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HIGH STAKES Hits The Stands

HIGH STAKES, the latest Wild Cards mosaic novels, was released in hardcover by Tor on August 30, and should now be available at your local bookstore or from your favorite online bookseller.

This is the third and concluding volume in the current Wild Cards triad, which began with FORT FREAK and continued in LOWBALL. It's a full mosaic, six storylines interwoven to make a single collaborative novel. This time around the featured characters (and their writers) are Infamous Black Tongue (David Anthony Durham), Detective Francis Xavier Black (Melinda M. Snodgrass), the Midnight Angel (John Jos. Miller), the Amazing Bubbles (Caroline Spector), Babel (Stephen Leigh), and Tesseract (Ian Tregillis)... but you'll be seeing plenty of Hoodoo Mama, Carnifex, Baba Yaga, Lohengrin, and many of your other favorite characters as well. Editing was by yours truly, assisted as ever by Melinda M. Snodgrass.

So far, the reviews for this one have been great:

Although the official publication date was August 30, we launched HIGH STAKES two weeks early with a mass signing at worldcon in Kansas City, sponsored by Rainy Day Books. And I'm pleased to say the launch was a huge success, probably the largest Wild Cards signing in the entire thirty-year history of the series (yes, I've done ICE & FIRE signings that dwarfed it, but that's not just a different animal, it's a whole 'nother genus). Four of the six HIGH STAKES authors were on hand to assist me in defacing the hardcovers (David Anthony Durham and Ian Tregillis were not at the con, alas), along with another dozen odd Wild Carders, and the line went on and on forever. We must have signed four hundred copies of HIGH STAKES, easy, and probably an equal number of older WC titles. And then we signed lots and lots of additional stock as well. So if you couldn't make it to Kansas City, but would like to snag one of the "five signature" copies of HIGH STAKES, go to http://www.rainydaybooks.com/

Tor also had some video cameras on hand, to take advantage of having so many Wild Carders on hand in the same place at the same time, and interviewed just about everyone. The plan is to release a series of short promo trailers about the series. Here's the first of them, featuring Melinda Snodgrass, Michael Cassutt, and yours truly. Many more to follow.



Nicolas Silva
Sep. 4th, 2016 12:03 am (UTC)

George, you are a huge inspiration to me! I am an amateur writer that really looks up to your work.

Amy Soyka
Sep. 4th, 2016 12:03 am (UTC)
I clicked here from r/asoiaf...
Oh man.

You must be loving the hype around you right now!

There are rumours flying everywhere about 'the jungfrau: on the way up' and when you are going to release it...

Then this blog post.

GRRM. I just want you to know...

I have spent the past couple of years obsessing over ASOIAF and waiting for the new books to come out. I dedicated myself to reading the books before ever even considering watching the GOT tv show. You are, in my adult life, what JKRowling was to me in my childhood...

I have spent many a moment at night willing my dreams to take me places where I can dream about ASOIAF and how the plot ends.

I can't help but wonder though - should I be doing something better with my life than obsessing over ASOIAF and hoping for tidbits of info on TWOW and ADOS?

Please Grand Master George - I need to know!

Yours truly - a captivated fan.

Edited at 2016-09-04 12:07 am (UTC)
Sep. 12th, 2016 06:44 pm (UTC)
Re: I clicked here from r/asoiaf...
Yes, there are better things to devote your life to than obsessing over my series. I suggest devoting yourself to world peace, an end of hunger and disease, and interstellar travel. :)
Sep. 4th, 2016 01:38 am (UTC)
Awesome, I am thrilled! Can't wait to buy it :D
Sep. 4th, 2016 07:25 am (UTC)
On my 33. birthday :D
YEAH, that is kinda cool, since I am a fan of the Wild cards novels. :D
Sep. 4th, 2016 01:53 pm (UTC)
Sep. 4th, 2016 02:13 pm (UTC)
Future Writing
Hey George! Welcome back!

I was wondering, after your current projects (which I know are immense), if there were some stories or genres that you've been aching to dive into and write, but just haven't had the time so far? If so, what are they and how long have you been thinking about them?

(Don't get me wrong, I'm anxiously awaiting Son of Kong, Bride of Kong, and more D+E.)
Topher Hemann
Sep. 4th, 2016 03:39 pm (UTC)
Very excited for some Lovecraftian Wild Cards! Also eagerly awaiting the reissue of book six, and hoping that Tor will continue republish those hard-to-find books in the middle the of the series!
Keith Russell Dulak
Sep. 4th, 2016 06:27 pm (UTC)
Two small words; "France Amazon". The hype rocket ship is nearing Jupiter.
Sep. 5th, 2016 04:18 am (UTC)
Two small words "keep dreaming"

Let GRRM write in peace. He doesn't need to worry about some fake ISBN numbers that someone made that looks quite suspicious about being winds of winter...
Keith Russell Dulak
Sep. 5th, 2016 02:20 pm (UTC)
Tbh, i wasnt infringing on the georges writing. No question was asked. A roundabout (Yes) statement was made referring to the placeholder on amazon france and its repercussions. We cool?
Sep. 4th, 2016 09:44 pm (UTC)
I devoured this book like the Harvester and loved every second of it.
Mark Stackpole
Sep. 4th, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
I have been faithfully following Wild Cards since 1987. Believe it or not, it was Howard Waldrop and Lewis Shiner being listed on the table of contents that made me plunk down the $4.00 plus change to give you all a shot.
Even though TOR has contracted for three more, I wonder if there are plans to bring the series to a close - with a Last Cut or Final Deal volume somewhere down the line.
Sep. 5th, 2016 04:33 am (UTC)
With a television series now in the offing? That would be a strange time to stop, don't you think?

No, though characters and storylines will end... many have already ended... I see the Wild Cards universe continuing indefinitely, like the DC and Marvel universes.
Sep. 8th, 2016 03:56 pm (UTC)
And it thankfully doesn't use retcons or "multiverses" like the Marvel or DC comics do. Wild Cards is one long, cohesive story!

Edited at 2016-09-08 05:50 pm (UTC)
Sep. 12th, 2016 06:42 pm (UTC)
We will never retcon so long as I'm the editor.

Though to be fair we do have a multiverse of sorts, in that we have established the existence of parallel worlds and alternate dimensions in the Wild Cards universe.
Sep. 12th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
Parallel worlds and dimensions are always fair game - that's what makes Doctor Strange so fun. But Marvel and DC are maintaining their business on the premise that characters can always come back to life without explanation, no matter the circumstance...

Speaking of Doctor Strange, the movie is coming up soon. Going to see it?
Brooklyn Ann
Sep. 5th, 2016 08:49 pm (UTC)
Off topic, but did you know there's a Queen Kong movie made in 1976? I just found out about it. It looks pretty cheesy, so I don't know if that's your cup of tea, but I'm in a Bad Movie Club, so I find out about stuff like that.
Frank Probst
Sep. 6th, 2016 02:24 am (UTC)
Line question
Did everybody in line get through? I didn't make to this con because of a family emergency (that turned out well in the end), and I've never been able to get to a WorldCon before, but I imagine it can be overwhelming for both the authors and the fans. I always worry about not getting through a line with some of your signings, even at smaller conventions. Did this signing and the one with Gary Gianni go well?
Sep. 6th, 2016 03:33 am (UTC)
Re: Line question
Yes, everyone in line got their book and their signatures.

And the HIGH STAKES signing and the Gianni signing both went very well, thanks.
Sep. 6th, 2016 02:36 am (UTC)
I just began reading wild cards a few weeks ago. So far it's been a great read! Look forward to reading more. But that's not the reason I'm writing, I tried writing in your other posts that were game of thrones related but, comments were disabled. I've been waiting for my daughter to start speaking so I could ask her to say "hold the door". That time has come and the result was amazing! Check out the video.. Again, sorry for not using a game of thrones thread but As a huge fan I'm pumped and just want to share this. Because I think it's awesome . Hope you enjoy!
Sep. 8th, 2016 05:27 am (UTC)
Sand Kings
Hi George!
I just added you the other day. I was hooked on the reboot of The Outer Limits of the '90s from their very first episode - "The Sand Kings"
It blew my mind years later when I found out you wrote it.
Sep. 12th, 2016 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Sand Kings
I wrote the original novelette. Melinda Snodgrass scripted the OUTER LIMITS adaptation.
Sep. 13th, 2016 12:34 am (UTC)
Re: Sand Kings
Thanks for the reply! Is there much difference in the adaptation?
I work at Half Price Books as my day job and I snagged an old paperback of The Sand Kings. I haven't had a chance to read it yet (I never get to read as much as I want) but I'm hoping to in the next month.
Sep. 16th, 2016 12:46 am (UTC)
Today is the day!
Happy Wild Cards Day. To Jetboy!


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