Introducing A Hero at the End of the World, the first of the three books we’re publishing at Big Bang Press!
All three of our authors come from a fandom background, and we’re using Kickstarter to crowdsource the publishing costs of their original fiction novels. A Hero at the End of the World is a fun Young Adult Fantasy satire on “chosen one” narratives, written by Erin Claiborne (AKA eleveninches).
"Sixteen year-old Ewan Mao knows one thing for certain: according to prophecy, it’s his destiny to kill the evil tyrant whose dark reign has terrorized Britain. Although he’s just a normal boy, deep down Ewan is confident that he has exactly what it takes to be a hero. But when Ewan’s big moment comes, he freezes. His best friend, the clever and talented Oliver Abrams, defeats the villain for him, and Ewan’s bright future crumbles before his eyes.
Five years later, Oliver has a job as an Unusual in the government’s Serious Magical Crimes Agency, the life he and Ewan always dreamed of. But a routine investigation leads him and his partner, Sophie Stuart, to uncover a dangerous and powerful cult… one that seems to have drawn his former best friend into a plot to end the world.”
Erin Claiborne is a London-based writer who works in education, pursuing her lifelong dream of being able to yell at teenagers all day long. When it comes to fanfic, she’s known for her biting wit and snappy dialogue, and has written in various fandoms including Inception, Stargate: Atlantis and Lord of the Rings.
The illustrations above are by hydrae, who you may know from her amazing art in Teen Wolf fandom. She is this book’s official cover artist!
To pre-order a copy of A Hero at the End of the World in ebook or physical format, see our Kickstarter page. You can learn more about us from our website, including excerpts from novels by Kady Morrison (gyzym) and Natalie Wilkinson (febricant). Our other Kickstarter reward levels include postcards from the authors, prints of the cover art for each book, access to gyzym’s WIP file, and up to 10,000 words of fiction written and sent personally to you by any of our authors.
Richard Dawkins in this interview [New York Times]
Why should we prefer our food to be made out of things that aren’t computers. Isn’t it about time we began eating computers? Why can’t more dogs talk? And of the dogs that do talk, why are so many of them fictional? Shouldn’t, say, Steven Pinker’s dog begin talking? Throw off the yoke of superstition.
Furthermore, why can’t I have a car that has wheels that roll sideways? And why can’t Iron Man beat Goku? What if, say, Steven Pinker designed Tony Stark’s armor? What if I could fly? What if teeth were made of pineapples? Makes you think.
dawkins is the punchline of a bad joke
this article display several terrible things about Dawkins. at one point he wonders if Shakespeare would have been better if he’d gone to Oxford or Cambridge. He says racism in Doctor Doolittle was outweighed by the anti-speciesism. He hates on Continental philosophers for being intentionally obscure. He doesn’t like Pride and Prejudice because he doesn’t care who marries who.
he’s awful, he’s barely human.
So here’s my main point: Books that one doesn’t know how to read, books that challenge our ideas about what fiction is supposed to be doing, are more interesting to talk and think about. And at least when it comes to fiction, these are the books that I want professional critics weighing in on, so these are the books that I want the TBR to cover. Unfortunately, the phrase we most frequently use to describe such books is the same phrase we use to describe members in good standing of the conventional genre called “literary fiction.” This is one reason I don’t really like the phrase “literary fiction.” It is also one reason I don’t like thinking about books as members of genres at all. Instead I like to think about individual books. If I have to think about genres I suppose it could be said that the genre of fiction I find most interesting to talk and write and read about—the one I think the TBR should be reviewing—is the genre that has the genre specification “does not conform to any genre specifications.” For our purposes I would call this genre “holy crap fiction.” In case I haven’t made this clear, lots of holy crap fiction isn’t all that good. Certainly lots of it is objectively worse than the average competent genre novel. But even bad holy crap fiction is far more interesting to talk about and read about than a competent genre novel, because it requires making sense of. A corollary to this is that there is no such thing as a merely competent holy crap novel.
This is SUPERB, an absolute must-read for literary types, especially if you’ve been following the epic saga of Jennifer Weiner vs. the Times Book Review.
I’ve always called my writing literary fiction just because it was the only label that fit at all, but I think “holy crap fiction” is kind of a stroke of genius. Which isn’t to say that everything I’ve written falls into that category, certainly, but I think some of it does, and that’s certainly what I’m trying to do most of the time.
Japanese Book Cover: Ten to Sen: Pattern Book from the North. Rieko Oka. 2012
Nina Katchadourian - Sorted Books
“I suddenly recalled a moment in the university library when, looking for a book, I had turned my head sideways as I walked down the stacks and thought how spectacular it would be if all the titles formed an accidental sentence when read one after the other in a long chain. Standing amidst the bookshelves in Half Moon Bay, my next move was simply to make this imaginary accident real. I spent days shifting and arranging books, composing them so that their titles formed short sentences. The exercise was intimate, like a form of portraiture, and it felt important that the books I selected should function as a cross section of the larger collection.”
Not in love with that Primitive Art one, but this is a cool idea.
insidiousmisandry asked: everything by julie anne peters is amazing. and i think she's written a few books with trans main characters--and almost all of her books are about queer characters, whether they're trans or just gay or bi, so.
Okay, awesome! I’ll check her out.
YA Books About Transgender Characters
There haven’t been a lot of young adult books published about transgender characters. This list is not meant to be a “best of” list — it is simply a list of the titles that we are aware of, and we are sure there are more we aren’t aware of. This list is limited to titles published specifically for a young adult audience, which means titles published for adults that teens might still enjoy aren’t included.
- I am J by Cris Beam (Little, Brown)
- One in Every Crowd by Ivan E. Coyote (Arsenal Pulp)
- Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (Flux)
- Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis (Knopf)
- f2m: the boy within by Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy (Ford Street Publishing, Australia)
- Being Emily by Rachel Gold (Bella Books)
- Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Knopf)
- Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher (Delacorte)
- Luna by Julie Anne Peters (Little, Brown)
- Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger (Simon & Schuster)
Do you have a favorite YA book about a transgender character? Please tell us why you loved it!
I want to give special shout-outs to Luna and Parrotfish, two of my favorite YA novels.
I’d also add that Every Day by David Levithan is, in a way, a really good book about a non-binary character. Part of what makes A and Rhiannon’s love story so unique and compelling is that it exists outside of binary constructions of gender and sex identity.
Has anyone read these? Or have any others to recommend? :D