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September 18, 2019

The Knaves Over Queens Reviews Are In!

Praise Is Spreading Like a Virus for the New UK-Based Wild Cards Book As every Wild Cards reader knows, few events are as exciting as a new book release…okay, other than, say, running into George R. R. Martin when you’re … Continue reading "The Knaves Over Queens Reviews Are In!" Continue Reading

Real People, Alternate History

by Mary Anne Mohanraj Most of my characters for Wild Cards have been invented entirely from scratch – which isn’t easy, especially when I’m trying to come up with interesting superpowers in a landscape already populated with a host of … Continue reading "Real People, Alternate History" Continue Reading

SECRET ORIGINS

by Paul Cornell It’s widely known that the Wild Cards universe began with a circle of friends and a role-playing game, when George R.R. Martin ran Superworld for his local writer buddies in New Mexico, starting in late 1983.  There’s a good … Continue reading "SECRET ORIGINS" Continue Reading

Wild Cards: The Soundtrack

by Carrie Vaughn Really, I shouldn’t be the one writing about music in the Wild Cards universe. The consortium features a number of actual, performing musicians – Stephen Leigh on guitar, Caroline Spector on bass. I took piano lessons for … Continue reading "Wild Cards: The Soundtrack" Continue Reading

The First Time I Stopped Reading Comic Books

by Daniel Abraham             This would have been in the late 1980s.  I was just finishing high school and starting up as a freshman  in college. I was still living at my parents’ house, but I had my own car and my own door … Continue reading "The First Time I Stopped Reading Comic Books" Continue Reading

When Characters Take The Wheel

by Marko Kloos I don’t usually dispense advice about writing. That’s because I know that every writer’s process is different, and I have barely figured out what works for me. That said, the subject will come up on occasion on Twitter … Continue reading "When Characters Take The Wheel" Continue Reading

Confessions of a Lazy Writer

by Walton (Bud) Simons      I didn’t have a passion to write as a child or young adult. I loved reading books. Other than maybe listening to music, reading was what I enjoyed most. Fiction, non-fiction, encyclopedias, comic books, you name … Continue reading "Confessions of a Lazy Writer" Continue Reading

The Fallacy of the One Percent (A Thought Experiment)

by Ian Tregillis No, I’m not talking about capitalism or high-finance here. In the world of Wild Cards, the “one percent” can only mean one thing: aces! But what fallacy? Well, I’m a scientist (but with zero knowledge of biology, virology, … Continue reading "The Fallacy of the One Percent (A Thought Experiment)" Continue Reading

Weaving Her In

by Emma Newman As a new member of the Wild Cards consortium, I have only written for one volume so far, Knaves Over Queens, and that was an origin story for Stonemaiden. When Stonemaiden touches a living, organic creature, it turns … Continue reading "Weaving Her In" Continue Reading

6 Reasons Game of Thrones Fans Will Like Wild Cards

Sad Game of Thrones has ended? Never fear, Wild Cards may just have you covered! Continue Reading

Cyclone RIP RIP

By Steve Perrin Many long time Wild Carders remember Cyclone, the Ace’s Ace, the ace who wore a distinctive costume and flew magnificently over the heads of other aces and always managed to thrust himself to the fore whenever publicity … Continue reading "Cyclone RIP RIP" Continue Reading

An Interview between Drummer Boy and his creator, Stephen Leigh

by Stephen Leigh SL:  Hi, I’m Stephen Leigh, sitting down today with Michael Vogali, aka DB or Drummer Boy. Actually, we’re conducting this interview via Skype, since DB’s in Chicago and I’m in Cincinnati. So, with that: DB, I want … Continue reading "An Interview between Drummer Boy and his creator, Stephen Leigh" Continue Reading

Just Foolin’

Okay, it’s April 2, time to fess up. Yesterday’s Wild Cards post, the leaked footage and all, was our April Fools prank. I hope we fooled some of you, and gave you a few moments of fun… or horror. But … Continue reading "Just Foolin’" Continue Reading

Leaked Hulu Footage!

Seems that some footage of the upcoming Hulu Wildcards TV show has leaked so we get to see just where they’re at! Check out this video of all the action and a few words from Showrunner Andrew Miller: Everybody (well, … Continue reading "Leaked Hulu Footage!" Continue Reading

WORD-BUILDING IN WILD CARDS

by Michael Cassutt [Trigger warning: this post, allowing for some authorial meandering, will eventually deal with the subject of slurs and derogatory language.]          You read that correctly: the L is absent. We aren’t talking about the global complexities of creating … Continue reading "WORD-BUILDING IN WILD CARDS" Continue Reading

From Iron Fist to Wild Cards

By William F. Wu      When George first invited me to join Wild Cards so many years ago, I was especially excited by the idea because I had spent so many years reading comics. I had also studied a class on … Continue reading "From Iron Fist to Wild Cards" Continue Reading

Building a Joker Moon

by David D. Levine This doesn’t come up often, but my college degree is in architecture. I’ve never used it professionally (I graduated in the middle of a recession, couldn’t find work as an architect, and stumbled into high tech, … Continue reading "Building a Joker Moon" Continue Reading

How My Characters are Born

(Or How I Learned to Embrace the Dark Side) by Melinda M. Snodgrass Confession time — I play games.  In particular role playing games —  and now that my RPG days seem to be sadly behind me (sniff) I have segued … Continue reading "How My Characters are Born" Continue Reading

Killing (Spoiler)

by David Anthony Durham One of the many challenges about writing for Wild Cards is that you’re not only required to create and write about your own original characters, you’ve got to include other people’s characters in your stories as … Continue reading "Killing (Spoiler)" Continue Reading

Why Yeoman?

By John Jos. Miller Long-time readers of Wild Cards probably already know that Daniel Brennan (Yeoman) was my first point-of-view character in the series, and is also one of the few characters from the original role-playing game to make it … Continue reading "Why Yeoman?" Continue Reading

The World Outside Your Window

By Max Gladstone Superpowered universes rarely have much history. They have continuity, sure, tons of the stuff, but you can have an awful lot of continuity without adding up to history. And that, to my mind, is where the world … Continue reading "The World Outside Your Window" Continue Reading

Fireworks

By Laura J. Mixon Greetings, fellow Wildcardians! Last fall I appeared on these pages to dish on my own origin story as a Wild Cards writer. My post was about two stories I wrote for the Card Sharks trilogy, and … Continue reading "Fireworks" Continue Reading

THE SCARE

  by Walter Jon Williams Wild Cards is set in an alternative history, which means— pretty much by definition— that it exists as a kind of distorted reflection of our history.  So in Wild Cards we see episodes out of our … Continue reading "THE SCARE" Continue Reading

Leveling Up and Powering Through

  by Cherie Priest The other day, I was asked how working with the Wild Cards team has affected the way I write my other books and stories. You see, I’m not generally known to be a “collaborating” sort of … Continue reading "Leveling Up and Powering Through" Continue Reading

Excerpts from I WASN’T BORN WITH WINGS

A Memoir by Peregrine This book is dedicated to the men in my life Josh McCoy, my beloved husband And John Fortune, my amazing son Most of you know me.  I am pretty famous.  I have had a TV show, … Continue reading "Excerpts from I WASN’T BORN WITH WINGS" Continue Reading

Ask Miss Wild Cards

Dear Miss Wild Cards,   I’ve noticed lately that Mick Jagger’s muzzle is getting awfully grey when he’s in lycanthrope form.  Do you suppose the Stones might be looking for a younger singer sometime in the near future?  I can … Continue reading "Ask Miss Wild Cards" Continue Reading

STOLEN SPACE

by Michael Cassutt It’s said that you can find anything in the world somewhere on Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley, from vintage autos to clothing of every period – Elizabethan England, anyone? – from several movie studios to … Continue reading "STOLEN SPACE" Continue Reading

Me and My Understudy

by Paul Cornell I remember clearly the moment I was called upon to join the world of Wild Cards.  I was in the bar at a convention, and Melinda Snodgrass came to find me.  ‘George would like to talk to … Continue reading "Me and My Understudy" Continue Reading

COMING UP ACES

By Marko Kloos One of the best things about being a Wild Cards writer is that you get to make up your own characters from scratch. That is also one of the most difficultthings about being a Wild Cards writer. … Continue reading "COMING UP ACES" Continue Reading

The Terrible Five conquer the Bay Area

By Steve Perrin This is a spotty chronicle of how I and a select group of friends set out to become the fanzine masters of San Francisco Bay Area comics fandom. Our core group of myself, Paul Moslander, Johnny Chambers, … Continue reading "The Terrible Five conquer the Bay Area" Continue Reading

Comic Books I’ve Known and Loved

By Walton Simons Although I haven’t done a survey of my fellow Wild Card authors, I’m guessing many have been (perhaps still are) comic book fans. Wild Cards was technically birthed from a game, but its origins clearly arise from … Continue reading "Comic Books I’ve Known and Loved" Continue Reading

Disability Clichés in Wild Cards: An Introduction

by Mary Anne Mohanraj I’m honestly sort of surprised that there haven’t been entire academic books written about disability as it presents in the Wild Cards universe, since it’s pretty much baked into the very framework of Wild Cards.  The … Continue reading "Disability Clichés in Wild Cards: An Introduction" Continue Reading

 For Superheroes in Prose

by Carrie Vaughn Because I write about superheroes, both for Wild Cards and in my own Golden Age novels, I get asked a lot:  Have you always been into comic books? And the answer is no, I have not always … Continue reading " For Superheroes in Prose" Continue Reading

A Hero and an Origin Story

by Emma Newman We love telling stories about heroes, and as a writer, I see it as part of my job. I’m going to tell you a story about hero now, but not a superhero; a real life one. It’s … Continue reading "A Hero and an Origin Story" Continue Reading

Aces and Jokers and Nats, Oh My

By Daniel Abraham   One of the things I admire most about the whole Wild Cards project – and one of the things I’ve gotten to play with in my stories here – is taxonomy.  Okay, that sounds a little … Continue reading "Aces and Jokers and Nats, Oh My" Continue Reading

The True and Terrible Tale of American Hero

  by George R.R. Martin ((Beware Spoilers Below)) All true Wild Card fans, and regular readers of these blog posts, know the not-so-secret origin of the reality series American Hero. Carrie Vaughn started all the trouble, when you come right down … Continue reading "The True and Terrible Tale of American Hero" Continue Reading

The Ones That Get Away : Alternate Histories of an Alternate Universe

by Ian Tregillis There are stories we never get to tell.  Every ace in the consortium has a couple, or a dozen, up their sleeve. Even the ones who are no longer with us.   Sometimes we don’t get to … Continue reading "The Ones That Get Away : Alternate Histories of an Alternate Universe" Continue Reading

WRITING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW

by Stephen Leigh “Write what you know.”  That’s the advice that aspiring writers are often given in university creative writing courses.  And that’s fine if you’re writing mainstream fiction that’s set in the present time and in the same city … Continue reading "WRITING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW" Continue Reading

Rosa Loteria & her loteria cards revealed thus far…

By Kevin Andrew Murphy I’ve created a great number of characters for the Wild Cards series, but one of my favorites is Rosa Loteria who first appeared in Inside Straight.  My inspiration for Rosa started with a young woman I … Continue reading "Rosa Loteria & her loteria cards revealed thus far…" Continue Reading

Coming In October

This is going to be an epic year for all you Wild Cards fans out there. Let’s see. In June we have LOW CHICAGO, coming out from Tor in the US, and KNAVES OVER QUEENS, scheduled for release from Voyager … Continue reading "Coming In October" Continue Reading

Wild Cards, Water Lily, and Me

by Pat Cadigan All y’all probably know the origin story behind Wild Cards—the game the writers were playing together, and George RR Martin selling a shared-world series of novels based on it. I wasn’t there. In the mid-1980s, when I … Continue reading "Wild Cards, Water Lily, and Me" Continue Reading

Gucci Gott’cha!

April FOOLS yah all!   As fun as a Wild Cards inspired line of clothing would be we were just having a bit of fun with you guys.  We hope you didn’t get too excited.  😉   Continue Reading

Wild Card Chic Returns

  “Wild Card Chic,” dated June 1971, in the first eponymous volume, Wild Cards, is attributed to Tom Wolfe and written in his style. It details how, after the horror of the McCarthy years and the sadness of the sixties, … Continue reading "Wild Card Chic Returns" Continue Reading

That Time My Brother and I Did Wild Cards Cosplay but Couldn’t Leave the House

by Carrie Vaughn So back before there was cosplay there was just costuming, and about the only place to show off your work was at science fiction convention masquerades. Flashback to 1997, when my brother Rob and I were just … Continue reading "That Time My Brother and I Did Wild Cards Cosplay but Couldn’t Leave the House" Continue Reading

Ask Miss Wildcards

    Dear Miss Wildcards, Now that I’m in Wild Cards what do I do?  I’m afraid. -Scared in Pittsburg   Dear Scared, Of course, you’re scared, dear.  Who wouldn’t be?  After all, you have some 300 named characters and … Continue reading "Ask Miss Wildcards" Continue Reading

The British are Coming!

The British are coming! The British are coming!! The British Wild Cards, that is. Aces, jokers, deuces, and a few knaves too. Oh, and an Irish guy as well. They will be here on June 28. That’s when HarperCollins Voyager … Continue reading "The British are Coming!" Continue Reading

Telling Stories

by Saladin Ahmed When I was a kid stories were the most important thing in the world to me. Like any kid my age I watched lots of TV, but unlike most of the kids around me I was also … Continue reading "Telling Stories" Continue Reading

House of Cards

by Max Gladstone I’m here because of Roger.   I don’t mean here-on-the-Wild Cards-blog-here, I mean, quite likely, here-writing-science-fiction here. When I was a kid, my uncle gave me a battered cardboard box of science fiction paperbacks from the1970s or … Continue reading "House of Cards" Continue Reading

My Character Would Never Say That! Actually, it’s Kinda Cool You Had Them Say That….

  by Melinda M. Snodgrass Apart from the obvious  — everybody is writing in the same universe— a good shared world has another feature: you get to use each other’s characters. Now, that can lead to a terrible outcome if … Continue reading "My Character Would Never Say That! Actually, it’s Kinda Cool You Had Them Say That…." Continue Reading

Another Ace Falls

Our writing community here in New Mexico, and the world of SF and fantasy in general, took a blow yesterday afternoon when our friend Victor Milan died after two months of suffering and struggle in a series of Albuquerque hospitals. … Continue reading "Another Ace Falls" Continue Reading

The Supporting Cast

By David Anthony Durham I’ve written a couple of blog posts about the process of creating my main Wild Cards characters, Infamous Black Tongue (IBT) and Bacho (who will debut in the forthcoming Texas Hold ‘Em). For this post, I … Continue reading "The Supporting Cast" Continue Reading

Wild Cards and Comics

by Bob Wayne My background is different from most of the Wild Cards contributors.  I’ve written some comics (including the Time Masters series with fellow Wild Cards writer Lewis Shiner), but most of my time has been spent on the … Continue reading "Wild Cards and Comics" Continue Reading

Triple Dualities

by William F. Wu Wild Cards is special in many ways. Looking back, I find that even the choices I’ve made for protagonists are unique among my work. I’ve written stories about two and a half protagonists for Wild Cards, … Continue reading "Triple Dualities" Continue Reading

Modular Man: Fresh Out of the Box

  by Walter Jon Williams Modular Man is probably the strongest character in the Wild Cards universe who isn’t actually a wild card.  He’s got superhuman reflexes, superhuman strength, superhuman perception.  He can fly.  He’s immune to mind control.  Depending … Continue reading "Modular Man: Fresh Out of the Box" Continue Reading

Sewer Jack and Bagabond: Collaborating with Edward Bryant  

By Leanne C. Harper It seemed like such a reasonable idea at the time.  George R. R. Martin had gotten in touch with Edward Bryant, Nebula Award-winning Denver author, about Wild Cards, his new shared world anthology.  Wild Cards was … Continue reading "Sewer Jack and Bagabond: Collaborating with Edward Bryant  " Continue Reading

Wild Cards Hollywood

by Kevin Andrew Murphy Most of the Wild Cards series takes place in New York, in Manhattan, in and about the environs of Jokertown, the former Bowery.  But the wild card virus touched more than just the city and in … Continue reading "Wild Cards Hollywood" Continue Reading

Submissions, Profiteroles, and Croyd

  by Sage Walker I was invited to lunch at El Nido in Santa Fe. Selling a few short stories had happened and I was sort of legit in the New Mexico science fiction community. A newbie, but I had … Continue reading "Submissions, Profiteroles, and Croyd" Continue Reading

Round Peg, Hexagonal Hole… No, Pentagonal. No, Heptagonal!

by David D. Levine I’ve often said that writing for Wild Cards is as close as I’m likely to get to working in television. As with a television series, in addition to your own creations you are working with characters … Continue reading "Round Peg, Hexagonal Hole… No, Pentagonal. No, Heptagonal!" Continue Reading

The Curious Persistence of Wild Cards: What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

by Victor Milán If you’d told me in 1983 that the present I was giving George RR Martin for Christmas would be, by a long shot, the best investment I ever made, I wouldn’t have thought you were crazy. I … Continue reading "The Curious Persistence of Wild Cards: What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been" Continue Reading

My Mother, the Cobra meets Evil Girl-Genius (Who Always Wanted a Pony) A reflection on my experiences with Wild Cards

by Laura J. Mixon Once upon a die-roll, my friends Melinda Snodgrass and Walter Jon Williams invited me to join a group of fellow New Mexican science fiction writers and fans, who got together on a regular basis to play … Continue reading "My Mother, the Cobra meets Evil Girl-Genius (Who Always Wanted a Pony) A reflection on my experiences with Wild Cards" Continue Reading

Wild Card and Sports

By John Jos. Miller One of the things that’s the most fun about writing in the  Wild Card universe, other than torturing other writers’ characters, is that sometimes you get to ride your favorite hobby horse. If not taken to … Continue reading "Wild Card and Sports" Continue Reading

Aces Over England

Aces! Jokers! Once more into the breach… or close the wall up with our English dead. Which is another way of saying that I’ve just finished editing and assembling our latest Wild Cards book, KNAVES OVER QUEENS, the twenty-seventh volume … Continue reading "Aces Over England" Continue Reading

My Favorite Wild Cards Character

(That I Didn’t Create) The Fan of a Thousand Faces: Mr. Nobody by Kevin Andrew Murphy Wild Cards has a bunch of characters who have a number of different faces, guises, ace names, alternate identities, secret and not, and sometimes … Continue reading "My Favorite Wild Cards Character" Continue Reading

My Favorite Wild Cards Character

(That I Didn’t Create) Jay Ackroyd By Walton (Bud) Simons “Might as well, can’t dance.” Unlike the comics that inspired Wild Cards, there are very few lines of dialogue that are specifically associated with one of our characters. Sure, Jetboy’s … Continue reading "My Favorite Wild Cards Character" Continue Reading

My Two Favorite Wild Card Characters

(That I Didn’t Create) by Stephen Leigh I truly enjoy writing for the Wild Cards universe, as using characters other people have created (and using them in a manner that their creators intended) is part and parcel of the process, … Continue reading "My Two Favorite Wild Card Characters" Continue Reading

On the Trials and Tribulations of Werewolves

By David Anthony Durham About a year ago, I pitched a new character to George for an upcoming Wild Cards novel called Texas Hold Em’. I’m very pleased to say that he accepted the character, and I wrote a story … Continue reading "On the Trials and Tribulations of Werewolves" Continue Reading

How Do You Tell an Interlinked Story?

  by Mary Anne Mohanraj   This is only partly a blog post about Wild Cards; it’s as much about Ellen Kushner’s Tremontaine, which is the OTHER shared world series I write for.  The experiences of writing for both were … Continue reading "How Do You Tell an Interlinked Story?" Continue Reading

My Favorite Wild Cards Character (that I didn’t create)

  Who’s Your Hoodoo Mama? by Caroline Spector I blame George. It’s important to have someone to blame, especially in Wild Cards.  There are always a lot of moving parts in any Wild Cards project and this means there are … Continue reading "My Favorite Wild Cards Character (that I didn’t create)" Continue Reading

My Favorite Wild Cards Character (that I didn’t create)

Rustbelt A Most Decent Fellow by Melinda M. Snodgrass   Who somehow managed to get the cover of a novel all to himself (battling a crocodile while wearing a pith helmet no less) after he began life as a single … Continue reading "My Favorite Wild Cards Character (that I didn’t create)" Continue Reading

My Favorite Wild Cards Character (that I didn’t create)

It’s All Dr. Tachyon’s Fault! by Carrie Vaughn It’s all Tachyon’s fault.  And he knows it.             That’s kind of why I love him. He’s like that one friend who tries to fix everything, fails (because no one can fix … Continue reading "My Favorite Wild Cards Character (that I didn’t create)" Continue Reading

Wild Cards: the Austin Connection

by Walton (Bud) Simons New Mexico — Albuquerque and Santa Fe in particular — is the center of the Wild Cards universe. The series grew from a group of New Mexico writers who invested an inordinate amount of time and … Continue reading "Wild Cards: the Austin Connection" Continue Reading

High Stakes NOW available in Paper Back!

Thats right kids if you were waiting to read the latest installment in the Wild Cards series till it hit the shelves in a more affordable format, now is your chance.  Click on the book cover to take you to … Continue reading "High Stakes NOW available in Paper Back!" Continue Reading

Worlds of Wild Cards

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 … Continue reading "Worlds of Wild Cards" 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 … Continue reading "The Origins of Natya" Continue Reading

APRIL FOOLS!

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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading "The Secret Origins of the Wild Card Universe" Continue Reading

WILD CARDS Rocks On!

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY just broke the story here  http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/book-deals/article/72958-book-deals-week-of-march-6-2017.html 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 … 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 — … 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. … 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, … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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. … 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 Tor.com, I touched on some of the brainstorming and planning that goes on behind the scenes when writing Wild Cards novels. I’ve written … 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, … 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, … 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, … 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 … Continue reading "From Game to Book or, the Birth of a Shared World" Continue Reading