Busted Flush (Wild Cards, #19)
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Busted Flush

by George R. R. Martin
Release date: December 2008
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, anthology

Edited by George R.R. Martin.

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 survived to mutate 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 ("The American Tolkien" – Time magazine) along with Melinda Snodgrass, is the tale of the history of the world since then – and of the heroes among the one percent.

Now a new generation of heroes has taken its place on the world stage, its members crucial players in international events. At the United Nations, veteran ace John Fortune has assembled a team of young aces known as the Committee, to assist at trouble spots around the world – including a genocidal war in the Niger Delta, an invasion of zombies in hurricane ravaged New Orleans, and a freak nuclear explosion in a small Texas town.

Contents:

  • Double Helix: To the Hungry Soul, Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Coulda by Caroline Spector
  • Double Helix: The Sword Shall Never Depart from thy House by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Just Cause: Part I by Carrie Vaughn
  • Double Helix: An Abomination of Desolation by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Political Science 101 by Walton Simons and Ian Tregillis
  • Double Helix: Better to Dwell in the Wilderness than with a Contentious Woman by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Just Cause: Part II by Carrie Vaughn
  • Double Helix: His Enemies Shall Lick the Dust by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • The Tears of Nepthys: The First Tear: Isis by Kevin Andrew Murphy
  • Volunteers of America by Victor Milán
  • Double Helix: For Nation Shal Rise Against Nation by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Dirge in a Major Key: Part I by Stephen Leigh (as by S. L. Farrell)
  • Double Helix: The Words of a Talebearer are as Wounds by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Political Science 201 by Walton Simons and Ian Tregillis
  • Mortality's Strong Hand by John J. Miller (as by John Jos. Miller)
  • Double Helix: Make no Treaty with Them and Show Them no Mercy by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • The Tears of Nepthys: The Second Tear: Aliyah by Kevin Andrew Murphy
  • Double Helix: Ye Brutish Among the People, When Will Ye be Wise by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Political Science 301 by Walton Simons and Ian Tregillis
  • The Tears of Nepthys: The Third Tear: Nick by Kevin Andrew Murphy
  • Political Science 401 by Walton Simons and Ian Tregillis
  • Double Helix: I Will Redeem Them from Death by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Won't Get Fooled Againby Victor Milán
  • Double Helix: Until the Shadows Flee Away by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Dirge in a Major Key: Part II by Stephen Leigh (as by S. L. Farrell)
  • Just Cause: Part III by Carrie Vaughn
  • Double Helix: Go Up into Gilead, and Take Balm by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Woulda by Caroline Spector
  • Dirge in a Major Key: Part III by Stephen Leigh (as by S. L. Farrell)
  • Double Helix: I Will Tread Them in Mine Anger, and Trample Them in My Fury by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • A Hard Rain Is A-Going to Fall by Victor Milán
  • Double Helix: They Have Sown the Wind, and they Shall Reao the Whirlwind by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • Shoulda by Caroline Spector
  • Just Cause: Part IV by Carrie Vaughn
  • Double Helix: My Heart Waketh by Melinda M. Snodgrass
  • The Writers and Creators of the Wild Card Consortium (essay)
(updated 2015-06-01)

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