Whether you know him from Uglies, Leviathan, or Afterworlds, you know that any fantasy by Scott Westerfeld means that readers are in for a wild adventure. His latest, Zeroes, introduces a new element though: coauthors. Jealous of the collaboration that occurs between television writers in a writers room, Westerfeld came together with two Australian authors (Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti) to work on a book about kids who develop superpowers. Here, we talk to Westerfeld about the process of working so closely with other authors, before playing a quick round of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Would You Rather.
Zeroes hits shelves today.
I’m in the midst of my second collaboration with my writing group and we’re all thrilled at the synergistic creativity generated. Many great things ahead. In the meantime, if you want a great compilation of stories, Mine being Plus or Minus One, head on over to our webpage* and pick your e-reader retailers. Mosaic is available in all fine digital publishing retailers. We think you’ll be surprised and we’d love to hear from you in a review on Amazon.
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It’s a story fit for Hollywood: An American citizen uncovers government secrets that he decides the public must know. He tells the world and quickly becomes a man wanted by his president. No, we’re not talking about Edward Snowden. We’re talking about a man who came well before cell phone bugging and email surveillance: Daniel Ellsberg.
In Most Dangerous, two-time National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin tackles the unbelievable-yet-true story of Ellsberg, a military analyst who compiled the Pentagon Papers—a 7,000 page document that revealed the lies Richard Nixon had told to the American people about the Vietnam War. He leaked the papers to The New York Times and gained powerful enemies overnight. Here, in an exclusive Bookish reveal, Sheinkin shares his Lego book trailer—featuring actual phone conversations between President Nixon and his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, as they discuss how to track down Ellsberg.
Listeners with sensitive ears, beware, President Nixon needs to put a lot of dollars in the swear jar for this one.
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Today’s daily desk copy request: Douglas Coupland Girlfriend in a Coma for a literature class.
Douglas Coupland’s novel follows Karen McNeil, who awakens after spending 17 years in a coma to a surreal world amid apocalyptic events, and a daughter she never knew she had.
Personally, I think this might be the best way to raise children. Being in a coma.
“Coma-ing” is a parent-centered child-rearing approach that focuses on the mental health and happiness the life-giver. You get to miss the majority of the money/soul-sucking part of your child’s life, and awaken for that stretch where you can be all, “Jennifer, you’re almost an adult now. It’s time to start acting like one!” I live to be condescending to people in their late teens.