May 30, 2017

I Know Cool People: SINGULARITY - RISE OF THE POSTHUMANS

One of the great advantages of being a writer is that, when other writers do well, you feel proud to share in their glory. It's even more wonderful to read their work and realize...it's actually more than just good....it's really special.

Singularity: Rise of the Posthumans is more than just another great Pro Se Productions anthology (and full disclosure - I've contributed to several Pro Se Anthologies myself), it's a Pulp Factory-Award winning work that not only has some great ideas but also reflects the hard work of several of my friends.

Jamie Ramos, who edited the anthology (and whom I've had the pleasure of meeting through Windy City Pulp and Paper) has engaged a number of really good writers focused on a half-steampunk, half-superheroic world. The fact that this world is told in fragments (rather than crossovers) really helps Singularity: Rise of the Posthumans establish some solid world building, making a Volume 2 inevitable.

(So Jamie, if you're reading this....put a bug in Tommy's ear, will you? And yes, you can send me the guidelines when it's announced. If I have a good enough idea, I'll pitch).

Several stories really stand out, including David Micheline's “Lord Pemberton’s Adjustment Service” kicks off Singularity with establishing the primary event where things change in this world....but other highlights include Jennie Wood's "Charada" (one of the best LGBTQ-themed stories I've read), Jamies "The Bride of Dr. Bravo", and Brant Fowler's "The Eye of the Mind".

Yes, that Brant Fowler. A fellow host of the Zone 4 podcast. Fellow Comics Related alumnus (and technically, he's a co-founder of that site). And now, pulp writer.

(And a slight correction from the most recent episode of Zone 4 - Brant had actually been commissioned for this story sometime before I was writing, so I have had no influence on him whatsoever. But his story is that good).

So if you're looking for some great reading this summer...check out Singularity: Rise of the Posthumans. It's more than just another great anthology...it's put together by some really good people.

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