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The Wild Cards series of mosaic novels developed out of an ongoing superhero role-playing campaign run by author George R.R. Martin and spans more than 20 volumes. Contributing authors include Roger Zelazny, Lewis Shiner, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Walter Jon Williams, John Jos. Miller, and Martin himself.

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.

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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...

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August 6th 2016
♣ 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
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.
October 15th 2014
♦ Read Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza, When We Were Heroes, The Button Man and the Murder Tree, and The Elephant in the Room, only available at the Tor Books website.
October 28th 2011
♣ A Wild Cards Movie project has been announced. Follow this link [to get the details].
July 28th 2011
♠ The Wild Cards Wiki now has over 300 articles.
♣ Enabled some Wikia Labs features as incentives for greater participation.
Melinda M. Snodgrass's story from Fort Freak, The Rook is now available online at the Tor Books website.

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Gollancz WC4-WC5

Following the success of the reissued original trilogy of Wild Cards, Gollancz is set to republish further books in the series. 2014 heralds in the return of:

Aces Abroad (May)
Down and Dirty (June)
Ace in the Hole (July)
Dead Man’s Hand (August)

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Dr. Tachyon
The Great and Powerful Turtle
The Sleeper
Captain Trips
Gregg Hartmann
Golden Boy
Wild Cards Terminology
Wild card virus
Black Queen
Ace in the Hole
Trump virus
Black Trump virus
Suicide King

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