George Raymond Richard Martin
The return of the famous shared-world superhero books created and edited by George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and FireFor decades, George R.R. Martin – bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire – has collaborated with an ever-shifting ensemble of science fiction and fantasy icons to create the amazing Wild Cards universe.In the aftermath of World War II, the Earth’s population was devastated by a terrifying alien virus. Those who survived were changed for ever. Some, known as Jokers, were cursed with bizarre mental and physical deformities; others, granted superhuman abilities, are known as Aces.Wild Cards tells the stories of this world.
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A Long Night at the Palmer House by John Jos. Miller: Part 1
Down the Rabbit Hole by Kevin Andrew Murphy
A Long Night at the Palmer House: Part 2
The Motherfucking Apotheosis of Todd Motherfucking Taszycki By Christopher Rowe
A Long Night at the Palmer House: Part 3
A Long Night at the Palmer House: Part 4
A Bit of a Dinosaur by Paul Cornell
A Long Night at the Palmer House: Part 5
Stripes by Marko Kloos
A Long Night at the Palmer House: Part 6
The Sister in the Streets by Melinda M. Snodgrass
A Long Night at the Palmer House: Part 7
A Beautiful Façade by Mary Anne Mohanraj
A Long Night at the Palmer House: Part 8
Meathooks on Ice by Saladin Ahmed
A Long Night at the Palmer House: Part 9
A Long Night at the Palmer House: Part 10
A Long Night at the Palmer House: Epilogue
The Wild Cards Universe
About the Publisher
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