Wild Cards, Volume 16: Deuces Down

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Overview

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

Set in an alternate, shared-world universe, Deuces Down is the one place you'll find such never-before-told tales as John J. ...

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Overview

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

Set in an alternate, shared-world universe, Deuces Down is the one place you'll find such never-before-told tales as John J. Miller's exciting 1969 World Series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Brooklyn Dodgers; Michael Cassutt's first moon landing, when the whole world wasn't watching;

Walter Simon's Great New York City Blackout of 1977; Melinda M. Snodgrass's account of Grace Kelly's mysterious disappearance during the filming of the French Lieutenant's Woman. It's a strange and terrifying world, where anything can happen. A world of Wild Cards.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596872813
  • Publisher: Brick Tower Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2005
  • Series: Wild Cards Series , #16
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2005

    Deuces are never 2nd best

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    More wildcards!

    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!

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