Aces High

Aces High It all began in when the bizarre gene altering Wild Cards virus was unleashed in the skies over New York City A virus that created super powered Aces and bizarre disfigured Jokers Now thirty

  • Title: Aces High
  • Author: George R.R. Martin
  • ISBN: 9781596872837
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • It all began in 1946, when the bizarre, gene altering Wild Cards virus was unleashed in the skies over New York City A virus that created super powered Aces and bizarre, disfigured Jokers Now, thirty years later, the victims face a new nightmare.

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  • George R.R. Martin

    George R.R Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies, dramatic readings included Later he became a comic book fan and collector in high school, and began to write fiction for comic fanzines amateur fan magazines Martin s first professional sale was made in 1970 at age 21 The Hero, sold to Galaxy, published in February, 1971 issue Other sales followed In 1970 Martin received a B.S in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, graduating summa cum laude He went on to complete a M.S in Journalism in 1971, also from Northwestern As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service 1972 1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation He also directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association from 1973 1976, and was a Journalism instructor at Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976 1978 He wrote part time throughout the 1970s while working as a VISTA Volunteer, chess director, and teacher In 1975 he married Gale Burnick They divorced in 1979, with no children Martin became a full time writer in 1979 He was writer in residence at Clarke College from 1978 79 Moving on to Hollywood, Martin signed on as a story editor for Twilight Zone at CBS Television in 1986 In 1987 Martin became an Executive Story Consultant for Beauty and the Beast at CBS In 1988 he became a Producer for Beauty and the Beast, then in 1989 moved up to Co Supervising Producer He was Executive Producer for Doorways, a pilot which he wrote for Columbia Pictures Television, which was filmed during 1992 93 Martin s present home is Santa Fe, New Mexico He is a member of Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America he was South Central Regional Director 1977 1979, and Vice President 1996 1998 , and of Writers Guild of America, West uscmillan author george

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  • Buddyread with John Goode, John's review here :)---This one had its moments (Croyd, Tachyon, Brennan)but overall, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first volume. Why? Get to that in a minute or so.Positive:We get to see Croyd again though not nearly enoughNew Ace with (view spoiler)[water power(hide spoiler)] ,brief glimpseGet to know Jube better.Modular Man was fun and interestingCons:*Minor spoilers abound, fair warning now*The Masons, Astronomer, Swarm Mother storyline/plot.The former tw [...]


  • This was pretty good, not quite a 4. Again it was short stories, but much more tightly bound together over the course of the book. There were several definite objectives that went through each story. Very well done. Several new characters were also introduced, but one of my favorites is Cap'n Tripps. Croyd also makes several short appearances. Lots of fun.


  • -Alejándose de la ucronía, acercándose al pulp de superhéroes.-Género. Ciencia-Ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. Una pequeña moneda roja parece algún tipo de código sobrenatural y parece estar acompañada de una extraña historia con raíces en el pasado. Un enjambre se acerca a la Tierra. Diferentes ases se ven inmersos en una situación tan complicada como peligrosa y un androide muy particular (casi tanto como su creador) entra en escena. Segundo volumen de la serie Wild Cards. ¿Quiere sab [...]


  • I liked the first volume, and absolutely hated this one. I nearly stopped reading it several times, but cajoled myself into continuing each time because I hoped the next story would be better. It never was.In short, I hated every character in this anthology except perhaps the Turtle/Tom and Croyd. Their stories were the only ones I read with at least some interest. Fortunato, on the other hand, kept showing up in every other story, and each time he was mentioned I wished he would just disappear [...]


  • Christmas Gift, 1987. Along with a Laser Tag set that drained batteries with a startling quickness. Read this during the winter break introduction to the Egyptian FreemasonsCthulhoid creaturestantric sex magickah, this little paperback warped me eternally. And, for that, I'm grateful.


  • There's 11 stories in this "Mosaic novel", but only two main plots: there's Jube, the slightly walrus-shaped newsagents, who is actually not a joker but an alien, discovering that an alien Swarm, a yeast creature controlled by an intelligent "mother" is coming to Earth, and the ensuing war.Then, there's a Masonic conspiracy around the powerful ace called The Astronomer, looking for the last pieces to complete a mysterious alien device to call a being called TIAMAT (note the Caps) to Earth.This c [...]


  • This installment of the Wild Cards saga was much more cohesive than Wild Cards. We followed only a few characters whom we got to know very well - Jube, Dr. Tachyon and some other old faces like The Great and Powerful Turtle. Except everyone who we encountered at the height of their popularity (or stigma) has declined somewhat. We also aw new faces, who were a treat to meet - Captain Trips and all his friends, Water Lily Jane and Modular Man. I loved Captain Trips as a byproduct of quiet little B [...]


  • This time around the Wild Card universe takes us trough an alien invasion, giving clever nods to ancient mythology and even the ctulhu mythos, while introducing several new characters like Walrus, the Astronomer, Dr. Tachyon’s family and their sentient ships (Hellcat and Baby), Captain Trips, Modular Man, and many others.I was again mesmerized by this alternate Earth that George R R Martin and his friends created, even if it did not amaze me as much as the first volume, it felt as if I was rea [...]


  • And so continues the saga of the wild cards - the Aces and Joker survivors of the Wild Card biological weapon. The "cast list" of players is still being expanded but the interesting thing here is that the main challenge is from another outside source - this time the "swarm" and extra terrestrial threat that requires everyone to join together and temporarily put aside the differences and work together. I must admit that even though the storyline was fun - carrying on the tradition of the super he [...]


  • I am really enjoying this series. This volume puts together a slightly tighter story arc than the previous book, with good collaboration between the various authors. There are some new characters introduced, with interesting backgrounds. The Swarm as a primary villain of one of the major arcs is pretty cool, especially the way it adapts continuously to the changing conditions, constantly probing for ways to get established on Earth. The other primary villain, the Astronomer, is very nasty in the [...]


  • Another solid Wild Cards anthology. The narrator for this books does a nice job of staying consistent with the various characters, which can be the downfall of many good "voices". Some stories were weaker and I thought Fortunato's stories were rather weak. The Great and Powerful Turtle's backstory was wonderful and I thought his journey in this anthology was what made it all worthwhile.


  • Fortunato's story of TIAMAT was one of the most obvious dangling loose ends from the original Wild Cards volume, so it's great to see that it was all a setup for this second volume.However, what's greatest about this volume is how successfully it interweaves multiple short stories to create a mosaic (though the book doesn't use that term in its early printings). This was a step beyond what Thieves World had done, creating not just a coherent universe, but also a coherent story.This second volum [...]


  • recenzent/1/recenzja-ksW alternatywnej rzeczywistości II wojna światowa wyglądała zupełnie inaczej. Główne zagrożenie stanowił wirus dzikiej karty, ingerujący w ludzkie geny. Na drodze kosmicznej loterii obywatele całego świata zyskiwali nowe moce stając się Asami, przechodzili deformację i zyskiwali określenie Dżokerów, umierali albo umykali wirusowi. Po trzydziestu latach Ziemia raz jeszcze staje w obliczu zagrożenia pochodzącego z głębin wszechświata. Tym razem zmierza [...]


  • The first Wild Cards book had me hooked because I am a history nut as well as a comic book fan. A book that puts the two together is cheating and there was no way I could escape it's grasp. So when I set out to the second one I was worried that the story itself might not hold my interest.Man was I wrong on that one.The true strength of these books, besides their concept, is the way that each character is treated like a main character. Take Jube for example. The walrus joker who sold papers and t [...]


  • I guess this volume signals change for the reader. It exchanges some variety and distinctness found in the first volume for a more solid story arc in the second. I don't think the series would have lasted twenty-five years and produced twenty-one volumes (I understand there is a twenty-second in the works continuing the Fort Freak story line). It also shifts the focus a bit from the Aces and Jokers to the various alien races that inhabit the Wild cards universe. Maybe doing both at once is a bit [...]


  • The most remarkable part of this series is that it's a shared anthology world. In this book, nine different authors all write separate stories that blend together (they don't read as nine individual stories). All of them help progress a storyline that begins at the very beginning of the book. That being said, some of the stories were better than others. My favourites in this book were:Jube by George R.R. MartinAshes to Ashes by Roger ZelaznyUnto the Sixth Generation by Walter Jon WilliamsWinter' [...]


  • Incredible! A clever mixture of history and Scifi cleverly woven together through multiple characters' lives. In this second book of the series, the characters introduced in the first book begin to come together to save the world from multiple threats, including those history made for us but also new ones due, in part, to the problems created by the wild card virus. The virus, introduced in the first book as an experiment on humans by an alien race, has produced superheroes, grossly disfigured p [...]


  • I'm pretty sure that the Wild Card series is my absolute favorite. This is the third time I have read this book and I've loved it every time. The idea of this shared universe with so many colourful characters written about by so many different authors. I can't get enough of it. Tachyon, Captain Trips, The Great and Powerful Turtle. They are all there, and it feels real, (as much as an alternate reality, 1980's can feel). And it's all so seamlessly woven together, thanks to, I'm sure, some heavy [...]


  • I originally read this book when it came out in 1987. Listening to it on Audible was a lot of fun. I had forgotten a lot of it and it brought back many memories. The reader kept my interest and made it feel all new again. Story wise it had more action this time compared to the first book. With the invasion of the Swarm Mother, two encounters with Takisians Dr. Tachyon's people and one arc with Jube, the alien Network spy/scientist this book was all about expanding the Wild Card universe.


  • In the second book of this shared-world series, the authors introduce a new Big Bad (the Astronomer) and a threat to the world -- the alien Swarm. Basically a novelized form of the cross-over "Big Event" that most comic book companies do from time to time, where some major threat affects every series in their line. This was still a great read, although you start to see the direction the rest of the series will take, as awful things happen to one sympathetic character after another.


  • I'd hoped the reissued edition was updated in the same way as the first volume, but no such luck. Still really enjoyable, although a couple of the stories fall flat (re: Yeoman). Deus ex machina alert. The Astronomer, as an antagonist, is just much better than the Swarm. GRRM, hurry up and reissue the rest of the series!


  • The second volume of Wild Cards opened in 1979, a third of a century after the virus struck and brought Aces and Jokers to Earth. Now they have to defend the Earth from another alien threat, the Swarm. My favorite sections were once again written by Zelazny and Martin.


  • I am a firm fan of this series which is news to me although there are 23 books so far. Unfortunately, there are no current plans to make audiobooks of the rest of the series, but I'll soldier on with the ebooks.I recommend it for any comic/graphic novel fan and fantasy/scifi-ers in general.



  • Als das Wild Cards-Virus in den 40er Jahren die Welt veränderte, wurden 90 % der Opfer getötet. 9 % mutierten zu den sog. Jokern, verachtet vom Rest der Welt. Die restlichen 1 % wurden zu Assen, geliebt und gefürchtet. Ihre Fähigkeiten sind ohnegleichen.Doch plötzlich müssen alle zusammenarbeiten, denn eine außerirdische Bedrohung ist auf dem Weg zur Erde, um alles zu vernichten. Die Schwarmmutter will die Herrschaft übernehmen - und keine Macht konnte sie je aufhalten.Die Wild Cards-Rei [...]


  • The world has been divided by the wild card virus: the unaffected, the deformed "jokers" and the super-powered "aces". All have their own agendas, some darker than others, but all are threatened by the arrival of the alien Swarm. As Earth comes under concerted attack by the creatures, several of Earth's own alien allies (such as Dr. Tachyon) help lead a defence. But destroying the Swarm Mother may be impossible as a cult of sympathisers leap to her defenceAfter the original Wild Cards focused on [...]


  • Buchinfos:Titel:Wild Cards. Die erste Generation 02 - Der SchwarmAutor: George R.R. MartinSeiten: 960Buchart : TBVerlag: GRRM By penhaligonISBN-13: 978-3-7645-3171-3Erhältlich : 05 / 2017Alter: -Kosten : € 15,00Buchrichtung: RomanVorgängerbände: Wild Cards. Die erste Generation 01 Vier AsseFolgebände: Wild Cards. Die erste Generation 03 Der AstronomVerfilmung: -Inhalt:Das Wild-Cards-Virus hat die Welt verändert: Die Joker, die durch das Virus körperlich verändert wurden, werden verachte [...]


  • This is the second installment in the Wild Cards universe where an alien virus has caused people to develop superpowers ('aces') or weird and wonderful deformities ('jokers'). The series is written by a collective rather than a single author. Whilst the first book was all about introducing the universe and some of it's characters, this one tells a more concise story. The Earth is threatened by the Swarm Mother and her Swarm and those with powers need to come together to defeat it. Like the previ [...]


  • Więcej recenzji na geek-womanInwazja porywaczy ciał„Dzikie karty”, pierwszy tom cyklu redagowanego przez G.R.R. Martina, wprowadzały czytelnika w alternatywny świat pełen superbohaterów i superzłoczyńców. Akcja rozpoczynała się w 1946 roku, gdy na Ziemię przybył statek kosmiczny ze znanym później pod pseudonimem doktor Tachion obcym na pokładzie. Mieszkaniec Takis przybył na naszą planetę, by zapobiec detonacji bomby zawierającej strasznego wirusa wyhodowanego przez jego [...]


  • 4.5 out of 5 stars.What can I say. I loved this book. Not as much as the first one but that's the way the cookie crumbles you know. In my glowing review of the first novel I claimed that most people judge the book as a whole when they need to be judging it as a short story collection. I still believe this. I do. However, I feel that the second book should be judged as a whole. The short story collection aspect is gone. Instead ten writers do there best to write a chapter in a novel about aliens [...]


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