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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. 12th, 2016 12:08 am (UTC)

I've read every single one of the published books, and they're awesome (yeah, I love even the dark and despairing Jumper books that many people like to complain about).

It's interesting that you got Saladin Ahmed now. One of the complaints I've heard about Wild Cards was the accusation of "Orientalism", on account of the Islamic villains in some of the novels. I don't agree with the accusation, and I think that having an Islamic Fundamentalist as a major villain in 1987 was indeed prophetic.

But the addition of an Arab-American writer to the fold is great. I hope we'll get to see some Islamic heroes, for balance.

Mar. 12th, 2016 08:23 pm (UTC)
It does appear that we predicted a caliphate a decade or so before ISIS. Not to mention the madness of the Iraq War... though the details are notably different.

As for the Islamic Fundamentalist villains, I should point out that our long list of villains also includes Roman Catholic Fundamentalists, Evangelical Protestant Fundamentalists, Soviet communists, greedy capitalists, aliens from space, different aliens from space, Third World dictators, Freemasons (Egyptian Rite), corrupt cops, misguided idealists, sadistic teenagers, sadistic senators, leftist revolutionaries, right-wing reactionaries, would-be world conquerers, lying lawyers, amoral television executives, a couple of undead, a vampire of sorts, and most recently a dark god from another dimension.

With twenty-three books under our belts, and three more to come, our appetite for villainy is voracious.

(But we do try for a certain level of nuance, though I will not claim that we have already succeeded).
Mar. 16th, 2016 09:37 pm (UTC)
What about SMOFS as villains?! OH, wait, the sick puppies already tried that one! :-(

I really enjoyed the Wild Card books when they were first published. Now, with new Wild Cards books coming out, I will have to go back and re-read the books I still have...I used to have them all, but lost most them and about 1,000 other books when my sister's barn burned down, taking out the storage building attached to it. :-(

Anyways, thanks for all the wonderful words over the years!


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