questionswho's got an opinion on george r.r. martin's…


I read the series when it was published. I have a copy of the first book with each short story signed by its author. Wild Cards is a shared world anthology by a group of published authors who gamed together, and others who were invited to join. It is fair to say that it is wildly inconsistent, but that's the result of each story coming from a different writer. Think Thieves World, if you are familiar with that series. I really enjoyed the series because at the time it was very fresh. Superhero movies were rare and insufferably campy, no one was treating the genre (that I grew up loving) with any respect. It was great to see a diverse world of people with powers addressed in an edgy and mature fashion. But I don't have high hopes for it as a TV series, especially if it's being done by a SyFy. Much of the material is mature (especially ANYTHING by Lew Shiner). I can't imagine seeing Fortunato, the Astronomer or Ti Malice and Ezili-Je-Rouge on a TV series.


I read most of the series, back when it was published. I'm with @moondrake in the evaluation of it. It's fun as a read, but very uneven. I wonder what Isaac Asimov would think of what that station (now known as SyFy, which I usually pronounce to rhyme with sissy) has become? I'd probably rather watch Auction Kings, or maybe reruns of the early Mythbusters, thanks.

Lew Shiner; there's a name I hadn't thought of in a while. Great author.

I loved Thieves World. That was a truly great series. It cost me some serious time explaining why I'd named one of my computers "Tempus" though (some of the older engineers thought I was spelling "TEMPEST" wrong). Now I want to dig them out and read them again.

I don't feel that way about the Wild Card series. I read them once. Once is good.

@kidincredible: I just noticed that you'd asked if you should read one in particular. Read them in order, at least the first few, or nothing will make sense.