Aces High (Wild Cards #2) - George R. R. Martin

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
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Release date: 1987
Genres: science fiction, anthology
Updated: August 20, 2021

Wild Cards :: Series

Into a world hungry for peace, comes a spaceship ferrying chaos...

An alien bomb is detonated above the planet, shedding an indiscriminate gene virus on an Earth barely recovered from the horrors of World War ll. The result: Wild Cards. ACES blessed with superhuman powers and JOKERS cursed with bizarre physical and mental disfigurements.

This is their story.

Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1)
Aces High (Wild Cards #2)
Jokers Wild (Wild Cards #3)
Aces Abroad (Wild Cards #4)
Down and Dirty (Wild Cards #5)
Ace in the Hole (Wild Cards #6)
Dead Man's Hand (Wild Cards #7)
One-Eyed Jacks (Wild Cards #8)
Jokertown Shuffle (Wild Cards #9)
Double Solitaire (Wild Cards #10)
Dealer's Choice (Wild Cards #11)
Turn of the Cards (Wild Cards #12)
Card Sharks (Wild Cards #13)
Marked Cards (Wild Cards #14)
Black Trump (Wild Cards #15)
Deuces Down (Wild Cards #16)
Death Draws Five (Wild Cards #17)
Inside Straight (Wild Cards #18)
Busted Flush (Wild Cards #19)
Suicide Kings (Wild Cards #20)
Fort Freak (Wild Cards #21)
Lowball (Wild Cards #22)
High Stakes (Wild Cards #23)
Mississippi Roll (Wild Cards #24)
Low Chicago (Wild Cards #25)
Knaves Over Queens (Wild Cards #26)
Texas Hold'em (Wild Cards #27)
Three Kings (Wild Cards #28)7.34
Joker Moon (Wild Cards #29)7.76
House Rules (Wild Cards #30)