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Drummer Boy Plays Again

Rock and roll will never die, boys and girls... but rockers do.

Time to head over to Tor.com for the last great set from Joker Plague.

That's Stephen Leigh on story, and John Picacio on artwork. The title of the album is "The Atonement Tango."

You can find it -- for free -- at http://www.tor.com/2017/01/18/the-atonement-tango/

Boogie on down and give a listen!



Spencer Lamb
Jan. 19th, 2017 12:17 am (UTC)
New Mexico
George do you ever go fly fishing in New Mexico? I want to try it some day.
Jan. 19th, 2017 12:19 am (UTC)
Re: New Mexico
Howard Waldrop is a big fly fisher. Not me.
Jan. 19th, 2017 01:04 am (UTC)
Armageddon Rock
As I saw the picture, I first thought this would be about Armageddon Rock. Just wanted to let you know, I just finished Armageddon Rock and I loved it. Just like Dying of the Light and Fevre Dream, this one also filled me with fear and despair and excitement. Your stories never fail to shake me, because, despite their fantasy elements, they feel extremely real and true. THANK YOU!
Jan. 19th, 2017 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: Armageddon Rock
You're welcome.

And if you like rock, do check out Steve's story.
Rasmus B Wayne
Jan. 19th, 2017 05:43 am (UTC)
Re: Armageddon Rock
Isn't it called the Armageddon Rag?
Jan. 19th, 2017 11:03 am (UTC)
Re: Armageddon Rock
Ha! Yes, it is Armageddon Rag, indeed. I have the German edition and somehow the publisher thought, it would be a good idea to "translate" the title into Armageddon Rock.Sometimes they do this things, where they want English names, but don't trust us to get the original one.
More examples: Bend it like Beckham -> Kick it like Beckham; A World Beyond -> Tomorrowland; Eigth Legged Freaks -> Arac Attack; Wild Hogs -> Born to be wild; Cradle 2 the grave -> Born to die.
Jan. 19th, 2017 01:04 am (UTC)
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I don't know if you fully realize it yet, but you're a rock star. A rock star that writes fiction. It's more difficult to gauge the size of your storm when indeed you are the eye, so let me be the one to shed some perspective.

You are currently cementing yourself in history as one of the greatest writers ever to grace this world with their imagination. And I'm not wasting words here.

You may say "the numbers tell me that!" But alas, we both know humans are creatures of fleeting desires, and modern culture is one of fads and cycles. So that doesn't necessarily gauge impact. In this life we may never know the true gravity of your works, but I do know this:

From a former avid reader who had lost his love of reading, you brought me back to life in a way, George. And for that I thank you. You've introduced me to so many great authors since diving into your world, and for that I thank you. And despite everything that's happened, you still yearn to deliver quality content, and for that I thank you!

There are no other words!
Jan. 19th, 2017 01:29 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Thanks for the kind words.

And hey, go read Steve's story.
Jan. 19th, 2017 02:25 am (UTC)
Unexpectedly Emotional
Over the years DB has grown on me. I strongly disliked him in Inside Straight. Arrogant and full of himself, he just kinda rubbed me the wrong way. In Busted Flush, DB started started to become like able and Steven Leigh brought it home. Thanks for sharing this gem. I was also pleased to see The Sleeper resurface. Since his first appearance in Wild Cards, Croyd has been one of my favorite characters. I eagerly await the next story in the Wild Cards universe.
Jan. 20th, 2017 02:36 am (UTC)
Re: Unexpectedly Emotional
Thanks for the kind words -- and you're right, I (deliberately) wrote DB as an arrogant SOB in INSIDE STRAIGHT, and I've been slowly chipping away at his rough edges... "Atonement Tango" takes a sledgehammer to his psyche.

Edited at 2017-01-20 02:45 am (UTC)
Jan. 20th, 2017 11:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Unexpectedly Emotional
You really nailed it. I hope to see more of your work and (hopefuly) DB in the future.
Jan. 19th, 2017 02:38 am (UTC)
So Excited!
Mr. Martin,

Thank you so much for opening up my world to Wild Cards. I feel like I just get lost in these books and I completely lose track of time! I'm particularly drawn to the cover art. I know you are terribly busy, but do you contribute to help choose an artist? Or book cover for the wild cards series? I don't know how I'd ever manage to choose my favorite.

Thanks again, and hope we can look forward to special editions of your favorite wild cards volumes!
Jan. 19th, 2017 03:14 am (UTC)
George I noticed in your some of your books, you write a lot about pirates, or there is certainly pirate themed chapters.
Any pirate books you can recommend or inspired you.
Jan. 19th, 2017 04:47 am (UTC)
Treasure Island?

I mean, Capn Jack Sparrow is okay, but he is no Long John Silver.

And then there's my favorite space pirate, Pinto Vortando.
Jan. 19th, 2017 05:26 am (UTC)
"It was not him. It was never him."
Steve's work is great, and if you haven't checked it out already then you should.

If I could have your ear, there was a survey and your readers seem to be torn over who Jaime is referring to here, and I was wondering if it would be appropriate to clarify that. Or if it's part of the mystery, that's fine too.

Thomas Joly
Jan. 19th, 2017 09:17 am (UTC)
Which songs do you advice to listen while reading The Atonement Tango?
Jan. 20th, 2017 02:40 am (UTC)
Re: Music
I hear something along the lines of Red Hot Chili Peppers, myself -- that's the sound I imagine when I'm writing music scenes with DB. As a drummer, Chad Smith sits right in the pocket and drives the band.

And I'm largely a bassist, so Flea... :-)

Edited at 2017-01-20 02:41 am (UTC)
(Deleted comment)
Jan. 19th, 2017 09:27 pm (UTC)
Asking me to pick a favorite among the Tor.com WC stories is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. (Of course, all parents HAVE a favorite child, but they're not allowed to say so).

If you really want to jump in where things are blowing up real good, well, it would be hard to top the latest hardcover, HIGH STAKES. Whether or not you could understand that without reading at least the previous two books... well, why don't you try it, and come back and let us know how that went?
That white guy who's a little crazy lol
Jan. 19th, 2017 08:24 pm (UTC)
previous post that you made grrm
dear george rr martin my name is shade pearson big fan. I have a question on the new dunk and egg graphic novel mystery knight. when do you think it will come out?
also what do you think of the game of thrones video games!
I loved the telltale series, it was great and the game of thrones game before that for ps3 was well it could of been great, but it was just average, I loved it, but it just felt like it needed an open world field. Have you ever thought of talking to anyone about making an open world game set in your universe and planetos.

games that I love the most are skyrim, fallout,watchdogs, and gta, I love open world games, games also made me interested in learning how to make games and code.
Have a great day

Edited at 2017-01-19 08:58 pm (UTC)
John Vizcarra
Jan. 19th, 2017 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: previous post that you made grrm
It's available for pre-order now. Comes out on 7/4/2017.
Jan. 21st, 2017 12:43 am (UTC)
I still didn't read High Stakes, so I want to know if this story contains any spoilers for High Stakes? Does it come before or after it?

Edited at 2017-01-21 12:43 am (UTC)


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