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 WildCardsOnline, 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 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.