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Rising Stars is the story of the Pederson Specials, a group of 113 people empowered by a single event. In the late Sixties a fireball struck the town of Pederson, Illnois granting fantastic powers to the 113 children who were in utero at the time of impact. They grew up as the world watched. Labeled the "Specials" by the Media, their powers were monitored and catalogued by Rising Stars is the story of the Pederson Specials, a group of 113 people empowered by a single event. In the late Sixties a fireball struck the town of Pederson, Illnois granting fantastic powers to the 113 children who were in utero at the time of impact. They grew up as the world watched. Labeled the "Specials" by the Media, their powers were monitored and catalogued by the United States Government. Public perception of them changed often. Were they the future of mankind? A scourge? A random occurrence? Heroes? Villains? Role models or simply caricatures? What would be their impact on culture and society? They were a waried as kids and adults ever are; some were more powerful, some less. As adults they became many things: a policeman, a corporate symbol, a singer, an assassin, a writer, a painter, a thief, a preacher. Some found celebrity, some notoriety, while others simply went to work and raised families like everyone else. But they all carried inside them a seed of something great. Something special. Something that made them stars. As their epic stories unfolded, there were other stories as well...of their lives and the lives of those around them. This book is about those stories. Collected here are the short stories about the Specials, a bit about their beginnings, a bit about their middles and just a little bit about their end.


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Rising Stars is the story of the Pederson Specials, a group of 113 people empowered by a single event. In the late Sixties a fireball struck the town of Pederson, Illnois granting fantastic powers to the 113 children who were in utero at the time of impact. They grew up as the world watched. Labeled the "Specials" by the Media, their powers were monitored and catalogued by Rising Stars is the story of the Pederson Specials, a group of 113 people empowered by a single event. In the late Sixties a fireball struck the town of Pederson, Illnois granting fantastic powers to the 113 children who were in utero at the time of impact. They grew up as the world watched. Labeled the "Specials" by the Media, their powers were monitored and catalogued by the United States Government. Public perception of them changed often. Were they the future of mankind? A scourge? A random occurrence? Heroes? Villains? Role models or simply caricatures? What would be their impact on culture and society? They were a waried as kids and adults ever are; some were more powerful, some less. As adults they became many things: a policeman, a corporate symbol, a singer, an assassin, a writer, a painter, a thief, a preacher. Some found celebrity, some notoriety, while others simply went to work and raised families like everyone else. But they all carried inside them a seed of something great. Something special. Something that made them stars. As their epic stories unfolded, there were other stories as well...of their lives and the lives of those around them. This book is about those stories. Collected here are the short stories about the Specials, a bit about their beginnings, a bit about their middles and just a little bit about their end.

30 review for Rising Stars: Visitations

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    Not bad. If youre gonna read the main story might as well read this too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Rising Stars was a remarkable attempt to do a story about a realistic world into which superheroes suddenly appeared, after a cosmic event in 1968. The event only affected unborn babies, near the event, so nothing happened until those babies were born, and started to grow up. Then, some could fly, some were strong, some could set things on fire, and others were simply frightening, for other reasons. Visitations was a collection of short stories spun off from the main threads. You will need to re Rising Stars was a remarkable attempt to do a story about a realistic world into which superheroes suddenly appeared, after a cosmic event in 1968. The event only affected unborn babies, near the event, so nothing happened until those babies were born, and started to grow up. Then, some could fly, some were strong, some could set things on fire, and others were simply frightening, for other reasons. Visitations was a collection of short stories spun off from the main threads. You will need to read the other stories first, but then these will be a delightful supplement. The one which stands best alone is the story about a clown, welcoming a group of "special" kids to the government facility which will be their home, as they learn to use their powers and abilities. Imagine Krusty the Clown having to deal with superpowered kids, and you won't be far off...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adam Duclos

    It was an interesting idea, but what looks great in a comic book doesn't always translate well into novel format. For example, if a guy in a comic book has light powers that his unscrupulous father uses to awe the masses into thinking he's a new messiah, you can draw some cool picture of the guy glowing surrounded by awed faces and move on. In a novel, you have to describe all that in such a way that it doesn't seem completely ludicrous that a light show, no matter how good, can hoodwink thousan It was an interesting idea, but what looks great in a comic book doesn't always translate well into novel format. For example, if a guy in a comic book has light powers that his unscrupulous father uses to awe the masses into thinking he's a new messiah, you can draw some cool picture of the guy glowing surrounded by awed faces and move on. In a novel, you have to describe all that in such a way that it doesn't seem completely ludicrous that a light show, no matter how good, can hoodwink thousands of people when they know about super powered humans. Come on, its just light, not even mind powers! The whole book is like that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Clar

    The protagonists of the graphic novel are superheroes, yet they are kept at a "human" level. Straczynski's Visitations is an engaging introduction to the series Rising Stars, and I recommend it to those who would like to know more about the background of the main characters. The protagonists of the graphic novel are superheroes, yet they are kept at a "human" level. Straczynski's Visitations is an engaging introduction to the series Rising Stars, and I recommend it to those who would like to know more about the background of the main characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    C

    A decent aside to the (amazing) Rising Stars series. Not worth reading if you haven't read the others and unfortunately you won't be missing much if you don't read this one. A decent aside to the (amazing) Rising Stars series. Not worth reading if you haven't read the others and unfortunately you won't be missing much if you don't read this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samra

    Not terrible but not having known who these characters are disconnects you. but i did like each story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    Lame

  8. 5 out of 5

    Xaanua

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kym Wald

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stéphane

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jose

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marcie

  16. 5 out of 5

    C. Belt

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Troy-David Phillips

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lex Chase

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristian Bjørkelo

  24. 4 out of 5

    Doug

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael Brady

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steven Tiamfook

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lukasz

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  29. 4 out of 5

    Corinne Luz

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jasper

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