List of Wild Cards books and short stories

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Wild Cards is a series of science fiction superhero shared universe anthologies, mosaic novels, and solo novels written by a collection of authors known as the Wild Cards Trust and edited by George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass. Set largely during an alternate history of post-World War II United States, the series follows humans who contracted the Wild Card virus, an alien virus that rewrites DNA and mutates survivors; those who acquire minor or crippling physical conditions are known as Jokers, and those who acquire superhuman abilities are known as Aces.

As of the publication of High Stakes in August 2016, the series consists of twenty-three books. Wild Cards began publication through Bantam Books, under its Spectra imprint, in January 1987. Bantam published the series until 1993 and released twelve installments. Baen Books published three books from 1993 to 1995. From 2002 to 2005, ibooks Inc. published two more installments, including one solo novel. Wild Cards is currently published by Tor Books, an imprint under Macmillan Publishers. As of August 2016, Tor Books released six novels.[1][2]

Several novels were also reprinted. Reprinting rights to the first eight novels were acquired by ibooks Inc. in 2000. The company reissued the first six novels before declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy shortly after the death of founder Byron Preiss; ibooks' assets were acquired by Brick Tower Press.[3][4][5] Tor Books reprinted the first novels from November 2010 to October 2015; it expects to issue a reprint of the sixth novel in October 2016.[6][7][8]

Books[edit]

Bantam Books (1987 – 1993)[edit]

Bantam Books, under its Spectra imprint, published twelve books between 1987 and 1993, including two solo novels written by Melinda M. Snodgrass and Victor Milan.

No. Title Original release ibooks Inc. reprint release Tor Books release
1 Wild Cards
Edited by George R. R. Martin
January 1987
ISBN 978-0-553-26190-5[9]
July 31, 2001[10]
ISBN 978-0-7434-2380-9
November 23, 2010[6]
ISBN 978-0-7653-2615-7
2 Aces High
Edited by Martin
April 1987[11]
ISBN 978-0-553-26464-7
October 2001[12]
ISBN 978-1-59687-283-7
December 20, 2011[13]
ISBN 978-0-7653-2616-4
  • "Pennies From Hell" by Shiner
  • "Jube" by Martin
  • "Unto the Sixth Generation" by Williams
  • "Ashes to Ashes" by Zelazny
  • "If Looks Could Kill" by Walton Simons
  • "Winter's Chill" by Martin
  • "Relative Difficulties" by Snodgrass
  • "With a Little Help From His Friends" by Milan
  • "By Lost Ways" by Pat Cadigan
  • "Mr. Koyama's Comet" by Williams
  • "Half Past Dead" by Miller
3[b] Jokers Wild
Edited by Martin
October 1987[14]
ISBN 978-0-553-26699-3
February 2002[15]
ISBN 978-1-59687-284-4
February 11, 2014[16]
ISBN 978-0-7653-2617-1
  • Bagabond by Harper
  • Fortunato by Shiner
  • Jennifer "Wraith" Maloy by Miller
  • Jack "Sewer Jack" Robicheaux by Bryant
  • Roulette by Snodgrass
  • James "Demise" Spector by Simons
  • Hiram Worchester by Martin
4 Aces Abroad
Edited by Martin
May 1988[17]
ISBN 978-0-553-27628-2
August 27, 2002[18]
ISBN 978-0-7434-5241-0
January 13, 2015[19]
ISBN 978-0-7653-3558-6
  • "The Tint of Hatred" by Leigh (as S. L. Farrell)
  • "From the Journal of Xavier Desmond" by Martin
  • "Beasts of Burden" by Miller
  • "Blood Rights" by Harper
  • "Warts and All" by Kevin Andrew Murphy[c]
  • "Down by The Nile" by Gail Gerstner-Miller
  • "The Teardrop of India" by Simons
  • "Down in the Dreamtime" by Bryant
  • "Zero Hour" by Shiner
  • "Always Spring in Prague" by Vaughn[c]
  • "Puppets" by Milan
  • "Mirrors of The Soul" by Snodgrass
  • "Legends" by Cassutt
5 Down and Dirty
Edited by Martin
November 1988[20]
ISBN 978-0-553-27463-9
January 7, 2003[21] October 27, 2015[7]
ISBN 978-0-7653-3559-3
  • "Only the Dead Known Jokertown" by Miller
  • "All the King's Horses" by Martin
  • "Concerto for Siren and Serotonin" by Zelazny
  • "Breakdown" by Harper
  • "Jesus Was an Ace" by Arthur Byron Cover
  • "Blood Ties" by Snodgrass
  • "The Second Coming of Buddy Holly" by Bryant
  • "The Hue of a Mind" by Leigh
  • "Addicted to Love" by Cadigan
  • "Takedown" by Harper
  • "Mortality" by Williams
6[b] Ace in the Hole
Edited by Martin
January 1990[22]
ISBN 978-0-553-28253-5
February 25, 2003[23]
ISBN 978-0-7434-5837-5
October 4, 2016[8]
ISBN 978-0-7653-3560-9
  • Jack "Golden Boy" Braun by Williams
  • Gregg Hartmann by Leigh
  • Mackie "Mack the Knife" Messer by Milan
  • Sara Morgenstern by Milan
  • James "Demise" Spector by Simons
  • Dr. Tachyon by Snodgrass
7[b] Dead Man's Hand
Edited by Martin
July 1990[24]
ISBN 978-0-553-28569-7
N/A
  • Daniel "Yeoman" Brennan by Miller
  • Jay "Popinjay" Ackroyd by Martin
8 One-Eyed Jacks
Edited by Martin
January 1991[25]
ISBN 978-0-553-28852-0
N/A
  • "Nobody's Girl" by Simons
  • "Luck Be A Lady" by Chris Claremont
  • "Horses" by Shiner
  • "Snow Dragon" by William F. Wu
  • "Noawadays Clancy Can't Even Since" by Milan
  • "Sixteen Candles" by Leigh
  • "The Devil's Triangle" by Snodgrass
  • "Dead Heart Beating" by Miller
9 Jokertown Shuffle
Edited by Martin
August 1991[26]
ISBN 978-0-553-29174-2
N/A
  • "The Temptation of Hieronymous Bloat" by Leigh
  • "And Hope to Die" by Miller
  • "Lovers" by Snodgrass
  • "Madmen Across the Water" by Milan
  • "While Night's Black Agents to Their Prey Do Rouse" by Williams
  • "Riders" by Shiner
  • "Nobody Does It Alone" by Simons
10 Double Solitaire
Written by Snodgrass and edited by Martin
March 1992[27]
ISBN 978-0-553-29493-4
N/A
11[b] Dealer's Choice
Edited by Martin
October 1992[28]
ISBN 978-0-553-29161-2
N/A
  • Bloat by Leigh
  • Modular Man by Williams
  • Billy "Carnifex" Ray by Miller
  • Tom "The Great and Powerful Turtle" Tudbury by Martin
  • Zelba "Bodysnatcher" by Martin
  • Wyungare by Bryant
12 Turn of the Cards
Written by Milan and edited by Martin
January 1993[29]
ISBN 978-0-553-56152-4
N/A

Baen Books (1993 – 1995)[edit]

Baen Books published a new triad between 1993 and 1995 subtitled of a New Cycle. In 2002, Martin commented that he felt the triad was creatively "three of the strongest volumes Wild Cards ever had" and that the series "came back strong" after stumbling with a previous storyline; however, he conceded that the triad was "very dark", acknowledging it was commonly voiced complaint, and that he felt switching publishers was a mistake.[30]

No. Title Original release
13 Card Sharks
Edited by Martin
February 1993[31]
ISBN 978-0-671-72159-6
  • "The Ashes of Memory" by Leigh
  • "Till I Kissed You" by Wu
  • "The Crooked Man" by Snodgrass
  • "A Method of Reaching Exteme Altitude" by Cassutt
  • "A Wind From Khorasan" by Milan
  • "The Long Sleep" by Zelazny
  • "Cursum Perficio" by Murphy
  • "The Lamia's Tale" by Laura J. Mixon
14 Marked Cards
Edited by Martin
March 1994[32]
ISBN 978-0-671-72212-8
  • "The Color of His Skin" by Leigh
  • "Two of a Kind" by Simons
  • "My Sweet Lord" by Milan
  • "Paths of Silence and of Night" by Harper
  • "Feeding Frenzy" by Williams
  • "A Breath of Life" by Sage Walker
  • "A Dose of Reality" by Mixon and Snodgrass
15[b] Black Trump
Edited by Martin
July 1995[33]
ISBN 978-0-671-87679-1
  • Gregg Hartmann" by Leigh
  • Jack "Popinjay" Ackroyd by Martin
  • Mark "Cap'n Trip" Meadows by Milan
  • Billy "Carnifex" Ray by Miller
  • Zoe Harris by Walker

ibooks Inc. (2002 – 2006)[edit]

In 2000, ibooks Inc. purchased two new installments and the rights to reprint the first eight books of the series; the two new books were published between 2002 and 2006, including a solo novel by John J. Miller.[5] The company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in July 2005, shortly after the death of founder Byron Preiss.[3] In December 2006, J. Bolyston & Co. Publishers, parent company of the Brick Tower Press imprint, acquired all of Preiss' assets, including those of ibooks, for $125,000.[4][5] Brick Tower Press offered e-book versions of its titles, including Deuces Down and Death Draws Five, via Humble Bundle in February 2016.[34]

No. Title Original release
16 Deuces Down
Edited by Martin
June 25, 2002[35]
ISBN 978-0-7434-4505-4
  • "Storming Space" by Cassutt
  • "Four Days in October" by Miller
  • "Walking the Floor Over You" by Simons
  • "A Face for the Cutting Room Floor" by Snodgrass
  • "Father Henry's Little Miracle" by Daniel Abraham
  • "Promises" by Leigh
  • "With a Flourish and a Flair" by Murphy
17 Death Draws Five
Written by Miller and edited by Martin
February 1, 2006[36]
ISBN 978-1-59687-297-4

Tor Books (2008 – present)[edit]

Tor Books, an imprint under Macmillan Publishers, currently publishes the series in both print and e-book format. It released six new installments from November 2008 to August 2016.

On his blog in March 2016, Martin stated that Tor Books acquired three installments after High Stakes. Working titles for the books are Texas Hold 'Em, Mississippi Roll, and Low Chicago. He also announced that Saladin Ahmed, Max Gladstone, Marko Kloos, and Diana Rowland will contribute to the triad.[37]

No. Title Original release
18 Inside Straight
Edited by Martin with assistance from Snodgrass
January 22, 2008[1]
ISBN 978-0-641-91260-3
  • "Johnathan Hive" by Abraham
  • "Dark of the Moon" by Snodgrass
  • "Chosen Ones" by Vaughn
  • "Looking for Jetboy" by Cassutt
  • "Metagames" by Spector
  • "Star Power" by Snodgrass
  • "Wakes the Lion" by Miller
  • "Crusader" by Martin
  • "The Tin Man's Lament" by Ian Tregillis
  • "Incidental Music for Heroes" by Leigh (as S. L. Farrell)
  • "Blood on the Sun" by Snodgrass
19 Busted Flush
Edited by Martin with assistance from Snodgrass
December 9, 2008[38]
ISBN 978-0-7653-1782-7
  • "Double Helix" by Snodgrass
  • "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda" by Spector
  • "Just Cause" by Vaughn
  • "Political Science" by Tregillis and Simons
  • "The Tears of Nepthys" by Murphy
  • "Volunteers of America" by Mila
  • "Dirge in a Major Key" by Leigh (as S. L. Farrell)
  • "Mortality's Strong Hand" by Miller
  • "Won't Get Fooled Again" by Milan
  • "A Hard Rain Is A'Going to Fall" by Milan
20[b] Suicide Kings
Edited by Martin with assistance from Snodgrass
December 22, 2009[39]
ISBN 978-0-7653-1783-4
  • Jerusha "Gardener" Carter by Leigh (as S. L. Farrell)
  • Wally "Rustbelt" Gunderson by Tregillis
  • Noel "Double Helix" Matthews by Snodgrass
  • Mark "Cap'n Trips" Meadows by Milan
  • Michelle "Amazing Bubbles" Pond by Spector
  • Johnathan "Bugsy" Tipton-Clarke by Abraham
  • Tom "The Radical" Weathers by Milan
21 Fort Freak
Edited by Martin with assistance from Snodgrass
June 21, 2011[40]
ISBN 978-0-7653-2570-9
22 Lowball
Edited by Martin and Snodgrass
November 4, 2014[41]
ISBN 978-0-7653-3195-3
23[b] High Stakes
Edited by Martin and Snodgrass
August 30, 2016[2]
ISBN 978-0-7653-3562-3
  • Marcus "Infamous Black Tongue" Morgan by Durham
  • Barbara "Babel" Baden by Leigh
  • Bathsheeba "The Midnight Angel" Fox by Miller
  • Francis Xavier "Franny" Black by Snodgrass
  • Michelle "Amazing Bubbles" Pond by Spector
  • Mollie "Tesseract" Steunenberg by Tregillis

Short stories[edit]

Tor Books published short stories through its website beggining January 2013.

One additional short story, "Lies My Mother Told Me" by Caroline Spector, was published in the Dangerous Women anthology, also edited by Martin. The anthology was released December 3, 2013.[50]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The 2010 Tor Books reprint of Wild Cards, originally published in 1987 by Bantam Books, added stories by Michael Cassut, David D. Levine, and Carrie Vaughn, as well as a story with no listed author.[6]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Several novels attribute authors by narrating character. Those novels are Jokers Wild, Ace in the Hole, Dead Man's Hand, Dealer's Choice, Black Trump, Suicide Kings, and High Stakes.
  3. ^ a b The 2015 Tor Books reprint of Aces Abroad, originally published in 1988 by Bantam Books, added stories by Kevin Andrew Murphy and Carrie Vaughn.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Inside Straight". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "High Stakes". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "ibooks & Byron Preiss Visual Publications File Chapter 7". ICv2. February 23, 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "News Briefs". Publishers Weekly. December 18, 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2016 – via EBSCO Information Services.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b c Rambraut, Dag (November 18, 2007). "Interview with George R.R. Martin". SFFWorld.com. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Wild Cards I". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Wild Cards VI: Ace in the Hole". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ Reilly, Robert. "Martin, George R.R., ed. Wild Cards: A Mosaic Novel". In Collins, Robert; Lantham, Robert. Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1988. Meckler. p. 249. ISBN 978-0-88736-249-1. 
  10. ^ "Wild Cards (Wild Cards, Book 1) (Volume One) (v. 1)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ de Lint, Charles. "Martin, George R.R., ed. Wild Cards II: Aces High". In Collins, Robert; Lantham, Robert. Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review Annual 1988. Meckler. pp. 249–250. ISBN 978-0-88736-249-1. 
  12. ^ "Wild Cards, Aces High (Volume 2)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Wild Cards II: Aces High". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Jokers Wild (Wild Cards, Book 3)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Wild Cards, Jokers Wild: Jokers Wild (Wild Cards, Book 3) (Volume 3)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Aces Abroad (Wild Cards, Book 4)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad (v. 4)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Down and Dirty (Wild Cards, Book 5)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Down and Dirty (Wild Cards, Book 5) (v. 5)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Ace in the Hole (Wild Cards)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Wild Cards VI: Ace in the Hole (Vol 6)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Dead Man's Hand (Wild Cards, Book 7)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  25. ^ "One-Eyed Jacks (Wild Cards, Book 8)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Jokertown Shuffle (Wild Cards)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Double Solitaire (Wild Cards, No. 10)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Dealer's Choice (Wild Cards XI)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Turn of the Cards (Wild Cards, Book 12)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  30. ^ "About Wild Cards". So Spake Martin. Westeros.org. December 15, 2002. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Card Sharks (Wild Cards: New Cycle, Book 1)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Marked Cards (Wild Cards: A New Cycle, Book 2)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Black Trump (Wild Cards: A New Cycle, Book 3) (Wild Cards: New Cycle)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Humble Bundle: Sci-fi Classics". Humble Bundle. Archived from the original on February 18, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Wild Cards XVI - Deuces Down (Vol 5)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  36. ^ "George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards XVII: Death Draws Five". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Wild Cards Times Three". Not A Blog. Livejournal.com. March 16, 2016. Archived from the original on July 18, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  38. ^ "Busted Flush (Wild Cards)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Suicide Kings (Wild Cards)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  40. ^ "Suicide Kings". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  41. ^ "Suicide Kings". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  42. ^ Abraham, Daniel (January 16, 2013). "When We Were Heroes". Original Fiction. Tor Books. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  43. ^ Priest, Cherie (May 15, 2013). "The Button Man and the Murder Tree". Original Fiction. Tor Books. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  44. ^ Cornell, Paul (May 29, 2013). "The Elephant in the Room". Original Fiction. Tor Books. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  45. ^ Vaughn, Carrie (October 15, 2014). "Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza". Original Fiction. Tor Books. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  46. ^ Williams, Walter Jon (November 21, 2014). "Prompt. Professional. Pop!". Original Fiction. Tor Books. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  47. ^ Levine, David D. (March 30, 2016). "Discards". Original Fiction. Tor Books. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  48. ^ Vaughn, Carrie (December 21, 2016). "The Thing About Growing Up in Jokertown". Original Fiction. Tor Books. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  49. ^ Leigh, Stephen (January 18, 2017). "The Atonement Tango". Original Fiction. Tor Books. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  50. ^ "Dangerous Women Arrives on Tor.com: Featuring a New Song of Ice and Fire Story". Tor Books. July 24, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 

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