Edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Review by Drew Bittner
Tor Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765317810
Date: 22 January 2008
List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Links: Interview with George R.R. Martin & Melinda Snodgr / Show Article /
In 1946, an alien virus-bomb exploded over New York City. Ninety percent of those infected died sudden, horrifying deaths. Nine out of ten survivors were visibly changed in some way, large or small, that set them apart from humanity. That final one in one hundred won the lottery, earning a superpower while being outwardly the same as before.
The decades between 1946 and the mid-1990s saw the world transformed by these "wild cards". But how do things stand in 2008? It's time to answer that question.
From official release/information:
In 1946, an alien virus-bomb exploded over New York City.
Ninety percent of those exposed... die.
Nine out of ten survivors gain a random physical mutation, ranging from the beautiful to the horrific; they're called Jokers.
One in a hundred is something special. Unchanged outwardly, they inherit a superhuman power... and are known as Aces.
They're the Wild Cards and this is their world.
Created in 1985, the Wild Cards shared-universe series by New York Times #1 bestseller George R.R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass is the history of the world since then. It is the chronicle of those heroes and villains transformed by the alien virus into something more (and sometimes less) than human.
Before George R.R. Martin became a household name in fantasy (dubbed "The American Tolkien" by Time Magazine), before Heroes or Rising Stars, Wild Cards gained a reputation for smartly reimagining superheroic fiction.
Now, with Inside Straight, that tale jumps forward to a new generation of major characters, entirely accessible to Martin's hundreds of thousands of readers. Inside Straight includes all-new stories by Martin himself, with Daniel Abraham, Michael Cassutt, Stephen Leigh and more.
What new wonders lie in store for the children of the wild card virus?
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