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Rolling on the River

Hey, hey, hey, Wild Cards fans. Good news. We're only a couple of weeks away from the release of our latest all-new all-original mosaic novel: MISSISSIPPI ROLL, the twenty-fourth volume in the overall series and the first book in what we're calling the 'America Triad.' LOW CHICAGO and TEXAS HOLD'EM will be following in due course.

DECEMBER 5 is the official publication date for the US hardcover from Tor, and the Australian edition from Harper Collins Voyager (Voyager's UK edition will follow along next year). Have a look at the two covers:



MISSISSIPPI ROLL features the work of Stephen Leigh, John Jos. Miller, Carrie Vaughn, Cherie Priest, David D. Levine, and Kevin Andrew Murphy, edited by yours truly with the able assistance of my right hand, Melinda M. Snodgrass. You'll be rolling on the river from New Orleans to Cincinnati with old favorites like Carnifex, the Midnight Angel, Hoodoo Mama, Ramshead, Sewer Jack, Wild Fox, and the Jokertown Boys, and making the acquaintance of Steam Wilbur and the haunted steam packet Natchez. We think you'll enjoy the ride.

MISSISSIPPI ROLL can be preordered from your favorite local bookstore or online bookseller. Amazon has it at https://www.amazon.com/Mississippi-Roll-Wild-Cards-novel/dp/0765390523

Although this IS the twenty-fourth book in the Wild Cards series, still going strong after thirty years, let me stress that it is not necessary to have read the first twenty-three to understand it. MISSISSIPPI ROLL stands perfectly well on its own, and the story it tells is complete in one volume. A bit of a departure for us, that last...

Oh, and speaking of Wild Cards, there's a new post up on the WC blog. Kevin Andrew Murphy details the history of Wild Cards Hollywood at http://www.wildcardsworld.com/blog/ Check it out.

((Comments permitted, on Wild Cards ONLY. Please stay on topic)).


Blair McDonald
Nov. 22nd, 2017 09:30 pm (UTC)
Newbie to Wild Cards
Whilst you mention that this book is a stand alone however is there a particular book you would recommend for a complete new-comer to the Wild Card universe? Naturally I am presuming the original, just wondering if there are more standalone novels or sub groupings within the main series...

And yes, I understand this question is 'google-able' but it is always cool to have the opinions of others.

Nov. 23rd, 2017 10:00 am (UTC)
Re: Newbie to Wild Cards
If you like audio books, I can't recommend enough to start from the beginning. I'm currently listening to the first one and the narration is gorgeous.
Blair McDonald
Nov. 23rd, 2017 10:43 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Newbie to Wild Cards
I have a monthly Audible subscription so i think i shall follow your example thanks for the feedback!
Jim Heneghan
Nov. 27th, 2017 05:13 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Newbie to Wild Cards
I really second this idea. The first 7 books (which contains the first two arcs) are all out on audiobooks. I love that the early books have become period pieces 30 years later.
Pello Arrasate
Nov. 23rd, 2017 10:14 am (UTC)
RE: Newbie to Wild Cards
Inside Straight. It is a new beginning for the series, and i think it is the best place to start. The older books are also really cool dont get me wrong. But i find this new phase of the series more stable and charming, and especially more relatable to a modern reader.
Sorry for my english, i'm not a native speaker ^^u
Blair McDonald
Nov. 23rd, 2017 10:44 pm (UTC)
RE: Newbie to Wild Cards
Thanks for the response I think im going to start from the beginning and see how that goes, apreciate the response!
Draco Volantus
Nov. 22nd, 2017 10:37 pm (UTC)
Sir Duncan
Is sir Duncan a tribute to Dave Duncan?

Thanks for answer in advance :)
Nov. 23rd, 2017 09:09 pm (UTC)
RE: Sir Duncan
David Levin
Nov. 23rd, 2017 03:58 am (UTC)
My next buy !
Can not wait.
Nov. 23rd, 2017 07:12 am (UTC)
Oh, there's such a cool art on first cover! Could you, please, tell who is the artist?
Jason Powell
Nov. 24th, 2017 08:07 pm (UTC)
Looks like a good mix of old and new.

I've been reading these books from the start and plan on being a fan to the very end. :)

Seeing Sewer Jack's name is heartening, as I always appreciate the continuity in the series that stretches back to the early days.

On that note, I wanted to ask, are there any plan to follow up on the early books' intimations of an eventual Network invasion of Earth? (Tachyon still owes the Network one thanks to that contract with Jube ...)

Edited at 2017-11-24 08:09 pm (UTC)
Nov. 24th, 2017 10:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Looks like a good mix of old and new.
Eventually... could be. We try to pay off all the set ups, but in the case of Wild Cards it could take decades.
Jason Powell
Nov. 25th, 2017 12:35 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Looks like a good mix of old and new.
Cool. Thanks for the reply!

As a reader from the start, I really appreciate the effort to continue paying things off and not let those pre-"Tor relaunch" dangling threads languish.

So, thanks to you and the consortium for that! It's extremely rewarding for us longtime fans. (I just told Vic Milan on Facebook that seeing the end of the Radical's story when I was over 30 after first discovering the character as a teenager was a phenomenal reading experience.)

Marshall Brown
Nov. 24th, 2017 09:25 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to read
Are you actually a mad scientist currently working on engineering the wild card virus in your basement? Please advise.
Kendon Holtz
Nov. 26th, 2017 07:30 pm (UTC)
Mostly off topic... but partially on topic! (litRPG genre)
Hey George,

I'm claiming this is on topic because this post reminded me that the origin-story for starting Wild Cards was a D&D group with the other writers(if I recall correctly).

That in turn reminded me of my recent binge of litRPG books, starting with "Ready Player One" and continuing due to some automated recommendations from the interwebs... Anyway, that binge gave me some mixed feelings about the genre so I was just realizing I don't think I've seen you mention the litRPG genre before so I was curious about your thoughts of the genre since it mixes Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and often D&D rules (see, back to Wild Cards origin!).

So simply put: What do you think about the litRPG "furniture"? And are there any specific books you'd recommend? Thanks!
Nov. 27th, 2017 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Mostly off topic... but partially on topic! (litRPG genre)
Ah... I didn't realize that "litRPG" was a genre. Or even a subgenre.

I enjoyed the hell out of READY PLAYER ONE, though, and I'm looking forward to the movie.
Jim Heneghan
Nov. 27th, 2017 05:09 am (UTC)
Forgive my ignorance in the question. But I assume the audiobook people can only work on one book at a time. My question is what are they going to be working on first? One Eyed Jacks or Mississippi Roll?

Also you mentioned in the past you were always mentally looking for actors to portray Tyrion, do you ever do that for the great and powerful turtle?
Nov. 27th, 2017 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Audiobooks

No WC audiobooks are in production at the moment, but I hope we'll be back at it soon.


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