Wild Cards I

Wild Cards (Volume 1)

George R.R. Martin

Tor Books

Back in print after a decade, expanded with new original material, this is the first volume of George R. R. Martin’s Wild cards shared-world series

There is a secret history of the world—a history in which an alien virus struck the Earth in the aftermath of World War II, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Some were called Aces—those with superhuman mental and physical abilities. Others were termed Jokers—cursed with bizarre mental or physical disabilities. Some turned their talents to the service of humanity. Others used their powers for evil. Wild Cards is their story.

Originally published in 1987, Wild Cards I includes powerful tales by Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, Howard Waldrop, Lewis Shiner, and George R. R. Martin himself. And this new, expanded edition contains further original tales set at the beginning of the Wild Cards universe, by eminent new writers like Hugo–winner David Levine, noted screenwriter and novelist Michael Cassutt, and New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.


Read an Excerpt

Thirty Minutes
Over Broadway!
by Howard Waldrop
BONHAM’S FLYING SERVICE OF Shantak, New Jersey, was socked in. The small searchlight on the tower barely pushed away the darkness of the swirling fog.
There was the sound of car tires on the wet pavement in front of Hangar 23. A car door opened, a moment later it closed. Footsteps came to the Employees Only door. It opened. Scoop Swanson came in, carrying his Kodak Autograph Mark II and a bag of flashbulbs and film.
Lincoln Traynor raised up from the engine of the surplus P–40 he was overhauling



  • Wild Cards : 1988 WorldCon Panel Interview Part 1

    This is part 1 of 4 videos taken at 1988 WorldCon in New Orleans. People on panel are: Bud Simons, George R.R. Martin, Melinda Snodgrass, John J. Miller, Ed Bryant, Gail Gerstner Miller, Vic Milan, Lewis Shiner, Walter John Williams, and Steve Leigh.

  • Wild Cards : 1988 WorldCon Panel Interview Part 2

    This is part 2 of 4 videos taken at 1988 WorldCon in New Orleans. In this video, you'll hear about how George recruited writers into the Wild Cards Consortium.

  • Wild Cards : 1988 WorldCon Panel Interview Part 3

    This is part 3 of 4 videos taken at 1988 WorldCon in New Orleans. The writing process for the Wild Cards' mosaic novels explained -- making characters, swapping characters, killing off characters, etc.

  • Wild Cards : 1988 WorldCon Panel Interview Part 4

    This is part 4 of 4 videos taken at 1988 WorldCon in New Orleans. Weaving plotlines together and using other authors' characters.



Praise for Wild Cards I

“Delicious…. Everything I’d hoped for in a new Wild cards book. The character interactions and plot twists have exactly the complexity, surprise, and unsentimental realism I’d expect out of a George R. R. Martin project.” —Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, on Inside Straight

Reviews from Goodreads



  • George R.R. Martin

  • George R.R. Martin is the author of the acclaimed, internationally bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, adapted into the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. He is also the editor and contributor to the Wild Cards series, including the novels Suicide Kings and Fort Freak, among other bestsellers. He has won multiple science fiction and fantasy awards, including four Hugos, two Nebulas, six Locus Awards, the Bram Stoker, the World Fantasy Award, the Daedelus, the Balrog, and the Daikon (the Japanese Hugo). Martin has been writing ever since he was a child, when he sold monster stories to neighborhood children for pennies, and then in high school he wrote fiction for comic fanzines. His first professional sale was to Galaxy magazine, when he was 21. He has been a full-time writer since 1979. Martin has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • George R. R. Martin





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