Welcome to the week in review! Every Friday, we comb through the links and images we found and shared this week, and pull the very best for this post. Consider it concentrated genre goodness from all around the web.
- Rumors are flying about new Star Wars movies, including the origin story of Han Solo. Tor.com wants to know: who do you think should play a young Han Solo?
- Because you needed more books to add to your TBR list: io9 has posted their list of books you can’t afford to miss in February.
- The Wheel of Time reread continues with the final volume, A Memory of Light!
- All young scientists start somewhere, and this girl has a great story – and video! – of where her future science career will begin. She sent a Hello Kitty doll into space.
- Are you following along with Ron Hogan’s read of The Human Division, by John Scalzi? They’re up to Episode 4, “A Voice in the Wilderness.”
- Flavorwire compiled a list of some truly amazing fictional libraries. What did they miss?
- Tor.com has announced that they’re expanding their short fiction program. Submit your stories now!
The Tor/Forge newsletter went out this week! Check out these fascinating articles from our authors:
- Cory Doctorow on Aaron Swartz
- An Interview with Lady Trent, Dragon Naturalist by Marie Brennan
- Speechless: Writing Dialogue for Characters Who Don’t Speak by Evie Manieri
- A Demented Labor of Love by James Frenkel, Senior Editor
And, just to make Friday that much sweeter, here’s a list of sweepstakes and sales we have going on!
- Waiting on Wednesday: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett (Ends 2/12)
- Goodreads First Reads: Deep Down by Deborah Coates (Ends 2/13)
- Goodreads First Reads: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett (Ends 2/13)
- Goodreads First Reads: The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher (Ends 2/15)
- Goodreads Giveaway: Eve of Destruction by Sylvia Day (Ends 2/26)
- Goodreads First Reads: Pandemonium by Warren Fahy (Ends 2/27)
- eBook Sale: The Damage Done by Hilary Davidson is on sale for $2.99 (Ends 2/28)
- Goodreads First Reads: Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal (Ends 3/1)
- Goodreads First Reads: Kitty Rocks the House by Carrie Vaughn (Ends 3/1)
Written by James Frenkel, Senior Editor
I have edited, packaged, or been the in-house editor for several dozen anthologies since I started working in publishing, late in the last millennium. I’ve always loved working on them, especially anthologies with original stories, because they give readers (and the editor, too!) a chance to discover talented young writers who haven’t yet made a name for themselves with novels, as well as cool short fiction by wonderful established writers. Anthologies are also perfect new millennium media, especially for people who are too busy to read long books. In an anthology, each story is complete, but doesn’t take a long time to read. And themed anthologies, if they’re done well, like this one, are often a great revelation, as you read one story after another, each one offering a different writer’s original, creative take on the theme.
The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, brought to me by the obviously demented, twisted John Joseph Adams, has been a labor of love. Twisted, tortured, tied-up-in-baling-wire-that-cut-into-my-bleeding-wrists love, but definitely love.
Its genesis was a long, seriously difficult process: at one point, the longest story in the anthology was hijacked by the editors of another anthology; sadly, one of the contributors died, and we don’t know just how many have fled into the hills . . . but we know Adams himself abandoned the East Coast for what he obviously perceived to be the relative safety of California. Obviously, he doesn’t understand the perils of unstable plate tectonics and multiple fault lines.
Were all these developments really coincidence? Hmmm.
But I had to keep going. Why? Hahahahahaha! Did you read the title? It’s the Mad Scientist’s Guide.
Have you ever noticed, in sf and fantasy books, almost always, the good guys win. The bad guys — Mob bosses, over-ambitious warlords, evil scientists, power-mad wizards — are usually crushed, their hopes and dreams, however misguided, or yes, perhaps even malevolent, turned to ashes.
This book is for them—really, yes, for those maligned, misunderstood MADMEN who merely want to RULE THE WORLD (or destroy it). Cloaked in the sheep’s garb of fiction, hidden within the pages of this guide, are secrets that readers probably will never discover . . . but those for whom this book is really intended (you know who you are, in your secret lairs, your hidden laboratories, your camouflaged hideaways with booby-trapped entrances to trap the uninitiated) will see, will discern the true, masterfully disguised intent!
And then, all the others, the unsuspecting readers who will enjoy the “stories,” will know, to their eternal doom, that what they thought were mere tales by “fiction” writers such as Diana Gabaldon, Daniel Wilson, Austin Grossman, Ben Winters, Naomi Novik, Harry Turtledove, Jeffrey Ford, Mary Robinette Kowal, Alan Dean Foster, Seanan McGuire, David Farland, Carrie Vaughn, Grady Hendrix — there are nine others, and you might find them out if you are clever, but . . . stop me before I say too much! . . . are really plans.
Yes, plans . . .
World domination will be theirs! Even the “cover artist,” Ben Templesmith . . . ha! if you think the image on the cover is mere decoration, you will rue your naive confidence. What does a “temple smith” really do? Have you really considered that? I thought not.
And now it’s too late . . . and I have enabled them . . . if the world ends now, I will know I did my part. For now it is enough to know that nothing can stop them — the “stories” — now! They are free to infect the world . . .
From the Tor/Forge February newsletter. Sign up to receive our newsletter via email.
More from the February Tor/Forge newsletter:
- Book Trailer: The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos
- Goodreads First Reads: Drift by Jon McGoran
- New Releases: 5/21/2013
- The Week in Review
- Find Tor Books at BEA!
- Goodreads First Reads: Thieves’ Quarry by D. B. Jackson
- New Releases: 5/14/2013
- Book Trailer: The Navigator by Michael Pocalyko
- Kitty in the Underworld Sweepstakes
- The Week in Review
- RT @tordotcom: Today's new MAN OF STEEL trailer is kind of intense (and all about Zod) bit.ly/194PAng 40 minutes ago
- Urban fantasy author Carrie Vaughn shares what her revision process looks like: bit.ly/ZdEeeV Writers, is your process similar? 1 hour ago
- RT @tordotcom: SLEEPS WITH MONSTERS reads recent(ish) hard science fiction by women. bit.ly/10jfg9b 2 hours ago
- SEA CHANGE, by @SMWWrites, is the Waiting on Wednesday pick at @SQT72’s blog: bit.ly/12Mzmf0 What’s your #WoW pick? 3 hours ago
- Stop by @toobusyreading to read an interview with @DanKrokos & enter for a chance to win The Planet Thieves: bit.ly/10jeEQO 4 hours ago
Urban Fantasy Sweepstakes
- Charles Stross on the Merchant Princes Series: Crib Sheet
- The Garden of Stones Sweepstakes!
- A Discourse in Steel (Excerpt)
- Farscape Rewatch: “Scratch ’n’ Sniff"
- Made to Order Apocalypse: Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
- Replica Sweepstakes!
- Revealing the Cover for Brian Staveley’s The Emperor’s Blades
- (Trying-Mightily-Hard-To-Be) A Comprehensive Reference Guide to Good Omens
- Neptune’s Tears (Excerpt)
- Andrew Garfield Shoots Hoops With Kids While Dressed as Spider-Man
- First Look: Nancy Gideon’s Prince of Shadows (May 27, 2013)
- Squick Me Out, Part 4: Return of the Moist
- Exclusive Cover Reveal: Cat Devon’s Love Your Entity!
- Shapeshifted: Exclusive Excerpt
- Bad Bromance: The History of Styxx and Acheron
- June 2013 Upcoming Romance Novel Releases Shopping List
- Dracula On Network Television This Fall!
- Witch Will You Choose?: What to Read and Watch If You Like the Witches of Lost Girl
- Maya Banks to Publish New Trilogy Set in Sweet Series World!
- In Sickness and in Health: Illness and Hurt/Comfort in Romance Novels
- Why I Believe in Blue Bloods
- Fresh Meat: Wounded Prey by Sean Lynch
- The Dreadful Beauty of Top of the Lake
- Introducing the Criminal Element Book Club!
- Fresh Meat: Transparent by Natalie Whipple
- Car Guy: Does a Minivan Beat a Muscle Car? Maybe, Yeah.
- Memento Mori: Abandoned Victorian Lego Houses
- Lawyers on TV: The Case of the Vanishing Hero
- Fresh Meat: Graveland by Alan Glynn
- Taking Food Waaaaayyyyyy Too Seriously