Wild Cards (Wild Cards, #1)
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Wild Cards

by George R. R. Martin
Release date: 1987
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, anthology

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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