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Morpho Girl Takes Wing!

May 5, 2018 at 9:30 am
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Hey, Wild Carders, we’ve got a brand new story for you up on  “The Flight of Morpho Girl,” by Caroline Spector and Bradley Denton.

The Flight of Morpho Girl

The artwork, as ever, is by the amazing John Picacio.

This one features the Amazing Bubbles, Rustbelt, Ghost… and of course the unstoppable Morpho Girl herself.

Go, check it out, and leave a comment!

And keep your eye on   We have a couple more Wild Cards originals coming your way soon, from the pens of Max Gladstone and Marko Kloos.

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Down Again, Still Dirty

December 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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The Wild Cards reread has resumed over at, as Katy looks at DOWN & DIRTY, volume five in the series… originally published in 1988.

Check it out at and share your thoughts… the comments section is open for discussion.

You can also read my own reflections on editing this particular volume over at the Wild Cards website.

And signed copies of DOWN & DIRTY and many of the other Wild Cards books are available through the Jean Cocteau.

((Comments open: on Wild Cards only, please. Stay on topic)).

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Double Helix Returns

July 5, 2017 at 4:08 am
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Double Helix is back, and has got him… her… them.

Noel Matthews, our favorite gender-bending sex-switching ace magician, teleporting assassin, and snide supercilious sonofabitch, the guy/ gal that Wild Cards fans love to hate or hate to love, returns in solo action in Melinda Snodgrass’s “When the Devil Drives.” As usual, John Picacio has contributed another amazing cover illustration.

You can ride with the devil, for FREE, at

For those of you who haven’t tried Wild Cards yet, “free” is a good way to have a taste. Melinda’s story is the latest on, but by no means the only one. Search, and ye shall find stories by Cherie Priest, Daniel Abraham, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, Paul Cornell, Stephen Leigh, and David D. Levine as well. Have a read… and don’t forget to comment (there, not here).

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Aces, Jokers, Artists

June 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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The Wild Cards reread continues over at, with an insightful new post by Katie Rask about the many various styles of art in JOKERS WILD, and the meanings behind all of it.

Join the discussion at:

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May 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm
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The Wild Cards Reread continues over at with Katie Rask’s insightful look at JOKERS WILD, the third volume in the series and our first full mosaic.

Head on over and join the fun at We’d love to know your thoughts.

I am, of course, far from objective, but INMNSHO this was one of the strongest volumes in the series, and a groundbreaking one — the first time (not the last) that we would attempt to innovative (if exhausting) mosaic format, where the stories are woven together to form a seven-way collaborative novel. No shared world had ever done that before, and so far as I know, none has been so insane as to attempt it yet. Except for us. Wild Carders are nothing if not mad.

JOKERS WILD is also the climax of our first triad, and offers a final resolution to a major storyline.

So head on over and join Jetboygirl, Fortunato, Hiram Worchester, Roulette, Sewer Jack, Bagabond, Wraith, Yeoman, Demise, Popinjay, the Astronomer, and the rest of the merry gang.

High Stakes: A Wild Cards Novel Kindle Edition

May 3, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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This post has been brought to you by the Minions of Fevre River #GRRMinion:

High Stakes: A Wild Cards Novel Kindle Edition for $9.99!

Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, High Stakes (Wild Cards) delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page-turning novel of superheroics and Lovecraftian horror bu George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass.

After the concluding events of Lowball, Officer Francis Black of Fort Freak, vigilante joker Marcus “The Infamous Black Tongue” Morgan, and ace thief Mollie “Tesseract” Steunenberg get stuck in Talas, Kazakhstan. There, the coldblooded Baba Yaga forces jokers into an illegal fighting ring, but her hidden agenda is much darker: her fighters’ deaths serve to placate a vicious monster from another dimension. When the last line of defense against this world weakens, all hell breaks loose, literally….

The Committee in New York sends a team of aces to investigate. One by one, each falls victim to evil forces–including the dark impulses within themselves. Only the perseverance of the most unlikely of heroes has a chance of saving the world before utter chaos erupts on Earth.

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin, High Stakes features the writing talents of Melinda M. Snodgrass, John Jos. Miller, David Anthony Durham, Caroline Spector, Stephen Leigh, and Ian Tregillis.

Now in development for TV: Rights to develop Wild Cards for TV have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions, the team that brought you The Magicians and Mr. Robot, with the co-editor of Wild Cards, Melinda Snodgrass as executive producer.

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Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad Kindle Edition

May 3, 2017 at 8:21 am
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Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad Kindle Edition on for $2.99!

Now in development for TV: Rights to develop Wild Cards for TV have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions, the team that brought you The Magicians and Mr. Robot, with the co-editor ofWild Cards, Melinda Snodgrass as executive producer.

The action-packed alternate fantasy returns for a new generation, featuring fiction from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin, Michael Cassutt, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Lewis Shiner, and more—plus two completely new stories from Kevin Andrew Murphy and bestselling author Carrie Vaughn.

Forty years after the Wild Card Virus's release, the World Health Organization decides it's time to take a delegation of Aces, Jokers, politicians, and journalists on a fact-finding mission to learn how other countries are dealing with the virus that reshaped humanity. Leading the team is Gregg Hartmann, a senator with presidential aspirations and a dangerous ace up his sleeve. Joining him is a menagerie of some of the series' best and most popular Wild Cards, including Dr. Tachyon, aces Peregrine and Golden Boy, and jokers Chrysalis, Troll, and Father Squid.

From the jungles of Haiti and Peru to the tumultuous political climate of Egypt, from a monastery in Japan to the streets of the most glamorous cities of Europe, the Wild Cards are in for an eye-opening trip. While some are worshiped as actual gods, those possessing the most extreme mutations are treated with a contempt that's all too familiar to the delegates from Jokertown. New alliances will be formed, new enemies will be made, and some actions will fulfill centuries-old prophecies that make ripples throughout the future of the Wild Cards universe.