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Down & Dirty Once Again

Heads up, Wild Card fans. Tor's reissue program continues next month with the release of a nifty new trade paperback edition of DOWN & DIRTY, the fifth volume of the original series. The official pubdate is OCTOBER 27.

As with the previous Tor reissues, DOWN & DIRTY will sport a brand new cover by the amazing Michael Komarck, one of field's finest artists (REMEMBER HIM when nominating next Hugo time). The featured character is Leanne C. Harper's Bagabond.

Have a look.

Or can preorder the book from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Cards-V-Down-Dirty/dp/076533559X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443558598&sr=1-1 or from your favorite local bookshop and/or online retailer.

The lineup for this one:
"Only the Dead Know Jokertown" by John Jos. Miller
"All the King's Horses" by George R.R. Martin
"Concerto for Siren & Serotonin" by Roger Zelazny
"Breakdown/ Takedown/ What Rough Beast" by Leanne C. Harper
"Jesus Was An Ace" by Arthur Byron Cover
"Blood Ties" by Melinda M. Snodgrass
"Addicted to Love" by Pat Cadigan
"The Second Coming of Buddy Holley" by Edward Bryant
"The Hue of a Mind" by Stephen Leigh
"Mortality" by Walter Jon Williams



Sep. 29th, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC)
I've yet to get into this series, but that is a gorgeous cover, agreed!
Mike Rubin
Sep. 29th, 2015 09:16 pm (UTC)
Book covers
Just curious, do you get to negotiate where your name appears on a book cover, and how large the font size? Or is that something determined by the publisher?
Sep. 29th, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Book covers
It's the publisher's choice.

I suppose I could negotiate it if I wanted, but it's never been an important point to me.

Obviously, my name has grown larger as my sales rose. Pretty much SOP in this game.
Sep. 29th, 2015 09:51 pm (UTC)
A great read, and a great new cover to go with it. I can't wait to see what covers Komarck comes up with for the next two books, which were probably my favorites in the series (though I haven't gotten to the newer ones yet). Hopefully a cover with Mackie and/or Carnifex.

I do fall in the group that much prefers the Typhoid Croyd plot over the gang war. Either way, in this book Croyd and Turtle take the cake (and Tachyon, but that's usually a given). But man, what was up with all that Buddy Holley stuff? So wacky.

Edited at 2015-09-30 07:03 pm (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC)
Such a fantastic depiction of Bagabond! Komarck just keeps getting better and better.

Edited at 2015-09-29 10:26 pm (UTC)
Sep. 30th, 2015 07:05 pm (UTC)
It must be my favorite Wild Cards cover, and I'm not even a Bagabond fan. Makes me really excited to see what covers we get for Ace in the Hole, and Dead Man's Hand.
Sep. 30th, 2015 01:53 am (UTC)
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms...
Will you be selling any signed copies of "Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" from your theater? I already preordered it from Amazon (months ago), but would love to have a signed copy too.

Edited at 2015-09-30 01:54 am (UTC)
Sep. 30th, 2015 04:52 am (UTC)
Re: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms...
Yes, the Cocteau will have signed copies.
Sep. 30th, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms...
Excellent! Thank you for the response (and the signatures).
(no subject) - K26dp - Sep. 30th, 2015 03:15 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 30th, 2015 04:54 am (UTC)
Re: Audible
Yes, we have just signed a deal with Random House Audio for audiobook versions of JOKERS WILD, ACES ABROAD, and DOWN & DIRTY.

However, I am not sure they will be released as CDs, like the first two volumes. The trend in audiobooks is to do downloadable only.
Sep. 30th, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Audible
Yes, thank you! This is the best book news I've had this year. I love the audiobooks.
Sep. 30th, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Audible
I certainly hope these are done the same way as the Old Venus audiobook, with a variety of excellent readers. It made for an engaging and entertaining listen. Also, you should read a story or two, George...
Sep. 30th, 2015 12:24 pm (UTC)
cover art timing
Loved seeing the new cover art for Down and Dirty, it's fabulous. It did get me wondering where in the process of bringing a book from your desk to publication do you begin to seriously start to look at cover art? Is it generally at some point toward the latter part of the process, or do you keep this in mind throughout the writing process?

Edited at 2015-09-30 05:52 pm (UTC)
Sep. 30th, 2015 06:06 pm (UTC)
Re: cover art timing
Cover art is usually the provence of the publisher and their art director... though in some cases, where I know the artist and have worked with them before, I do weigh in, make suggestions, and give notes. That's certainly true with Michael Komarck, who has been doing covers for me since the Meisha Merlin days.
Sep. 30th, 2015 08:26 pm (UTC)
That is an absolutely gorgeous cover. Makes me wish I had that kind of talent.

Michael Komarck. Noted and filed.
Sep. 30th, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC)
How can a beginning writer end up in a book like this? Any tips?
Sep. 30th, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
A beginning writer can't.

To sell to invitation-only anthologies, you need to establish yourself and build a name with sales to the magazines, ezines, etc.
Oct. 2nd, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
And for this particular book, there's another factor of 30-ish years of time travel involved :-)

- yeff
Oct. 1st, 2015 11:37 am (UTC)
Italian Version
I hope that my italian editor will traslate this book, otherwise i will read it in english.
Lucas Murtinho
Oct. 1st, 2015 10:44 pm (UTC)
hello mr. martin,

it's great to see the whole series republished. I wonder, though, if it would be possible to add introductions to the books - maybe your articles on the series that appeared on tor.com (and, if I'm not mistaken, in previous editions as well)? I ask this now because the article on down and dirty was a particularly good one, with your thoughts on what led this book to become kind of messy (although, if you ask me, it's a brilliant kind of mess).

i'm not a huge fan of bagabond, but I do wonder what became of her. in fact, I even came up with a scenario... but that will have to wait for me to become an established author :)
Oct. 4th, 2015 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: intros?
I wrote a series of afterwords for the first five volumes when they were reissued by iBooks, years ago.

Those editions are long out of print and iBooks went bust after the death of its founder and CEO, Byron Preiss. However, the afterwords are being reprinted in the new British editions from Gollancz.

They are no in the US editions, however.

Bababond was last seen in Central America, I believe.
Oct. 2nd, 2015 04:25 am (UTC)
loved the books the first time!
It looks like I might have to pick up a new set with these gorgeous covers - my original copies fell apart or ended up "perma-loaned" many years ago.

- yeff


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