There’s Going To Be A New George RR Martin-Affiliated TV Series To Comfort Us In A Post-GoT World
Big news: George RR Martin still has a LiveJournal account. Also, he used it to announce a new project that might ease the pain of Game of Thrones going off the air following its eighth season in (we hope) 2018.
Wild Cards is an expansive and multidisciplinary book series co-edited by Martin and sci-fi writer Melinda M. Snodgrass. 30 different writers contribute to the shared universe project (which kicked off with a first installment back in 1987). It includes comics and short story anthologies, as well as mosaic and solo novels—22 of them in total, with a new one due out this year.
Like last year’s Ridley Scott-produced adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s The Man In The High Castle, Wild Cards is set in an alternate post-WW2 universe, only here we’re dealing with an alien virus instead of Nazis. The virus kills 90% of its victims. Another 9% are inflicted with strange, permanent disabilities. The remaining 1% are, as Martin explains it, “blessed with extraordinary and unpredictable powers.” The former are called Jokers, the latter are Aces. Get it?
Wild Cards, writes Martin, “Is a universe as large and diverse and exciting as the comic book universes of Marvel and DC (though somewhat grittier, and considerably more realistic and more consistent), with an enormous cast of characters both major and minor. There are thousands of stories to be told.” Basically, if it’s picked up, this thing could go on forever (unlike GoT which is still waiting on its author to write that all-important sixth book, The Winds of Winter).
Martin won’t be directly involved with the production (HBO owns him) but Snodgrass is executive producing for NBC. The author says he hopes to see it on screens in a year or two.