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
January 18 2014
NEW WILD CARDS STORY RELEASED
As George RR Martin fans will probably already know, a new anthology DANGEROUS WOMEN - edited by George and Gardner Dozois - was released back in December of 2013. Of particular interest to this site, however, is the fact that one of the stories, a novella called LIES MY MOTHER TOLD ME by Caroline Spector, actually takes place in the Wild Cards universe and focuses on The Amazing Bubbles and Voodoo Mama. The book is currently available everywhere and can also be picked up from the US and UK Amazon sites.
January 11 2014
'LOWBALL' UPDATE & EXCERPT
George RR Martin has recently uploaded an excerpt from the upcoming Wild Cards volume, LOWBALL. It's a sample from David Anthony Durham's story, 'Those About To Die,' featuring the Infamous Black Tongue, and you can read it here.
On his blog, George confirms that the book is still due for release this coming summer and as you can see on the left, Michael Komarck has once again supplied another wonderful cover, this time featuring the Black Tongue. George also adds that the Wild Cards consortium are currently hard at work on the twenty-third volume, HIGH STAKES.
On a side note, a number of new images have been added to this site's Miscellaneous page, including another Russian cover by D. Borozdina (featuring a sombre Fortunato), the cover to the second Brazilian Wild Cards volume by Marc Simonetti (featuring The Turtle), as well as a few other odds and ends.
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.