We briefly interrupt the extended stories of Scout for a moment of fan-girl cross-promotion.
One of my all-time favorite authors is a lesser-known Canadian scifi writer named James Alan Gardner. His stories are deeply creative and, much like Terry Pratchett, strike an excellent balance between wit and poignant character development. Most of his work came out in the late 90s-early 00s, but since then he’s disappeared somewhat. Disappointed, I chalked it up to personal things going on in his life and contented myself with tracking down all his books at used bookstores and rereading them often.
Till last month, when–completely out of the blue–I was looking up his Wikipedia page and saw that, after almost fifteen years, he finally has a new book, and just by the title I can tell it’s something right up my alley.
The title? All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault.
I pre-ordered a copy sight-unseen and finally picked it up this weekend. I am about four chapters in already, and not only is the tone as cheeky and rich as the title promises, but…you guys…?
…This book is LITERALLY World-of-Darkness-meets-Aberrant.
The basic premise is that sometime in the 80s, all the rich and powerful assholes of the world were given the option to buy their way into untold levels of vampiric, demonic, and other unsavory forms of dark power, which of course they took (essentially our own game’s nightmare scenario of An Undead Larry Ellison). Fortunately, though, to balance out the corporate corruption, forces of light emerge throughout the world with superheroic abilities to engage the dark in heroic battle.
Or just brawl it out at bars, whatevs.
So if you’re looking for something else besides this blog (aka, something more professional 😉 ) then I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s a lot of fun and I really hope it brings Gardner the recognition he deserves.
(Also, if you find yourself in or around San Francisco, why not support one of our last, greatest hopes for bookstore-kind and purchase a copy from Borderlands Books!)