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WILD CARDS is headed back to its roots.

The early volumes in our long-running shared-world anthology series largely centered around Manhattan, especially the parts of the Bowery and Lower East Side that became known as Jokertown. More recent entries, however, have been wider in scope, often international. But I've signed the contracts for another brand new, all-original Wild Cards mosaic novel, and I'm pleased to announce that with FORT FREAK the series is coming home again.

Manhattan’s 5th precinct has seen it all. Its historic precinct house on Elizabeth Street is the oldest in the New York City, and the cops and detectives based there are charged with keeping the peace in Chinatown, Little Italy, the Bowery, and parts of the Lower East Side.

In our alternate universe, the jokers – deformed, twisted victims of the alien virus known as the wild card – began moving into tenements of the Bowery and Lower East Side in the late 40s and early 50s, driving out the “nats” (naturals) and transforming the area into a colorful, dangerous, and often surreal slum district that soon became known as Jokertown. The 5th precinct became the Jokertown precinct. It did not take long before the city’s police began calling the precinct house “Fort Freak.”

Fort Freak and its cops and detectives have figured in many of our older Wild Cards stories, albeit usually in the background. But with this new volume, we're finally going to tell the stories of the brave men and women who walk the mean streets and strange alleys of Jokertown, and the unique and dangerous challenges that face.

FORT FREAK is the title, and Tor will once again be our publisher. The lineup of contributors for this one includes Cherie Priest, Melinda M. Snodgrass, David Anthony Durham, Stephen Leigh, Paul Cornell, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Victor Milan, and John Jos. Miller. The featured characters will be a mix of old favorite and new creations.

This will be the twenty-first volume in the Wild Cards series, first launched in 1987.

Look for FORT FREAK in your favorite bookstore in late 2010 or early 2011. We've just started work on this one.



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May. 12th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
May. 12th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Why haven't you told us?!?!?!!
*Grin* Cyanide Studios (France) has the rights to develop (already underway) ASOIF games!!! WHEEE! I just read it on IGN. Anything else you could fill us in on????

Mood: Splendiferous! (AA Milne.)
May. 12th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Is this going to be a volume set at various points in history? I dig those.
May. 12th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Yea! Cherie linked us here from twitter - can't wait!
May. 12th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Is this the first book in the series that doesn't have a card-pun title (unless Ft. Freak is a really obscure card game I've never heard of)?

* feels sad *
May. 13th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
That was my thought as well. Is this the subject of the new arc or the title of the book? If it's a card game I've never heard of it either.
May. 12th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Also, do you have any more info on the official Song of Ice and Fire computer game that was just announced? :-)

May. 12th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Excellent news, and a nice drawing of some of the cast of characters. It'll be interesting to see the WILD CARDS take on the police precinct drama. Alan Moore's TOP TEN treads superficially similar territory but, I suspect, with a completely different tone and direction.
May. 13th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm certain we can come up with a poker variant called "Fort Freak" without too much trouble.

This promises to be fun.
May. 13th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
I think this will go over very well. I can imagine that this would make a great TV show if not that I would be a great place for running RPG adventures.
May. 13th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
May. 13th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
Neil Gaiman
May. 13th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
This will pleased the husband mightily. He's reading Inside Straight now (got to it before I could, damn him) and he's eager to pick up the rest of the books in the series. Congratulations to you and the contributing authors!
May. 13th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Did you see the new blog entry Neil Gaiman has up in your defense (and really in defense of all writers)?

May. 13th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
One of the many reasons I love Neil Gaiman. Have you seen this?

"George R.R. Martin is not your bitch."

His newest blog entry....

May. 13th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Neil Gaiman is asked about your work and does a good job
On his website neilgaiman.com Neil Gaiman is asked by a fan of yours about your work ethic and the author's responsibility towards the reader concenrig release dates and so on... Neil does a pretty good job answering and relating all this to you being an author of an epic series AND being a human being with a life. Read it! It's worth the trip :-))
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