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Aces High (Wild Cards #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,966 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews

After the alien virus struck humanity in the wake of World War II, a handful of the survivors found they possessed superhuman powers. The Wild Cards shared-world volumes tell their story. Here in book two, Wild Cards II: Aces High,we trace these heroes and villains through the tumultuous 1980s, in stories from SF and fantasy giantssuch asGeorge R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny

Paperback, 399 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC (first published 1987)
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This was pretty good, not quite a 4. Again it was short stories, but much more tightly bound together over the course of the book. There were several definite objectives that went through each story. Very well done. Several new characters were also introduced, but one of my favorites is Cap'n Tripps. Croyd also makes several short appearances. Lots of fun.
-Alejándose de la ucronía, acercándose al pulp de superhéroes.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Una pequeña moneda roja parece algún tipo de código sobrenatural y parece estar acompañada de una extraña historia con raíces en el pasado. Un enjambre se acerca a la Tierra. Diferentes ases se ven inmersos en una situación tan complicada como peligrosa y un androide muy particular (casi tanto como su creador) entra en escena. Segundo volumen de la serie Wild Cards.

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Baal Of
May 26, 2015 Baal Of rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this series. This volume puts together a slightly tighter story arc than the previous book, with good collaboration between the various authors. There are some new characters introduced, with interesting backgrounds. The Swarm as a primary villain of one of the major arcs is pretty cool, especially the way it adapts continuously to the changing conditions, constantly probing for ways to get established on Earth. The other primary villain, the Astronomer, is very nasty in the ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Calamity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of sci-fi and super powered adventures
This time around the Wild Card universe takes us trough an alien invasion, giving clever nods to ancient mythology and even the ctulhu mythos, while introducing several new characters like Walrus, the Astronomer, Dr. Tachyon’s family and their sentient ships (Hellcat and Baby), Captain Trips, Modular Man, and many others.
I was again mesmerized by this alternate Earth that George R R Martin and his friends created, even if it did not amaze me as much as the first volume, it felt as if I was readi
Jul 16, 2007 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1974-2002
Christmas Gift, 1987. Along with a Laser Tag set that drained batteries with a startling quickness. Read this during the winter introduction to the Egyptian Freemasons...Cthulhoid creatures...tantric sex magick...yeah, this little paperback warped me eternally. And, for that, I'm grateful.
Alicja Górska
Jun 27, 2015 Alicja Górska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

W alternatywnej rzeczywistości II wojna światowa wyglądała zupełnie inaczej. Główne zagrożenie stanowił wirus dzikiej karty, ingerujący w ludzkie geny. Na drodze kosmicznej loterii obywatele całego świata zyskiwali nowe moce stając się Asami, przechodzili deformację i zyskiwali określenie Dżokerów, umierali albo umykali wirusowi. Po trzydziestu latach Ziemia raz jeszcze staje w obliczu zagrożenia pochodzącego z głębin wszechświata. Tym razem zmierza nań Ró
Jan 18, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it
...I guess this volume signals change for the reader. It exchanges some variety and distinctness found in the first volume for a more solid story arc in the second. I don't think the series would have lasted twenty-five years and produced twenty-one volumes (I understand there is a twenty-second in the works continuing the Fort Freak story line). It also shifts the focus a bit from the Aces and Jokers to the various alien races that inhabit the Wild cards universe. Maybe doing both at once is ...more
Jan 08, 2012 Alytha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Leo (Rahien Sorei)
This installment of the Wild Cards saga was much more cohesive than Wild Cards. We followed only a few characters whom we got to know very well - Jube, Dr. Tachyon and some other old faces like The Great and Powerful Turtle. Except everyone who we encountered at the height of their popularity (or stigma) has declined somewhat. We also aw new faces, who were a treat to meet - Captain Trips and all his friends, Water Lily Jane and Modular Man. I loved Captain Trips as a byproduct of quiet little B ...more
Mar 28, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
And so continues the saga of the wild cards - the Aces and Joker survivors of the Wild Card biological weapon. The "cast list" of players is still being expanded but the interesting thing here is that the main challenge is from another outside source - this time the "swarm" and extra terrestrial threat that requires everyone to join together and temporarily put aside the differences and work together. I must admit that even though the storyline was fun - carrying on the tradition of the super he ...more
Aug 19, 2015 tsukino rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Un lieve miglioramento rispetto al primo capitolo. Un po’ meno politica, un po’ più fantasy, ma ci sono, ancora, tante parti noiose.
La storia prosegue con mutanti e normali, uniti contro invasori alieni, lo Sciame, comandato da La Madre e contro i mutanti cattivi.
Si ritrovano vecchi personaggi come il dottor Tachyon, la Grande e Possente Tartaruga, Capitan Trip, Fortunato, Croyd, a cui se ne aggiungono di nuovi, Jube su tutti, poi Wate
Jan 04, 2015 Matias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WIld Cards #1, El Comienzo, es una serie de cuentos sin casi ninguna correlación dedicado a presentar a alguno de los personajes más importantes de la saga. En esta continuación, los cuentos comienzan a describir arcos narrativos más largos aún en cuentos de diferentes autores pero manteniendo en cada uno una sucesión directa con el anterior y conformando una trama mayor. Lo interesante de esta trama que cohesiona las historias es que tiene un tono propio del género de super héroes donde la ficc ...more
May 01, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the second book of this shared-world series, the authors introduce a new Big Bad (the Astronomer) and a threat to the world -- the alien Swarm. Basically a novelized form of the cross-over "Big Event" that most comic book companies do from time to time, where some major threat affects every series in their line. This was still a great read, although you start to see the direction the rest of the series will take, as awful things happen to one sympathetic character after another.
Jun 13, 2014 Matias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voy a empezar con algo anecdotico. Hay mucha gente que "lee" a GRRM (George R. R. Martin) y que piensa que es un autor nuevo que solo escribio Games of Thrones. No es asi. Escribio un monton de cosas y es el editor de esta saga, la cual esta escrita por varios autores. Digo esto porque me cruzo con un monton de gente en el transporte publico que me mira como si el libro que estoy leyendo fuera una porqueria por no haber sido escrito por GRRM. Se pueden meter el libro en la oreja.
Bueno. Ya esta.
Magdalena Stawniak
Dec 04, 2015 Magdalena Stawniak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastyka
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Inwazja porywaczy ciał

„Dzikie karty”, pierwszy tom cyklu redagowanego przez G.R.R. Martina, wprowadzały czytelnika w alternatywny świat pełen superbohaterów i superzłoczyńców. Akcja rozpoczynała się w 1946 roku, gdy na Ziemię przybył statek kosmiczny ze znanym później pod pseudonimem doktor Tachion obcym na pokładzie. Mieszkaniec Takis przybył na naszą planetę, by zapobiec detonacji bomby zawierającej strasznego wirusa wyhodowanego przez jego współpl
Jun 22, 2014 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Despite being a collection of short stories, there is a fairly tight central story which links these all together. Building on many of the characters from the previous collection and following up on some of the stories presented there, we see an unfolding threat to humanity greater than anything we have come across before and explore the unfolding situation from different viewpoints, each story being a small piece of the greater picture.

This actually worked really well, and a couple of the stori
Jan 02, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
I'd hoped the reissued edition was updated in the same way as the first volume, but no such luck. Still really enjoyable, although a couple of the stories fall flat (re: Yeoman). Deus ex machina alert. The Astronomer, as an antagonist, is just much better than the Swarm. GRRM, hurry up and reissue the rest of the series!
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
Pennies From Hell by Lewis Shiner was a sad and interestingly vague tale involving Fortunato, the powerful Ace pimp, still on the trail of the cult or explanation of the killer who took three of his Geisha's lives ten years previous. After stumbling upon another coin identical to the one he found in the murderers' apartment, Fortunato enlists the help of the ordinary yet extraordinary historian "friend" of Hiram Worchester, aka Fatman and proprietor of the Aces High restaurant, Eileen who fasc ...more
Vanja Ilić
Jun 03, 2014 Vanja Ilić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More focused than the first book with a shorter time period and less stories. Big masonic conspiracy and alien swarms and motherships and whatnot.
Quality of writing really varies but it is hard to succeed with such a variety of authors. One thing visible is the connection most writers have with the main character they write (partly because they played that character in a Wild card universe RPG).
First few stories were great while I had problems reading the last few mostly cause I got fed up with
William Bentrim
The Wild Card series is difficult to review. I always have trouble with short story collections. The intent here is to tie the short stories together into a unified whole. Overall they did that well. Several of the stories stopped abruptly but the ball was merely juked around and not dropped.

The series is good. I find the genetic manipulation by the Takisian virus reasonably plausible which add to the believability of the stories. The different styles of the different authors provided a some wh
Jun 08, 2008 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worth-reading
This original seres is more fun than humans can imagine!
Claire Gilligan
Dec 30, 2015 Claire Gilligan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
I expected it to be good, like the first one, and it exceeded those expectations!

Most characters are ones we met in the last book, which was fun, getting unexpected elaborations on their stories (even, in one case, satisfying my earlier frustration at the story ending what felt like too soon).

Lacks the alternate history dimension of the first, substituting instead an broad overall narrative, a master story that all the individual stories fit into.

...I'd been planning to stop after this one, but
Mar 18, 2014 BigJohn rated it really liked it
Aces High, book two in the Wild card series, has more of a central plotline. Whereas book one was mostly world building and introducing some main characters, book two pits those characters in a classic good vs. evil battle. The story features visits from two different alien species, with different ramifications for each. The world comes together to face one threat, and yet the social structure becomes even more segregated between Aces (those infected by the Wild Card virus who are granted powers ...more
Francesco Zullo
Meno riuscito del capitolo precedente, WildCards L'Invasione anziché narrare le singole storie degli esseri super normali del mondo condiviso "diretto" da Martin, introduce una vera e propria trama che tiene insieme i racconti che i vari autori di WildCards hanno ideato per presentare i loro personaggi.
Quello che ci era parso nella prima raccolta un bel mosaico ricco di personaggi del tutto originali, in questo secondo capitolo ci appare un comunissimo racconto di fantascienza, infarcito di alcu
Apr 19, 2012 Des rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the first Wild Cards book, Aces High is a tightly written tale, following some threads to their end, more or less. It means that, generally, the individual stories are less noteworthy (with the exception of the remarkable "Winter's Chill" and the half comic "Ashes to Ashes") but the overall quality is high.

The book introduces us some new heros. the most entertaining of them are Jube, an extraterrestrial who knows more jokes than anyone else around, and Kid Dinousaur, a boy who can change
Sep 30, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This book is pure cheese. People with superpowers running around trying to stop or hasten an invasion of alien insects - totally cheesy. If that's your thing, you will like this book. If it's not, you won't, and that's okay.

Where the first book of Wild Cards was more of a meandering journey through the mid-20th century as it would have been affected by the presence of aces and jokers, the second tries to focus more on this invading alien plot. I say tries because, well, I don't really think it s
Kat  Hooper
Feb 20, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.
3.5 stars

Aces High is the second volume of George R.R. Martin’s long-running WILD CARDS anthology. In the first volume, Wild Cards, we learned how aliens from the planet Takis decided to test their new virus by using humans as their guinea pigs. In the 1960s, they let loose what has now become known as the Wild Card virus on Manhattan. Much of the world population died and many of the survivors became grossly deformed and are now referred to as “Jokers.” A
Nathan Burgoine
Jan 01, 2013 Nathan Burgoine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The continuing short story collection set in the shared world as introduced in 'Wild Cards,' this is the continuing stories of those Aces and Jokers (and sometimes plain old natural humans) in the fallout of the genetic Wild Card virus. We're in the eighties now, and a new menace looms on the horizon - a dark alien organism is on its way, and the Swarm Mother sends terrible creatures down to attack earth in many places - and who else can stop them but the super-powered Aces?

The nice thing is the
Jun 05, 2012 Shawne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This second installment in the Wild Cards series lays similar claims as the first book did to being a ''mosaic novel' i.e., a novel composed of stories written by several authors, all of which contribute and tie into a larger, coherent narrative. The original Wild Cards asserted that it was such, but aside from the basic premise and some interlinking moments and cameos, was really more an anthology of short stories. Does this second book better fulfil its remit?

I'd say yes. The tale reads smooth
Dec 08, 2015 Prrrk03 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ases en lo Alto" puede resultar confuso, incluso para aquellos que estamos más acostumbrados a las obras de ficciónde super héroes. ¿Una invasión alienígena? Puede aprecer fuera de lugar. Sin embargo, hay que recordar que esto no es la primera vez que se hace en el género (me viene a la cabeza, por ejemplo, la invasión Skrull de Marvel), y además, hay que recordar que el orígen de la historia de Wild Cards es alienígena. Una vez tenemos todo esto en cuenta, esta recopilación de relatos empieza ...more
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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,
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