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Wild Cards Books in Order

The Original Triad The Puppetman Quartet The Rox Triad Bantam Solo Novels Card Shark Triad The iBooks Revival The Committee Triad Mean Streets Triad The American Triad The British Arc

The Original Triad

The books that started it all!  The history of the Wild Card virus, from Dr. Tachon’s landing in New Mexico in 1946 to the fantastic aces and tragic jokers of mid-80s Manhattan, culminating in a mosaic novel with heroes battling the twisted Astronomer and his doomsday cult.

Wild Cards I
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. The new, Wild Cards I 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.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
Walter Jon Williams
John Jos. Miller
Carrie Vaughn
Howard Waldrop
David Levine
Leanne Harper
Victor Milan
Michael Cassutt

Wild Cards II: Aces High
In book two of the Wild Cards series, Aces High, we trace these heroes and villains through the tumultuous 1980s, both like and unlike our own. Now, after centuries of travel through space, an extraterrestrial being called the Swarm is headed for Earth. Meanwhile, some of the aces given superpowers by the virus are hatching conspiracies to control the human world. These factions are about to collide…and the fallout could be catastrophic.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
John Jos. Miller
Walton Simons
Victor Milan

Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild
September 15th is Wild Card Day, which commemorates the date the Wild card virus was released, spreading a wave of mutations around the globe. And 1986—the fortieth anniversary—promises to be the biggest Wild Card Day ever. But in New York City, not everyone is celebrating. The Astronomer, a twisted, powerful genius, has been planning how own special festivities for Wild Card Day, It will be a day of revenge against those who have opposed his evil plans—and aces and jokers alike must soon fight for their lives.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
Walton Simons
John Jos. Miller
Leanne Harper

The Puppetman Quartet

Wild Cards travel the globe, Puppetman gathering puppets, before returning to a US turf war between the Shadow Fists and the Mafia, finishing with double mosaics, with a murder in Jokertown and mayhem at the Democratic National Convention.

Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad
Forty years after the Wild Card Virus's release, the World Health Organization decides it's time to take a delegation of aces, jokers, politicians, and journalists on a fact-finding mission to learn how other countries are dealing with the virus that reshaped humanity. Leading the team is Gregg Hartmann, a senator with presidential aspirations and a dangerous ace up his sleeve. Joining him is a menagerie of some of the series' best and most popular Wild Cards, including Dr. Tachyon, aces Peregrine and Golden Boy, and jokers Chrysalis, Troll, and Father Squid.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
Carrie Vaughn
Walton Simons
Kevin Andrew Murphy
John Jos. Miller
Gail Miller
Leanne Harper
Victor Milan
Michael Cassutt

Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty
Let the secret history of the world be told! An alien virus that struck Earth after World War II, and of the handful of the survivors who found they now possessed superhuman powers. Some were called Aces, endowed with powerful mental and physical prowess. The others were Jokers, tormented by bizarre mind or body disfigurements. Some served humanity. Others caused terror. Now, forty years later, as a gang war between the Shadow Fists and the mafia rages out of control in the streets of Jokertown, Aces and Jokers go underground-to wage their own war against the powers of the netherworld.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
John Jos. Miller
Walter Jon Williams
Leanne Harper


Wild Cards VI: Ace in the Hole
Since a strange alien virus created the superhuman beings known as Aces and Jokers four decades ago, they have struggled for respect and recognition. Now they are key players in a presidential convention torn by hatred and dissent. Assassins stalk the halls of the convention and one of the candidates plans to use his secret Wild Card power for evil. Travel on a journey of intrigue and adventure in this collaborative novel edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and written by five of science fiction's most imaginative talents: Stephen Leigh, Victor Milan, Walton Simons, Melinda M. Snodgrass, and Walter Jon Williams.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
Walton Simons
Walter Jon Williams
Victor Milan

Wild Cards VII: Dead Man’s Hand

Wild Cards VII: Dead Man’s Hand

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Chrysalis, the glass-skinned queen of the Joker underworld, has been found brutally murdered in her popular restaurant, the Crystal Palace. New two men are out to find her killer: Jay Ackroyd, the Ace private investigator who discovered her ruined body, and the vigilante archer known as the Yeoman, who has been framed for the crime. Their quest leads them on a nightmare odyssey of madness, violence, passion, and political intrigue that will forever alter the fates of Aces and Jokers everywhere. Experience this gripping tale of mystery and suspense.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
John Jos. Miller

The Rox Triad

Jumpers—teens who can swap bodies—appear.  At the same time, that the reality-warping joker-ace Bloat creates the Rox, his dream castle, where Ellis Island once stood. Aces and jokers fight on both sides in a battle for New York and reality itself.

Wild Cards VIII: One-Eyed Jacks

Wild Cards VIII: One-Eyed Jacks

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Something is stirring on Ellis Island, something strange and dangerous enough to subdue even the white-hot tensions between Wild Cards and normal humans. They call themselves the Jumpers: a vicious gang with the power to transport their minds into others' bodies, using them to commit acts of terror and violence, before abandoning them and leaving their victims to face the consequences. The Jumpers cutthroat ambition to control the Wild Card community will pit aces, jokers, and humans at odds like never before.
Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle

Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle

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Bloat, the boy-governor of the Rox, wanted to make Ellis Island a safe haven for Jokers, and made a choice to recruit the Jumpers, superpowered teen outcasts who could steal a man's body in the blink of an eye. But under the leadership of Dr. Tachyon's psychotic grandson, the Jumpers grow more vicious and uncontrollable every day, becoming the greatest threat the Wild Cards have ever faced.... Edited by George R. R. Martin, Jokertown Shuffle features the writing talents of Walton Simons, Chris Claremont, Lewis Shiner, William F. Wu, Victor Milan, Stephen Leigh, Melinda M. Snodgrass, and John Jos. Miller, along with previously unpublished stories from Carrie Vaughn and Cherie Priest.
Wild Cards XI: Dealer’s Choice

Wild Cards XI: Dealer’s Choice

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After too many disastrous raids and military embarrassments, the Nats order a full-out-no-holds-barred blitzkrieg against Bloat and his genetic outcasts. The mission is clear: destroy Ellis Island, no survivors. As the final battle rages, the Turtle throws in the towel, Modular man switches sides, Reflector faces defeat, Legion “dies”—and assassins reach Bloat’s chamber. This is it, folks. The final days of the Rox.

Bantam Solo Novels

Dr. Tachyon, who has jumped into a teenage girl’s body, returns to Takis and civil war; Captain Trips, as his alter ego Moonchild, battles for a joker homeland in Vietnam; and Yeoman and John Nighthawk strive to save John Fortune and stop the apocalypse.

Wild Cards X: Double Solitaire

Wild Cards X: Double Solitaire

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Aboard his grandfather's spaceship and fleeing the violent turmoil between jokers, aces, and nats that his vicious ambition spawned, Blaise is headed for a new conquest: the planet Takis. Dr. Tachyon is left behind... but he's lost more than his only way of returning to his homeworld. Blaise has stolen his body, as well—leaving Tach trapped in the pregnant body of a teenage runaway. Tachyon must sell his soul to reach Takis—and once there, confront Blaise amidst the political and military machinations of Takisian society. Treachery and treason await him. At stake is nothing less than the destiny of an entire world.
Wild Cards XII: Turn of the Cards

Wild Cards XII: Turn of the Cards

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The Rox is history and Mark Meadows is on the run, pursued by the CIA, the DEA, and the Wild Card mistress of the winds, Mistral. But the renegade biochemist has his own secret weapon: each possessing ace powers, each activated by mind-bending drugs. Fleeing across Europe and Asia, Mark meets a crazed Vietnam veteran with an astounding plan—to lead an army of jokers in a war of conquest. Caught between jokers who despise him and nats who want him dead, Mark must decide whether to unleash his ace powers for a madman’s bloody dream, or to stay true to his peaceful ideals—and die. READ MORE: Turn of the Cards.

Card Shark Triad

The Church of Jesus Christ Joker burns, and arson investigator Hannah Davis uncovers the Card Sharks, a conspiracy to destroy all Wild Cards. The Card Sharks fight back, finally releasing the Black Trump, a plague for nat and Wild Card alike.

Wild Cards XIII: Card Sharks

Wild Cards XIII: Card Sharks

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Someone is trying to kill all the jokers—nothing less than genocide will do. For decades they have been the secret shadow players on the global scene, the puppet masters hidden behind the curtains, patient, cunning, moving inch by inch toward their terrible dream—a world “cleansed” of the Wild Card disease and its victims. And now their time is almost come… Read More: Card Sharks
Wild Cards XIV: Marked Cards

Wild Cards XIV: Marked Cards

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A beautiful reporter and a small group of jokers and aces unearthed evidence of a conspiracy of Card Sharks, whose goal is the wholesale destruction of those afflicted with the Wild Card virus. Now it’s a desperate race to expose the card Sharks, flush them into the open where they can be brought to justice. For the card Sharks have a terrifying weapon, a Final Solution, they are almost ready to use…
Wild Cards XV: Black Trump

Wild Cards XV: Black Trump

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Finally flushed into the open by the heroism of a joker and an uninfected female reporter, the Card Shark conspiracy faces destruction. But a cornered animal is a dangerous animal, and the Sharks still have one final card to play: the Black Trump. The ultimate biological weapon, the Black Trump simply kills all those with the Wild Card virus written into their genes, joker or ace—and its success rate is one hundred percent. In New York’s teeming Jokertown, in the Joker’s Quarter of Jerusalem, in the Free People’s State of Vietnam where ace Mark Meadows rules in a sixties vision of love and peace, the bombs are ticking…and time is running out.

The iBooks Revival

Deuces Down: Seven tales of deuces—aces with trivial powers, who nonetheless prevail and even triumph. Joker Moon is forthcoming.

Wild Cards XVI: Deuces Down

Wild Cards XVI: Deuces Down

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In this collection of all-new Wild cards short stories, the spotlight is on the most unusual Wild Cards of them all—the Deuces. As you’ll discover in this thrilling anthology, their role in the Wild Cards universe is just as important as at of aces and jokers. In fact, their actions have affected the course of Wild Cards history. Set in an alternate, shared-world universe, Deuces Down is the one place you’ll find such never-before-told tales as John Jos. Miller’s exciting 1969 World Series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Brooklyn Dodgers; Michael Cassutt’s first moon landing, when the whole world wasn’t watching; Walton Simons’ Great New York City Blackout of 1977; Melinda M. Snodgrass’s account of Grace Kelly’s mysterious appearance during the filming of The French Lieutenant’s Woman. It’s a strange and terrifying world, where anything can happen. A world of Wild Cards.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
John Jos. Miller
Michael Cassutt
Daniel Abraham

Wild Cards XVII: Death Draws Five

Wild Cards XVII: Death Draws Five

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John Fortune—son of Peregrine and Fortunato, two of the most powerful and popular Aces the world has ever known—has finally turned his card. He’s an Ace! And proud of it… except that his new powers put him on a collision course with enemies he never knew he had. Is he the new messiah? Or the Anti-Christ? Or is he just a kid who’s in over his head and about to drown? It’s really quite simple. Mr. Nobody wants to do his job. The Midnight Angel wants to serve her Lord. Billy Ray, dying from boredom, wants some action. John Nighthawk wants to uncover the awful secret behind his mysterious power. Fortunato wants to rescue his son from the clutches of a cryptic Vatican office. John Fortune just wants to catch Siegfried and Ralph’s famous Vegas review. The problem is that all roads, whether they start in Turin, Italy, Las Vegas, Hokkaido, Japan, Jokertown, Snake Hill, the Short Cut, or Yazoo City, Mississippi, lead to Leo Barnett’s Peaceable Kingdom where the difference between the Apocalypse and Peace on Earth is as thin as a razor’s edge and where death himself awaits the final terrible turn of the card.
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George RR Martin
John Jos. Miller

The Committee Triad

Reality-television aces become real heroes, going to Egypt to stop a war. They form the Committee, saving New Orleans from hurricanes, zombies, and a nuclear blast, then contend with the child-soldier aces of the People’s Paradise of Africa.

Wild Cards XVIII: Inside Straight
Originally begun in 1986, long before George R. R. Martin became a household name among fantasy readers ("The American Tolkien" --Time magazine), the Wild Cards series earned a reputation among connoisseurs for its smart reimagining of the superhero idea. Now, with Inside Straight, the Wild Cards continuity jumps forward to a new generation of major characters, entirely accessible to Martin's hundreds of thousands of new readers, with all-original stories by Martin himself, along with Daniel Abraham, Michael Cassutt, and Stephen Leigh, among others.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
John Jos. Miller
Michael Cassutt
Daniel Abraham
Caroline Spector
Carrie Vaughn
Ian Tregillis

Wild Cards XIX: Busted Flush
A new generation of heroes has taken its place on the world stage, its members crucial players in international events. At the United Nations, veteran ace John Fortune has assembled a team of young aces known as the Committee, to assist at trouble spots around the world–including a genocidal was in the Niger Delta, an invasion of zombies in hurricane ravaged New Orleans, a freak nuclear explosion in a small Texas town and a fateful showdown with the forces of the oil-rich Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East. Busted Flush, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass, features the writing talents of S. L. Farrell, Victor Milan, John Jos. Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Walton Simons, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Caroline Spector, Ian Tregillis, and Carrie Vaughn.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
John Jos. Miller
Caroline Spector
Carrie Vaughn
Ian Tregillis
Victor Milan
Walton Simons
Kevin Andrew Murphy

Wild Cards XX: Suicide Kings
The heart of the world is bleeding. The People’s Paradise of Africa is having it out with the Caliphate, and the Sudan is a charnel house. The powers-that-be aren’t doing anything. The UN might set up a committee. But the time for action is now. So, one by one, the aces join the fight, each for their own reasons. The Wild Card virus kills 90 percent of folks who catch it, but those who survive gain special powers. Some become grotesque mutants like the half-man-half-rhino, Denis Finch. They’re the jokers. Some get trivial powers. They’re deuces. And some—the aces—develop wild superpowers. Like the Amazing Bubbles, who can absorb any amount of energy. Or Bugsy, who can turn his body into wasps. Or Double Helix, the shape-changing, teleporting assassin. And Tom Weathers. The Radical. The strongest, most versatile of the aces. He can fly, he’s strong enough to rip the turret off a tank, he can shoot heat rays from his hands…but his greatest strength is his total conviction in the rightness of the cause. Whatever the cause is at the moment. At this particular moment, he’s found a way to get more aces for the People’s Paradise. Lots more aces. And that’s where the trouble starts.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
Daniel Abraham
Ian Tregillis
Victor Milan

Mean Streets Triad

The cops of the Jokertown precinct solve mysteries—including murder—then discover jokers being kidnapped for an underground fight club across the world in Kazakhstan. Ending that unleashes a worse horror: an alien god the aces must stop.

Wild Cards XXI: Fort Freak
Welcome to the hard-bitten world of Manhattan’s Fifth Precinct—or “Fort Freak” as the cops and malefactors alike call the cop-shop where every other desk sergeant, detective, and patrol officer, is more than human. Fort Freak, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
John Jos. Miller
Mary Anne Mohanraj
David Anthony Durham
Kevin Andrew Murphy
Victor Milan

Wild Cards XXII:  Lowball
Decades after an alien virus changed the course of history, the surviving population of Manhattan still struggles to understand the new world left in its wake. Natural humans share the rough city with those given extraordinary—and sometimes terrifying—traits. While most manage to coexist in an uneasy peace, not everyone is willing to adapt. Down in the seedy underbelly of Jokertown, residents are going missing. The authorities are unwilling to investigate, except for a newly minted detective looking to prove himself and a collection of unlikely jokers forced to take matters into their own hands—or tentacles.
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George RR Martin
Melinda Snodgrass
Walter Jon Williams
Mary Anne Mohanraj
David Anthony Durham
Michael Cassutt
David Levine
Carrie Vaughn
Ian Tregillis

Wild Cards XXIII: High Stakes
After the concluding events of Lowball, Officer Francis Black of Fort Freak, vigilante joker Marcus "The Infamous Black Tongue" Morgan, and ace thief Mollie "Tesseract" Steunenberg get stuck in Talas, Kazakhstan. There, the cold-blooded Baba Yaga forces jokers into an illegal fighting ring, but her hidden agenda is much darker: her fighters' deaths serve to placate a vicious monster from another dimension. When the last line of defense against this world weakens, all hell breaks loose, literally....
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John Jos. Miller
Caroline Spector
David Anthony Durham
Ian Tregillis

The American Triad

Aces see America: a haunted riverboat smuggles Kazakh joker refugees up the Mississippi River, a Chicago poker game turns time-travel adventure for John Nighthawk and the Sleeper, and Bubbles chaperones the Jokertown High jazz band to San Antonio.

Wild Cards XXIV: Mississippi Roll

Wild Cards XXIV: Mississippi Roll

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Now on its final voyage, the historical steamboat Natchez is known for her super-powered guest entertainers. But after the suspicious death of a crewmember, retired NY police detective Leo Storgman decides to make this incident his personal case. His findings only lead to a growing number of questions. Is there some truth behind the ghostly sightings of the steamboat’s first captain Wilbur Leathers? What secret does the current captain seem to be hiding? And could the Natchez be ferrying mysterious – and possibly dangerous – cargo onboard?
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Low Chicago : Wild Cards XXV

Low Chicago : Wild Cards XXV

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The stakes were already high enough at Giovanni Galante’s poker table that night in Chicago. Poker. Dealer’s choice. Seven players. A million-dollar cash buy-in. But after a superpowered mishap, the most high-profile criminals in the city are scattered throughout the past and their schemes across time threaten the stability of the world. Perfect for current fans and new readers alike, Low Chicago is an all-new time travel adventure that highlights the criminal underworld of 1920s Chicago, featuring a fresh cast of characters from the Wild Cards universe.
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Wild Cards XXVI: Texas Hold’em
San Antonio, home of the Alamo, is also host to the nation's top high school jazz competition, and the musicians at Xavier Desmond High are excited to outplay their rivals. They are also jokers, kids with strange abilities and even stranger looks. On top of that, well, they are teenagers, apt for mischief, mishaps, and romantic misunderstandings. Michelle Pond, aka The Amazing Bubbles, thinks that her superhero (and supermom) know-how has prepared her to chaperone the event. But when her students start going wayward, she’ll soon discover the true meaning of “Don't mess with Texas.”

The British Arc

Knaves Over Queens is the history of Wild Cards in Britain, from the Queen Mary disaster to the present day. Next in the series, Three Kings, is forthcoming.

Wild Cards XXVII: Knaves Over Queens

Wild Cards XXVII: Knaves Over Queens

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Knaves Over Queens is the first ever Wild Cards novel set in the UK, and a perfect jumping-in point for readers new to this shared world – features a stunning collection of original stories from such luminaries of the world of science fiction and fantasy.