By George R. R. Martin

After the alien virus struck humanity within the wake of global battle II, a handful of the survivors stumbled on they possessed superhuman powers. The Wild playing cards shared-world volumes inform their tale. the following in publication , <i>Wild playing cards II: Aces High</i>, we hint those heroes and villains during the tumultuous Eighties, in tales from SF and myth giants corresponding to George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Pat Cadigan, Lewis Shiner, Walter Jon Williams, and others.

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