Wild Cards I

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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—those with superhuman mental and physical abilities. Others were termed Jokers—cursed with bizarre mental or physical disabilities. ...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765365071
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: Wild Cards Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 217,340
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

George R.R. Martin

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.

Biography

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.

Good To Know

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
    2. Website:

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    I am confused

    I can buy the paperback for 1.99 but for the nook version its 9.99? Where is the value in that?

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Feels not unlike World War Z, but with super heroes instead of zombies.

    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?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Not what I expected of a Goerge RR Martin book

    This is a collection of short storied. It is disappointing. The stories are hard to follow. The timeline is confusing. Not worth reading the other books in the series.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    More NookBooks please!

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Totally disappointed

    From reading the reveiw of what the book is suppose to be about i thought i would enjoy it very much. But i was sadly disappionted. It is nothing like it said it was. Sadly disappointed. I would not rqecomend this to anyone.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Grammar, spelling and story line.

    Would not recommend. Poor grammar, spelling and confusing story line.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    Boringly dull ...

    Too little plot, too few characters ... Get's tiresome reading the same introspective self-loathing from different angles. Could have been good if it would only pick up and move on ... but doesn't.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Wild Cards is back and it still Aces!

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    A return to the beginning of it all

    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.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

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    It's a Classic.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    What is this???

    This cannot possibly be the same author of the Game of Thrones series. The writing is horrible.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    not for me

    too many authors. it keeps jumping back and forth. I got bored half way through.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    Classic Alt Reality/ Super Hero Fantasy

    So happy to see the first books of the series being re-released thanks to the Nook

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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