well, the three new shows I am developing for HBO/ Cinemax... the videogame that I am consulting on... all the approvals for calendars, rpgs, miniatures, games...

I am probably forgetting some.

But yes, Son of Kong is bigger than all the rest together.
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Jul. 8th, 2015 01:05 am (UTC)
The last of Khals
Congratulations! I have a dream become writer just like you, wish you best from Mongolia
Jul. 8th, 2015 01:22 am (UTC)
So excited to hear you are working with Diana Pho -- she is a friend of mine and she is wonderful! Excellent news for both of you.
Jul. 8th, 2015 02:19 am (UTC)


By the way, since we're helping you support the big boys for political considerations, could you maybe reciprocate for the midlisters and the good of the genre? R. Scott Bakker has finished and delivered the manuscript for The Unholy Consult to his publishers back in January, yet has heard nothing from Overlook since about editing or publication date. I understand you know Bakker and can probably sympathize with fans waiting an unusually long time for a sequel. The fact that the delay solely results from publisher holdups only compounds our frustration, particularly for a conclusion to a trilogy. I hope you appreciate what Bakker is trying to do for fantasy, any spotlight you can shine on this helps!

Here's a link to Wert's writeup on the situation:

Vera de Ferran
Jul. 8th, 2015 04:42 am (UTC)
I always thought the wild cards were an ongoing story. How can the books be grouped?
Jul. 8th, 2015 05:27 am (UTC)
They are an ongoing story in the sense that "the history of the world" is an ongoing story. Actually, they are dozens of stories, all intertwined.

But there are definitely triads and quartets within the overall series. INSIDE STRAIGHT, BUSTED FLUSH, and SUICIDE KINGS were one such triad. FORT FREAK, LOWBALL, and HIGH STAKES will be another.
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Jul. 8th, 2015 09:24 am (UTC)
It seems like you are getting The Monkey Treatment in that picture...
Jul. 8th, 2015 10:47 am (UTC)
film involvement
Hi George, do you have any involvment in the wild cards film franchise? Since it was talked about a few years ago we've heard nothing other than some brief info about Melinda writing the screenplay. I would love to hear an update on it if possible.
Jul. 8th, 2015 05:02 pm (UTC)
Re: film involvement
Sadly, nothing much to report on the film front.

The development process in Hollywood is called "development hell" for a reason.
Jul. 8th, 2015 01:29 pm (UTC)
I will have to start reading from the start.; I've had a friend who's been pushing me to read Wild Cards for years. There's so much creative talent that it'd be a shame not to experience it, and I'm free now that I've finished the John Carter books.

Good work Sir, it's always good to get one other project out of the way.


Considering the theme of completing a writing project, I'm going to be a bit cheeky here and try and get a question answered on the subject of where to go afterwards - by yourself or any readers of Not A Blog who may know: I have a 26k word fantasy manuscript that I want to get out into the world. What publishers, magazines or websites would you suggest submitting the novella to that would suit an unpublished author?
Jul. 8th, 2015 05:03 pm (UTC)
I haven't been an unpublished author in a long time, so I don't really know. It would be easier if it was SF rather than fantasy, and much easier if it were a novelette rather than a novella.
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