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Wild Cards I (2010)

by George R. R. Martin (Editor)

Other authors: Edward Bryant (Contributor), Michael Cassutt (Contributor), Leanne C. Harper (Contributor), Stephen Leigh (Contributor), David D. Levine (Contributor)9 more, George R. R. Martin (Contributor), Victor Milán (Contributor), John J. Miller (Contributor), Lewis Shiner (Contributor), Melinda M. Snodgrass (Contributor), Carrie Vaughn (Contributor), Howard Waldrop (Contributor), Walter Jon Williams (Contributor), Roger Zelazny (Contributor)

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Series: Wild Cards (1 expanded)

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A collection of stories about heroes gifted with strange, superhuman powers, with contributions by authors such as George R.R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, David D. Levine, and Carrie Vaughn.
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It was great to catch up with the Wild Cards universe again after thirty years or so, especially considering I've been a mad collector of everything related to the series in the ensuing decades since I first ripped through my original paperbacks. I was worried that a re-read after all this time would sorely disappoint like so many of my other early-years obsessions (Dream Park, V, etc.), but I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the first volume still holds up for me – most of it. I still marvel at the logistical complexity of the editors having put together such a large number of ideas and storylines into a deeply fleshed-out mosaic world, but the sheer breadth of talent from both veteran Wild Cards authors and newer members of the group must have made it a real joy to work on. The fact that it's been revived and is still going strong seems to be testament to that, and it's a nice feeling to rely on the fact that I've already got dozens of volumes on the shelf still waiting as I intermittently wind my way back through the world. Thanks, Wild Cards Collective! ( )
  funkyplaid | Jan 16, 2023 |
I really wanted to love this book, but my reaction was very mixed. First off, I think the world-building and the premise is fascinating. However, while I loved some of the stories, I also hated some. And most, I thought were just okay. ( )
  queenofthebobs | May 15, 2019 |
A collection of short stories all by different authors but set in the same world where an alien virus as turned some people into Aces (superpowers), Jokers (disfigured), or just dead. It starts in the 1940s and the stories are in chronological order until the 1980s. Just like any set of short story collection, it can be hit or miss, but most of these stories are hits and none of the misses are that bad. I like how they are all set in the same universe as it gives each story more weight. While not completely connected, each story does either characters that may be present in the story or a call-back or mention of another character from a different story. Each character is more grounded and real with grit and flaws. None of the stories have typical superhero stories and not all the characters are even heroes. ( )
  renbedell | Oct 8, 2018 |
I like the premise, about aliens using our planet as a testing lab and the results.

Didn't care so much for a jaded alt-history left leaning retell.

This just reminded me of [b:Watchmen|472331|Watchmen|Alan Moore|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327866860s/472331.jpg|4358649], in that the super powered are simply flawed humans. I don't like that. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Surprisingly good. This first volume of Wild Cards is a series of short stories by a variety of authors, but it is written as if it is a novel, with good continuity. I greatly enjoyed it and now I'm reading the second volume. George R.R. Martin did an exceptional job of editing, and also wrote some of the stories. ( )
  rondoctor | May 19, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Martin, George R. R.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bryant, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cassutt, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harper, Leanne C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leigh, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levine, David D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Martin, George R. R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Milán, VictorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, John J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shiner, LewisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Snodgrass, Melinda M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vaughn, CarrieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Waldrop, HowardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, Walter JonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zelazny, RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Daniels, LukeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Komarck, MichealCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is the expanded reprint of Wild Cards, Volume 1, with 3 additional stories: "Captain Cathode and the Secret Ace" by Michael Cassutt, "Powers" by David D. Levine, and "Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan" by Carrie Vaughn. Please do not combine with earlier editions lacking these stories.
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A collection of stories about heroes gifted with strange, superhuman powers, with contributions by authors such as George R.R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, David D. Levine, and Carrie Vaughn.

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Back in print after a decade, expanded with new original material, this is the first volume of George R. R. Martin’s Wild cards shared-world series

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 superhuman mental and physical abilities. Others were termed Jokers—cursed with bizarre mental or physical disabilities. Some turned their talents to the service of humanity. Others used their powers for evil. Wild Cards is their story.

Originally published in 1987, Wild Cards I includes powerful tales by Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, Howard Waldrop, Lewis Shiner, and George R. R. Martin himself. And this new, expanded edition contains further original tales set at the beginning of the Wild Cards universe, by eminent new writers like Hugo–winner David Levine, noted screenwriter and novelist Michael Cassutt, and New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
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