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The Wild Cards Take Brazil

All you Wild Cards fans out there... and those of you who will be (we hope) soon... should head over to Tor.com and meet the newest ace in the WC universe. The Recycler hails from the slums of Rio, and we think you're going to like him as much as we do.

The story is "Discards." The Hugo-winning author is David D. Levine.

(The art is by the one and only John Picacio).

You can read "Discards" for free here: http://www.tor.com/2016/03/30/discards/

(And if you like that one, there are five other Wild Cards originals available on Tor.com, by the likes of Walter Jon Williams, Carrie Vaughn, Paul Cornell, Cherie Priest, and Daniel Abraham. Seek and ye shall find. Jetboy did not die in vain!)


Apr. 15th, 2016 05:42 am (UTC)
Just finished...
And wow... what a cool story. Definitely excited to see more of Tiago. Great introduction for this character.

I also liked the setting a lot. I've been to Rio, my head trainer is from there and I've went with him a couple times. I won't nitpick, and I know this sounds insane, but Tiago is living pretty good for being in a favela. He has shoes (my trainer got the first pair he didn't have to share with his siblings at 14), seems he ate cassava cakes, and even has a Swiss Army Knife. I know he recovered these from a landfill, but that kind of "luxury" might get you mugged (or much worse) in a slum in Rio.

Still, not many stories set in a favela so it was a nice change. He really nailed it with the drug trafficking and some of the other major issues of the people that have to live around that stuff. Overall, he made the setting realistic even if a few details are off. I forwarded it to my coach, Jorge. A superhero from the favela. He's a comic fan so he should love it.

Thanks for sharing, George. I'm about to go check out that Daniel Abraham story. I loved Flat Diane so anything by him is always a treat.
Apr. 15th, 2016 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Just finished...
As a brazilian myself, I'm always eager to see stories set in Rio, even though I'm not a carioca, I understand it's the city most foreigners will have heard about, now, what I found tiring in the story was the constant use of portuguese words mixed among the english ones. Some of them, like Curinga instead of Joker, I completely understand, but I don't see the need to use bandidos and traficantes instead of bandits and drug dealers.
Also, considering how most brazilians treat homossexual people, I'd say that the treatment to jokers would be worse than what is described here.


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