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    • ISBN:9781473205147
    • Publication date:08 May 2014

Wild Cards: Aces Abroad

By George R.R. Martin

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The return of the famous shared-world superhero books created and edited by George R. R. Martin, author of A GAME OF THRONES!

Return to the early days of the Wild Cards series, as a group of super-powered Aces set off on a fact-finding tour of the world

Ever since the Wild Card virus spread across New York, people have changed - some becoming superpowered 'Aces', some distorted and bizarre 'Jokers'. But the effects of the virus have spread, and all across the world new mutations are popping up.

Sent by the UN on a world tour, tasked with investigating and recording the spread of the virus - and the reactions of the world - a group of Aces will discover that no matter where in the world they are, one thing will remain the same. Humanity is capable of kindness, acceptance and tolerance. But not all of the time ...

Featuring stories by George R. R. Martin, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Stephen Leigh, Walter Simons and many more, this volume also contains two new stories by Carrie Vaughn and Kevin Andrew Murphy never before published in the UK.

Biographical Notes

George R. R. Martin published his first story in 1971 and quickly rose to prominence, winning four HUGO and two NEBULA AWARDs in quick succession before he turned his attention to fantasy with the historical horror novel FEVRE DREAM, now a Fantasy Masterwork. Since then he has won every major award in the fields of fantasy, science fiction and horror. His magnificent epic saga A Song of Ice and Fire is redefining epic fantasy for a new generation. George R. R. Martin lives in New Mexico.

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  • ISBN: 9781473205130
  • Publication date: 08 May 2014
  • Page count: 608
  • Imprint: Gollancz
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