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"Martin has assembled an impressive array of writers. . . . Progressing through the decades, Wild Cards keeps its momentum to the end . . . I'm looking forward to the next episodes in this saga of mutant Americana."
"Well written and suspenseful and a good read. . . . The authors had a lot of fun rewriting recent American history."
-Aboriginal Science Fiction
"Commendable writing . . . a zany premise . . . narrated with rueful humor and intelligence."
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; Walton Simons' Great New York City Blackout of 1977; and 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.
Editor GEORGE R.R. MARTIN was born September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included. Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines (amateur fan magazines). Martin's first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21: "The Hero," sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue. Other sales followed.
Four-time winner of the Hugo Award, two-time winner of the Nebula Award, and six-time Locus Award winner, Martin is the author and editor of over two dozen novels and anthologies, and the writer of numerous short stories. His New York Times bestselling novel A Storm of Swords-the third volume in his epic fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire" -was published in 2000. Martin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
About the Author
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.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!