Monday, March 7, 2011

Book News

I have signed a deal with Mulholland Books - a really exciting new imprint at Little Brown & Co - for two novels, forthcoming in 2012 and 2013.

“You are in a maze of twisty passages, all alike.”

The first book is called YOU, and it's about games, gaming, and game development. I love novels about games - Dream Park, Alice in Wonderland, Player of Games, and of course Ender's Game. I love paging through D&D Modules and RPG Manuals and letting my imagination run.
I have spent an inexcusable amount of my life creating and playing and thinking about game. I love paging through D&D Modules and RPG Manuals. So I'm writing a novel about it - about both making and playing games. I want to do for games what SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE did for comic books - to write what it's like to be inside them, in a newly rich and interesting way, a re-imagining of the medium wrapped in a compelling story.
The title is inspired by old Infocom games – YOU is the you of "You are likely to be eaten by a grue" or "You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door." It's the "you" at the center of every game ever made, but who exactly is that?

“My Name is Richard Milhous Nixon. I was educated at Whittier College in Whittier, California, and I have seen the devil walk.

The second book is called CROOKED, and it's about Richard Nixon and the secret history of the American presidency. What if Nixon was a man who had stumbled on a terrible supernatural secret, and who did what he had to do to protect humanity, at the cost of public disgrace? What if our third-worst president was really a pivotal figure in the secret history of the twentieth century, a man caught in a desperate struggle between his family life, his political career and horrors from another reality?
It's a character study, a Cold War espionage novel, and a Lovecraftian horror tale in one.
Expect the answers to such vital historical questions as:
  • What unspeakable events transpired during the notorious 18 1/2 minute gap?
  • Famously, in 1970 Nixon made Elvis Presley a Federal Agent-at-Large? What was his true mission?
  • What terrible secret did Neil Armstrong bury on the moon?
  • No serious student of history believes the Bavarian-born Henry Kissinger to be entirely human, but for the love of God, what is he?
Finally a word on the SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE followup. It exists, it's just been delayed. Honestly, it's just gotten stuck. I was putting a lot of effort into the INVINCIBLE film and I think I was psyching myself out a little. I have a good chunk of it done, but I really needed to take a break and try something different - Mulholland Books has been kind enough to give me a chance.

The top five moments of my video gaming life, or, Du côté de chez Questor

I have a new blog post - really a mini-essay - at the Mulholland Books web site, the first in a series on gaming and related matters. This first one is an autobiographical spin on the old top-five games list - it's not the top five games I've played, but the top five moments of my life I've had playing video games.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I want you to picture a giant slingshot

I'm often asked - mostly by people I owe money to - when my next book is coming out. It's pretty soon, is the answer. INVINCIBLE led to a *lot* of very interesting projects, so my time is split a bunch of ways. So basically it's a giant slingshot I've been pulling back and back and back over the past 2 years. In 2011 I will be hurling giant rocks through the air.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Avengers, Joss Whedon, and coming infinite crisis

I wrote a short piece on the idea of Joss Whedon directing an Avengers film, for the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog. I also talked about how I liked Doctor Horrible although I don't get how Firefly was supposed to feel. I can't tell if I was a little mean about it - I had an aesthetic point to make, and a long plane ride.

Short version: Whedon should direct an Avengers film.