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Jetboy Flies Again

Look up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a blimp!! No, it's FIVE blimps strung together!!! And here comes Jetboy...

That was how the Wild Cards series began, way way back in 1987 before some of you were born. Here we are in 2009, and the series is still going strong. The new books, INSIDE STRAIGHT and BUSTED FLUSH (and don't forget SUICIDE KINGS, coming this December from Tor) have drawn a lot of new readers to our world of aces and jokers, and many of them have been emailing me to ask where they can find the old books. But with the original series long out of print, the best I could do was suggest that they search on ebay and ABE in hopes of turning up some used copies at a not-too-outrageous price.

Well, all that is about to change. I'm pleased to announce that the response to the new Wild Cards books has been strong enough that our friends at Tor Books are going to start doing new editions of the original series -- starting right at the beginning with the first three volumes: WILD CARDS, ACES HIGH, and JOKERS WILD. Our first triad.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but we're talking about bringing the books out as hardcovers (the old editions from Bantam and Titan were paperback originals, though the Science Fiction Book CLub did reprint volumes one through six as hardcovers)and possibly as omnibus editions. Details on that remain to be explored, but I'll be sure and keep you posted.

But that's not even the best part yet.

Longtime fans of the series may recall that the first book, WILD CARDS, was our historical volume, with stories that took us all the way from Dr. Tachyon's arrival on Earth in 1946 right up to the Wild Card "present," which back then was 1986. We had forty years to cover, and I like to think we covered it pretty well... but of course, there were gaps. Years and even decades of Wild Card history that we simply did not have the space to dramatize.

Tor's new edition will help rectify that. We're not just reprinting the original WILD CARDS, as it was first published; we're adding three brand-new, original, never-before-published stories set during some of the "lost years" we couldn't cover last time around. So this edition of WILD CARDS will be the director's cut, if you will, fortified and expanded with original content, extra fiber, and three news tales:
- Michael Cassutt will take us back to 1956 with, "Captain Cathode v the Secret Ace,"
- David D. Levine will visit 1960, to tell us about "Powers," and,
- Carrie Vaughn will show us 1981, as "Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan."

We think these will be three terrific new additions to the Wild Cards saga, and we're excited about the chance to present them to you. Look for the new expanded WILD CARDS some time in 2010. More details when I have 'em.

We can't die yet. We haven't seen THE JOLSON STORY.



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May. 1st, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Nice! Damnation, just when I thought it was safe to go to the bookstore again, you gotta go and get stuff reprinted things that have fallen into disrepair in my collection.
May. 1st, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
May. 1st, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
I still remember where I found my first Wild Card book. It was about 1987 and I was flying for some reason. In the airport the cover caught my eye and I bought the book. I was annoyed when the plane landed and I had to put my book away. I finished it that evening and kept an eye out for the next one and the one after that.

Never failed to entertain me and I still have my copies including a very tattered copies of the first couple of books.

With the new stories, I will be buying the re-issues.
May. 1st, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Please please push for Massmarket or even trade paper releases. Working in a bookstore (B&N if you must know) I can tell you HC sales pale in comparison to TP/MM sales. Especially with the current economic set backs.

It's also much easier to sell someone on a new series when its MM/TP versus HC.
May. 1st, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Oooohoooo... you're GOOD.
I was wondering how you'd entice me to pick up yet another edition of Wild Cards 1, given I have the Bantam paperback and the Byron Preiss edition as well. New material? Sign me up!
May. 1st, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Oh, sweet! I found the very first Wild Cards at a used bookstore and loved it, but haven't been able to track down the ensuing volumes for a reasonable price. This is most welcome news!
May. 1st, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
That is fantastic, I have those 3 books, and the next 2 after them and this will allow me to read more Wild Cards as they are expensive to find online :(
May. 1st, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)

I picked up my copies of these last summer. Then Hurricane Ike destroyed them (and most of my books and other stuff). I hadn't had any luck finding them again, after the storm.
May. 1st, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
That's good to hear. My old copies are getting shabby and the new material is an added bonus.
May. 1st, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
This is great news, my paperbacks are aging! New stories are welcome and I'd buy hardcovers!
May. 1st, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
YAY! I've had to resort to buying them used on Amazon :) Glad to see this happening!!
May. 1st, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Any chance of another anthology like "Deuces Down" that covers some of those historical gaps?
May. 1st, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Even without the bonus material, I would totally buy that!
May. 1st, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
Very cool!
Wild Cards is a big part of what got me started down the author path. I'm delighted to see it continuing on like this, and I'll look forward to the reissues. My first edition paperbacks are in pretty sad shape.
May. 1st, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
You can bet I'll be picking those up.
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