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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. 23rd, 2016 11:42 pm (UTC)
I agree. Dealer's Choice was awesome. I think it was the first Wild Cards novel to have a mega-huge-no-holds-barred-superhero-battle feel in its entirety. The earlier books have lots of action, but it's a bit more grounded and more like shadowy thriller action.

But I actually like the whole of the Jumpers trilogy.

Mar. 24th, 2016 08:00 pm (UTC)
That's gratifying to hear.

As editor, I am of course prejudiced, but I do think there's some good stuff in the jumper books... especially DEALER'S CHOICE. However, there's no gainsaying the fact that they were the least popular books in the series, especially ONE-EYED JACKS and JOKERTOWN SHUFFLE. The reviews on those two were mixed, to say the least, and perhaps deservedly so. And numbers do not lie: we lost a lot of readers after those two. (We also lost our publisher, but that was our own fault. Or rather, MY own fault).

The Card Shark triad that follows was much stronger, I think, but never got the readership it deserved.
Mar. 24th, 2016 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the Card Shark books were excellent; I'm particularly fond of the first one, with the "real events" behind American history from the 1950s to the 1980s. Where else would you find superhero versions of the Iran hostage crisis, the space race, and that wonderful 1950s noir story with Orson Welles and Marilyn Monroe? Great stuff. More people shoud read them.

Now, the Jumper books also had plenty of good points that people usually don't admit. I like how lots of cool characters that had been in the periphery were finally given the spotlight: Black Shadow, Lazy Dragon, Fadeout, the Oddity, Mr. Nobody, Cap'n'Trips. And I always liked Bloat. Perhaps Wild Cards first really sympathetic bad guy.

Edited at 2016-03-24 08:54 pm (UTC)


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