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Double Helix (character) in Wild Cards series, George R.R. Martin (editor)
Categories:Male, Gender, Character, Book, Book Series
  • first appearance: "Inside Straight" (Wild Cards 18, 2008)
  • origin: "The Ceremony of Innocence" by Melinda Snodgrass in "Knaves over Queens" (Wild Cards 27, 2018)
  • created by Melinda Snodgrass


Noel Matthews, an English stage magician, appears to be a normal man, but he has a lot of secrets. Besides the fact that he is intersex, he is both an Ace and a Joker codenamed Double Helix. Noel has been a ruthless, cold-blooded assassin for Britain's MI-7, also known as the Silver Helix. Noel's ace power of instant teleportation only works when he transforms into one of his two extremely attractive avatars: a golden-eyed male avatar during daylight hours and a silver-eyed female avatar during the night. Noel's male avatars have changed names and appearances throughout the series, but his female avatar has remained the same: a raven-haired femme fatale with pale skin named Lilith.

Double Helix was a central character in the Wild Cards trilogy in which he debuted (Wild Cards novels 18, 19 and 20) as well as the mosaic novel "Three Kings" (Wild Cards 28).


originally posted by DaveS on 2023-07-22, 1 edit, entryid=9696