Aces High (Wild Cards, #2)
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Aces High

by George R. R. Martin
Release date: 1987
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, anthology

Edited by George R.R. Martin.

30 years later, the victims of the gene-altering "Wild Cards" virus face a new nightmare. From the far reaches of space comes The Swarm, a deadly menace that could very will destroy the planet. Aces and Jokers must form an uneasy alliance and prepare for a battle they must not lose. When a group of SF's most imaginative writers discovered they shared a secret love of the larger-than-life heroes of the four-colour comics and Saturday matinee serials, they gave each other a challenge: What would our world be like if these superhuman heroes and villains had been real flesh-and-blood men and women who lived through this century's most turbulent history?

In WILD CARDS 2, the year is 1970. The place is New York City, home of Aces High, the glamourous lounge atop the Empire State Building, and Jokertown, the squalid residence of the city's underclass. The victims of the Wild Card Virus are no longer new and strange, but neither are they accepted by a world that still fears them. But as the '80s dawn, all eyes are drwn to the skies, and the Wild Cards may be the planet's only hope, as an abomination called the Swarm arrives to threaten Earth.

Contents:

  • Pennies from Hell by Lewis Shiner
  • Jube: One by George R. R. Martin
  • Unto the Sixth Generation: Prologue by Walter Jon Williams
  • Jube: Two by George R. R. Martin
  • Ashes to Ashes by Roger Zelazny
  • Unto the Sixth Generation: Part One by Walter Jon Williams
  • Unto the Sixth Generation: Part Two by Walter Jon Williams
  • Jube: Three by George R. R. Martin
  • If Looks Could Kill by Walton Simons
  • Jube: Four by George R. R. Martin
  • Unto the Sixth Generation: Epilogue by Walter Jon Williams
  • Winter's Chill by George R. R. Martin
  • Jube: Five by George R. R. Martin
  • Relative Difficulties by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • With a Little Help From His Friends by Victor Milán
  • Jube: Six by George R. R. Martin
  • By Lost Ways by Pat Cadigan
  • Mr. Koyama's Comet by Walter Jon Williams
  • Half Past Dead by John J. Miller
  • Jube: Seven by George R. R. Martin
(updated 2015-06-01)

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