Into a world hungry for peace, comes a spaceship ferrying chaos...
An alien bomb is detonated above the planet, shedding an indiscriminate gene virus on an Earth barely recovered from the horrors of World War ll. The result: Wild Cards. ACES blessed with superhuman powers and JOKERS cursed with bizarre physical and mental disfigurements.
And so began a series of shared-world anthologies that would bring the metahuman into the real world - our world. Everything up until 1946 is how we remember it. After that watershed year, many things will have changed.
Welcome to WildCardsOnline, the guide to all things Wild Card. Want to know how it all started? What each book is about? Who the main characters are? Chances are you'll find what you want here. If not, let us know and we'll try to do something about it. In the meantime...
WILD CARDS NEWS
October 6 2013
NEW IMAGES ADDED & A NEW SITE FOUND
Those who check out the Miscellaneous page will find new images for the UK Wild Cards editions as well as covers for the rereleased Italian versions.
There's also a brand new Brazilian Wild Cards blogsite that's worth checking out. Naturally, those who speak Portuguese will likely get more out of it than we English-speakers, but there's a fascinating 15-minute video on there titled 'Making of the Cover Art by Marc Simonetti' that's definitely worth a look.
June 7 2013
AND YET ANOTHER NEW WILD CARDS SHORT STORY
Tor has posted another brand new Wild Cards short on its website. 'The Elephant In The Room' is by Paul Cornell and features Abigail the Understudy, Elephant Girl, and best of all, Croyd 'The Sleeper' Crenson. Once again, cover art is by provided by John Picacio. Check it out here.
May 23 2013
ANOTHER NEW WILD CARDS SHORT STORY
A second brand new eBook format short story is now available to read on the Tor website. Written by Cherie Priest, 'The Button Man and The Murder Tree' is an origin story for the character last seen in Fort Freak.
May 1 2013
'LOWBALL' NEWS & SOME NEW FOREIGN EDITIONS
The manuscript for 'Lowball', the 22nd Wild Cards volume, has been delivered to Tor and will likely be released in the summer of 2014. Chapter titles and featured characters can be found on George RR Martin's blog post here.
Also, JOKERS WILD is now set for a trade paperback release in February 2014. As can be seen on the left, Michael Komarck has delivered another stunning cover, this time featuring Wraith.
LeYa, the Brazilian publisher of the Wild Cards, has also commissioned Marc Simonetti to paint new covers for their first three volumes, and the first one (featuring Golden Boy) can be found on our Miscellaneous page.
In addition, the first three volumes have been reissued in Russia, with new covers by D. Borozdina. George very kindly sent along scans which are now up on the same page.
January 19 2013
NEW WILD CARDS STORY ONLINE
Daniel Abraham has written a new Wild Cards story called 'When We Were Heroes', starring Curveball and Bugsy. It's currently only available in eBook format and can be read or downloaded at the Tor website here. As can be seen on the left, it's also got a great cover by John Picacio (click on the image for a larger version).
On George RR Martin's blog, he says this is planned as the first in a series of online originals which might then all get collected in book format further down the line.
August 6 2012
NEW BOOKS AND SOME MORE REPRINTS
According to George RR Martin's blog, the editing of the latest Wild Cards installment, LOWBALL, is close to being finished and the manuscript will shortly be submitted to Tor. Interestingly, George says this volume will count as the second part of the curent triad, of which FORT FREAK was the first. He also states that contracts have already been signed for the concluding volume, a full-on mosaic novel to be titled HIGH STAKES.
In other news, Tor will continue issuing new trade paperback versions of the earlier volumes all the way up to DEAD MAN'S HAND (and possibly beyond). Similar to the reissue of WILD CARDS volume one, three additional new stories will be included for ACES ABROAD.
On the international front, Gollancz/Orion have agreed to publish British editions of the first three volumes, as well as INSIDE STRAIGHT, BUSTED FLUSH, SUICIDE KINGS, FORT FREAK and LOWBALL. In addition, contracts have been signed with J'ai Lu for French translations of the first six volumes. George also hints that additional foreign deals are currently being negotiated.
November 3 2011
AUDIOBOOKS, REPRINTS AND MOVIE NEWS
As previously reported, the second Wild Cards volume, ACES HIGH, will be reissued by Tor five days before Christmas on 20th December and can be pre-ordered from Amazon. Once again, the stories are presented under a glorious cover by Michael Komarck. The cover star this time is Water Lily. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version.
Also coming soon are CD audiobook versions of the first two volumes. Published by Brilliance Audio, they are totally unabridged, come with newly designed covers and are read by Luke Daniels. The first book is released on November 8, consists of 16 CDs and lasts 19 hours. You can order it here. The second volume will be released on December 20 and will comprise 13 CDs lasting 15 hours. This one can be pre-ordered from Amazon.
Perhaps more importantly for the long-term fan, however, is the news reported on George's blog that movie and television rights to the series have been optioned by SyFy Films, a new joint venture of Universal Pictures and the SyFy Channel. The plan is for a theatrically released feature film first, with more features and/or a TV series to follow if successful. Co-creators George RR Martin and Melinda Snodgrass will act as executive producers, while Melinda is writing the first screenplay draft.
Best news of all? There's a link within the blog that takes you to the trade article in The Hollywood Reporter, wherein George mentions that The Sleeper will be part of the roll call.