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Wild Cards I (Wild Cards Series #1)

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by George R. R. Martin, Wild Cards Trust
     
 

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The first volume of George R. R. Martin's WILD CARDS shared-world series, back in print after a decade—and expanded with new, original material.

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—

Overview

The first volume of George R. R. Martin's WILD CARDS shared-world series, back in print after a decade—and expanded with new, original material.

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Delicious… Everything I'd hoped for in a new Wild cards book. The character interactions and plot twists have exactly the complexity, surprise, and unsentimental realism I'd expect out of a George R. R. Martin project.” —Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, on Inside Straight

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765365071
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Series:
Wild Cards Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
56,064
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

George R.R. Martin is the author of the acclaimed, internationally bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, adapted into the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. He is also the editor and contributor to the Wild Cards series, including the novels Suicide Kings and Fort Freak, among other bestsellers. He has won multiple science fiction and fantasy awards, including four Hugos, two Nebulas, six Locus Awards, the Bram Stoker, the World Fantasy Award, the Daedelus, the Balrog, and the Daikon (the Japanese Hugo). Martin has been writing ever since he was a child, when he sold monster stories to neighborhood children for pennies, and then in high school he wrote fiction for comic fanzines. His first professional sale was to Galaxy magazine, when he was 21. He has been a full-time writer since 1979. Martin has bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Santa Fe, NM
Date of Birth:
September 20, 1948
Place of Birth:
Bayonne, NJ
Education:
B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971
Website:
http://www.georgerrmartin.com

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Wild Cards I 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
djabko More than 1 year ago
I can buy the paperback for 1.99 but for the nook version its 9.99? Where is the value in that?
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1946, Jetboy begins what looks like a suicide mission to save New York City from the Takisians invasion. The aliens plan to use Manhattan as a mass weapon experiment. He has "Thirty Minutes Over Broadway" (by Howard Waldrop) to prevent the tragedy; he fails. While most died from the virus, nine percent suffered monstrous body changes and one percent became the super powerful beings - Jokers to some; Aces to others. When the bomb exploded he was a ninth grader who is ironically two decades later the "Sleeper" (by Roger Zelazny) who cannot allow himself to sleep; he has become a Wild Card like a few other survivors who must unite as the Swarm from space is coming to the Omni. This is the opening tales from one of the great continuous superhero (and villain) anthologies. Ten of the entries were printed in the original first collection in 1987. There are three new contributions that fit nicely into this extremely dark world; in fact expand on the premise, especially the "Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan" by Carrie Vaughn. Although a couple of contributions feel awkward in terms of the overarching theme as if George R.R. Martin was still experimenting with Wild Aces, none of the entries are poorly written. This is a great return to the beginning of the fabulous Wild Cards Universe. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A collection of short stories covering forty years of history after a virus is released which causes a minority of those infected to develop super powers. Feels not unlike World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War in style (and yes, I know this came first). A lot of the stories detail historical events from the perspective of the important people involved in that event. I think those where the stories I liked the best. There were a few stories that didn't really seem to focus on important events, so much as giving a sense of what this era of American history would be like with super powered individials in it. And those were also pretty good. The stories I didn't really care for all that much were the ones that seemed disconnected from the setting. Here's an origin story for a character that shows how he got his powers and what he does with them, but he's not an important player and his story is generic enough that it could have been put in any era of the forty years covered by the book without much difficulty. But hey, look, he's in the background of some of the other stories that take place after his origin. So I guess we needed a short story to establish local color?
kfrank7680 More than 1 year ago
I love this series and have 1-14 in paperback. As my son has taken them with him when he moved out I look forward to the ebooks. This is a great series. Each book is almost a series of short stories and really draws me in.
ianthealy More than 1 year ago
I've read this book before, but this edition has new material added from authors Carrie Vaughn, Michael Cassutt, and David D. Levine. In short, the new additions are excellent and add more depth to an already richly detailed universe. This book made me want to write superhero fiction. I'm a fan of Wild Cards for life, and hope someday to get to make my own contribution to that universe.
Musicbear More than 1 year ago
Any sci-fi fan should be able to say they've read at least the first one. Good old school collaborative universe...that and it was free at the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...don't make the same mistake twice! This is one of the all-time great SF series. Written by a variety of talented authors, and edited and coordinated by George R. R. Martin and sometimes Melinda Snodgrass, there are at least 15 other books in the series. Like any other collaborative compilation it has its uneven moments, but overall the work is superior. The first book introduces some of the main characters who will carry on throughout the series, which avoids the usual pitfalls of serial novels with a constant infusion of fresh and innovative characters. Although by it's very nature, and by the cover design, it might be considered pulp or comic book in style, it is nonetheless superior literature with few exceptions. While filled with action, the action is not allowed to substitute for good old-fashioned character development. It is also an opportunity to catch some of your favorite authors' work which you might otherwise have missed, writers such as Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, Snodgrass and Martin too. This material would have made an infinitely superior film to 'X-Men' in dealing with the idea of mutation conferring powers onto previously 'normal' people. The idea is much more believably handled in that, in the Wild Card series, one could just as easily become hideous or even die or from the virus-borne mutation (become a 'joker' or draw the 'Black Queen') as become super human ('Ace'). Great stuff, and now is your chance to enjoy it. I wish I could wipe out my memory of the books just so I could read them fresh all over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writers and great stories in fantastic and interesting world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes slow. But if you tough it out you find a very engrossing story
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I was so happy to see this released on e-book finally. The addition of new stories blended seemlessly with old. I can not wait for more. Hope new stories get added new ones are relesed; none for book 2 sadly. They mosaic blends a great story and lends to different points of veiw by of each player. People looking for a PURE George R. R. Martin book will be disapointed since he was the editor and contributer, but people who love a great story will not be. 25 years of this series and 21 books in it can not be wrong.
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