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On September 15, 1946, a biological weapon created by an alien race was accidentally detonated above the streets of New York City, killing countless numbers of men, women, and children. But those who survived the initial explosion soon began to wish they had died also, once they discovered they had been forever mutated by the virus unleashed in the blast. . . .

When the first volume in the Wild Cards series made its debut in...

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Wild Cards: Deuces Down

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On September 15, 1946, a biological weapon created by an alien race was accidentally detonated above the streets of New York City, killing countless numbers of men, women, and children. But those who survived the initial explosion soon began to wish they had died also, once they discovered they had been forever mutated by the virus unleashed in the blast. . . .

When the first volume in the Wild Cards series made its debut in 1986, it caused a sensation in the science fiction and fantasy communities. Here were stories of superpowered beings in a real world setting, detailing the lives of those given superhuman powers by the vÇ=Wild CardsvÇ= virus?and vÇ=JokersvÇ=?those whom the virus transformed into freaks and monsters. Over the course of fifteen volumes, the world created by editor George R.R. Martin and some of SFvÇps most talented writers was explored through the eyes of both Aces and Jokers across the globe.

In this all-new collection of Wild Cards stories, the spotlight is on the most unusual Wild Cards of them all?the Deuces. As youvÇpll discover in this thrilling collection, their role in the Wild Cards Universe is just as important as that of the Aces and the Jokers. In fact, their actions have affected the course of Wild Cards history.

Set in an alternate, shared-world universe, Deuces Down is the one place youvÇpll find such never-before-told tales as John J. MillervÇps exciting 1969 World Series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Brooklyn Dodgers; Michael CassuttvÇps first moon landing, when the whole world wasnvÇpt watching; Walton SimonsvÇp Great New York City Blackout of 1977; Melinda M. SnodgrassvÇps account of Grace KellyvÇps mysterious disappearance during the filming of The French LieutenantvÇps Woman. ItvÇps a strange and terrifying world, where anything can happen. A world of Wild Cards.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781876963958
  • Publisher: ibooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Wild Cards
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 221,887
  • File size: 374 KB

Meet the Author

George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin
An iconic American author and screenwriter of fantasy, horror, and science fiction, George R.R. Martin is best known for his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.


As a child growing up in New Jersey, George R.R. Martin displayed an early interest in "the writing life" by selling monster stories of his own invention to the children in his Bayonne neighborhood. In high school he became an avid comic book collector and began to write for comic fanzines. He sold his first story to Galaxy in 1970 when he was 21 years old.

Martin received his bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. After graduation he served two years in VISTA, then worked as a teacher and chess tournament director in the Midwest, while continuing to craft award-winning short fiction. His first full-length novel, Dying of the Light, was published in 1977. A dark, lyrical sci-fi tone poem set on a doomed world without a sun, the book was nominated for a Hugo Award.

Throughout the 1980s, Martin worked in television, writing for science fiction- and fantasy-themed shows like The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast. At this time he became involved with Wild Cards, a long-running anthology series composed of "mosaic stories" written by multiple authors and set in a shared universe. In addition to editing the series, Martin has contributed stories to the Wild Card books.

In 1996, Martin published A Game of Thrones, the first installment of his magnum opus, the epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice. Set in the Seven Kingdoms, a realm resembling medieval Europe, the internationally bestselling series has provided the ultimate showcase for Martin's formidable world-building and characterization skills.

During the course of his long, prolific career, Martin has accrued every major literary prize for science fiction or fantasy writing, including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Daedelus, and Locus awards. But what endears him especially to his readers is his extraordinary accessibility. A tireless participant in genre conventions and festivals, he maintains a cordial relationship with his fans through his website and blog. He is also a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

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Christened George Raymond Martin, the author has this to say about his unusual name: "I arrived short one 'R' but fixed that at my confirmation 13 years later."

As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service from 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation.

Martin was class valedictorian of his high school. In 1970, he graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University.

In the mid-1970s, Martin supplemented his income by directing tournaments for the Continental Chess Association.

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Fe, NM
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 20, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bayonne, NJ
    1. Education:
      B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971
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  • Posted October 29, 2012

    Wild Cards still breaking new grounds- For all Aces, Dueces, and Jokers

    Wild Cards : Deuces Down #16 (2002) Edited by George R. R. Martin with writers , Michael Cassutt, John J. Miller, Walton Simons, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Daniel Abraham, Stephen Leigh, and Kevin Andrew Murphy. In the 80's and 90's I read the first 15 Wild Cards. The next two #16 and #17 were publish as ebooks. At that time I didn't like to read ebooks on my computer. Last year I got a Nook and now I love reading ebooks on my Nook. Barnes and Noble had a sale on Wild Cards #1, #18, #19, and #20. I like rereading #1 (with new stories) but I was lost in #18 and #19. I seem to have forgotten things. Found out I had to read #16 and #17 first and now they made sense. This is one (#16 Deuces Down) delightfully, a more upbeat, version of the Wild Card world. Most of the books are very dark and the mood can be oppressive. But this one is about Deuces, people with small or useless powers. And most of these stories take place in the past, so some of the early Wild Cards aces pop up. A lot of these characters will show up in the later books, like Finn, a centaur who becomes a Doctor. Also Digger Downs first scoop as a child. This book is a must for true lovers of the series and a must read if you are going to continuing read this wacky and great series.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    human spirit and interpretation of the term home

    a mosic novel with an introduction written by Walton Simons in 2002 the 15th year of Wild card series. This book opens up the time line of the series, allowing more stories in the four decades that encompass the stories. As Walton introduces the stories he states that it is common for the writers to conitually converse about characters, and upcoming story ideas. One aspect that is unique in these stories focus not on the aces and jokers of the series but Duces, those who are given an ability after surving the Xenovirus Takisis A. these powers that are considered a Duce are just simple abilities that are not heroic or large in composition. For instance Gary who can produce a samll blue flame on his finger tips like a Bic lighter. Following an idea that has intrested the writers like Sign Girl, Grow-Grip Man, Puddle man ect...

    Storming space Michael Cassutt
    A short love story and the ability of Cash Mitchell and Eva-Lynne,tells the story of a duce who can accomplish great things when used approrately.

    four days in october John J Miller
    The introduction of Tommy Downs a journalist who finds his ability is to ferret out those affected by the wild card virus.

    walking the floor over you Walton Simons
    A beautiful woman with a duce, that she can make people laugh has found herself in trouble, she turns to our favorate character Croyd for protection only to find it is her boss that is the hero despite his own duce power.

    a face on the cutting room floor Melinda Snodgrass
    My favorite story of this group, about Dr. Bradley Finn, a pony cised centaur, who as a child finds a mystery on the set of his Fathers movie. As Ms. Snodgrass says, she wanted to write about a joker that was well adjusted and saw his father like James Cameron as a film maker.

    Father henry's Little miracle Daiel Abraham
    Father Henry, is taking care of the Joker Church in New York only to be drawn into an adventure he does not know how to handel. Unforutnatly his duce of producing water from wine may not be able to stand against Demise, one of the strongest evil ace characters in the series.

    Promises Stephen Leigh
    A tragic love story between Gary a duce, the same one who is a Bic lighter, and his love Caitlyn, a joker who is turning into a living doll. Looking at the human spirit and the interpretation of the term home.

    With a Flourish and a Flair Kevin Andrew Murphy
    Swash is drawn on a quest similar to an adventure you could find Holmes, attempting to solve, He and Topper a Takian living in New York has a problem with a personal theft.

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