Inside Straight (Wild Cards #18) - George R. R. Martin

Edited by George R.R. Martin.

In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It killed ninety percent of those it infected. Nine percent of those who survived mutated into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers. The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited since 1987 by New York Times #1 bestseller George R. R. Martin along with Melinda Snodgrass, is the tale of the history of the world since then – and of the heroes among that one percent.

Originally begun in 1987, long before George R. R. Martin became a household name among fantasy readers ("The American Tolkien" – Time magazine), the Wild Cards series earned a reputation among connoisseurs for its smart reimagining of the superhero idea. Now, with Inside Straight, the Wild Cards continuity jumps forward to a new generation of major characters, entirely accessible to Martin's hundreds of thousands of new readers, with all-original stories by Martin himself, along with Daniel Abraham, Michael Cassutt, and Stephen Leigh, among others.


  • Who the Fuck Was Jetboy? by Daniel Abraham
  • Dark of the Moon by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Jonathan Hive Sells Out by Daniel Abraham
  • Chosen Ones: Part One by Carrie Vaughn
  • First Among Losers by Daniel Abraham
  • Chosen Ones: Part Two by Carrie Vaughn
  • Better Than Television by Daniel Abraham
  • Looking for Jetboy by Michael Cassutt
  • Metagames by Caroline Spector
  • All the Best Stories Start, 'This One Time, We Were Really Drunk...' by Daniel Abraham
  • Star Power by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Wakes the Lion by John J. Miller (as by John Jos. Miller)
  • A Bad Day in Cairo by Daniel Abraham
  • Crusader by George R. R. Martin
  • Real People, Really Dying by Daniel Abraham
  • The Tin Man's Lament by Ian Tregillis
  • Hey, Guys. My Dad's Got a Warehouse! Let's Put on a War! by Daniel Abraham
  • Incidental Music for Heroes by Stephen Leigh (aka Masquerade of Heroes; as by S. L. Farrell)
  • Blood on the Sun by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Looking for Jetboy: Epilogue by Michael Cassutt
  • Give the Wookie a Medal by Daniel Abraham
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Release date: January 2008
Genres: science fiction, anthology
Updated: August 21, 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 (Wild Cards #1)
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)