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Wild Cards Returns!

The new Wild Cards book is rapidly nearing completion, and I hope to be able to deliver it to Tor by the end of the year. I'm just waiting on a few rewrites at present.

This will be the eighteenth volume in the overall series, and the first of our "new generation" triad. The title will be INSIDE STRAIGHT. Look for it in hardcover some time next year.

For those who can't wait, I have just uploaded a short sample to my website. Just click on the blue and white shield at the top of the main page. The excerpt is by Daniel Abraham, and introduces his new ace, Jonathan Hive. Have fun reading it. I know I did.

And for those of you who know me only for A SONG OF ICE & FIRE and have never read a WILD CARDS book... well, maybe it's time you did. The two series are very different, of course, but then, I like to write (and edit) different sorts of things. Variety's a great spice, in life, and love, and reading.

(And yes, I may change the ICE & FIRE sample soon as well, but it will probably be one you've seen before, not something brand new. When A FEAST FOR CROWS came out, I realized that something close to half the book had already been out there in one form or another -- website samples, readings, promotional giveaways, excerpts in magazines, and so on. That was too much. I am not going to do that with DANCE).

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khorboth
Dec. 12th, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
I just want to second the comment about reading WILD CARDS. I am not a big super-hero fan, sticking mostly to sci-fi and fantasy, but those stories are great. It took seeing Zelazny's name as well as your own to convince me to start, but I'm catching up. Variety is great, and I look foreword to seeing the new generation.
baine_darkwolf
Dec. 12th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
A greater surprise to the fans then. The anticipation will grow even deeper!
parhelion_spark
Dec. 12th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
..maaaaybe I'll check them out. maybe.
but don't think it lets you off the hook for I&F..
*shakes fist threateningly*
mercury_glitch
Dec. 12th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
I second this, though instead of the shaking of fist, I think I'll shake my wallet temptingly.
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sailormom
Dec. 12th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
I LOVE the Wildcards books, have since they came out originally.
That being said...

I want DANCE WITH DRAGONS!!!!!!!!!

*sigh*

I whine at my Amber GM too ;)
breqwas
Dec. 12th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC)
So do all of us I suppose :)
hippoiathanatoi
Dec. 12th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
Most excellent. Love Miller's artwork included in the excerpt, too. :)
thefirstalicat
Dec. 12th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
I loved the early Wild Card series, especially the pre-current-events (as of dates of publication) stories,felt it went downhill around the middle somewhere but continued to read through what I guess is now "the first series" (? XII, plus Card Sharks). But...well, Wild Cards is amusing, but I&F is important, so I'm hoping you're through with the former and back on the latter soonest!
pernwebgoddess
Dec. 12th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Your publishers have done something really neat. My husband just picked up A Game For Thrones at Books a Million for $3.99. I think that is awesome; make the first book affordable, so that you don't have to drop ten bucks on something you're not sure of.

I've read a Wild Cards book a long time ago, and enjoyed it. This will be the first time I've picked up something else.
mercury_glitch
Dec. 12th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
I think that's the bookstore, not the publishers. Barnes and Noble still has it for the old retail price, I know because I'm sucking as many of my friends as I can into this series in the hopes that the revenue generated gets George some money to pay off the contractors so maybe they'll speed up the work and get him back to his office.
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werthead
Dec. 12th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
Wild Cards in the UK?
Great news. I've been promising myself to get into Wild Cards for ages now, but the first few books are difficult to get hold of in the UK, and I have a fear that if I started going after them on Ebay then I'd read a week later about Voyager bringing them out in spanking new editions. Oh well. I was wondering if the success of Heroes (great show) has resparked interest in a Wild Cards movie or TV series? That would be cool.
mercury_glitch
Dec. 12th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
Re: Wild Cards in the UK?
If you're willing to spend the money, you can get them brand new from amazon, just go to www.amazon.com instead of amazon.co.uk and actually I think it works in your favor given the current exchange rates.
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(Anonymous)
Dec. 12th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
Please . . .
"When A FEAST FOR CROWS came out, I realized that something close to half the book had already been out there in one form or another -- website samples, readings, promotional giveaways, excerpts in magazines, and so on. That was too much. I am not going to do that with DANCE."

Besides if he gives us one more chapter, then we'll practically be reading it at the same pace as he writes it. Zing!
kativy
Dec. 12th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
Re: Please . . .
What right do you have to expect anything of this man? We are all the unfortunate victims of a diabolically inventive genius, and it is at his whim that we get anything at all of this series. I don't mean to cater to a cowardly troll like yourself, but I was thinking about this at work today -- about how GRRM mentioned in his last post that he expected to get angry emails about his lack of progress -- and it makes me wonder, who thinks they really have the right to criticize?
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trutwijd
Dec. 12th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
Audio Books and Vikings
George, do you have audio versions of Wildcards planned? Didn't see anything on audible.com...

P.S. Will Roy Dotrice ever read another SoFaI book again???

P.P.S. I noticed your Jets play my pathetic Vikes this Sunday who have managed to drop all their meetings against the AFC East in embarrassing performances with the Bills, Dolphins and Pats - I think you'll enjoy this game. I know I will be heavily sedated...
alunatic
Dec. 12th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Audio Books and Vikings
*teams up with trutwijd again and chants "Roy Do-trice! Roy Do-trice!"*

*ignores the football talk*

Audio Wildcards would definitely get me into the series, as well. I have hours & hours of listening time, and absolutely no reading time. (I actually take off work to read all night when a new Harry Potter book comes out, because otherwise I'll get spoiled before I manage to finish listening to it.)

We love you George!! :) I'm about to start my fourth listen of ASoIaF - to those who are getting prickly about the wait for the next book, try re-reading the series in a new format to help tide you over.
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kativy
Dec. 12th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
I would just like to say: please, George Martin, pleeease take your time on Dance. As much as I'm dying to read more of the series, I would rather savor an exquisite gourmet dish than get fast food at a drive-thru.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 12th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
I'm only looking forward to Winds of Winter, if A Dance With Dragons is going to have the same feel to it as A Feast For Crows. Jaime's chapters were great, everyone else was okay... but Samwell and his "pink mast" were pretty horrible.

I myself am getting reacquianted with Robin McKinley and Glen Cook. I'm not a huge fan of the superhero genre, after all.
kizeesh
Dec. 12th, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
I have to agree, not that it wasn't an admirable continuation of the story, (I especially liked the new ongoing Greyjoy saga) but the whole book felt wrong, it took me 2 reads to work out why though.
The lack of other character chapters mean that too many of the story threads are hammered out a chapter ot two apart.
In the first 3 books I was used to reading a chapter say about Tyrion, then Sansa, Jon, Theon and Brienne before finally getting back to Tyrion again.

In Feast it was more like.. Arya, Brienne, Damphair, Arya, Sansa, Brienne..etc etc.. (I exaggerate but you get my meaning?)
xraytheenforcer
Dec. 12th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Excellent news, George! I'm looking forward to seeing them in stores. :)

(I see from Ran's comment that Miller has artwork included? SWEET!)
the_corbie
Dec. 12th, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)
It's just a clip from the already-released group pic of the new characters, I think.

But the excerpt looks great. :) And would that new head of the UN be who I think it is?
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_dahne_
Dec. 12th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
Ah, Wild Cards! I've tracked the first few of those down in used book stores. There's a lot of great concepts, and, hell, even good social commentary, through the handling of the Jokers. (There were a few essays on the topic, through the point of view of Des, I think, that were really fascinating.) The Turtle and the Sleeper are wonderful, of course, and I was surprised by how much I liked Melinda M. Snodgrass and Tachyon, but the amount of Yeoman and Fortunato to wade through to get there gets a bit discouraging ^_^

(Somebody really needs to be told that, if you can describe your character as a "sorceror-pimp" with a straight face, it's time to re-roll.)
sslounge
Dec. 12th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
As much as I'm loving Ice & Fire, I still have the 1986 Science Fiction Book Club edition of the first Wild Cards anthology that I ordered when I was eleven due to its superhero connections. It's through that book I first began to find out about subjects like the HUAC, Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson. Your Turtle story was my favourite one out of the original batch (course I didn't read those till I was a couple years younger).

It was a long fun ride though my teen years but the local bookstores stopped carrying them right after Jokertown Shuffle, so I never did find out what was going to happen to the Staten Island colony. I guess with the new releases it's about time to catch up. Take your time with Dance</i>, I think I'd like to re-read all of this series again.

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