Wild Cards Wiki

Welcome to the Wild Cards Wiki, the wiki about the Wild Cards universe, that anyone can edit.

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.

Featured article


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...

What's new on Wild Cards Wiki

May 18th 2022
Hearts of Stone by Emma Newman is now available on Tor.com.
February 21st 2022
♠ Marvel Comics has announced a new Wild Cards comics series.
July 21st 2021
Skin Deep, by Alan Brennert, follows Trina Nelson as she is given an opportunity to help break down the stigma of being a joker.
May 19th 2021
Ripple Effects by Laura J. Mixon returns to the character of Candle years after his appearance in American Hero.
Dec 2nd 2020
Hammer and Tongs and a Rusty Nail, by Ian Tregillis, is now available on Tor.com.
May 6th 2020
Berlin is Never Berlin, by Marko Kloos, continues the story of Khan as he tries to protect a client in Germany.
March 18th 2020
The Visitor: Kill or Cure, Mark Lawrence, is now available to read at Tor.com.
October 16th 2019
Naked, Stoned, and Stabbed, by Bradley Denton, is now available to read online at Tor.com
October 24th 2018
Fitting In, by Max Gladstone, is available to read online at Tor.com.
May 2nd 2018
The Flight of Morpho Girl, by Caroline Spector and Bradley Denton, is now available to read online at Tor.com.
February 14th 2018
Evernight, by Victor Milán, picks up the story of the Darkness as she search for her brother in Paris.
July 5th 2017
When the Devil Drives, by Melinda Snodgrass, is now available to read online at Tor.com
March 7th 2017
♥ George R.R. Martin has released news on his blog announcing a publishing deal for a reissue of some out-of-print Wild Cards books and four new titles. Check it out here.
January 18th 2017
The Atonement Tango, a short story by Stephen Leigh about Drummer Boy is now available to read at Tor.com.
December 21st 2016
The Thing About Growing up in Jokertown by Carrie Vaughn follows Rikki before she became a police officer.
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 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.
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.

Check out more news

Contents   (all pages)

Prominent Characters
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

Helping out

To write a new article, just enter the title in the box below.

<createbox> width=42 break=no buttonlabel=Create new article </createbox>

Not sure where to start?
  • Find out more about the wiki on the About page.
  • If you are new to wikis, check out the tutorial.
Adding content
Talk and more...
  • Check out the community portal to see what the community is working on, to give feedback or just to say hi.

556 articles since August 2008

Science Fiction Literature

Go to these sites for info or for help with your own wiki!

DuneEnder's GameThe ExpanseHitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyHonor HarringtonReady Player OneRed RisingRenegades DuologyWild Cards

Want your community included? See how!

Literature Wordmark.png