Lowball: A Wild Cards Mosaic Novel (Paperback)

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Mysterious crimes have been occurring in Jokertown. Jokers have been reported disappearing at an alarming rate for unknown reasons. Father Squid decides to seek help in solving the charade by recruiting Marcus, a young African-American man, normal enough from the waist up; however below the waist is a twenty foot scaled serpent’s tale. The SCARE agency soon becomes involved. Agent Stuntman Jamal, an Ace whose power is being able to bounce back from damage that would severely injure or kill the average human being, begins his street tactics to find hidden answers to many unanswered questions. Fort Freak precinct station is a domicile to a handful of underfunded cops who try their damnedest to keep peace in an increasingly strange and troublesome city. Witnesses come forward and a full blown investigation unparalleled to any other begins its strange path to justice. Their examination slowly uncovers the horrific truth behind the immoral corruption motivating the gathering of brave Nats, Aces, and Jokers who unite to capture and punish the guilty so the innocent may once again walk, slither, and bounce down the streets of picturesque Jokertown.
George R.R. Martin has gathered a handful of talented and award winning authors to tell the stories of these fictional wonders thrown into the real world. This creative idea from the mind of Martin begins shortly after World War II. A devastating alien bomb has exploded near our planet unleashing an unusual gene virus on the population. The result causes superhuman powers and at times physical and mental disfigurements among certain individuals who are known as Aces and Jokers. Beginning with these historical events of 1946 these authors such as Melinda M. Snodgrass, David D. Levine, and Carrie Vaughn are now in control of past, present, and future developments. The “Wild Cards” series has established itself with a whopping 21 volumes. Lowball, volume 22, continues the action fantasy of this superworld. Over twenty writers continue to create and institute their own superheroes, attaching them to amazing and bizarre story lines. This provides the reader a world filled with vivid colorful characters that provide a non-stop imagery of physical distortion. This endless entertainment is a gift from George R.R. Martin and friends.

— Mike, Albuquerque

Description


Soon to be a show on Hulu!

Rights to develop Wild Cards for TV have been acquired by Universal Cable Productions, the team that brought you The Magicians and Mr. Robot, with the co-editor of Wild Cards, Melinda Snodgrass as executive producer.

Decades after an alien virus changed the course of history, the surviving population of Manhattan still struggles to understand the new world left in its wake. Natural humans share the rough city with those given extraordinary—and sometimes terrifying—traits. While most manage to coexist in an uneasy peace, not everyone is willing to adapt. Down in the seedy underbelly of Jokertown, residents are going missing. The authorities are unwilling to investigate, except for a fresh lieutenant looking to prove himself and a collection of unlikely jokers forced to take matters into their own hands—or tentacles. The deeper into the kidnapping case these misfits and miscreants get, the higher the stakes are raised.

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and acclaimed author Melinda M. Snodgrass, Lowball is the latest mosaic novel in the acclaimed Wild Cards universe, featuring original fiction by Carrie Vaughn, Ian Tregillis, David Anthony Durham, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Mary Anne Mohanraj, David D. Levine, Michael Cassutt, and Walter John Williams.

Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, Lowball delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page-turning novel of superheroics and mystery.

The Wild Cards Universe
The Original Triad
#1 Wild Cards
#2 Aces High
#3 Jokers Wild

The Puppetman Quartet
#4: Aces Abroad
#5: Down and Dirty
#6: Ace in the Hole
#7: Dead Man’s Hand

The Rox Triad
#8: One-Eyed Jacks
#9: Jokertown Shuffle
#10: Dealer’s Choice

#11: Double Solitaire
#12: Turn of the Cards

The Card Sharks Triad
#13: Card Sharks
#14: Marked Cards
#15: Black Trump

#16: Deuces Down
#17: Death Draws Five

The Committee Triad
#18: Inside Straight
#19: Busted Flush
#20: Suicide Kings

The Fort Freak Triad
#21: Fort Freak
#22: Lowball
#23: High Stakes

The American Triad
#24: Mississippi Roll
#25: Low Chicago
#26: Texas Hold 'Em

About the Author


George R.R. Martin has been a full-time writer for over 25 years. He is the author of the acclaimed, internationally bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, which is the basis of HBO's popular Game of Thrones television series. Martin has won multiple science fiction awards, including 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, the Bram Stoker, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Daedelus, the Balrog, and the Daikon (Japanese Hugo).

George R.R. Martin has been a full-time writer for over 25 years. He is the author of the acclaimed, internationally bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, which is the basis of HBO's popular Game of Thrones television series. Martin has won multiple science fiction awards, including 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, the Bram Stoker, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Daedelus, the Balrog, and the Daikon (Japanese Hugo).

Melinda Snodgrass was a story editor and executive script consultant on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her acclaimed episode, "The Measure of a Man," was nominated for the Writer's Guild Award for outstanding writing in a drama series. With George R. R. Martin, she cocreated the popular Wild Cards series of shared-world novels and anthologies. She lives in New Mexico.

The Wild Cards Trust is the creator of the Wild Cards series.

Melinda Snodgrass was a story editor and executive script consultant on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her acclaimed episode, "The Measure of a Man," was nominated for the Writer's Guild Award for outstanding writing in a drama series. With George R. R. Martin, she cocreated the popular Wild Cards series of shared-world novels and anthologies. She lives in New Mexico.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780765368621
ISBN-10: 0765368625
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Wild Cards