July 12, 2007
Wild Cards fans — be sure and visit the Tor booth at this year’s San Diego Comicon, to register for their special convention drawing. Tor will have half a dozen glossy 11 x 17 inch posters of the gorgeous Michael Komarck cover for INSIDE STRAIGHT on display, autographed by me and five of my contributors (Melinda Snodgrass, John Jos. Miller, Daniel Abraham, Ian Tregillis, and Carrie Vaughn), and will be handing out the posters to the lucky winners. Flyers and other information about the new triad will also be available at the Tor booth, and Wild Cards authors Carrie Vaughn and Kevin Andrew Murphy will be attending the con, and will be glad to answer your questions about their characters and stories (though I’ve made them swear blood oaths not to give too much away). I won’t be able to attend myself this year, but I will be there in spirit…
INSIDE STRAIGHT is scheduled for a January, 2008 release in hardcover. It’s the eighteenth volume in the Wild Cards series, which we originally launched with Bantam way back in 1987, but it’s not necessary to have read the preceding seventeen books to be able to understand and enjoy this one. INSIDE STRAIGHT is the opening salvo of a brand-new triad. This is “Wild Cards – the New Generation.” A few of the older, established characters will appear in INSIDE STRAIGHT, some in major roles and some just as cameos, but mostly this book will belong to the new kids on the block — Bugsy, Lohengrin, Curveball, Earth Witch, Bubbles, Rustbelt, Lilith, Drummer Boy, and a whole bunch more. I can’t wait for you to meet them. I think our old Wild Cards readers will find them worthy successors to Tachyon and the Turtle and Fortunato and Yeoman and the rest of our first generation stars… and I hope our new readers will like them enough to go out and hunt up some of the old books on ABE.
The lineup:

  • “Who the Fuck was Jetboy?” Daniel Abraham
  • “Dark of the Moon” Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • “Jonathan Hive Sells Out” Daniel Abraham
  • “Chosen Ones: Part One” Carrie Vaughn
  • “First Among Losers” Daniel Abraham
  • “Chosen Ones: Part Two” Carrie Vaughn
  • “Better Than Television” Daniel Abraham
  • “Looking for Jetboy” Michael Cassutt
  • “Metagames” Caroline Spector
  • “All the Best Stories Start, ‘This One Time, We Were Really Drunk… ” Daniel Abraham
  • “Star Power” Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • “Wakes the Lion” John Jos. Miller
  • “A Bad Day in Cairo” Daniel Abraham
  • “Crusader” George R.R. Martin
  • “Real People, Really Dying” Daniel Abraham
  • “The Tin Man’s Lament” Ian Tregillis
  • “Hey, Guys. My Dad’s Got a Warehouse! Let’s Put on a War!” Daniel Abraham
  • “Incidental Music for Heroes” S.L. Farrell
  • “Blood on the Sun” Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • “Looking for Jetboy: Epilogue” Michael Cassutt
  • “Give the Wookie a Medal” Daniel Abraham
For a taste of things come, be sure to check out the Wild Cards Sample on this website.
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