Random House Audio has just finished recording ACES ABROAD, the fourth volume in the series.
We used the expanded edition, with the two new stories we added for the Tor reissue. As with JOKERS WILD (see the post downstream), we did not go with a single reader, but rather cast a different actor for every one of the viewpoint characters, to give the audibooks the same mosaic feel as the print versions. Next best thing to an old-time radio drama!
ACES ABROAD features stories by Stephen Leigh, John J. Miller, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Michael Cassutt, Leanne C. Harper, Edward Bryant, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Gail Gerstner Miller, Walton (Bud) Simons, Lewis Shiner, Carrie Vaughn, Victor Milan, and yours truly. Several stories boasted multiple viewpoints, however, so we wound up using no fewer than eighteen voices.
Xavier Desmond ARMIN SHIMERMAN
Senator Gregg Hartmann CLANCY BROWN
Misha YASMINE BARGHOUTY
Chrysalis SELMA BLAIR
Ti Malice NICHOLAS GUY SMITH
Xbalanque NOEL BEARHEART
Hunapu OZZIE RODRIGUEZ
Troll RICHARD MOLL
Peregrine KATHLEEN TURNER
G.C. Jayewardene SANJIT DE SILVA
Cordelia Chaisson KASEY LANSDALE
Fortunato PRENTICE ONAYEMI
Lady Black DONNABELLA MORTEL
Mackie Messer P.J. OCHLAN
Molniya ADRIAN PAUL
Sara Morgenstern EMILY CARD RANKIN
Dr. Tachyon RAPHAEL SBARGE
Polyakov STEFAN RUDNICKI
It was quite a jigsaw puzzle, with recording taking place over the world, but we think the result will be worth it.
And we're moving right on to DOWN & DIRTY, where a number of the cast members will be reprising their roles.