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When We Were Heroes

Wild Cards Stories: Book 1

Daniel Abraham

George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards multi-author shared-world universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. Now, in addition to overseeing the ongoing publication of new Wild Cards books (like 2011's Fort Freak), Martin is also commissioning and editing new Wild Cards stories for publication on Tor.com. Daniel Abraham's "When We Were Heroes" is an affecting examination of celebrity, privacy, and the different ways people deal with notoriety and fame--problems not made easier when what you're famous for are superpowers that even you don't fully understand.

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

The Button Man and the Murder Tree

Wild Cards Stories: Book 2

Cherie Priest

George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards multi-author shared-world universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. Now, in addition to overseeing the ongoing publication of new Wild Cards books (like 2011's Fort Freak), Martin is also commissioning and editing new Wild Cards stories for publication on Tor.com. In Cherie Priest's "The Button Man and the Murder Tree," it's Chicago in 1971, and Raul is a button man -- a professional ender of lives that the Mob needs ended. But something's odd about his most recent assignments. And then there are those mushrooms growing out of his skin...

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The Elephant in the Room

Wild Cards Stories: Book 3

Paul Cornell

George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards multi-author shared-world universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. Now, in addition to overseeing the ongoing publication of new Wild Cards books (like 2011's Fort Freak, Martin is also commissioning and editing new Wild Cards stories for publication on Tor.com. Paul Cornell's "The Elephant in the Room" is the tale of a young woman who can temporarily take on the superpowers of people she's near... and of the crisis this leads her into as she struggles to deal with an overcontrolling mother, a very strange boyfriend, and the beginning of a career.

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Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza

Wild Cards Stories: Book 4

Carrie Vaughn

The Wild Cards universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. In Carrie Vaughn's "Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza," ace Ana Cortez discovers that sometimes to be truly healed, you must return to your roots.

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Prompt. Professional. Pop!

Wild Cards Stories: Book 5

Walter Jon Williams

The Wild Cards universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. In Walter Jon Williams's "Prompt. Professional. Pop!" shows that to make it in Hollywood, it's not enough to be beautiful and talented, you've also got to take advantage of every opportunity that pops up.

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Discards

Wild Cards Stories: Book 6

David D. Levine

The Wild Cards universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. David D. Levine's "Discards" introduces Tiago Gonçalves, a teenager who scrapes collecting recyclables from the landfills of Rio de Janeiro. But after the Wild Card virus infects him, he learns to build something more.

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The Thing About Growing up in Jokertown

Wild Cards Stories: Book 7

Carrie Vaughn

The Wild Cards universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. In Carrie Vaughn's "The Thing about Growing Up in Jokertown," a group of teenage jokers yearn to explore outside the confines of their strange little neighborhood and get a real taste of the Big Apple.

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The Atonement Tango

Wild Cards Stories: Book 8

Stephen Leigh

One act of terrorism changes the life of Michael "Drummer Boy" Vogali forever in Stephen Leigh's "The Atonement Tango." Now without his band, Joker Plague, Michael must figure out a way to re-build his life--and seek revenge.

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When the Devil Drives

Wild Cards Stories: Book 9

Melinda M. Snodgrass

Once an assassin and spy, superpowered ace Noel Matthews confronts unexpected enemies after discovering a dead body on the job.

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Evernight

Wild Cards Stories: Book 10

Victor Milán

Candace Sessou is known to be many things: the ace known as The Darkness, a skilled negotiator in the field of diplomacy, a refugee with neither home nor family after fleeing a war-torn Congo. When she hears that her brother Marcel also survived but is now on the run as a wanted terrorist, Candace tracks him to the Parisian underground... only to strike a deal with dangerous forces in order to save both their lives.

The Flight of Morpho Girl

Wild Cards Stories: Book 11

Bradley Denton
Caroline Spector

Adesina, known as "Morpho Girl," is used to handling the weird that is her everyday, but life has dealt her a tricky new hand. First, her mom, the crimefighter Amazing Bubbles, has been off since her last mission. Second, Adesina recently aged from ten to sixteen, making everyone think she's even weirder than she already is. On top of everything else, her best friend goes missing. What's a newly-teenaged joker need to do to catch a break?

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Fitting In

Wild Cards Stories: Book 12

Max Gladstone

Robin Ruttiger tries--he really does--but his lot in life falls way shorter than his expectations. A failed contestant of the superhero reality TV show, American Hero, he now works as a high school guidance counselor to reluctant students. Things change, however, when a favorite bakery in Jokertown becomes a target of vandalism, and Robin realizes he can play the hero after all.

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How to Move Spheres and Influence People

Wild Cards Stories: Book 13

Marko Kloos

In Marko Kloos's short story "How to Move Spheres and Influence People" an outcast learns how to fit in at her school and much more...

T. K. hates a lot of things, but at the moment, it's how she becomes the #1 target during dodgeball at gym. Everything changes, however, when she discovers that she has the ace ability to direct spherical objects. With this newfound ability, she makes her classmates pay! But her powers are made for more than petty revenge, as she soon discovers while on a family vacation.

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Long is the Way

Wild Cards Stories: Book 14

Sage Walker
Carrie Vaughn

For over 25 years, the Wild Cards universe has been entertaining readers with stories of superpowered people in an alternate history. "Long is the Way" by Carrie Vaughn and Sage Walker sheds light on what people will do to escape the sins of their past, and whether anyone can find redemption.

Zoe Harris is a marked woman: in hiding for decades because of her connection to a terrorist attack on Jerusalem almost twenty years ago. One determined reporter, Jonathan Hive, stumbles upon a lead that takes him to the south of France to discover the truth. What he finds out is a lesson in how life can bring about the most unexpected miracles.

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The City That Never Sleeps

Wild Cards Stories: Book 15

Walton Simons

"There's never a shortage of people other people want dead." Spector felt on familiar footing now that he saw the entire game.

All a hit man wants can be as simple as a bottle of bourbon and a time to dream, but when you're Spector, the work never ends, in Walton "Bud" Simons' Tor.com Original, The City That Never Sleeps.

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Naked, Stoned, and Stabbed

Wild Cards Stories: Book 16

Bradley Denton

The Wild Cards universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. "Naked, Stoned, and Stabbed" is an fantastic new tale from acclaimed sci-fi writer Bradley Denton, about the hidden truths revealed when a Who concert goes haywire.

Freddie's looking for answers. Freddie's also a bit unconventional: in his looks, in his music tastes, and oh yeah, he's also a nascent ace who can manipulate sound. But he's got a gig as a roadie for The Who and the opportunity of a lifetime in New York City. See, the only thing Freddie wants is the opportunity to meet his older half-sister — and not even a suspicious fire at the Bowery Ballroom can stop him.

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The Visitor: Kill or Cure

Wild Cards Stories: Book 17

Mark Lawrence

For over 25 years, the Wild Cards universe has been entertaining readers with stories of superpowered people in an alternate history. The saga continues with Mark Lawrence's short story The Visitor

The visitor comes... but she needs to be invited in.

Ever since she woke up in the hospital with the ability to generate heat, Ruby Johnson, a.k.a the Dragon, has built a reputation as an unstoppable force of nature. She makes her living as an assassin for hire, but one day she comes across a benevolent ace whose powers she vastly underestimates.

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Berlin is Never Berlin

Wild Cards Stories: Book 18

Marko Kloos

For over 25 years, the Wild Cards universe has been entertaining readers with stories of superpowered people in an alternate history. "Berlin is Never Berlin" by Marko Kloos draws upon the seedier side of the city, beyond the dance club lights and all-night parties, as one bodyguard with a certain feline distinction goes on the prowl....

Khan only had one job: chauffeur and guard an American wealthy socialite and her friends. When his client Natalie Scuderi gets nabbed by the Georgian mafia, this joker-ace has no choice but to go underground and rescue her.

"Losing the man's daughter on the job would be a fatal black mark on his professional resume. Khan had never lost a client, and he wasn't about to start a habit."

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Hammer and Tongs and a Rusty Nail

Wild Cards Stories: Book 19

Ian Tregillis

For over 25 years, the Wild Cards universe has been entertaining readers with stories of superpowered people in an alternate history.

When a mysterious stranger approaches Wally Gunderson, a.k.a Rustbelt, about running for Jokertown City Council, he doesn’t think twice about it. His first move? Hiring an unlikely campaign manager – Mordecai Albert Jones, the Harlem Hammer.

Together they’ll discover the ins and outs of local politics, and whether conspiracy theorist Sparkjob is actually crazy... or just on to something?

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Ripple Effects

Wild Cards Stories: Book 20

Laura J. Mixon

Laura J. Mixon's sci-fi adventure story "Ripple Effects" is an action-packed Tor.com Original

Nine years after the ace John "The Candle" Montaño first wielded his fire powers as a teenager on the reality TV show "American Hero", he's landed a job as the lead investigator for a prestigious arts insurer. His latest assignment, providing security for a traveling art show featuring Satchmo's golden trumpet, threatens to be a disaster when some of John's long-buried secrets come calling with a vengeance.

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Skin Deep

Wild Cards Stories: Book 21

Alan Brennert

In Alan Brennert's "Skin Deep," we see for the first time the events of September 15, 1946 from the viewpoint of someone living on the West Coast of the United States.

Trina Nelson is a pretty, popular sixteen-year-old high school student whose idyllic life took a turn for the tragic because of the Wild Cards virus. Now, she wants nothing more than to live out her days in the shadowy anonymity of the Jokertown on the Santa Monica Pier. But life, it turns out, has still another wild card to deal Trina...

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