by George R. R. Martin, Melinda Snodgrass
Release date: October 28, 2014
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, anthology

Edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass.

A brand-new Wild Cards novel, edited by New York Times #1 bestselling author George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass.

Decades after an alien virus changed the course of history, the surviving population of Manhattan still struggles to understand the new world left in its wake. Natural humans share the rough city with those given extraordinary — and sometimes terrifying — traits. While most manage to coexist in an uneasy peace, not everyone is willing to adapt. Down in the seedy underbelly of Jokertown, residents are going missing. The authorities are unwilling to investigate, except for a fresh lieutenant looking to prove himself and a collection of unlikely jokers forced to take matters into their own hands — or tentacles. The deeper into the kidnapping case these misfits and miscreants get, the higher the stakes are raised.

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and acclaimed author Melinda M. Snodgrass, Lowball is the latest mosaic novel in the acclaimed Wild Cards universe, featuring original fiction by Carrie Vaughn, Ian Tregillis, David Anthony Durham, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Mary Anne Mohanraj, David D. Levine, Michael Cassutt, and Walter John Williams.

Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, Lowball delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page-turning novel of superheroics and mystery.


  • “The Big Bleed,” by Michael Cassutt, starring STUNTMAN
  • “Those About to Die,” by David Anthony Durham, starring INFAMOUS BLACK TONGUE
  • “Galahad in Blue” by Melinda Snodgrass, starring FRANCIS XAVIER BLACK of the NYPD
  • “Ties That Bind” by Mary Anne Mohanraj, starring MICHAEL STEVENS of the NYPD
  • “Cry Wolf” by David D. Levine, introducing THE CARTOONIST
  • “Road Kill” by Walter Jon Williams, starring GORDON THE GHOUL
  • “Once More, for Old Time’s Sake” by Carrie Vaughn, starring EARTH WITCH, CURVBALL, DRUMMER BOY, and JOHN FORTUNE
  • “No Parking...“ by Ian Tregillis, starring RUSTBELT
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