Marked Cards

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For marked playing cards, see Card marking.
The 1994 Baen printing of Marked Cards, featuring Bagabond and Bradley Finn. Illustration by Barclay Shaw

Marked Cards is the 14th volume (dubbed "Book II of a New Cycle") in the Wild Cards shared universe fiction series edited by George R. R. Martin. Published in 1994, it followed Card Sharks on the story of the conspiracy to kill all people infected with the Wild Card virus, with the development of a massive biological weapon called the "Black Trump".


Marked Cards contains the following short stories:

Story Author(s) Description
"The Color of His Skin" Stephen Leigh Hannah Davis and Gregg Hartmann work together to expose the Card Shark conspiracy. Serves as interludes between the other stories.
"Two of a Kind" Walton Simons Jay Ackroyd and Jerry Strauss' joint detective agency finds out a dirty secret.
"My Sweet Lord" Victor Milán In Free Vietnam, a false god with sadistic intentions charms Captain Trips... and his daughter.
"Paths of Silence and of Night" Leanne C. Harper Bagabond meets Peregrine's husband in Guatemala.
"Feeding Frenzy" Walter Jon Williams Black Shadow and Croyd Crenson seek revenge, each in their own way.
"A Breath of Life" Sage Walker Introduces Zoe Harris. A fugitive ace learns about her own powers.
"A Dose of Reality" Laura J. Mixon and Melinda M. Snodgrass Blythe Van Renssealer's granddaughter turns the Black Trump into reality... and then must destroy it.
Preceded by
Card Sharks
Marked Cards
Succeeded by
Black Trump