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INSIDE STRAIGHT
by George R.R. Martin, ed.

Genre: Science Fiction, Anthology

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The wildly popular Wild Cards series, which began in 1986, returns. The 20-year old premise remains fresh and invites comparisons to Heroes and contemporary reality shows. References to celebrities and pop culture provide realness for a world where ordinary people have extraordinary superpowers. Daniel Abraham, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Carrie Vaughn, Michael Cassutt, Caroline Spector, John Jos. Miller, Ian Tregillis, S.L. Farrell and George R.R. Martin have created a seamless story that's original, funny, unpredictable and thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.

In 1946 an alien virus killed most of the population. One percent
of the survivors gained fantastical
superpowers. Twenty-eight of the super-humans compete in a reality show called American Hero while events in the Middle East provide contrast to the surreal competition. (TOR, Jan., 384 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Gail Pruszkowski

Publisher: Tor

Published: January 2008

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