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September 18, 2020 at 9:43 am
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Jason Powell is back again, with a new and expanded version of his Billy Joel parody, to include references to a few of the latest volumes of Wild Cards.   It’s a lot of fun.   If you’re a fan of either Billy Joel or Wild Cards, you may get a kick out of it.

And remember, signed copies of all the Wild Cards books are available from Beastly Books.   Many with multiple autographs.

And yes, that includes the new trade paperback reissue of DEALER’S CHOICE, which Tor released on September 1.  Just in!

 

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DEALER’S CHOICE Returns

September 1, 2020 at 9:38 am
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The last days of the Rox are at hand (again).   Bloat’s dream of a joker homeland on Ellis Island faces its ultimate test.

DEALER’S CHOICE was the eleventh volume in the original run of Wild Cards from Bantam Books, and the third and concluding volume in the Rox Triad.   This one is a fully interwoven mosaic novel, written by Stephen Leigh, Walter Jon Williams, John Jos. Miller, the late great Edward Bryant, and George R.R. Martin, action from start to finish. Out of print for more than twenty-five years, it returns today in a new trade paperback edition from our friends at Tor, with spectacular new cover art from Michael Komarck (who really should be contending for Hugos).

Bloat, the governor of the Rox, occupies center stage this time around, as he and his strange community of jokers and jumpers fight for survival.  Starring with him are fan favorites Modular Man, Carnifex, Wyungare, and the Great and Powerful Turtle.  Co-stars and supporting players include Sewer Jack, Legion, Herne the Huntsman, Cameo, Mr. Nobody, Elephant Girl, Mistral and Cyclone, the bodysnatcher, Detroit Steel, Snotman (the REFLECTOR, dammit!) and many many more.

Copies should be available at any good bookshop still open, or from your favorite on-line bookseller.

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WILD CARDS Soars On

August 10, 2020 at 8:47 am
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Some cool new content for Wild Cards fans on the official Wild Cards website.

On the blog, Kevin Andrew Murphy takes a detailed look at the history of the Church of Jesus Christ, Joker:

The Church of Jesus Christ, Joker

Meanwhile, our ace interviewer Ti Mikkel has had a sit-down with Daniel Abraham, creator of Jonathan Hive, Spasm, Father Henry Obst, and other fun characters.   That one is worth a look as well:

Daniel Abraham

Meanwhile, congratulations are in order to Daniel and his fellow Wild Card author Ty Franck.   Writing together as James S.A. Corey, they won this year’s Hugo Award for BEST SERIES at CoNZealand, the (virtual) worldcon put on by the fans of New Zealand (but not, alas, held there), for their series of EXPANSE novels.

Congratulations are also due to Max Gladstone, another Wild Carder (creator of Rubberband), who together with his collaborator Amal El-Mohtar took home the Hugo Award for BEST NOVELLA for “This is How You Lose the Time War.”

WILD CARDS itself did not make so much as a dent in the Hugo voting this year, not even on the long list… but it is great to see some of our authors flying high.   We have some damned talented folks contributing to Wild Cards, and we are proud of them all.

The Knaves Are Back

July 14, 2020 at 7:20 am
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Hey, Wild Carders!   Did you miss KNAVES OVER QUEENS, the first book in our British triad, and the twenty-sixth in the overall series (or possibly the twenty-seventh, depending on whether you go by the British or American release dates)?

Have no fear.  The knaves are coming back.   TODAY is the official release date for Tor’s trade paperback edition.

Come meet the Seamstress, Enigma, the Green Man, Charlie Soper, Badh, Stonemaiden, Archimedes, the Visitor, Allen Crippen, Jenny Three Arms, Pygmalion, Banger & Mash, and Jiniri.   Renew your acquaintance with Double Helix, Captain Flint, and Winston Churchill.

Available TODAY from your local bookshop (if they are open), or your favorite online bookseller.

 

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Picacio Speaks

June 15, 2020 at 4:35 pm
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Every two weeks or so, we upload new posts on our official Wild Cards blog at https://www.wildcardsworld.com/blog/

Our latest blog post is from the one and only JOHN PICACIO, the latest winner of SFWA’s Solstice Award (which I had the honor to present to him — virtually, of course), and one of the leading artists and illustrators in our genre… and any other genre, for that matter.   John talks about the artwork he has done for the Wild Cards stories on Tor.com, the Ice & Fire calendar he did for me way back when, and much much more.

If you love his art, or SF and fantasy art in general, his piece is a must read.   And while you are there, check out some of the other stuff we have to offer on our Wild Cards website, and sign up for our newsletter.   There’s always something new in the wonderful world of Wild Cards.

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Bloggity Bloggity

May 25, 2020 at 8:00 am
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History buffs, baseball fans, and Wild Carders alike will enjoy the newest post on the Wild Cards blog, John Jos. Miller’s “Annotated Long Night at the Palmer House,” touching on all the references, hidden and fictional, in his acclaimed LOW CHICAGO interstitial.

The Annotated “A Long Night At The Palmer House”

When he is not writing Wild Cards stories or watching the New York Mets, John is a huge fan of… ah… strange cinema.   Of late he has been doing some fun blog posts for our friends over at BLACK GATE, talking about some of his odder favorites.  Check it out at:

https://www.blackgate.com/2020/05/12/son-of-19-movies-the-good-the-bad-and-the-weird-edition/#more-427597

 

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Khan Has Come (Again)

May 6, 2020 at 1:42 pm
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Marko Kloos’s new Wild Cards story, “Berlin Is Never Berlin,” went up this morning on Tor.com.

Khan is back, and kicking ass.   Check it out.   It’s FREE.   Be sure to leave a comment.

Berlin Is Never Berlin

If you missed Khan’s first appearance, hunt up a copy of LOW CHICAGO.   He’s our cover guy.   Autographed copies are available from Beastly Books via mailorder.   https://jeancocteaucinema.com/product-category/signed-books/

I hope all of you reading this are safe and snug and socially distant.

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Brad and H’ard

May 2, 2020 at 1:08 pm
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Hey, Wild Carders.  There’s a cool new interview up on the Wild Cards website, wherein Brad Denton, one of the newest members of the consortium, talks with Howard Waldrop, one of the originals… author of the very first Wild Cards story, “Thirty Minutes Over Broadway.”

If you’ve ever wondered how Jetboy’s last adventure came to be, who actually wrote his final words, or how H’ard pissed off Roger Zelazny, the world’s nicest man, this is the interview for you.

Of course, it is all done on the telephone, so everyone can stay safely socially distant, donchaknow.

Check it out at:

Fifty Minutes Over Manchaca (now Menchaca) Road!

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Come On Back to San Antone, Y’All

April 19, 2020 at 6:25 pm
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Did you miss TEXAS HOLD ‘EM when it first came out in hardcover?

No problem.   Come APRIL 28, Tor will be releasing the book in trade paperback.   All the fun, for fewer dollars.

TEXAS HOLD ‘EM is the twenty-seventh volume of the Wild Cards series, and the third in our America Triad… but it stands alone just fine, and you do not have to have read any of the preceding volumes to enjoy it.   It’s the story of a group of kids from Xavier Desmond High in Jokertown travelling to San Antonio for a jazz band competition, and all that befalls them there, starring an all star cast of favorite characters both old (Mr. Nobody, Jade Blossom, and Bubbles) and new (Rubberband, Bacho, Skeeter, The Darkness and The Dust).   Contributing writers on this one were Caroline Spector, William F. Wu, Walton (Bud) Simons, David Anthony Durham, Max Gladstone, Diana Rowland, and — in his last solo outing for Wild Cards — the late great Victor Milan, who helped launch the series back in 1987.  I edited, assisted by Melinda M. Snodgrass,

The Wild Cards universe is vast, and contains both darkness and light.  TEXAS HOLD ‘EM is one of our lighter outings, a good fun read.   If that’s what you are looking for during these grim days of isolation and quarantine, give it a try.   I think you will enjoy it.

You can reserve an autographed paperback, signed by yours truly, from Beastly Books, mailorder.   We also have a good stock remaining of the original Tor hardcover, with signatures by several writers as well.   All at https://jeancocteaucinema.com/beastlybooks/

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The Visitor Returns

March 20, 2020 at 8:28 am
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Good news, Wild Carders.

Mark Lawrence is back with a brand new Visitor story, a sequel to his story in KNAVES OVER QUEENS.

It’s on Tor.com and it’s FREE.

The Visitor: Kill or Cure

Check it out.   I think you’ll really enjoy this one.   The Visitor is an amazing character, and Mark’s a wonderful writer.

And what better way to spend a day in self-quarantine than reading a great new story.

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