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This volume in the Wild Cards shared-world saga is an expanded edition of the first in the series, containing all the stories and pseudodocuments of the alternate time line launched when the Wild Card virus hit during WWII that were in the 1987 original edition. Some of the stories have been expanded, and to them are added a batch of new stories that, by and large, fit well with the old. Among the best of the oldies are Walter Jon Williams’ “Witness” and Melinda Snodgrass’ “Degradation Rites.” Carrie Vaughn has done the new “Ghost Girl Takes Manhattan,” and David Levine, “Powers.” Old faithfuls among Wild Cards fans may really revel, but even newbies should enjoy this solid volume of intelligent entertainment. --Roland Green
Delicious…. Everything I'd hoped for in a new Wild cards book. The character interactions and plot twists have exactly the complexity, surprise, and unsentimental realism I'd expect out of a George R. R. Martin project. (Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, on Inside Straight)See all Editorial Reviews
This is an unusual book in that it is authored by several different people. The authors got together and created an alternate reality where an alien virus kill some people, maims... Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Baltimore
Fantastic compilation. I am a big GRR Martin fan. Wasn't sure I wanted to read a book if short stories by other authors. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tim Claffey
Wonderful shared world anthology--and it's just the start. Can't wait to get to the other ones now. Yes the stories are uneven, but that's to be expected from the form. Loved it.Published 2 months ago by Marx Loeb
The concept is really cool. Some stories like the opening piece by Zelazny
are great, others less so. Read more
Wild Cards is one of my favorite series. It was great to revisit the first book. Although the series became stronger in a lot of ways, this is still good.Published 3 months ago by Kirsten'sBOOKNOTES
Amazing book. Compelling characters, and storylines that suck you in. But sense it is a collection of short stories telling a big picture it doesn't feel terrible when you have to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jim E and Kendra
I love the Wild Card stories, You need the ones that aren't so great to better appreciate the ones that are.
I recommend these books to any one that likes SF and Hero stories