An 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. The bestselling series, which began with A Game of Thrones, inspired the popular HBO television series of the same name. The series will conclude with the forthcoming books The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. Martin has also published related books set in Westeros, within the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, and has written for the TV series The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and others.
Deuces Down (Wild Cards Series #16)by George R. R. Martin
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/b>
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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.
Meet the Author
- Santa Fe, NM
- Date of Birth:
- September 20, 1948
- Place of Birth:
- Bayonne, NJ
- B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971
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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.
As an avid Wild Cards reader, I feel this book is a great addition to the entire series. Each story in the anthology gives us more secrets of the Wild Cards Universe than any other novel in the set. You get glimpses into 'minor' characters, some hidden history, and even fond rememberences of deceased characters. A must have for any Wild Cards collection!
The 16th in the series of George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards series gives us a look at some of the 'hidden history' of his writer-shared universe of an alternate Earth where super-powers are real, the world is slightly different (Cuba never when Communist) & things can be as gritty as our world. We get a look at the 'Deuces', those affected by the Wild Card virus but have 'minor' powers, plus some insights on side stories that take place in several of the other novels. Get this book & read it!