Card Sharks (anthology)

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The 1993 Baen printing of Card Sharks, featuring Hannah Davis. Illustration by Barclay Shaw

Card Sharks is the 13th volume (dubbed "Book I of a New Cycle") in the Wild Cards shared universe fiction series edited by George R. R. Martin. It was published in 1993 and dealt the investigation of a criminal fire at the Jokertown Church, leading to the discovery of a conspiracy of enormous proportions, with the intention of killing every Wild Card on Earth.


Card Sharks contains the following short stories:

Story Author(s) Description
"The Ashes of Memory" Stephen Leigh Introduces Hannah Davis who serves as a framing device.
"'Til I Kissed You" William F. Wu Introduces Chop-Chop.
"The Crooked Man" Melinda M. Snodgrass Bradley Finn, Dr. Tachyon's joker assistant, meets a dark doctor in Nairobi.
"A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes" Michael Cassutt The United States' first attempt at putting a man in space ends in tragedy.
"A Wind from Khorasan: The Narrative of J. Robert Belew" Victor Milán The Wild Card solution to the Iran hostage crisis, and its aftermath.
"The Long Sleep" Roger Zelazny The Sleeper almost finds a cure for his sickness.
"Cursum Perficio" Kevin Andrew Murphy The real story of Marilyn Monroe.
"The Lamia's Tale" Laura J. Mixon A woman who turned into her greatest fear. Introduces Brandon and Clara Van Rensselaer.
Preceded by
Turn of the Cards
Card Sharks
Succeeded by
Marked Cards