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How It All Began

Curious about where the Wild Cards series came from, lo these thirty years ago?

All your question... well, okay, some of your questions... are answered in the latest video from Tor Books, cut together from the hours of interviews they taped at last summer's Kansas City worldcon, during the launch party for HIGH STAKES.

This is the third in the series. You can find the first two on the new Wild Cards website.

There will be more.

(Please restrict your questions and comments to Wild Cards).

((Signed copies of HIGH STAKES and many other Wild Cards books are available from the Jean Cocteau Cinema bookshop)).


Nicolas Silva
Jan. 12th, 2017 09:51 pm (UTC)

I ordered the first Wild Cards book yesterday! Can't wait to check it out!

Jan. 12th, 2017 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for these sneak peeks!
Jan. 12th, 2017 10:07 pm (UTC)
Fascinating stuff!
Mr Martin,

Can you tell us the title of the seventh Wild Cards volume? And, are there any estimates for when it might be released?

I worry that my 'Ace in the Hole' will not satisfy me for long. :)

And thank you for posting this video. Fascinating stuff.

Jan. 12th, 2017 10:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Fascinating stuff!
Volume seven is DEAD MAN'S HAND, and the Tor reissue is scheduled for June 13 of this year.

DEAD MAN'S HAND and ACE IN THE HOLE were originally one book, but with seven viewpoint characters, our publisher thought it was too long to publish as a single volume, so the decision was made to split it.

The two books take place simultaneously, during the same week in the summer of 1988, one mostly in Atlanta, the other mostly in New York. DEAD MAN'S HAND is unusual in that it features only two writers: John Jos. Miller and yours truly. After the split, both of us expanded our sections, and the book is much stronger for it.
Jan. 13th, 2017 04:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Fascinating stuff!
Those two volumes are definitely the strongest in the series to date, if you ask me. Actually I haven't read all the newer ones yet, but I will.
Jan. 13th, 2017 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Fascinating stuff!
Very cool. Is there an estimated date for the Dead Man's Hand release?

Oh, and will John Jos and yourself be expanding upon your DMH expansions, and writing two separate stand-alone novels instead of/alongside an eighth anthology? I'm assuming that would be unlikely. :(
Lucas Araujo
Jan. 12th, 2017 10:15 pm (UTC)
Wild Cards chapters
Well, I just fineshed reading the first book (and I really loved The Great and Powerfull turtle), so my question is: Do you write chapters for the other books (I know that you wrote one for Aces High as well), or you are just editing?
Jan. 12th, 2017 10:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Wild Cards chapters
I don't write for every book, no, but I did contribute stories and/or interstitial text for most of the early volumes. Later on, when first Hollywood and the ICE & FIRE took over my life, my stories became less frequent. These days I mostly just edit.

However, as my writers can tell you, I am a very hands-on editor. A shared world is the most demanding sort of editing there is... so believe me, there's a lot of me in every volume of Wild Cards.
Lucas Araujo
Jan. 12th, 2017 10:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Wild Cards chapters
That's really great, I can imagine It is a lot of work just editing, and you have Ice & Fire to write, must be tiresome. Anyways, can't wait to read the other ones.
Jan. 12th, 2017 11:15 pm (UTC)
Comparisons between your big series?
Hi George -- Forgive me if this is an annoying comment, but have you ever written something like "Why ASOIAF Fans Should Try Wild Cards"? I personally dipped into your earlier oeuvre for the first time this fall with FEVRE DREAM and loved it, but I bet a lot of your followers have only read ASOIAF and its related works.

And a series by (mostly) other authors about a very different setting may not jump out as appealing. Have you ever thought about a post about what the two have in common?

Again, sorry if you consider this off-topic, but I thought you might find it a worthwhile way to get fans of one of your series to get into another one.
John Vizcarra
Jan. 12th, 2017 11:43 pm (UTC)
Dead Man's Hand pre-order?
I know the Ace In the Hole pre-order is live, but is the Dead Man's Hand pre-order live yet?
Jan. 12th, 2017 11:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Dead Man's Hand pre-order?
Don't believe so.
Jan. 12th, 2017 11:53 pm (UTC)
Man Im so tempted to get into this.

George are you reading any comic's in 2016/2017
Would love to know what you into now.

Edited at 2017-01-12 11:55 pm (UTC)
Jan. 13th, 2017 12:00 am (UTC)
Sadly, no.

All the endless reboots and restarts and revamps wore me out.

One promise I have made to Wild Cards readers: so long as I am editing, we will never do a reboot.
Jan. 13th, 2017 01:49 am (UTC)
Takisians = Qartheen and Valyrians?
Serious question: do the Qartheen and Valyrians take some inspirations from the Takisians? I've always wondered this. Both Takis and Qarth, there's this whole point that they consider big displays of emotion to be a sign of cultural refinement (Dr. Tachyon openly weeps and such). And like Valyrians they don't have as many incest restrictions. I imagine all of this is related to their status as a "hyper-advanced, decadent civilization of high manners" and such.

Also, did we ever figure out if Earth is a lost Takisian colony, or if humans have the same DNA due to just convergent evolution?
Jan. 13th, 2017 07:55 am (UTC)
Haven't started it yet but your recent spate of Wild Card discussions came at just the right time for me to think about beginning a 20+ book shared universe superhero series, so I've got the 1st Wild Cards volume and should begin it by the beginning of next week (another book to finish first)
Jan. 13th, 2017 09:43 am (UTC)
Hope you like it .
Rasmus B Wayne
Jan. 13th, 2017 10:30 am (UTC)
Will begin to read Wild Cards
Hi George! These posts about Wild Cards have really made me feel an itch to order and read them. I think I will do that after I'm done reading the Witcher-books. Have you read the books about the Witcher by any chance?
Jan. 13th, 2017 11:57 am (UTC)
Alright, sold. Im buying the whole lot.
You got me onto the Expanse series which I love.

It'll be nice to get invested before the TV series kinda takes over the visual imagination.
Disco Sauce
Jan. 13th, 2017 01:28 pm (UTC)
Jumpers, Bloat, Etc
Hello again!

I enjoyed many of the early Wild Card novels, especially characters such as Croyd the Sleeper. However things got a little weird in the Jumpers story arc, with Bloat, the method of recruiting new Jumpers, Tachyon's story, etc. I know the Turtle was involved, but how much input did you yourself have in this story arc?

Looking forward to the newer novels that I haven't read yet!
Jan. 13th, 2017 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Jumpers, Bloat, Etc
Honestly, books eight and nine were probably our weakest. Mind you, there was some great stuff in there, but also a lot that was... ah... less than great. As editor, I take the ultimate responsibility. Some of the things that sounded like a great idea at the time proved to be problematic, and we had to deal with a couple of unexpected turns -- writers dropping out, deadlines missed, changes in direction -- that really left us scrambling. We pulled it all together as best we could, but maybe that was not good enough.

FWIW, though, volumes eight and nine did set up Melinda's solo novel and Vic's, and volume eleven, DEALER'S CHOICE, which I think is very strong, one of our best. So they served a function.

And there ARE good stories in there, as I said.
Thomas Joly
Jan. 13th, 2017 03:09 pm (UTC)
Comics book and Artbook
hello Mister Martin

I know that you're a Marvel fan for logn years, so I would to know one thing,.. According you, which of the WildCards heroes would you like to see among the Avengers?

Then, I'm wonderring if you think an wildcards artbook would be conceivable(when th tv show will be diffsued) I would reallys like to see lot of Ace/Joker/Norm art :)
Jan. 13th, 2017 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Comics book and Artbook
The 'power level' of the Avengers is significantly higher than that of most of our Wild Cards aces. (With exceptions. Hawkeye, say. He'd match off perfectly against our Yeoman). I am not sure most of our cast could hold their own with Iron Man or Thor.

There a few who could, however. The Amazing Bubbles. Fortunato. Little Fat Boy.
Jan. 13th, 2017 03:30 pm (UTC)
I would love to read the Wild Card series, anything with your touch is simply amazing in my humble opinion. But i promised my self to finish the ASOIAF series before anything (i'm currently 25% at A Clash of Kings).

I just wanna thank you to keep this blog alive George, it is a wonderful way to keep your fans together. Even with the many "is TWOW ready?" questions, you keep chating with ur, really thank you.

We all know the amazing quality of your work, and we know that quality takes time, and your life got pretty busy after Game Of Thrones, so, take your time George, and i really hope you enjoy writing every line in the books, we want you to have a great time writing it, as we have reading.
Jan. 13th, 2017 10:48 pm (UTC)
Are you still doing the Wildcards show? If so is there a volume you'd recommend starting reading in preparation specifically for the show afore it comes along? Or should I just go to the beginning? I admit I haven't read any of them as yet, obviously I should read from the start. I'm kind of answering my own question really...!
Mark Stackpole
Jan. 14th, 2017 02:36 am (UTC)
As you know George, the next Wild Cards reissue (Dead Man's Hand) is not a mosaic, but a straight up collaboration between you and John J. Miller. Yes, for sales purposes, Tor is obligated to keep your name front and center on the cover, but in this case, it would be nice if Mr. Miller could receive some sort of on screen credit too.

Then there are the two solo novels in the series by Ms Snodgrass & Mr Milán. Will they get equal billing or at least have their names printed in a font at least half the size as yours?

Upon reflection, these decisions are up to the TOR marketing department.
Jan. 14th, 2017 08:00 pm (UTC)
ACE IN THE HOLE was written by five people and edited by me.

DEAD MAN'S HAND was written by two people and edited by me.

Throughout the series, Tor has featured the editorial byline on the cover, not the names of the writers.

(Of course, Tor has not yet reprinted any if the three solo novels)


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