George R.R. Martin
Tor Science Fiction
The first volume of George R. R. Martin's WILD CARDS shared-world series, back in print after a decade—and expanded with new, original material.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is part 4 of 4 videos taken at 1988 WorldCon in New Orleans. Weaving plotlines together and using other authors' characters.
“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