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Wild Cards Times Three

Some exciting news on the WILD CARDS front for fans of the world's longest running shared world anthology series.

HIGH STAKES will be out later this year, as previously announced. That's the third and concluding volume in what we've come to call our "mean streets and madness" triad, and the twenty-third volume in the overall series (which originally began way way back in 1987). It was also the last new volume under contract to Tor.

But no longer! Wild Cards will fight another day. Tor has just stepped up and signed us for three more originals. This set we will be calling (informally) "the USA Triad." But it won't really be a triad, more like three stand-alones, each with its own setting, cast, and tone.

The three new books are:

Details? Sorry. You'll need to wait for those. The ink on the contracts is not quite dry yet, so we're just getting up to steam (as in MISSISSIPPI... no, that would be telling).

This much I can tell you. I'll be editing the new volumes, natch. Melinda Snodgrass will continue as my assistant editor and right hand woman. And we'll be calling on the madman and wild women of the Wild Cards consortium for stories, as ever. Whenever we begin a new triad and a new contract, however, we like to reach out and recruit a few new writers. Fresh blood is just so tasty, and adding some new characters to the mix always helps to enliven things.

So let me introduce you to our Class of 2016. The newest inmates in the asylum are:

They're all insanely talented, and they claim they play well with others (we'll see). And no, I won't tell you about the new characters they've created for us... but we think you're going to like them.

WILD CARDS! From 1987 to forever....

((And if you have not caught the virus yet, there's still time. Head over to the Jean Cocteau Bookshop at http://www.jeancocteaubooks.com/ and you'll find all sorts of signed Wild Cards books on sale, some of them with multiple autographs from editors and writers both).

[[Comments welcome. On Wild Cards only, please. Stay on topic]].


Mar. 11th, 2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
new to wild cards
I have never read a multi-authored anthology series, I was sort of wary it would have a more choppy feel to it, with different authors not gelling well together - man I'm so happy I got over that hesitation.

I just got done with the first two books and they are freaking fantastic. To anyone who's like "do I really want to delve into another huge universe with multiple authors?" Yes. You do.

I remember you saying something about some of these books being on audiobooks, how is that coming along? Audiobooks are a savior for someone who doesn't always have time to sit down with a book.
Mar. 11th, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: new to wild cards

The audibooks of volumes one and two came out years ago, from Brilliance Audio. A single reader.

Random House Audio has since picked up the series. Future volumes will have a mosaic of readers. Books three and four are in the can, and book five is being recorded even as we speak.

See some of my posts downstream for the casts.
Mar. 11th, 2016 10:23 pm (UTC)
Re: new to wild cards
Oh, excellent! That was quick.

I didn't remember/realize that the first two books were already made into audiobooks. I'll have to look that up. What I knew about and was looking forward to are the 3 books with multiple voice actors. Random House Audio is awesome.

With two recorded, one to go, and approx release date?
Mar. 11th, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
Re: new to wild cards
Oh, excellent, those were recorded faster than I thought. With the fifth book already in the recording stage, any very approx ideas of when I should be looking for them?

Random House Audio is amazing. Roy Dotrice is amazing. The voice actors you have for these books are all amazing. I'm stoked.


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