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In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It killed ninety percent of those it infected. Nine percent of those who survived, mutated into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers.

The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited since 1987 by New York Times #1 bestseller George R. R. Martin along with Melinda Snodgrass, is the tale of the history of the world since then — and of the heroes among that one percent.

Originally begun in 1986, long before George R. R. Martin became a household name among fantasy readers ("The American Tolkien" — Time magazine), the Wild Cards series earned a reputation among connoisseurs for its smart reimagining of the superhero idea. Now, with Inside Straight, the Wild Cards continuity jumps forward to a new generation of major characters, entirely accessible to Martin's hundreds of thousands of new readers, with all-original stories by Martin himself, along with Daniel Abraham, Michael Cassutt, and Stephen Leigh, among others.

Review:

"The newest Wild Cards mosaic novel marks a new beginning for the long-running saga. Veteran contributors such as Melinda M. Snodgrass and John Jos. Miller and newcomers like Carrie Vaughn and S.L. Farrell create a new generation of fantastical characters, including Jonathan Hive, who can transform himself into a swarm of wasps, and the six-armed, tattooed giant Drummer Boy. Twenty-eight superhuman 'aces' are cast in a new reality show called American Hero. As the contestants compete in staged challenges and systematically get voted off amid Hollywood-fueled melodrama, horrific events in the Middle East bring to light the glaring unreality of reality television. When the show reaches its climactic final episode, some of the contestants decide to forsake the trappings of fame and fortune and become real-life heroes. The first volume of a projected trilogy, this fast-paced and sardonic story will appeal to comic book aficionados and heroic fantasy fans alike." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Nine interconnected stories by Melinda Snodgrass, George R. R. Martin, Michael Cassutt, and other genre authors take the tales of super-heroes in new directions. A good choice for series fans and newcomers..." Library Journal

Review:

"Despite different authors, the individual stories flow into and smoothly build on each other....These injections of freshness should propel the series for at least a few more volumes to follow this welcome return to a rare prose superhero series." VOYA

Review:

"Inside Straight is solidly enjoyable for comics fans who want more depth than the average 24-pager can generally offer. It may not fully work either for Wild Cards vets or newbies, but it's an entertaining first shot at reinvigorating a series that really needed a shot in the arm. (Grade: B)" The Onion AV Club

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestseller, the launch of a new generation of Wild Cards tales.

Synopsis:

In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed. It killed 90 percent of those it infected. Nine percent of those who survived, mutated, and one percent gained superpowers. This is the tale of the history of the world since then.

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, the launch of a new generation of Wild Cards tales

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestseller, the launch of a new generation of Wild Cards tales

Synopsis:

In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It killed ninety percent of those it infected. Nine percent of those who survived mutated into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers. The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited since 1987 by New York Times #1 bestseller George R. R. Martin along with Melinda Snodgrass, is the tale of the history of the world since then--and of the heroes among that one percent.
 
Originally begun in 1986, long before George R. R. Martin became a household name among fantasy readers ("The American Tolkien" --Time magazine), the Wild Cards series earned a reputation among connoisseurs for its smart reimagining of the superhero idea. Now, with Inside Straight, the Wild Cards continuity jumps forward to a new generation of major characters, entirely accessible to Martin's hundreds of thousands of new readers, with all-original stories by Martin himself, along with Daniel Abraham, Michael Cassutt, and Stephen Leigh, among others.

Synopsis:

In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It killed ninety percent of those it infected. Nine percent of those who survived mutated into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers. The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited since 1987 by New York Times #1 bestseller George R. R. Martin along with Melinda Snodgrass, is the tale of the history of the world since then—and of the heroes among that one percent.

Originally begun in 1987, long before George R. R. Martin became a household name among fantasy readers ("The American Tolkien" --Time magazine), the Wild Cards series earned a reputation among connoisseurs for its smart reimagining of the superhero idea. Now, with Inside Straight, the Wild Cards continuity jumps forward to a new generation of major characters, entirely accessible to Martin's hundreds of thousands of new readers, with all-original stories by Martin himself, along with Daniel Abraham, Michael Cassutt, and Stephen Leigh, among others.

About the Author

George R. R. Martin, author of the acclaimed, internationally bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, has been a full-time writer for over 25 years. He has won multiple science fiction awards, including four Hugos, two Nebulas, the Bram Stoker, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Daedelus, the Balrog, and the Daikon (Japanese Hugo). He is presently touring the UK, Italy and the US to promote the latest installment in his wildly popular A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765317810
Author:
Martin, George R. R.
Publisher:
Tor Books
Other:
Snodgrass, Melinda M.
Contribution by:
Abraham, Daniel
Contribution:
Abraham, Daniel
Author:
Wild Cards Trust
Author:
Wild Cards Trust
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction, american
Subject:
Super Heroes
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Wild Cards Novel
Publication Date:
20080122
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.07 x 6.77 x 1.275 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The newest Wild Cards mosaic novel marks a new beginning for the long-running saga. Veteran contributors such as Melinda M. Snodgrass and John Jos. Miller and newcomers like Carrie Vaughn and S.L. Farrell create a new generation of fantastical characters, including Jonathan Hive, who can transform himself into a swarm of wasps, and the six-armed, tattooed giant Drummer Boy. Twenty-eight superhuman 'aces' are cast in a new reality show called American Hero. As the contestants compete in staged challenges and systematically get voted off amid Hollywood-fueled melodrama, horrific events in the Middle East bring to light the glaring unreality of reality television. When the show reaches its climactic final episode, some of the contestants decide to forsake the trappings of fame and fortune and become real-life heroes. The first volume of a projected trilogy, this fast-paced and sardonic story will appeal to comic book aficionados and heroic fantasy fans alike." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Nine interconnected stories by Melinda Snodgrass, George R. R. Martin, Michael Cassutt, and other genre authors take the tales of super-heroes in new directions. A good choice for series fans and newcomers..."
"Review" by , "Despite different authors, the individual stories flow into and smoothly build on each other....These injections of freshness should propel the series for at least a few more volumes to follow this welcome return to a rare prose superhero series."
"Review" by , "Inside Straight is solidly enjoyable for comics fans who want more depth than the average 24-pager can generally offer. It may not fully work either for Wild Cards vets or newbies, but it's an entertaining first shot at reinvigorating a series that really needed a shot in the arm. (Grade: B)"
"Synopsis" by , From the #1 New York Times bestseller, the launch of a new generation of Wild Cards tales.
"Synopsis" by , In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed. It killed 90 percent of those it infected. Nine percent of those who survived, mutated, and one percent gained superpowers. This is the tale of the history of the world since then.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, the launch of a new generation of Wild Cards tales
"Synopsis" by ,
From the #1 New York Times bestseller, the launch of a new generation of Wild Cards tales
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It killed ninety percent of those it infected. Nine percent of those who survived mutated into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers. The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited since 1987 by New York Times #1 bestseller George R. R. Martin along with Melinda Snodgrass, is the tale of the history of the world since then--and of the heroes among that one percent.
 
Originally begun in 1986, long before George R. R. Martin became a household name among fantasy readers ("The American Tolkien" --Time magazine), the Wild Cards series earned a reputation among connoisseurs for its smart reimagining of the superhero idea. Now, with Inside Straight, the Wild Cards continuity jumps forward to a new generation of major characters, entirely accessible to Martin's hundreds of thousands of new readers, with all-original stories by Martin himself, along with Daniel Abraham, Michael Cassutt, and Stephen Leigh, among others.
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1946, an alien virus that rewrites human DNA was accidentally unleashed in the skies over New York City. It killed ninety percent of those it infected. Nine percent of those who survived mutated into tragically deformed creatures. And one percent gained superpowers. The Wild Cards shared-universe series, created and edited since 1987 by New York Times #1 bestseller George R. R. Martin along with Melinda Snodgrass, is the tale of the history of the world since then—and of the heroes among that one percent.

Originally begun in 1987, long before George R. R. Martin became a household name among fantasy readers ("The American Tolkien" --Time magazine), the Wild Cards series earned a reputation among connoisseurs for its smart reimagining of the superhero idea. Now, with Inside Straight, the Wild Cards continuity jumps forward to a new generation of major characters, entirely accessible to Martin's hundreds of thousands of new readers, with all-original stories by Martin himself, along with Daniel Abraham, Michael Cassutt, and Stephen Leigh, among others.

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