Wild Cards

George R. R. Martin
science fiction, anthology
Wild Cards - George R. R. Martin

Edited by George R.R. Martin.

The alien virus arrived on Earth just after World War II – and the world was never the same. For those who become infected, three are two results: death, or transformation. And depending on the recipient, death is sometimes the preferable outcome. Only a few lucky ones become superhuman "aces" as a side effect of the virus; the rest are turned into horrible, gruesome "jokers." It's a strange and wonderful, terrible and terrifying world where anything can go. A world that, in a twist of fate, could lie just outside your door.


  • Prologue by George R. R. Martin
  • Thirty Minutes Over Broadway! by Howard Waldrop
  • The Sleeper by Roger Zelazny
  • Witness by Walter Jon Williams
  • Degradation Rites by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Interlude One by George R. R. Martin
  • Shell Games by George R. R. Martin
  • Interlude Two by George R. R. Martin
  • The Long, Dark Night of Fortunato by Lewis Shiner
  • Transfigurations by Victor Milán
  • Interlude Three by George R. R. Martin
  • Down Deep by Edward Bryant and Leanne C. Harper
  • Interlude Four by George R. R. Martin
  • Strings by Stephen Leigh
  • Interlude Five by George R. R. Martin
  • Comes a Hunter by John J. Miller
  • Epilogue: Third Generation by Lewis Shiner
  • The Science of the Wild Card Virus: Excerpts from the Literature by Victor Milán
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Release date: 1987
Genres: science fiction, anthology
Average rating: 8.00/10
Total ratings: 1
Updated: August 16, 2021

Wild Cards :: Series

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.

This is their story.

Wild Cards
Aces High (Wild Cards #2)
Jokers Wild (Wild Cards #3)
Aces Abroad (Wild Cards #4)
Down and Dirty (Wild Cards #5)
Ace in the Hole (Wild Cards #6)
Dead Man's Hand (Wild Cards #7)
One-Eyed Jacks (Wild Cards #8)
Jokertown Shuffle (Wild Cards #9)
Double Solitaire (Wild Cards #10)
Dealer's Choice (Wild Cards #11)
Turn of the Cards (Wild Cards #12)
Card Sharks (Wild Cards #13)
Marked Cards (Wild Cards #14)
Black Trump (Wild Cards #15)
Deuces Down (Wild Cards #16)
Death Draws Five (Wild Cards #17)
Inside Straight (Wild Cards #18)
Busted Flush (Wild Cards #19)
Suicide Kings (Wild Cards #20)
Fort Freak (Wild Cards #21)
Lowball (Wild Cards #22)
High Stakes (Wild Cards #23)
Mississippi Roll (Wild Cards #24)
Low Chicago (Wild Cards #25)
Knaves Over Queens (Wild Cards #26)
Texas Hold'em (Wild Cards #27)
Three Kings (Wild Cards #28)7.34
Joker Moon (Wild Cards #29)7.76
House Rules (Wild Cards #30)