The Books >> The Wild Cards Series
On this page, you'll find a behind-the-scenes accounts from
George R. R. Martin, detailing the true origins of the Wild
Cards series. There will be a total of 5 installments, so
please do check back each month or
sign up to receive Wild Cards email updates.
The Wild Cards
shared-universe series, created and edited since 1987 by New York Times
#1 bestseller George R. R. Martin along with Melinda Snodgrass, is the
tale of the history of the world since then—and of the heroes among that
Originally begun in 1986, long before George R. R. Martin became a household
name among fantasy readers ("The American Tolkien" —Time magazine), the
Wild Cards series earned a reputation among connoisseurs for its smart
reimagining of the superhero idea. Now, with Inside Straight, the Wild
Cards continuity jumps forward to a new generation of major characters,
entirely accessible to Martin's hundreds of thousands of new readers,
with all-original stories by Martin himself, along with Daniel Abraham,
Michael Cassutt, and Stephen Leigh, among others.
On Sale: 1/22/2008
Widget of Convenience
Multi-video YouTube player featuring the 1988 WorldCon Interviews.
Bag Lady is the first Wild Cards story ever written. Walter Jon Williams wrote it back in the early 80's, before the series had been sold. It was never published as part of the series for various reasons, but the full story can be found as the first edition of our hidden Lost Archives section. Simply enter your email on our sign up page and a link will be sent to you shortly. For those who would like a preview, an excerpt is provided below.
Click to Read a Preview of
Bag Lady by Walter Jon Williams