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Wild Cards Coming Atcha

Got some cool stuff coming down the pike for Wild Cards fans... especially those of you who came in with INSIDE STRAIGHT or FORT FREAK or one of our other recent Tor originals, and have been seeking high and low for the older books ever since.

Many of those older books are, alas, still out of print. But Tor has reissued the first five volumes in trade paperback, and now we're bring back volumes six and seven as well.

ACE IN THE HOLE is our sixth volume. Set during the dramatic (and bloody) Democratic National Convention of 1988, this one is a full mosaic, weaving together stories from Melinda M. Snodgrass (Dr. Tachyon), Walton Simons (Demise), Stephen Leigh (Puppetman), Walter Jon Williams (Golden Boy), and Victor Milan (Mackie Messer). Look for the new trade paperback on FEBRUARY 28.

DEAD MAN'S HAND, volume seven, is a companion piece to ACE IN THE HOLE. In fact, the two were actually one book, until it got too big and our publisher asked for a split. DMH takes place during the same week as AITH, the former mostly in New York City, the latter mostly in Atlanta. This one is a mosaic too, but with only two writers: John Jos. Miller writing Yeoman, and yours truly with Jay Ackroyd, aka Popinjay. Which makes it more of a collaborative novel, really. This is our noir novel, a classic mean streets murder mystery with superpowers. It will be great to have it back in print after so long. Look for it on JUNE 13.

((Both of those covers are by the amazing Michael Komarck. Do remember that name when you're making your Hugo nominations for Best Professional Artist, Komarck is way overdue)).

OH, and hey... on other Wild Card fronts, there's a cool new post up on the WC website, wherein David Anthony Durham confesses how he stole his IBT character from his son. ;) You can check it out here:

Fight the good fight, boys and girls. And remember, you can't die yet, so haven't seen the Jolson story.



Feb. 8th, 2017 10:00 pm (UTC)
I love you George.
Hope to meet you one day.

I love all your posts. Keep up the great work :)
David Lexus Solar Plexus
Feb. 8th, 2017 10:27 pm (UTC)
Where is your super bowl post :(
Feb. 8th, 2017 10:52 pm (UTC)
Huh... no Super Bowl post.
I'm surprised you haven't posted anything on the greatest comeback of all time.
Feb. 9th, 2017 12:16 am (UTC)
Re: Huh... no Super Bowl post.
The greatest collapse of all time, as I see it.
Matt Barrett
Feb. 9th, 2017 12:37 am (UTC)
Re: Huh... no Super Bowl post.
I thought the game was in Houston. I had no idea that it was really being played in Westeros.
Feb. 9th, 2017 02:14 am (UTC)
Re: Huh... no Super Bowl post.
So do you refuse to give the Pats any credit?

I see it as a bit of both. Yeah, the Falcons made some bad play calls, but the Pat's pass rush improved in the second half, and Tom Brady was... well, Tom Brady.

It also solidifies Tom Brady as the greatest QB of all time.

Edited at 2017-02-09 02:25 am (UTC)
Feb. 8th, 2017 11:40 pm (UTC)
Gardner Dozois and Anne Groell
A quick follow-up question to last post regarding "Book of Swords", ser: you said that Gardner Dozois might only plausibly come to promote the anthology book at conventions in the northeast, given that he is based in Philadelphia.

Well, my local scifi convention on Long Island is starting up again after a four year absence (hurricane damage) and we are setting up a robust track of Game of Thrones/ ASOIAF programming (8 hours of panels, 1 or 2 cast members).

We thought it might be a good idea to invite Gardner Dozois to help promote the anthology's recent announcement. The problem is that we don't know what his professional point of contact is.

***I even asked Elio and Linda about this, and they said that they had no idea how to contact Mr. Dozois to ask if he can come (he actually came to our con once before back in the 1980's, though that was before my time).

So if you can help ser, even Elio didn't know this: to what e-mail address should I send professional inquiries about scheduling a con appearance with Gardner Dozois? (if you don't want to give out such info publicly, you could shoot Elio a message and he'd tell me).

Also we've been trying to contact Anne Groell to ask if she'd like to come too, but everyone seems out of the office this week (We're having a whole panel on the World of Ice and Fire, she lives in New York, thought she might want to come to help promote it). The contact Elio told me to e-mail at Random House is only sending me auto-replies, and the convention is in one month.

Any help in contacting them would be a great help - though for all I know they're busy that week anyway.
Feb. 14th, 2017 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Gardner Dozois and Anne Groell
I've passed on your query to Gardner and Anne.
Feb. 15th, 2017 04:55 am (UTC)
Re: Gardner Dozois and Anne Groell
Whoa, thanks!
Kevin Moore
Feb. 9th, 2017 12:07 am (UTC)
quick private message
Dear Mr. Martin,

I post this not to ask for information or a reply - or even in hopes that it will make it through the screening process to appear online. Instead, I'm writing to provide information, in light of your statements about avoiding fan forums. This is no doubt an excellent idea but there's one issue I hope you know about as it could affect posterity's view of the finished work. The "Murder of Jon Arryn" is a resolved mystery worthy of Dame Agatha herself and superior to all but a handful of her greatest works. But there are two other mysteries that the HBO show seems to think are also resolved. The information I want to give you is that a massive portion of the fandom is not convinced and the debate rages on endlessly. I'm hoping that this is your intention, but if you're not aware of the controversies I'm writing to give you a heads up. The big one is "The Murder of Joffrey Baratheon". Everyone has gone over and over all the pertinent chapters with their microscopes and the version shown on HBO simply isn't provable anywhere near beyond a shadow of a doubt. The other one is "Cat and the Catspaw". Over a decade ago you publicly said that this would be settled in A Storm of Swords, but I'm here to tell you that it most certainly is not! Even Mance and his bag of silver are suspected! If it is Joff, I think literature teachers in 200 years would thank you greatly if you confirmed it before the end of the series. Thanks to you or your minion for reading this. I consider ASOIAF to be arguably the greatest work of fiction ever written and I wait with supreme patience for the next installment.
Feb. 9th, 2017 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: quick private message
This is a Wild Cards topic.
Feb. 9th, 2017 12:27 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to buying these two books again.
Ralf Seidl
Feb. 9th, 2017 12:31 am (UTC)
Looking forward to the next re-releases, especially as ebooks
Dear George,

great to see two more of the wildcard books getting re-releases. I enjoyed both quite a lot and it raises my hopes to get my hands on the next triad. Who would have thought that Puppetman makes it into the white house not as president but as chief strategist 28 years later...
Aaron Hdez
Feb. 9th, 2017 12:49 am (UTC)
Spoilers for other languages
Hi George! I have an important question regarding TWOW. Spanish is my first language and I have read all your books in spanish before. I love going into the ASOIAF Reddit as well as watching Youtube videos about your books. The question I have is regarding the publication date for other languages. Do You know if your publishers have in mind publishing the book in different languages at the same time it's published in english? I mean are the translations to other languages made after the book is published in english or do they translate the manuscript almost inmediately before your english publication? I ask you this 'cause it would be way too easy to get spoiled about the book if the spanish version takes too long to get published in comparision to the english version and I'm sure is the same case for Italian, French, German, etc. So anyway I hope you can answer this question that has been bugging me for a long time. Sorry if I wrote something poorly, English is not my first language :p
Feb. 14th, 2017 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Spoilers for other languages
No, the books cannot be published the same time in other languages as in English. Translations take time, and the translators don't get the text until the book is done and delivered.

The amount of delay varies hugely from country to country.
Feb. 9th, 2017 01:01 am (UTC)
Wild Cards
So Michael Komarck can be nominated obviously and the other 4? lol...
Noah Cohen
Feb. 9th, 2017 02:30 am (UTC)
Looks amazing
I am just loving these new covers. I may just have to reread. Every time I start to sympathize with Greg I remember this election and what a mess it was. For me, the most memorable moment was when Billy Ray went hand-to-hand with Mackie. Greg never so much as thanked him and that really got my blood boiling.
Feb. 9th, 2017 11:17 am (UTC)
Not even close to caught up, but wanted to let you know your Wild Cards posts finally got me into the series; finished the first book and am on about the third or fourth story (depending on how counting)in Aces High.

Was happily surprised to see Roger Zelazny stories (I met him once, at a book signing in 1990 at Dangerous Visions in LA, very nice man!), and also several of my favorites were by writers I'd never heard of before (and given how long ago the first Wild Cards came out, possibly never again). The Carrie Vaughn story was neat too and I'm holding out hopes to see more of Ghost Girl, even though it will probably be difficult given that the character was added over 20 years after the volume came out.

Also major thank you for your touting Arrival -- finally saw it earlier tonight, wonderful film!
Feb. 9th, 2017 12:20 pm (UTC)
You will see more of Ghost Girl in vol 3, though by then she has a new name: Wraith.
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Maximilian Lindner
Feb. 9th, 2017 12:51 pm (UTC)
Yay Demise.
Consider me hyped. I´m pretty new with this series, finished the fifth book about four months ago, and I´m eager to read more of it.
Demise was one of my favourite POV´s in Jokers Wild and I grew more and more fond of Golden Boy (who had, in my opinion, one of the most powerful storylines in the first book)
I´m really looking forward to this books, especially since you have stepped up you "villain game" in the second trilogy quiet a bit. The astronomer was fun and threatening and all, but compared to puppetman he seems pretty boring.
The characters in wildcards in generell are just amazing, damn I´m still kind of mourning Xavier Desmond.
So yeah, Im glad to see more of the wildcards soon and hope that the books 8+ don´t let me wait for them too long.
Zachary Paul
Feb. 9th, 2017 01:56 pm (UTC)
This is awesome. I can't wait to read these, the reprints have been a godsend for me being able to catch up with the old Wild Cards material. Any idea if Aces Abroad, Down and Dirty, and the following reprints, are going to get Mass Market Paperback releases? It seems like the reprints stopped with that format at Jokers Wild, haven't been able dig up any information about it from the publishers website or anything eight.
Feb. 9th, 2017 06:36 pm (UTC)
I remember both of those fondly - after Croyd Crenson, Yeoman and Popinjay were my favourite Aces...
Williamjames Hoffer
Feb. 10th, 2017 04:15 am (UTC)
Wildcards Rebirth
It is really wonderful that this series can finally come out again for new audiences. Its message of tolerance and perseverance is desperately needed in this day and age. It is also amazing what can happen when you have tremendously talented and hard working people collaborate. Congratulations! I hope it can make a dent in the rather primitive story-telling that we are getting in the movies of late with our superheroes anyway. Bad political commentary. Inarticulate heroes. Plots that make no sense. Wildcards is a welcome respite. It's really fascinating how each volume reflects and reflects on its era so well.


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