Wild Cards Anthologies by George RR Martin
Wild Cards is a series of science fiction/alternate history anthologies edited by George R.R. Martin (with Melinda Snodgrass). The series was inspired by comic book superheroes and the roleplaying game Superworld. The series is set following World War II when an alien virus is unleashed on New York City, killing almost everyone who goes near it. Most of those who survive are turned into “Jokers,” which are deformed creatures, and a select few are given superpowers (and called “Aces”).

George R.R. Martin began his Wild Cards anthology series in 1986 with voulme 1 of the series, entitled Wild Cards. The series is currently ongoing. Besides Martin himself, some of the authors who have contributed to the series include Roger Zelazny, Lewis Shiner, Walter Jon Williams, Pat Cadigan, Howard Waldrop, Leanne C. Harper, Chris Claremont, Victor Milan and John J. Miller. Below is a list of George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards anthologies in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Wild Cards Anthologies


Wild Cards(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Aces High(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jokers Wild(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Aces Abroad(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Down and Dirty(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ace in the Hole(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Man's Hand(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One-Eyed Jacks(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jokertown Shuffle(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dealer's Choice(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deuces Down(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Inside Straight(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Busted Flush(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Suicide Kings(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fort Freak(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lowball(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Wild Cards Mosaic: New Cycle Anthologies


Card Sharks(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Marked Cards(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Trump(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Wild Cards Synopsis: In Wild Cards I (edited by George R.R. Martin), an alien virus hit the Earth after World War II, giving some of the survivors superpowers. Some of these people were called “Aces,” and they possess mental and physical powers. The others are called “Jokers,” and they have mental and physical disabilities. The anthology includes stories by Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, Howard Waldrop, Lewis Shiner, and George R.R. Martin.

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