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Preview — Wild Cards by George R.R. Martin
Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1)
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 superhuma ...more
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 th ...more
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 Joke ...more
Real historical issues are based on fact. Red Tail US airborne, first and only black unit, never lost a bomber they escorted, alth ...more
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 r ...more
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 supe ...more
I'll probably read future volumes since I like the idea of a more ...more
Wait for me, heaven of long stories, I'm just around the corner.
So I ...more
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 ...more
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Length: About 19 hours
Quick version: great opening, good narration, but overall 3 stars because of the stories in the last half of the book, which seemed to wander and lose my attention.
“Wild Cards” is a collection of short stories, edited by George R.R. Martin. The audiobook is an updated version from the 1987 original version—it has three stories not in the original, added in 2010. A number of big-name authors contributed to the a ...more
Sept 15, 1946: Wild Card Day. When aliens from the planet Takis wanted to test their newly developed virus on a species that is similar to them, naturally, they brought it to Earth. Though they were thwarted by one of their own princes, a foppish alien who has become known to Earthlings as Dr. Tachyon, the virus fell into the hands of evil Dr. Tod, a Nazi sympathizer who, thinking it a biological weapon, decided to drop it on New York City. His archenemy, ...more
Wild Cards - L'Origine è un libro strano. Definirlo un'antologia non lo trovo del tutto corretto: come ha detto la Mondadori è un libro "a mosaico" dove ogni racconto è un tassello che in questo primo volume ci mostra in cosa il mondo è cambiato rispetto al nostro, dopo l'introduzione del virus sulla scacchiera.
Sono 500 pagine di setting, ambientazione e ...more
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.
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 th ...more
„Die Verletzung an der empfindlichsten Stelle des menschlichen Körpers hatte wieder einmal Wunder gewirkt. Schlaff sank der verwundete Arm an der Seite des Asses hinab.“
„Im Fauchen der knisternden Flammen war von draußen das Kreischen eines Babys zu hören. Es war ein durchdringender Laut, der die Anspannung auf eine neue Ebene hob.“
„Wir haben das ganze Land durchkämmt nach neuen Assen, nach mächtigen Fähigkeiten und nach Menschen, die das Zeug dazu haben, die Welt zu verändern. ...more
The overall idea is intriguing, following the development of mutant hero Aces and twisted Jokers through the heady days of post-war America, through the suspicion and paranoia of the Red Scare and on, but the actual stories can be very hit-and-miss. which is surprising, given the all star cast of writers, ...more
My thoughts on the book now? The fact that this is a short story collection explains why the narrative doesn't flow in a conventional way. But there is still enough cohesiveness to keep the story arc together. I didn't understand the cold ...more
Was kann ich sagen ohne zuviel zu verraten?
Die erste Hälfte fand ich wirklich gut, die Asse waren in der Casting Show und mussten Aufgaben bewältigen. Nach und nach wählten die Gruppen Mitglieder raus, welche dann im "Loser"-Haus landeten. Allerdings lernte man manche Asse nur ganz oberflächlich kenn ...more
Primero y en principal, lo que más me gustó de este libro y fue por eso que me lo compré, es que sale un poco de común y hasta es original el virus Wild Cards.
Quiero decir que siempre cuando nos imaginábamos a un humano transformándose en superhéroe era porque había caído en un barril de desechos tóxicos o porque había sido sometido a experimentos mortales con científicos y rayos radioactivos (sí, todas esas cosas de cómic). En Marvel o DC casi siempre era así, y si no, eran extraterrestres sali
This was before the days of Game of Thrones, where George R R Martin was a name I remembered from the days of Beauty and the Beast TV shows (with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman - go on look it up). So when I saw this book cover I was instantly intrigued. ...more
In the meantime, we have this anthology (and its many, many sequels). Like any anthology, this is a mixed bag of success and not-so-much. As far as that goes, I think the stories generall get stronger as the temporal arc progresses. Each story takes place in a later year than the previous, and maybe because that means it' ...more
I have heard so much about this series – superheroes and villains created by the release of an alien virus with but its only whims to determine who receives what power and even if they do. The fact that there were no discernible rules to what those powers could be or how grotesque the deformities could become offered a chance to really explore the nature of humans when faced with this new development.
And that’s what it felt like the serie ...more
Of those who encounter a Wild Card particle (it's not contagious, just floating around for you to breathe in or drink up or...), nine out of ten draw the Black Quee ...more
Each story within the Wild Card universe is written within the same alternate history, but they can involve ne ...more
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|Valar Morghulis--...: Wild Cards I||8||65||Oct 29, 2013 06:27AM|
|Radio Patio: Wild Cards I editado por George R.R. Martin||11||72||Jun 28, 2013 12:58PM|
|Sci-fi and Heroic...: June 2013 Short Story nominations||5||28||May 25, 2013 08:03AM|
Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, ...more