He’s Just Not That Into Books: Superheroes & RPG Stories

This week we're recommending books that might just catch the attention of the ever elusive teen male reluctant reader. Today, we're focusing on a superhero and RPG inspired collection of short stories—Wild Cards.

WILD CARDS I
edited by George R.R. Martin

Original contributor Melinda Snodgrass describes the first collection in the series (published in 1987) as a "shared-world anthology based on a RPG that we played ad nauseum." The series went on to earn a reputation among readers as a smart reimagining of the superhero idea.

Watch the original Wild Cards writers chat about the series in this hilarious video of the 1988 WorldCon Panel Interview.

The current reissue shown above has been expanded with original tales set at the beginning of the Wild Cards universe, by Hugo Award–winner David Levine, Michael Cassutt, and Carrie Vaughn.

INSIDE STRAIGHT and FORT FREAK
edited by George R.R. Martin

Inside Straight edited by George R. R. MartinIn 2008, a new generation of Wild Cards writers emerged and created a new generation of Wild Cards heroes and villains. INSIDE STRAIGHT was the first release in this future setting. Publishers Weekly says, "this fast-paced and sardonic story will appeal to comic book aficionados and heroic fantasy fans alike."

FORT FREAK is the most recently released collection.

Last week, a few of the new generation of Wild Cards writers and George R.R. Martin gathered at Comic Con to celebrate the series:

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