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Wild Cards III: Jokers Wild

Wild Cards (Volume 3)

George R. R. Martin and Wild Cards Trust

Tor Science Fiction

Back in print after a decade, featuring fiction by George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, and others

On September 15, 1946, the Wild Card virus was released, spreading a wave of mutations around the globe. "Aces" were endowed with extraordinary powers, while "Jokers" were cursed with bizarre mental or physical disabilities. September 15th is now Wild Card Day. With each passing year, the festivities become larger and more fevered. And 1986—the fortieth anniversary—promises to be the biggest Wild Card Day ever. But in New York City not everyone is celebrating: The Astronomer, a twisted, powerful genius, has been planning his own special festivities for Wild Card Day…a day of revenge against those who have opposed him….

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Chapter One
 
 
6:00 A.M.
IT WAS AS DARK as it ever gets on Fifth Avenue, and as quiet.
Jennifer Maloy glanced at the streetlights and the steady stream of traffic, and pursed her lips in annoyance. She didn’t like all the light and activity, but there wasn’t much she could do about it. This was, after all, Fifth Avenue and 73rd Street in the city that never sleeps. It had been equally as busy the past few mornings she’d spent checking out the area and she had no reason to expect that conditions would ever get any better.
Hands thrust deep into the
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"Perhaps the most original and provocative of the shared worlds books."
—Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn

"Emotionally powerful. Wild Cards deals up the variety of short fiction without losing the continuity of a novel." —Seattle Times"The shared-world series known as Wild Cards has had a long and illustrious history of contributors and achievements." --SciFi.com

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