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Aces, Aces Everywhere

Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December...

And here we are again.

The good thing about December 1, though, is that we're only four days from the publication date of MISSISSIPPI ROLL, the latest Wild Cards original.



And to bide the time till the Natchez hits the river, here's another Wild Cards video from Tor, assembled from the interviews they did at MidAmericon II. This time the subject is aces.



Keep reading... and watch out for talkative ravens.

((Comments welcome: on WILD CARDS))

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( 11 comments )
emilyesoteric
Dec. 1st, 2017 10:25 pm (UTC)
AWESOME video!
Hi George,

I have been a huge fan of a lot your works for a long time, and even though I read your blog every time you post I haven't really found anything I felt compelled to comment on... until now! It was REALLY cool to see some of the different authors of Wild Cards talk about their favorite characters. In particular I thought the segments by you and Melinda Snodgrass were really awesome. So far I've only read the first of the Wild Card novels... I wanted to read them all in order but I swear some of your posts make the new books sound so enticing I might just read them as I can get my hands on them, anyway!

Your "A Song of Ice and Fire" series is my absolute favorite series (like it is for most people, I'm sure), but I am SO glad to be introduced to all these other amazing stories on your blog. So thank you! I can't wait for you to finish your next novel, but at least in the mean time I have so many AMAZING stories to read. I feel like Wild Cards crept up on me out of nowhere to be one of my favorite series and I love it. <3

- Emily Grandone
dromozoan
Dec. 2nd, 2017 04:48 pm (UTC)
Ten superpowers that would be great to have:

Physical perfection in every possible way.

The ability to extract information from everywhere in space and time (except the future).

Super-pheromones that made you irresistible for females.

Crossing into parallel universes and other dimensions.

Having an astral body. Then you could fly, walk through walls and be invisible all at once.

Being able to transform into an inanimate liquid. But only when I went to bed at night. Imagine walking into a dark, peaceful and warm room, and then slip into a golden bucket and never feel the need to tossing and turning, breathing, feel your heart beat or the need to scratch yourself. You would wake up refreshed and feeling good every morning.

The ability to forget what you don't want to remember. Photographic memory would be a curse in my opinion.

Total control over your emotions. Never again a dull day.

Slow down and almost stop time, except the little time bubble you live in yourself. The world would turn into a three dimensional painting you could walk through.

"What if"-powers. Being able to predict possible outcomes of what will happen if you do this or that.
grrm
Dec. 2nd, 2017 09:06 pm (UTC)
Many of these powers are possessed by various characters in the Wild Cards universe.
StockJesus
Dec. 2nd, 2017 05:19 pm (UTC)
Skin Trade
Hello - Werewolves, were art thou?
grrm
Dec. 2nd, 2017 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Skin Trade
In Wild Cards, Mick Jagger is a werewolf.

"Skin Trade" is a whole 'nother universe. Still hoping to make a television series from that story, but some judge in Ohio threw a spanner in the works...
Kylie Ingram
Dec. 4th, 2017 12:25 am (UTC)
Graduation cap idea
Hello! I graduate in 2 weeks from college. Do you have any ideas for my graduation cap decoration?
sdschaffer
Dec. 4th, 2017 07:21 am (UTC)
Okay, Wild Cards question: was the name of the character Captain Trips meant as a nod to Jerry Garcia, The Stand, a little of both, or some other Captain Trips of which I have no knowledge?
grrm
Dec. 5th, 2017 12:31 am (UTC)
You would have to ask Vic Milan, but yes, I think it was.
sdschaffer
Dec. 5th, 2017 12:02 pm (UTC)
The Wikipedia page listing the characters of Wild Cards lists you as the creator of Captain Trips.

Wikipedia providing erroneous information? I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you!

In reflection, one thing lending credence to the idea that Vic Milan may have had THE STAND on the mind when he made the character: both series get their plot started by a massively lethal virus that kills the overwhelming majority of people it infects, but mysteriously leaves some people alive. Granted, no one gets superpowers in THE STAND except Randall Flag and the magical black lady, and the disease Captain Trips is much more lethal and widespread than the Wild Card virus, but I can see the similarities.

Edited at 2017-12-05 12:23 pm (UTC)
John Vizcarra
Dec. 4th, 2017 08:10 pm (UTC)
Cover differences
This may be a silly question, but what is the difference between the two covers? Is one an ebook or TPB cover?
grrm
Dec. 5th, 2017 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Cover differences
One is American and one is Australian.
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