Wild Cards I: Expanded Edition

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Tom Doherty Associates, Nov 23, 2010 - Fiction - 496 pages

Soon to be a TV show on Hulu!

Back in print after a decade, expanded with new original material, this is the first volume of George R. R. Martin's Wild cards shared-world series

There is a secret history of the world—a history in which an alien virus struck the Earth in the aftermath of World War II, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Some were called Aces—those with superhuman mental and physical abilities. Others were termed Jokers—cursed with bizarre mental or physical disabilities. Some turned their talents to the service of humanity. Others used their powers for evil. Wild Cards is their story.

Originally published in 1987, Wild Cards I includes powerful tales by Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, Howard Waldrop, Lewis Shiner, and George R. R. Martin himself. And this new, expanded edition contains further original tales set at the beginning of the Wild Cards universe, by eminent new writers like Hugo–winner David Levine, noted screenwriter and novelist Michael Cassutt, and New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn.

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.


The Wild Cards Universe
The Original Triad
#1 Wild Cards
#2 Aces High
#3 Jokers Wild

The Puppetman Quartet
#4: Aces Abroad
#5: Down and Dirty
#6: Ace in the Hole
#7: Dead Man’s Hand

The Rox Triad
#8: One-Eyed Jacks
#9: Jokertown Shuffle
#10: Dealer’s Choice

#11: Double Solitaire
#12: Turn of the Cards

The Card Sharks Triad
#13: Card Sharks
#14: Marked Cards
#15: Black Trump

#16: Deuces Down
#17: Death Draws Five

The Committee Triad
#18: Inside Straight
#19: Busted Flush
#20: Suicide Kings

The Fort Freak Triad
#21: Fort Freak
#22: Lowball
#23: High Stakes

The American Triad
#24: Mississippi Roll
#25: Low Chicago
#26: Texas Hold 'Em


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A collection of short stories all by different authors but set in the same world where an alien virus as turned some people into Aces (superpowers), Jokers (disfigured), or just dead. It starts in the ... Read full review

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Surprisingly good. This first volume of Wild Cards is a series of short stories by a variety of authors, but it is written as if it is a novel, with good continuity. I greatly enjoyed it and now I'm ... Read full review

Contents

Editors Note
9
Prologue
13
Thirty Minutes Over Broadway
21
The Sleeper
57
Witness
100
Degradation Rites
146
Interlude One
185
Captain Cathode and the Secret Ace
189
Transfigurations
314
Interlude Three
340
DOWN DEEP
345
Interlude Four
382
Strings
387
Interlude Five
423
Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan
426
Comes a Hunter
455

Powers
215
Shell Games
247
Interlude Two
293
The Long Dark Night of Fortunato
295
Epilogue Third Generation
477
APPENDIX
479
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GEORGE R. R. MARTIN is the author of the internationally bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire (basis of HBO's popular Game of Thrones series) and editor of the multi-author collaborative Wild Cards series. Martin’s many awards include four Hugos, two Nebulas, the Bram Stoker, and the World Fantasy Award.

MELINDA M. SNODGRASS has worked on numerous shows in Hollywood, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, and she has written pilots and feature films. She coedits of the Wild Cards series and writes writes the urban fantasy Linnet Ellery books (beginning with This Case Is Gonna Kill Me) under the name Phillipa Bornikova.

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