Eep, I somehow managed to miss a book launch announcement. It’s a new book! Woot!
To be fair, it’s not available in the U.S. yet, only the U.K. But for those across the pond, or those who are happy to order from across the pond, I’m delighted to let you know that the newest Wild Cards book came out on May 1, THREE KINGS, from HarperCollins Voyager.
I’m sorry to say that the US edition from Tor won’t be out until 2022 (George tries to get the schedules sync’d as much as possible, but there’s only so much he can do). It was a real pleasure co-writing this mosaic novel with Peter Newman, Peadar Ó Guilín, Melinda M. Snodgrass and Caroline Spector.
(And George wasn’t *too* mean in the editing this time. He didn’t make me kill off anyone I didn’t want to kill, woot!
I’m really proud of this particular book — I got to write an alternate history version of Alan Turing, a history in which he does NOT die tragically young. I worked really hard to try to do Turing justice, and I hope I did a respectable job. It follow Knaves Over Queens (which I didn’t write for), but works just fine as a stand-alone. If you read Knaves Over Queens first, though, you’ll get a deeper understanding of many of the characters, so I do recommend it.
Here’s a little promo info from the link, about the Wild Cards superhero universe, and this book in particular:
“In the aftermath of World War II, the Earth’s population was devastated by an alien virus. Those who survived were changed forever. Some, known as jokers, were cursed with bizarre mental and physical mutations; others, granted superhuman abilities, became the lucky few known as aces.
Queen Margaret, who came to the English throne after the death of her sister Elizabeth, now lies on her death-bed. Summoning the joker ace Alan Turing, she urges him to seek the true heir: Elizabeth’s lost son. He was rumoured to have died as a baby but, having been born a joker, was sent into hiding.
Margaret dies and her elder son Henry becomes king and at once declares he wants to make England an ‘Anglo-Saxon country’ and suggests jokers be sent ‘to the moon’. Dangerous tensions begin to tear the country apart. The Twisted Fists – an organization of jokers led by the Green Man – are becoming more militant. And Babh, goddess of war, sees opportunities to sow strife and reap blood…”
Previews and orders are found at https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/…/three-kings-edited-by-ge…/