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Wild Cards Volume XIX — Busted Flush


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2009 (Hardover)
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Busted Flush is the nineteenth volume in the Wild Cards shared universe fiction series edited by George R.R. Martin. It is the second novel of the Committee trilogy story arc.


At the United Nations, veteran ace John Fortune has assembled a team of young aces known as the Committee, to assist at trouble spots around the world, including a genocidal war in the Niger Delta, an invasion of zombies in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, and a freak nuclear explosion in a small Texas town.

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The art was by illustrator Michael Komarck.



Busted Flush contains the following stories:

Story Author(s) Description
"Double Helix" Melinda M. Snodgrass Follows Noel and his adventures as Lilith and Bahir.
"Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda" Caroline Spector Follows the Amazing Bubbles on her search for Niobe and a very dangerous ace.
"Just Cause" Carrie Vaughn Follows Curveball as she deals with a love triangle and saving the world.
"Political Science" Ian Tregillis and Walton Simons Follows Genetrix and Drake.
"The Tears of Nepthys" Kevin Andrew Murphy Follows Cameo as she channels Simoon.
"Volunteers of America" Victor Milán Sun Hei-lian and the Committee both take an interest in the People's Paradise of Africa.
"Dirge in a Major Key" S. L. Farrell Drummer Boy gets more than he bargained for in the Middle East.
"Mortality’s Strong Hand" John Jos. Miller Carnifex investigates the mysterious destruction of Pyote.
"Won’t Get Fooled Again" Victor Milán The Committee gets involved in the African conflict while the Radical supports the People's Paradise of Africa.
"A Hard Rain Is A’Going to Fall" Victor Milán All is not paradise in the People's Paradise of Africa.

The stories "Double Helix”, “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda”, “Just Cause”, “Political Science”, “The Tears of Nepthys” and “Dirge in a Major Key" are told in recurring chapters (sometimes with subtitles, a progression, or the story title incrementing) which alternate with the other stories throughout the book.