SUICIDE KINGS DELIVERED
February 17, 2009
Suicide Kings, the third and concluding book in our new Wild Cards triad from Tor, has been completed and delivered to editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden. The book has not yet been scheduled, but look for it in late 2009 or early 2010.
This latest installment in the Wild Cards saga concludes the “Committee” arc that began with Inside Straight (now available in paperback at a bookstore near you) and continued with Busted Flush (released in hardcovers in December). As with the climactic volumes of past triads, Suicide Kings is a full mosaic novel, a single continuous narrative featuring six protagonists, whose stories are interwoven throughout the book. It’s a form unique to Wild Cards, and a demanding one, but we think the results are worth it. In some ways, it is similar to what I’ve done with my Ice & Fire fantasies, but with each viewpoint character written by a different author.
This time around the contributing writers are Ian Tregillis, Caroline Spector, Melinda Snodgrass, Victor Milan, S.L. Farrell, and Daniel Abraham. Rustbelt, the Amazing Bubbles, Double Helix, the Radical, Gardener, and Jonathan (Bugsy) Hive provide the threads for our tapestry in this tale of love, war, revenge, and madness in the heart of darkness… but other Wild Cards favorites will also appear, including Cameo, Hoodoo Mama, Lohengrin, Dr. Finn, Popinjay, and many more. Not to mention the usual host of new characters, in parts both large and small.
Originally launched in 1987, Wild Cards has outlasted all the other shared worlds of the 80s to become the longest-running such series in the history of our genre. Suicide Kings is the twentieth volume of the overall saga. If you haven’t tried Wild Cards yet, check out the sample on this website, where you’ll find an excerpt from Melinda Snodgrass’s interstitial for Busted Flush, featuring Noel Matthews, aka Double Helix, shapechanging teleport and assassin for Her Majesty’s Most Puissant Order of the Silver Helix. Just click on the blue and white shield on my home page.