Into a world hungry for peace, comes a spaceship ferrying
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 Wild Cards Online, the unofficial 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
December 14 2016
BOOK NEWS AND TWO MORE E-SHORTS
According to George RR Martin's blog he's just delivered the second volume in the upcoming American triad - LOW CHICAGO - to Tor, while the first book, MISSISSIPPI ROLL, was already submitted back in October. He adds that they're now hard at work on the third volume, TEXAS HOLD 'EM.
George has also provided a few more details on the two upcoming e-shorts. The first is 'THE THING ABOUT GROWING UP IN JOKERTOWN' by Carrie Vaughn, and will be uploaded by Tor on December 21. The second is a Drummer Boy tale by Stephen Leigh called 'THE ATONEMENT TANGO', and will be available for free on the Tor website from January 18 of next year. Naturally, we'll post the links when we get them. Additionally, links to all the previously published e-shorts can now be found at the BOOKS section of this site.
December 1 2016
OFFICIAL WILD CARDS WEBSITE DEBUTS
Yep, you heard right. After years of hopeful waiting, George RR Martin has finally launched the first fully authorised Wild Cards website at www.wildcardsworld.com. And not only is it beautifully designed, but it's also packed to the rafters with all kinds of great content that will thrill new and old fans alike. You've got videos, interviews, blog articles, up-to-date author and character profiles, scans of domestic and foreign book covers, and plenty more besides. There's also a link in there to the Brilliance Audio site where you can listen to the first audiobook for FREE. So head over to www.wildcardsworld.com without delay and bookmark it as your first stop for all things Wild Card.
July 30 2016
'HIGH STAKES' OUT SOON
George RR Martin has kindly sent us a high-resolution copy of the brand new Michael Komarck cover to HIGH STAKES (click on thumbnail for a better look), which is due for publication by Tor on August 23 - although George mentions there will be a special advance launch/signing at the WorldCon at Kansas City a week prior to this.
According to a recent post on George's blog site, this concluding volume of the current triad will be the usual full mosaic novel - with six writers providing six different character viewpoints so as to provide one continuous narrative throughout the book. The writers and characters in question are John Jos. Miller (Midnight Angel), Caroline Spector (Amazing Bubbles), Ian Tregillis (Tesseract), Melinda M. Snodgrass (Franny Black), Stephen Leigh (Babel), and David Anthony Durham (Infamous Black Tongue).
George also tells us that work is continuing on the next Wild Cards triad, and that there will also be a further two short stories coming up on the Tor site, 'with more in the pipeline.'
May 12 2016
'DISCARDS' NOW UP AT TOR
As promised in a previous post, David D. Levine's short story DISCARDS is now up at the Tor site and can be viewed here. Also, in anticipation of the soon-to-be-released HIGH STAKES, George RR Martin has posted an excerpt from the book (by Ian Tregillis) on his website.
March 13 2016
MORE WILD CARDS BOOKS FROM TOR
According to the latest entry on George's blog, contracts have been signed and Tor will now be publishing three further Wild Cards books after HIGH STAKES is released later this year. He goes on to say, 'This set we will be calling (informally) the USA Triad. But it won't really be a triad, more like three stand-alones, each with its own setting, cast, and tone.' Too early for plot details yet, but the titles of the three books will be TEXAS HOLD 'EM, MISSISSIPPI ROLL, and LOW CHICAGO.
February 28 2016
AUDIOBOOK AND E-SHORT NEWS
More news concerning David D. Levine's upcoming short story, DISCARDS, which will introduce Tiago Goncalves, a teenager who scrapes a living collecting salvagables from the landfills of Rio de Jeneiro, and who assumes the role of The Recycler after being infected with the Wild Cards virus. As can be seen on the left, the 'cover' art is once again handled by John Picacio. More information regarding the story's origin can be found on David D. Levine's blog, where he adds that Tor should be publishing it some time in March.
In addition, George RR Martin mentions on his blog that work is continuing on the new series of audiobooks, with Random House having just completed work on the fourth volume, ACES ABROAD (the expanded edition with two extra chapters). As previously noted, rather than using a single narrator, a whole cadre of voice actors are being utilized in order to give the audio versions the same mosaic feel as the print versions. He adds that they'll moving right onto DOWN AND DIRTY next, with many of the cast members reprising their roles.
January 27 2016
MORE AUDIOBOOKS ON THE WAY
According to George's blog, the Wild Cards consortium have just signed a deal with Random House Audio to release more audiobook versions of the series. With Brilliance Audio having already released the first two volumes a few years ago, Random House will therefore start their programme with the third volume, JOKERS WILD. Even better, instead of using a single voice actor to narrate the whole book, they've decided to enlist a grand total of seven actors to tell the story, one for each POV character.
The actors in question are: Prentice Onayemi (Fortunato), Pam Grier (Roulette), Molly Quinn (Wraith), Ray Porter (Sewer Jack), Felicia Day (Bagabond), Ron Donachie (Hiram Worchester), and Stephen McHattie (Demise). So, not a bad little lineup at all.
No news yet as to when it will be released, but George does say that recording is taking place right now.
December 21 2015
NEW BOOKS AND NEW E-SHORT
2015 has been a fairly quiet year for Wild Cards Online, but finally we have some good news to pass on. First off, for those who don't already know, the mass-market paperback of LOWBALL - the second in the Jokertown triad - is now on sale and can be found at all good bookshops as well as on the US and UK Amazon sites.
In addition, George RR Martin has kindly informed us that not only is he in final negotiations with Tor for three new Wild Cards originals, but there's also another Wild Cards e-Short on the way. 'Discards' is by David D. Levine, and will be an origin story for his Brazilian ace, The Recycler. Naturally, we'll post the link the moment Tor puts it on their site.
December 1 2014
ANOTHER NEW WILD CARDS E-SHORT NOW ONLINE
Tor has just uploaded a fifth Wild Cards e-short on its website, the intriguingly titled 'Prompt. Professional. Pop!' by Walter Jon Williams. This time the star of the show is Pop Tart (last seen on the the AMERICAN HERO show in INSIDE STRAIGHT) as she takes on Hollywood. As can be seen on the left, art duties have once again fallen to the great John Picacio.
On a side note, over the past few months we've added a whole slew of new artwork to the Miscellaneous page, including some nice new Russian covers (covering volumes 1-7), some new Brazilian & Spanish covers from Marc Simonetti (volumes 1-6), and some interesting new Italian covers (volumes 1-9).
October 16 2014
NEW WILD CARDS E-STORY NOW ONLINE
Tor has just posted a fourth Wild Cards e-short on its website. 'Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza' is by Carrie Vaughn and this time the focus is on Ana Cortez, AKA Earth Witch. As usual, the awesome cover art is provided by John Picacio. Read it here.
June 21 2014
NEW ACES ABROAD COVER AND GERMAN WILD CARDS TRAILER
The Spanish-language Oceano site has uploaded Michael Komarck's stunning new cover for the soon-to-be-released, updated ACES ABROAD - and this time the focus is on Troll as he takes a few holiday snaps. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version.
Meanwhile, Random House have commissioned an impressive thirty-second trailer to promote the new German-language version of 'Inside Straight,' which is due for release in August 2014. The trailer - which features The Amazing Bubbles, Lohengrin and Drummer Boy - can be viewed on YouTube.
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.