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Got some exciting news for Wild Cards fans... and for fans of audiobooks.

We've got a new deal in place for Wild Cards audiobooks. This time we've signed with Random House Audio, the same good folks who have been bringing you the great audiobook versions of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, as well as ROGUES, DANGEROUS WOMEN, and my other anthologies.

Brilliance Audio did the audio editions of the first two volumes in the series, WILD CARDS and ACES HIGH, the last one coming out in 2011. Random House will be picking up the series with the third volume, JOKERS WILD, the first of our full-on mosaic novels.

Luke Daniels was the reader for the two Brilliance volumes, and did a fine job. But as long time fans of the series know, the Wild Cards books are team efforts featuring interwoven stories by a number of different writers set against a common background. Even in a shared world, however, not everything is shared; every writer has his own characters, and every character has his own voice.

Random House Audio wants to capture that with these new audiobooks. Instead of a single reader, therefore, JOKERS WILD and the volumes to follow will feature a multiplicity of narrators, a different voice for every viewpoint character.

JOKERS WILD, the first of our full mosaics, is a seven-way collaboration, set on the fortieth anniversary of the first Wild Cards Day in New York City. All the action takes place in twenty-four hours, and is seen through seven sets of eyes. The writers (and their respective viewpoint characters) were Lewis Shiner (Fortunato), Melinda M. Snodgrass (Roulette), John Jos. Miller (Wraith), Edward Bryant (Sewer Jack), Leanne C. Harper (Bagabond), Walton Simons (Demise), and your truly (Hiram Worchester).

We've assembled a very exciting group of readers to give them voice. You'll hear:

Prentice Onayemi, reading Fortunato,
Pam Grier, reading Roulette,
Molly Quinn, reading Wraith,
Ray Porter, reading Sewer Jack,
Felicia Day, reading Bagabond,
Stephen McHattie, reading Demise,
Ron Donachie, reading Hiram Worchester.

Recording is taking place in London, Edinburgh, Denver, Taipei, Toronto, Burbank, and Los Angeles; we went all around the world to assemble this team.

I can hardly wait to hear how this amazing group of actors bring our characters to life.


Jan. 7th, 2016 07:24 pm (UTC)
WoW ( Sorry off topic )
Huge fan of your work, regarding the Winds of Winter, would you consider splitting the book and releasing the first half ASAP and continue working on the second half as you currently are?
Charlie G
Jan. 7th, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: WoW ( Sorry off topic )
That would not be my preference.
Jan. 7th, 2016 09:05 pm (UTC)
Re: WoW ( Sorry off topic )
... Because releasing a book is that easy and fast, right? ;)
Even IF he considered doing so (which I am very happy that he doesn't), it would take a long time to make new concepts, create new cover designs etc.

You are a big fan of his work, well then be patient. :)
Jan. 7th, 2016 10:04 pm (UTC)
Re: WoW ( Sorry off topic )

But really, everyone, back on topic. Wild Cards. Audiobooks.
Jan. 8th, 2016 05:23 am (UTC)
Re: WoW ( Sorry off topic )
I am sorry, you are right (above I commented on the audio books :) ), but I just had to answer on this since I can only imangine how much work and heart you put into your books. I released a very very VERY short book like 1,5 years ago and it took me forever to finalize it ;)

But back to the audiobooks: I can't wait!!


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