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We’re reading and discussing Wild Cards, a set of shared-world superhero novels edited by George R. R. Martin. We don't own Wild Cards and this is not an official podcast. We use brief clips from the audiobooks and other sources to illustrate and aid discussion. Spoilers abound. Support us at https://patreon.com/acesjokerspod

Aces & Jokers: A Wild Cards Podcast Aces & Jokers: A Wild Cards Podcast

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We’re reading and discussing Wild Cards, a set of shared-world superhero novels edited by George R. R. Martin. We don't own Wild Cards and this is not an official podcast. We use brief clips from the audiobooks and other sources to illustrate and aid discussion. Spoilers abound. Support us at https://patreon.com/acesjokerspod

    Deuces Down, Part 1: Unaffected Child of Nature

    Deuces Down, Part 1: Unaffected Child of Nature

    In this episode we discuss the first half of Deuces Down (Wild Cards Book 16).
    Show Notes
    Short and sweet, friends:
    Read John Jos. Miller's Wild Card and Sports article now, please. You can add songs that are relevant to Wild Cards to our Wild Cards Songs playlist, but please make sure they're directly relevant. Someone has added a Billie Eilish song; I don't have the energy to determine whether it's actually right for the playlist so whatever. Maybe drop us a note with your thinking, Spotify User lmr1818. Why not take a gander at GRRM's original announcement of the publication of Deuces Down? General Notes
    The authors that contributed to this book are:
    John J Miller Walton Simons Melinda M. Snodgrass Stephen Leigh Michael Cassutt Kevin Andrew Murphy Daniel Abraham George R.R. Martin (editor) Timothy Truman (illustrations) Our fantastic theme tune is Ace Of Spades (8 Bit Remix Cover Version) by the great folks at 8 Bit Universe. Follow them on YouTube and Twitter.
    Please support us on Patreon to get early episode access and patron-only content, and/or leave us a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. The more ratings we get, the more mutants like you are likely to find us.
    Email us with any questions, comments, or corrections at acesjokerswildcards@gmail.com, or find us on Twitter. You can also join the conversation over at Reddit.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Deuces Down, Part 2: hey kid, your mom's a Real Doll

    Deuces Down, Part 2: hey kid, your mom's a Real Doll

    In this episode we discuss the second half of Deuces Down (Wild Cards Book 16).
    Show Notes
    Keeping it teeny and tidy:
    We think the first time we saw Gangsta Joey was in Down and Dirty (Book 5), when Yeoman puts an arrow through the arms of an unnamed mafioso. Let us know if we got that wrong. Here's the pic Ben wanted you to see.
    General Notes
    The authors that contributed to this book are:
    John J Miller Walton Simons Melinda M. Snodgrass Stephen Leigh Michael Cassutt Kevin Andrew Murphy Daniel Abraham George R.R. Martin (editor) Timothy Truman (illustrations) Our fantastic theme tune is Ace Of Spades (8 Bit Remix Cover Version) by the great folks at 8 Bit Universe. Follow them on YouTube and Twitter.
    Please support us on Patreon to get early episode access and patron-only content, and/or leave us a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. The more ratings we get, the more mutants like you are likely to find us.
    Email us with any questions, comments, or corrections at acesjokerswildcards@gmail.com, or find us on Twitter. You can also join the conversation over at Reddit.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Card Sharks, Part 1: Spoil Me, Daddy

    Card Sharks, Part 1: Spoil Me, Daddy

    In this episode we discuss the first half of Card Sharks (Wild Cards Book 13).
    Show Notes
    Here's that water supply article Ben was talking about, and the episode of Planet Money about the same subject that Angel mentioned.
    Never seen Breakfast at Tiffany's? Here's what they thought was appropriate makeup for Mickey Rooney.
    As promised, here's a Wikipedia link to Chinatown: Chinatown (1974 film)
    Like animals? You'll love this heartwarming zoo-based documentary.
    . . . just don't write any YA about it.
    Here's that Trouble With Centaurs cartoon, though if you heard the episode, the joke is spoiled, sorry.
    You can buy that cyberpunk poetry novella, Event Horizon by Zac Paup, right here.
    Finally, Ben has asked me to issue a formal apology on his part to the people of Spain. He says:
    “The power I had over the Spanish is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly. I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I have spent my long and lucky podcasting career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen. Thank you for reading.”
     
    General Notes
    The authors that contributed to this book are:
    Roger Zelazny William F. Wu Kevin Andrew Murphy Laura J. Mixon Victor Milán Stephen Leigh Michael Cassutt George R.R. Martin (editor) Melinda M. Snodgrass (assistant editor/writer) Our fantastic theme tune is Ace Of Spades (8 Bit Remix Cover Version) by the great folks at 8 Bit Universe. Follow them on YouTube and Twitter.
    Please support us on Patreon to get early episode access and patron-only content, and/or leave us a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. The more ratings we get, the more people are likely to find us.
    Email us with any questions, comments, or corrections at acesjokerswildcards@gmail.com, or find us on Twitter. You can also join the conversation over at Reddit.
     

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Card Sharks, Part 2: The DP Site

    Card Sharks, Part 2: The DP Site

    In this episode we discuss the second half of Card Sharks (Wild Cards Book 13).
    Show Notes
    As we mention in the episode, "Cursum Perficio" (1993) was indeed Kevin Andrew Murphy's first contribution to a Wild Cards novel, although he contributed to the GURPS Wild Cards roleplaying game supplement "Aces Abroad" in 1991.

    The fictional book within Philip K Dick's novel "The Man In The High Castle" is called The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, not The Grasshopper Lies Quietly as Ben says in this episode.
     
    General Notes
    The authors that contributed to this book are:
    Roger Zelazny William F. Wu Kevin Andrew Murphy Laura J. Mixon Victor Milán Stephen Leigh Michael Cassutt George R.R. Martin (editor) Melinda M. Snodgrass (assistant editor/writer) Our fantastic theme tune is Ace Of Spades (8 Bit Remix Cover Version) by the great folks at 8 Bit Universe. Follow them on YouTube and Twitter.
    Please support us on Patreon to get early episode access and patron-only content, and/or leave us a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. The more ratings we get, the more people are likely to find us.
    Email us with any questions, comments, or corrections at acesjokerswildcards@gmail.com, or find us on Twitter. You can also join the conversation over at Reddit.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Marked Cards, Part 1: Guess Who's Bisexual!

    Marked Cards, Part 1: Guess Who's Bisexual!

    In this episode we discuss the first half of Marked Cards (Wild Cards Book 14).
    Show Notes
    I'm tired so I'm phoning these in this week:
    Read William F Wu's Triple Dualities article now, please. Angel got gently and correctly dragged in a column about bisexuality and now is FULLY OUT ok. I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle. Barbara Walters interviews Michael Jackson on 60 Minutes FUN FACT: Oprah went off the air in 2011—BUT she was on 60 Minutes for a while after that!  Finally, Ben has asked me to issue a formal apology on his part to bisexual people. He says:
    “The power I had over the bisexuals is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly. I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them. Now I’m aware of the extent of the impact of my actions. I have spent my long and lucky podcasting career talking and saying anything I want. I will now step back and take a long time to listen. Thank you for reading.”
    General Notes
    The authors that contributed to this book are:
    Stephen Leigh Walton Simons Victor Milán Leanne C. Harper Walter Jon Williams Sage Walker Laura J. Mixon Melinda M. Snodgrass George R.R. Martin (editor) Our fantastic theme tune is Ace Of Spades (8 Bit Remix Cover Version) by the great folks at 8 Bit Universe. Follow them on YouTube and Twitter.
    Please support us on Patreon to get early episode access and patron-only content, and/or leave us a rating and review wherever you get your podcasts. The more ratings we get, the more people are likely to find us.
    Email us with any questions, comments, or corrections at acesjokerswildcards@gmail.com, or find us on Twitter. You can also join the conversation over at Reddit.
     

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Marked Cards, Part 2: Milking The Serpent

    Marked Cards, Part 2: Milking The Serpent

    In this episode we discuss the second half of Marked Cards (Wild Cards Book 14).
    Show Notes
    Please donate to Howard's Gofundme for his medical bills: https://www.gofundme.com/m5dwy-medical-bills-anything-helps and share it on social media.
    Ben's information on horse penises comes from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stallion#Reproductive_anatomy
    The song "Black Flanders" comes from the Episode One podcast: https://www.patreon.com/e1podcast
    Here is the song on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cUgq-u6nZ0 and you can read the annotated lyrics on Genius: https://genius.com/13522692
    The podcasts for the next book (Black Trump) will be for our Patreon backers only. Backers also get early access to all episodes, and special bonus episodes! So please back us at https://www.patreon.com/acesjokerspod
    General Notes
    The authors that contributed to the book are:
    Stephen Leigh Walton Simons Victor Milán Leanne C. Harper Walter Jon Williams Sage Walker Laura Mixon & Melinda Snodgrass George R.R. Martin (editor) Our fantastic theme tune is Ace Of Spades (8 Bit Remix Cover Version) by the great folks at 8 Bit Universe. Follow them on YouTube and Twitter.
    Email us with any questions, comments, or corrections at acesjokerswildcards@gmail.com, or find us on Twitter.

    • 1 hr 6 min

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