April 18, 2017

A Wild Cards World

by Gregory Noveck     I’ve always wanted superheroes to be real. Sometimes, in a more pragmatic frame of mind, I specifically wish super powers were real, the heroing bit not so much. My 70s and 80s childhood was replete with comic books, Christopher Reeve and Adam West, and yet my reality was stubbornly mundane. … Continue reading "A Wild Cards World" Continue Reading

The Origins of Natya

by Mary Anne Mohanraj This isn’t going to be a normal superhero origin story.  It’s Wild Cards, so you already know how Natya got her powers – she was first Kavita Kandiah, a dancer who contracted the virus, and came out the other side with ace powers, the ability to channel the energy of her … Continue reading "The Origins of Natya" Continue Reading


Every April first, someone plunks my magic twanger and I can’t help myself. So, sadly, I must confess that Wild Cards is NOT coming to Broadway. (But wouldn’t it be swell if it did? After I finished writing that blog post, I was eager to see that show myself. And Kevin went ahead and wrote all the … Continue reading "APRIL FOOLS!" Continue Reading

WILD CARDS Comes to Broadway!

It was 1987 when Bantam Books released Wild Cards, the first volume of what would turn out to be the longest-running and best-selling shared world anthology of all time (though no one ever dreamed of that back then).   The very first story in that very first volume, the one that kicked off all that was … Continue reading "WILD CARDS Comes to Broadway!" Continue Reading

The Secret Origins of the Wild Card Universe

according to John Jos. Miller Where to begin?  That’s a good question.  About a gazillion events over a period of thirty-some years had to coalesce in the proper manner to produce the Wild Card Universe as it’s constituted today… but since I’m telling this story at this time, let’s concentrate on what’s most important to … Continue reading "The Secret Origins of the Wild Card Universe" Continue Reading


PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY just broke the story here so now that we’ve gone public, I’m jazzed to be able to announce a huge new deal for WILD CARDS. Our uber-agent, Kay McCauley of Aurous, has just come to agreement with the good folks at Tor for nine (yes, count ’em, nine) more volumes, a combination of old and new … Continue reading "WILD CARDS Rocks On!" Continue Reading

It’s a Long and Winding Road

(to the Small Screen) By Melinda M. Snodgrass So how did we get Wild Cards to television? Well, it wasn’t easy.  The development process in Hollywood has become even more Byzantine, like a fetch quest in a video game — fetch a hot writer, fetch a big name director, fetch a big name star, fetch … Continue reading "It’s a Long and Winding Road" Continue Reading

Publication Day

… for the long-awaited Tor reissue of ACE IN THE HOLE, volume six in the Wild Cards series. Look for it on the shelves of your friendly neighborhood bookstore, among the trade paperbacks, or from whichever online bookseller you prefer. Set during a dramatic week in Atlanta during the 1988 Democratic National Convention, as a … Continue reading "Publication Day" Continue Reading

The Sleeper

  My Favorite Wild Cards Character (that I didn’t create) The Sleeper By Walter Jon Williams When George R.R. Martin assembled the original nest of writers for the Wild Cards project, he cast a wide net.  Some were old friends, like Edward Bryant, Steve Leigh, and Howard Waldrop.  Some were non-writers who nevertheless had worthwhile … Continue reading "The Sleeper" Continue Reading

One of Our Aces Has Fallen.

Very sad news out of Denver for all readers of science fiction and fantasy, and for Wild Cards fans in particular. We’ve just received word that Ed Bryant has died. Ed did reviews for LOCUS for years, and they’ve posted an excellent obituary for him… more complete than what I could have cobbled together. Find … Continue reading "One of Our Aces Has Fallen." Continue Reading

Good Thing I Had Kids

On Creating My First Wild Cards Character   By David Anthony Durham   In March of 2009 I got an email. The subject line was “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet?” It was from someone with an email that looked suspiciously like one of the most popular writers in the world. The email asked me if … Continue reading "Good Thing I Had Kids" Continue Reading

Wild Cards Take Texas

We’re calling the latest Wild Cards volumes the America Triad. First one up was MISSISSIPPI ROLL, which we completed and turned in back in October. Then came LOW CHICAGO, which was delivered in December. And now comes the third and final book in our cross country Wild Cards  tour: TEXAS HOLD ‘EM. Another one done. … Continue reading "Wild Cards Take Texas" Continue Reading

A Brief History of SUPERWORLD

-the game that gave birth to Wild Cards By Steve Perrin Baby Steps It started off camera, you could say, because I wasn’t present for the start. I was just starting to work full time at the Chaosium, a mid level RPG company that had published my RuneQuest game and the Stormbringer game based on … Continue reading "A Brief History of SUPERWORLD" Continue Reading

BIG ebook deal from TOR

Haven’t tried Wild Cards yet? Here’s your chance. Tor is now offering an ebook bundle special on first five volumes of Wild Cards Available for only $39.99! Here’s your chance to find out who Gregg Hartmann is, meet Dr. Tachyon and the Four Aces, ride with Jetboy on his last flight, go into action with … Continue reading "BIG ebook deal from TOR" Continue Reading

Pulling Strings: The Saga of Gregg Hartmann, aka “Puppetman”

by Stephen Leigh Ultimately, it’s all George’s fault, so blame him.  I remember getting a phone call from George one evening in early 1986 (I think…), which went something like this:  “Hey, Steve, you like role-playing games, right?”  I told him I did, as I’d been running a fantasy-based RPG locally for years. “And you like … Continue reading "Pulling Strings: The Saga of Gregg Hartmann, aka “Puppetman”" Continue Reading

Wild Cards Take Chicago!

New York City has been the center of the Wild Cards universe since 1946, when Dr. Tod met Jetboy in the skies over Broadway, and the Takisian xerovirus was unleashed upon the world. It’s past time the Second City got its due. So I am thrilled to report that I’ve just turned in the latest … Continue reading "Wild Cards Take Chicago!" Continue Reading

A Wild Cards Fangirl Writes for Wildcards

This is a cartoon Carrie Vaughn drew after writing her first story for the Wild Cards universe. Continue Reading

Shuffling the Deck or, Book Four and the World Tour

{HERE THERE BE SPOILERS! You do not want to read what follows until after you’ve finished Aces Abroad and the three books before it} Wild Cards began with a three-book contract, but the series was always intended to be open-ended. So when the first three volumes were published to excellent reviews and very strong sales … Continue reading "Shuffling the Deck or, Book Four and the World Tour" Continue Reading

So We Have This Plot Hiccup, And This Deadline…

(Or, “How Fast Can You Write, Kid?”) In my previous post as a guest blogger here at, I touched on some of the brainstorming and planning that goes on behind the scenes when writing Wild Cards novels. I’ve written for three Wild Cards novels, and each  has been a unique experience. (“Unique” means many … Continue reading "So We Have This Plot Hiccup, And This Deadline…" Continue Reading

The First Wild Cards Day or, the Game That Ate My Life

In the books, Wild Cards Day is celebrated every September 15, in memory of September 15, 1946, the day that Jetboy spoke his immortal last words while Dr. Tod loosed an alien virus over Manhattan. In real life, September 15, 1946 happens to be the day that Howard Waldrop was born…and Howard, coincidentally, wrote “Thirty … Continue reading "The First Wild Cards Day or, the Game That Ate My Life" Continue Reading

Neither Fish Nor Fowl, or, How Down Got Dirty

WARNING: excessive editorial honesty ahead. Proceed at your own risk. Editing Down & Dirty almost drove me mad. You’ve read the book by now (if not, shame on you for reading this part first—there’s a reason we call them Afterwords, you know). I hope that you enjoyed it. Many of the stories are first rate, … Continue reading "Neither Fish Nor Fowl, or, How Down Got Dirty" Continue Reading

Making a Mosaic, or, Third Time’s the Charm

The great boom in shared world anthologies began in 1979, when Ace Books published Robert Asprin’s Thieves World, the first volume in a long-running fantasy series about the imaginary city of Sanctuary and the motley cast of swordsmen, sorcerers, princes, rogues, and thieves who roamed its streets, with occasional guest appearances by an equally motley … Continue reading "Making a Mosaic, or, Third Time’s the Charm" Continue Reading

From Game to Book or, the Birth of a Shared World

Once upon a time…— it was September 20, 1983, if you insist on being picky — Vic Milan gave me a role-playing game called SuperWorld for my birthday. A fateful gift indeed. It triggered a two-year-long role playing orgy that engulfed not only me, but the rest of my Albuquerque gaming circle as well. We … Continue reading "From Game to Book or, the Birth of a Shared World" Continue Reading