Wild Cards

Wild Cards Just after World War over New York City an alien virus transforms human genetics and goes recessive to create super heroes and villains Most victims die others experience physical or psychic chang

Just after World War 2 over New York City, an alien virus transforms human genetics and goes recessive to create super heroes and villains Most victims die, others experience physical or psychic changes aces have useful powers, deuces minor maybe entertaining abilities, jokers uglified, disabled, relegated to ghettos.

  • [PDF] Wild Cards | by ↠ George R.R. Martin Walter Jon Williams Melinda M. Snodgrass Lewis Shiner Victor Milán Stephen Leigh John J.Miller Edward Bryant
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Wild Cards

  1. George R.R. Martin Walter Jon Williams Melinda M. Snodgrass Lewis Shiner Victor Milán Stephen Leigh John J.Miller Edward Bryant says:
    George R.R Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School 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 In 1970 Martin received a B.S in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude He went on to complete a M.S in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972 1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973 1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976 1978 He wrote part time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher In 1975 he married Gale Burnick They divorced in 1979, with no children Martin became a full time writer in 1979 He was writer in residence at Clarke College from 1978 79 Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986 In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co Supervising Producer He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992 93 Martin s present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico He is a member of Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America he was South Central Regional Director 1977 1979, and Vice President 1996 1998 , and of Writers Guild of America, West uscmillan author george

491 Reply to “Wild Cards”

  1. A kind editor pointed GRRM my way when he decided to have a Wild Cards book set in the UK and wanted British authors on board Actually as a dual national I m half American, but I ve spent 90% of my life here.Anyway, Wild Cards is a franchise spanning 30 years in real time and 60 years in book time, and sprawls over 23 counting volumes.The good thing is that although all that alternate history and the cast of characters are there to be used, most of the books all of which comprise a collection o [...]

  2. I haven t read than a snippet or two from George R.R Martin I could not get into A Game of Thrones , so it wasn t George s reputation that lured me into picking this up It was actually Daniel Abraham s Wild Card short story in an anniversary anthology from Tor He created a haunting vision of a New York superhero and her desire for normalcy Somehow, that lead me to the Wild Card series no doubt late night sleep surfing around and the discovery that Roger Zelazny was a contributor As a huge fan o [...]

  3. This series first came to my attention with the free short story on Tor, The Thing About Growing Up in Jokertown Read my review of it here if you like At the time I read the above short story and was adding Fort Freak to my wishlist, I hadn t realized it was a series wasn t paying attention, oops and was a little wary of how many books there were but decided to give it a shot anyways.Very glad I did.Many people are fascinated by superpowers superheroes Xmen, Wonder Woman, Superman, Captain Marve [...]

  4. Amazing plot, but I didn t like the execution.I absolutely loved the story which is why I gave it 4 stars It reminded me of The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson, which is one of my favourite series of all time People with supernatural powers, Government, X Men Chronicle What do you need For a while it was exactly what I wanted it to be It was perfect, things were developing slowly It was an atypical story I m talking about the alternative history and the way the powers manifested themselves , but [...]

  5. Almost 5 stars Martin, the editor, outlined the universe, very similar to ours except for the view spoiler alien wild card virus in it hide spoiler Then he turned some of the best SF Fantasy writers loose Wow History is rewritten in some interesting ways, but filled with familiar figures Imagine Kennedy, McCarthy, Nixon, Humphrey all dealing with the wild cards Comic, tragic, vile heroic, but all larger than life, these characters bring to life so many of the attitudes issues we really did face [...]

  6. I started this book last year for the one and only reason that it was directed by George Martin, and I was in love with his style from his now well known and massively mediatized series,A Song of Ice and Fire I loved that series, every second of it, so here I was bouncing up and down when I heard that George Martin was the editor to another series, and not just ANY kind of series, but one that took 21 books to be written Wait for me, heaven of long stories, I m just around the corner So I got th [...]

  7. Started this one out of curiosity when I heard it will be turn into a TV show theguardian books 201From my POV, I think the movie show will be better than the book Also, had it been a graphic novel, I would have enjoyed it better, I guess But as a book, is too cartoon ish and I wasn t drawn into it Maybe will try another in the series at some other time

  8. Just to be a completest, I read the three stories added to the 2010 re release of Wild Cards.Good stuff, for the most part They don t really add a lot to the volume, but they re a decent inclusion Ghost Girls Take Manhattan was a very good story on its own That didn t surprise me, as I m a fan of Carrie Vaughn s writing already.

  9. I first heard of this book a few years ago when I read GRRM A RRetrospective which included one of George R Martins contributions to the first volume Ever since that little glimpse I was hooked and wanted to read Finally I got my hands on a copy.Wild Cards is set in an alternate reality which broke away in the 1940 s just after WW2 An alien virus was released over Manhattan which could affect people in one of 3 ways kill them 90% , mutate them into a deformed creature called a Joker 9% or imbue [...]

  10. Mi a pl cut enorm acest volum care nu e tocmai un roman, dar nici chiar o antologie Sunt ntr adev r mai multe pove ti plasate n acela i univers, dar ele se mbin i se nrudesc mai ales prin personajele recurente, dar i prin fragmentele de leg tur E ca un colaj al unei lumi, realizat din mai multe perspective.Iar lumea e superb i fascinant , e un univers cu super eroi, dar nu unul plin de glume i de culoare, cum e cel Marvel, ci mult mai gri i mai realist M a dus pu in cu g ndul la X men, a a c l r [...]

  11. I have explained in the past that I am not a massive fan of short story collections but there is an exception to every rule In my opinion, The Wild Cards novels are the best ongoing series of short stories available today When I heard that Tor Books was re releasing the first novel I felt compelled to immediately start re reading my old copy.How best to describe the concept of Wild Cards The quick answer would be imagine an alternative Earth where an alien virus has been released and as a result [...]

  12. The editor created a game world for fellow writer friends who contributed chapters Just after WW2, an alien virus transforms human genetics and goes recessive Most victims die, others experience physical or psychic changes aces have useful powers, deuces minor maybe entertaining abilities, jokers uglified, disabled, relegated to ghettos Some smiles, despair Real historical issues are based on fact Red Tail US airborne, first and only black unit, never lost a bomber they escorted, although their [...]

  13. You never know what you re getting with an anthology, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one It s coherent, with a strong throughline and a unique and thought provoking take on both superheroes and especially post WWII America In short, I liked it quite a bit However, after mulling on it overnight, I had to deduct a star just because I also feel it s ultimately takes an extremely degrading approach to women The majority of the authors and characters are male, which I have no problem with, [...]

  14. Wild Cards This collection of shor t stories is generally good, though, there are some things that bother me about it, but the quality of writing and much of the content are things that I like in stories, especially short stories, as are the subjects highlighted by the writing It s not all done as I prefer however I ll get into that shortly.The premise of Wild Cards is that an advanced in some ways alien culture had become aware of earth and, because earthlings had similar physiology to theirs, [...]

  15. Why did I not know this existed before Nemira published it Is it possible that Game of Thrones hid everything else George R.R Martin ever did, since it s not at all like Game of Thrones, so ignore Anyway, to call Wild Cards a short story anthology would be a bit like saying A Superman omnibus is a short story anthology Technically, that s what s going on you have stories written by different authors, collected by an editor and sold together Practically, you have a single world, characters who re [...]

  16. At the end of the second world war, in 1946, an alien virus later called the wild card virus is released into the atmosphere above New York Some of the population are killed, others are given extraordinary powers aces and horrible curses jokers Jokers, usually horribly disfigured, are thrown away by society and left to wallow in Jokertown where crime and violence is rampant Meanwhile some aces become superheroes, fighting for the innocent and downtrodden, while others use their superhuman abilit [...]

  17. Wild Cards is not written by G.R.R Martin Not all of it He created the world surrounding this story, but this is an anthology of stories set in his Wild Card setting Now you will be treated to one short story and a few Interludes from G.R.R Martin but the vast majority of this book is written by a variety of authors As with any anthology the quality of the stories varies For the most part I enjoyed them There was really only one Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan that I didn t like So what is this Back [...]

  18. Sigh More reason to dislike Martin and most male sci fi authors Under the pretense of a realistic take on superheroes male authors yet again manage to equate reality with lots of rape and prostitutes and passive women who need men to survive This isn t reality These authors have serious emotional problems Whether it s Martin, most of the authors in this book, Heinlein, Frank Miller, etc it s always the same Their talent is just drowned in their own pathetic insecurities written on every page The [...]

  19. WILD CARDS I just barely made three stars 2.5 for me I liked a few stories in it there was even a four star tale here and there counterbalanced by a few one star efforts , but the overall achievement was merely okay Many of the shorts were solid in execution, but the book itself was quite hit and miss in the overall spirit of the Golden Age of Heroes and actually depressing, stamping a rather dejected impression on me in the larger sense Will I read in this series It seems to be popular for a r [...]

  20. Two things have kept me from reading this series for quite some time 1 The mosaic novel aspect I felt that switching authorial voices every chapter would dilute the storytelling.2 I wasn t sure how much I d enjoy superhero stories without the sequential art.For reservation number 1, it wasn t the switching authorial voices that bothered me, it was the lack of a narrative through line And reservation number 2 ended up being a non issue.This linked collection of short stories set in a shared unive [...]

  21. This is an excellent treatment of the pulp scifi genre I especially like the way it embraces pulp without being self referential Breaking the story up between different writers also helps add to the feeling that the world of the Wild Card virus is a dynamic world, with numerous goings on that can relate to each other in all kinds of ways.The stories are by turns intensely interpersonal, or action oriented, but they all juxtapose noir with the giddiness inherit to shared scifi Look at all these o [...]

  22. This is an anthology of short stories, set in a shared universe, edited by George RR Martin but note he does contribute stories as well as editing.The Wild Cards universe begins in 1946, the same as ours up until that point, then an alien virus known as the wild card virus is unleashed over New York The majority of affected people die from the virus Of those that survive A small percentage gain deformities extra limbs etc these are known as Jokers , an even smaller percentage gain superpowers th [...]

  23. Nos encontramos con un rara avis dentro del mercado literario espa ol un compendio de relatos situados en el mismo mundo alternativo y editado para ganar coherencia por el mismo George R R Martin del que se incluye un relato , s , el autor de Juego de Tronos Muchos de los nombres que firman los relatos no son precisamente conocidos, aunque alguno hay, como Roger Zelazny Pero eso no es lo que m s llama la atenci n de este compendio, sino el cuidado y el cari o que se le ha puesto Se trata de un l [...]

  24. After finishing book 5 in Martin s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, I knew I would have to wait at least a decade before I saw book 6 just kidding George, now get back to writing In the interim, I decided to try and get my fix of Martin from his long running, shared world superhero anthology The results is kind of a mixed bag Some decent stories, some really good stories and some stories I d rather not have read.I ll probably read future volumes since I like the idea of a adult orie [...]

  25. The introduction was ok, but for me everything fell apart after that point The first story after that of Jetboy was extremely painful for me so I tried to jump ahead to the one from GRRM, but I didn t enjoy that one any than the first.

  26. This was immensely enjoyable I was dubious going in just because of it s structure A universe created by George R R Martin with many different authors writing their own stories that Martin then edits together and it s all supposed to make sense and not be uneven Sureright.Well say what you will about that tubby, hat wearing, Stark killing, guy but he they really pulled it off I ll do reviews of each segment and then wrap up at the end.Prologue by George R R Martin This does a great job of settin [...]

  27. I won a copy of this from First Reads.I liked a number of the stories It was in between a set of standalone stories and cohesive serial, but as a result, much of it felt like it was introducing the characters.Minutes over Broadway by Howard Waldrop 2 5 introduces Jetboy, a fighter pilot war hero, and the wild card virus It was filled with WWII references that went over my head, and I had a hard time getting into the story.The Sleeper by Roger Zelazny 3 5 has one of the cooler wild cards He is bo [...]

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