Category Archives: Short Story Collections

Big Bang

We’re all living in a superhero universe. Just take a quick look around. Computers give us instant access to a large chunk of the world’s knowledge and almost limitless externalized memory. Thanks to personal technology we have telescopic vision, super-hearing, … Continue reading

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Swingin’ Tales

Recently, we sat down and reread Watchmen for the third (or maybe fourth) time. Overall it’s a fine example of superhero fiction. Alan Moore re-imagined a bunch of half-forgotten characters and changed the world forever. Superheroes would never be the … Continue reading

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Tales to Astonish

The official title of Gary Phillips’ latest book is Astonishing Heroes: Shades of Justice. But a better title would have been: Ten the Hard Way. That’s because this collection of ten short stories features a riotous mix of tough guys, … Continue reading

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Angel Heartbreak

Now that we’ve reached the third volume of the Secret World Chronicle, we respectfully claim the right to bitch about certain reoccurring characters and subplots. After nearly 1,400 pages, we’ve put in our time. Don’t get us wrong. Mercedes Lackey … Continue reading

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Good Company

Over the years there have been thousands of stories written about heroes (super or otherwise). From Gilgamesh to Odysseus to Kal-El to Luke Skywalker, the hero’s journey continues to be an enduring monomyth encompassing drama, myth, and ritual. In every … Continue reading

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Powderpuff Girls

“Male is not the default gender for superhero,” said She-Hulk in her prose novel debut last year. And we completely agree. It’s good to see, after so many years, that writers are finally, ever so slowly, starting to address the … Continue reading

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Upside Down & Inside Out

In his introduction, editor Ben Langdon states that he wanted the stories in This Mutant Life to “reflect the collision of the ordinary with the extraordinary.” His goal was to explore the lives of heroes and villains, monsters and aliens … Continue reading

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