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The cover of the first "Wild Cards" book, Wild Cards. Pictured on the cover is Dr. Tachyon.
The cover of the first "Wild Cards" book, Wild Cards. Pictured on the cover is Dr. Tachyon.

Wild Cards is a science fiction and superhero anthology series set in a shared universe. The series was created by a group of New Mexico science fiction authors, and mostly edited by George R. R. Martin. There were 12 volumes published between 1987 and 1993 before it switched publishers, beginning a 'new cycle', with (initially) different numbering. This published three new volumes between 1993 and 1995; a fourth appeared belatedly in 2002, and a fifth in early 2006. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x809, 162 KB) Licensing This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who drew the cover or the publisher of the book. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x809, 162 KB) Licensing This image is of a book cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who drew the cover or the publisher of the book. ... Dr. Tachyon is a character from the Wild Cards series of books. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Batman and Superman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... A Shared universe is a literary technique in which several different authors share settings and characters which appear in their respective works of fiction, often referring to events taking place in the other writers stories. ... New Mexico was the 41st satate to be admitted to the us. ... George Raymond Richard Martin (sometimes called GRRM by fans; born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey) is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy, and also a screenwriter and producer. ...

Contents

History

The series relates an alternate history of the earth after World War II. In 1946 an alien virus that rewrites human DNA is accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It kills 90 % of those who come into contact with it (referred to as 'drawing the Black Queen'). However, 9 % mutate into deformed creatures (known as 'Jokers') and 1 % gain superpowers (known as 'Aces'). There is also a class known as 'deuces' - Aces who have acquired useless or ridiculous powers, such as the ability to levitate up to two feet, or to grow bodily hair at will. The airborne virus eventually spreads all over the world, affecting tens of thousands. Alternate history (fiction) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Combatants Allied Powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Axis Powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total dead... The general structure of a section of DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the biological development of a cellular form of life or a virus. ... In the Wild Cards universe, a Joker is a person that was infected by the Wild Card virus and got one or more deformities and/or crippling physical conditions as a result. ... In the Wild Cards universe, an Ace is one of the classifications given to a person that was infected by the Wild Card virus and gained one or more supernatural powers as a result. ... In the Wild Cards universe, a deuce is a person that was infected by the Wild Card virus and gained a useless or trivial ability, like the power to levitate a quarter, or the ability to turn into a puddle of water. ...


Wild Cards was inspired by superhero comics, and many of the authors play with the conventions of the medium, while some characters are based on existing heroes (eg, Jetboy was modelled on the Hillman Periodicals' character Airboy). Many of the original authors were also inspired by a long-running Albuquerque, New Mexico campaign of the role-playing game Superworld, gamemastered by George R. R. Martin, and many modelled their characters on their in-game persona. [1] Batman and Superman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... Airboy was a wartime comic book created by Charles Biro, that was first published by Hillman Periodicals in 1942. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Duke City Location Location in the state of New Mexico Coordinates , Government Country State County United States New Mexico Bernalillo Founded 1706 Mayor Martin Chavez Geographical characteristics Area     City 469. ... A role-playing game (RPG, often roleplaying game) is a type of game in which the participants assume the roles of characters and collaboratively create stories. ... Superworld is a superhero-themed role-playing game published by Chaosium in the 1980s. ... A Gamemaster or Game Master (often abbreviated as GM) is a player in a multiplayer game who acts as organizer, arbitrator, and officiant in rules situations. ... George Raymond Richard Martin (sometimes called GRRM by fans; born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey) is an American writer of science fiction and fantasy, and also a screenwriter and producer. ...


The Wild Cards universe is distinguished from most superhero comic book fiction by several thematic elements. Early on the authors decided to pursue a more realistic, or naturalistic approach to storytelling. Few of the characters in Wild Cards have secret identities, or are traditional crimefighting superheroes in the mold of Spider-Man or Batman. Wild Cards remained set within a recognizably real world with recognizably real people and pop culture and, because of the historical setting of many of the stories, had characters who aged realistically during the course of the series. In addition, Wild Cards took a more graphic approach to violence, and particularly to sex than most superhero stories do. Batman and Superman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...


Another aspect of the series is its use of real people, such as Buddy Holly, Grace Kelly and Richard Nixon. Unlike most superhero universes, the events of Wild Cards alter history in many ways - a notable example being Fidel Castro remaining in New York to play baseball, and the lack of a Communist takeover in Cuba thereafter. As of 1986, Castro was the pitching coach for the Brooklyn Dodgers, who never moved to Los Angeles, and still play at Ebbets Field. Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), better known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer, songwriter, and a pioneer of Rock and Roll. ... Grace, Princess of Monaco (Grace Patricia Kelly) (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an Academy Award-winning American film actress who, upon marriage to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco on April 19, 1956, became Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (born on August 13, 1926) is the current President of Cuba. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ... For the 1930s NFL team, see Brooklyn Dodgers (football). ... Ebbets Field was a Major League Baseball park located at in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. ...


Thus, L.A, not New York, got an expansion team called the Stars after the Giants moved to San Francisco. In the Wild Cards universe, the Dodgers are the equivalent of the New York Mets, with their history after the 1950s coinciding with the Mets' history, including victory in the 1969 World Series over the Baltimore Orioles. The Los Angeles Stars are the equivalent of the real Dodgers. Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) The Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 2000 East Division titles (5) 1969... The 1969 World Series was played between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles, with the Mets prevailing in 5 games to accomplish one of the greatest upsets in Series history. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Current uniform Ballpark Oriole Park at Camden Yards (1992-present) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1983, 1970, 1966 AL Pennants (7) 1983, 1979, 1971, 1970 1969, 1966, 1944 East Division titles (8) 1997, 1983, 1979, 1974 1973...


While most of the books were made up of individual stories, they generally focused around a central theme or event. There were also several "over arching" storylines which encompassed several of the books.


The third volume in the series marked a departure from previous formats. While the first two books followed a standard anthology format of several separate stories collected in one volume the third book used the format of a mosaic novel. This involved several writers writing individual storylines which were then edited together into one novel length story. A mosaic novel is a novel where individual chapters are written by different authors with the aim of telling linear story from beginning to end however with the individual chapters refracting a plurality of viewpoints and styles. ...


Major contributors to the series included Roger Zelazny, Lewis Shiner, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Walter Jon Williams, Leanne C. Harper, Chris Claremont, Victor Milán, and Martin himself. Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels. ... Lewis Shiner (December 30, 1950, Eugene, Oregon) is an American writer. ... Melinda M. Snodgrass is a writer who wrote many episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Walter Jon Williams (born 15 October 1953) is an American writer, primarily of science fiction. ... Chris Claremont (born November 30, 1950 in London, England, United Kingdom) is a comic book writer, best known for his 16-year (1976-1991) stint on Uncanny X-Men, during which the series became one of the comic book industrys most successful properties. ...


Main characters

For the article on the book series, see Wild Cards. ...

Books

Original series

Double Solitaire and Turn of the Cards were actually full-length novels rather than anthologies, written by Snodgrass and Milán, respectively. The 2003 ibooks printing of Wild Cards, featuring Dr. Tachyon The first volume in the Wild Cards shared universe fiction series edited by George R. R. Martin. ... The 2004 ibooks printing of Aces High, featuring Jube the Walrus The second volume in the Wild Cards shared universe fiction series edited by George R. R. Martin. ... The 2004 ibooks printing of Jokers Wild, featuring Wraith Jokers Wild is the third volume in the Wild Cards shared universe series edited by George R. R. Martin. ... The 2002 ibooks printing of Aces High, featuring Chrysalis The fourth volume in the Wild Cards shared universe fiction series edited by George R. R. Martin. ... This article is about the book from the Wild Cards series; the phrase Down and Dirty is also used in stud poker Down and Dirty is the fifth book in the Wild Cards anthology series, set in the same shared universe as the other Wild Cards novels and collections. ...


New Cycle

Death Draws Five is another solo novel, this time by John J. Miller. The 1993 Baen printing of Card Sharks, featuring Hannah Davis The thirteenth volume (dubbed Book I of a New Cycle) in the Wild Cards shared universe fiction series edited by George R. R. Martin. ... The 1994 Baen printing of Marked Cards, featuring Bagabond and Bradley Finn. ... The 1995 Baen printing of Card Sharks, featuring Zoe Harris and Croyd Crenson. ... The 2002 ibooks printing of Deuces Down. ...


Wild Cards in other media

Portions of the series were adapted into a graphic novel. Short stories based on the series appeared in the anthology-format comic book Epic: An Anthology. The setting was also adapted into role-playing game format twice: once as a stand-alone game, and again in the form of two GURPS sourcebooks that made use of the GURPS Supers rules. The first of the GURPS sourcebooks was published between the publications of Down and Dirty and Ace in the Hole, in 1989. It is currently outdated, providing a snapshot of the universe at that time, but does contain biographical and power data on about 60 characters from the first five books along with details on current storylines and organizations. Sabre (1978), one of the first graphic novels. ... Epic Comics was a creator-owned imprint of Marvel Comics started in 1982, lasting through the mid-1990s, and being briefly revived on a small scale in the mid-2000s. ... A role-playing game (RPG, often roleplaying game) is a type of game in which the participants assume the roles of characters and collaboratively create stories. ... The Generic Universal Role-Playing System, commonly known as GURPS is a form of a role-playing game (RPG) designed to adapt to any imaginary gaming environment. ... GURPS Supers cover GURPS Supers is a tabletop-style role-playing game published by Steve Jackson Games, based on the superhero genre. ... The Generic Universal Role-Playing System, commonly known as GURPS is a form of a role-playing game (RPG) designed to adapt to any imaginary gaming environment. ... This article is about the book from the Wild Cards series; the phrase Down and Dirty is also used in stud poker Down and Dirty is the fifth book in the Wild Cards anthology series, set in the same shared universe as the other Wild Cards novels and collections. ...


External links

  • International Superheroes - Biographies of many Wild Cards characters.
  • Book Covers - Scans of covers of all Wild Cards books.
  •   Wild Cards Comes to Roleplaying Playing With a Full Deck, Roleplayer Magazine article by John J. Miller, about the Superworld and GURPS roleplaying games
  • Wild Cards - The online guide to George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards series

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