Wild Cards Volume XVIII — Inside Straight
Twenty-eight extraordinary people — Aces — sign onto a reality TV show. These young heros have never really been heroic, but each has a superhuman skill. They all initially belong to one of four suits while competing in staged contests as only LA-LA land could dream up with the losers being voted off the show until, at last, the greatest American Hero is left standing. As the weeks go by, those left standing are stunned by sickening events in the Middle East. Their inane challenges look silly when compared to those unpowered people risking their lives. Stunningly several contestants, including Jonathan Hive, leave the set to become real heroes even knowing they may die as a result.
The art was by illustrator Michael Komarck.
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The boats chugged out from the east bank, dark marks in the sun-bright water. Hardhat and Sobek squatted by the shore. The croc-headed joker hunkered down, his hand shading his eyes.
"This could be a problem," Sobek said. "If they reach the island-"
"Those dick-lickers have about as much chance of getting out here as I've got of ass-fucking Mother Teresa," Hardhat said cheerfully. "Watch this shit."
Inside Straight contains the following stories:
|"Jonathan Hive"||Daniel Abraham||Written in blog post format, this story follows the observations of Jonathan Tipton-Clarke, a blogger who joins the reality tv show American Hero. Tipton-Clarke, who chooses the ace name "Jonathan Hive" but is more often known simply as Bugsy, has the power to transform into a swarm of insects.|
|"Dark of the Moon"||Melinda M. Snodgrass||This story is about Character name and the stuff he does. Feel free to add a synopsis if you’ve read this book.|
|"Chosen Ones"||Carrie Vaughn||This story is about Character name and the stuff he does. Feel free to add a synopsis if you’ve read this book.|
|"Looking for Jetboy"||Michael Cassutt||This story is about Character name and the stuff he does. Feel free to add a synopsis if you’ve read this book.|
|"Star Power"||Melinda M. Snodgrass|
|"Wakes the Lion"||John Jos. Miller|
|"Crusader"||George R.R. Martin|
|"The Tin Man’s Lament"||Ian Tregillis|
|"Incidental Music for Heroes"||S. L. Farrell|
|"Blood on the Sun"||Melinda M. Snodgrass|
Segments of the stories, “Jonathan Hive”, “Chosen Ones”, and “Looking for Jetboy” continue between other stories of this volume.