Jul 04 2010

This superhero anthology looks interesting…

Published by at 1:58 pm under Superhero Novel

Simon and Shuster is releasing a superhero anthology later this month.  (Hat-tip: SF Signal).  Some of the stories include:

  • “Head Cases blasts through the blogosphere to expose the secret longings of a Lonely Superhero Wife.”
  • “The Non-Event removes the gag order on a super-thief named Lockjaw and pries out a confession of life-altering events.”
  • “Vacuum Lad unveils the secret origins of the first true child of the space age—and disproves the theory that nothing exists in a vacuum.”
  • “A to Z in the Ultimate Big Company Superhero Universe (Villains Too) presents a fully-realized vision of a universe where epic feats and tragic flaws have transformed the human race.”

(By the way, when you write summaries of your stories, don’t use these for inspiration.  Besides Head Cases, they’re pretty awful).

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  1. B. Macon 04 Jul 2010 at 2:25 pm

    These summaries strike me as generally incompetent. If you ever have to summarize your story in 1-2 sentences, please do it better.

    Vacuum Lad unveils the secret origins of the first true child of the space age—and disproves the theory that nothing exists in a vacuum.” I have no idea what this story is about, but based on the title, I’m virtually certain it’s NOT a serious look at the origins of anything. It sounds much more like a lampooning of the Golden Age of Superheroes (~1930s-50s). Also, I would replace “and disproves the theory that nothing exists in a vacuum” with something that suggests what the story is actually about. This summary is so bad that I can’t even hazard a guess about what that might be.

    “The Non-Event removes the gag order on a super-thief named Lockjaw and pries out a confession of life-altering events.” This was okay, but bland. A detail might help. I haven’t read the story, so I’m making this up, but something like: “What would lead a man to decide to steal the Statue of Liberty with a hot-air balloon and a tractor beam? In The Non-Event, [AUTHOR] cracks the case.” The original summary fails to show that Lockjaw is interesting enough that we would want to learn about his life. I tried to solve that with one of his signature capers, but really anything interesting about him should work. (Unusual relationships, an unexpected defining trait, one of the events that shaped his life, etc).

    A to Z in the Ultimate Big Company Superhero Universe (Villains Too) presents a fully-realized vision of a universe where epic feats and tragic flaws have transformed the human race.” I’d rephrase this to replace the blather (“a fully realized vision of a universe” and “transformed the human race”) with more concrete statements about the plot of the story. For example, who’s the protagonist? What’s he trying to do? Why is this story remarkable? Could you give an example of one of the epic feats or tragic flaws that have transformed the human race? Etc.

    Head Cases blasts through the blogosphere to expose the secret longings of a Lonely Superhero Wife.” I really like this! It tells us who the protagonist is, suggests what the plot is about (her secret longings), and the blogging element suggests the setting.

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