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Wild Cards by George R.R. Martin
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Apr 06, 12

bookshelves: sci-fi-stuff, short-stories, dieselpunk

Breaking from my mold, this collection of stories is not published independently. But I couldn't put off reading the book any longer. History diverges after WWII when an alien life form lands on Earth in attempt to warn us of a strange virus that becomes known as the Wild Card virus. Some people it gifts with super powers, some with monstrous deformities. Thus it creates Aces and Jokers.

Each story within the Wild Card universe is written within the same alternate history, but they can involve new characters or old--written by a variety of authors in a variety of styles. They are all good.

This first volume starts with a dieselpunk-retro-atomic flare that is ridiculously enjoyable. It is classic vinyl sci-fi with a modern attitude. And the details of the alternate history are forked over at such a teasingly slow pace that it is tough to stop reading. My waiting to get this book paid off when the ebook price fell to $2.99! (still there at time of writing). Read it! Review it! Share it!
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