Initially published in the late 1980s, many of the books went out of print, but Wild Cards has since experienced a rebirth with a new trilogy starting with Inside Straight published in January 2008, the second published in December 2008 called Busted Flush. The third book in this arc was released in late 2009 under the name of Suicide Kings. This arc has been referred to as either the American Hero trilogy or the Committee trilogy.
Following the success of these stories, many of the earlier books have also been republished, starting with the reprint of Wild Cards in 2010, and new role-playing game aids for the Mutants and Masterminds game system.
The wild card virus is an artificially-created organism, developed by the Takisian aliens to enhance their own psionic powers. The aliens decided to field-test it on Earth. It was released over New York City in 1946, and changed the course of human history forever. The virus is extremely deadly, killing 90% of the infected. The remaining 10% are transformed in spectacular ways. Most become jokers, hideously deformed monsters. A few lucky survivors become aces, superhumans gifted with amazing powers. Read More...
♣ Check out George R.R. Martin's live journal blog for news on a Wild Cards television series. The project is to be headed up by Wild Cards author Melinda M. Snodgrass.
March 30th 2016
♣ Discards, a new Wild Cards short story by David D. Levine, is now available to read online at Tor.com.
March 28th 2016
♥ George R.R. Martin's blog has some exciting news for Wild Cards fans. A publishing deal has been signed with Tor Books for three new Wild Cards books; Texas Hold 'Em, Mississippi Roll, and Low Chicago.