Masked (Google eBook)

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Lou Anders
Simon and Schuster, Jul 20, 2010 - Fiction - 416 pages
26 Reviews

Superheroes have come a long way since the “Man of Steel” was introduced in 1938. This brilliant new collection features original stories and novellas from some of today’s most exciting voices in comics, science fiction, and fantasy. Each marvelously inventive tale shows us just how far our classic crusaders have evolved—and how the greatest of heroes are, much like ourselves, all too human.

In “Call Her Savage,” MARJORIE M. LIU enters the dark heart of a fierce mythic heroine who is forced, by war, to live up to her own terrible legend.

In “A to Z in the Ultimate Big Company Superhero Universe (Villains Too),” BILL WILLINGHAM presents a fully-realized vision of a universe where epic feats and tragic flaws have transformed the human race.

In “Vacuum Lad,” STEPHEN BAXTER unveils the secret origins of the first true child of the space age—and disproves the theory that “nothing exists in a vacuum.”

In “Head Cases,” PETER DAVID and KATHLEEN DAVID blast through the blogosphere to expose the secret longings of a Lonely Superhero Wife.

In “The Non-Event,” MIKE CAREY removes the gag order on a super-thief named Lockjaw . . . and pries out a confession of life-altering events.

Also includes stories by Mike Baron • Mark Chadbourn • Paul Cornell • Daryl Gregory • Joseph Mallozzi • James Maxey • Ian McDonald • Chris Roberson • Gail Simone • Matthew Sturges . . . and an introduction by Lou Anders, “one of the brightest and best of the new generation of science fiction editors” (Jonathan Strahan, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year).

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Interesting details, but fairly straight forward plot. - Goodreads
Superhero prose fiction is a weird beast. - Goodreads
That's pretty much the plot of this story. - Goodreads
These are comic book stories, without the visuals. - Goodreads
But I like Marjorie M. Liu's writing. - Goodreads
The plot wasn't anything special, however. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Trike - Goodreads

A short story collection of 14 brand-new superhero tales written just for this book. Overall this is a terrific collection. There are a couple stories which aren't as good as the rest, but they don't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zack - Goodreads

Neither exceptional nor earth-shatteringly disappointing. The main problem: Masked's thesis states that by presenting us with these classic comic book tropes in a literary format, it's ending the ... Read full review


The Golden Cleansed and Set in Gold Matthew Sturges
Where Their Worm Dieth Not James Maxey
Secret Identity Paul Cornell
The NonEvent Mike Carey
Avatar Mike Baron
Message from the Bubblegum Factory Daryl Gregory
Thug Gail Simone
Vacuum Lad Stephen Baxter
Head Cases Peter David and Kathleen David
Downfall Joseph Mallozzi
By My Works You Shall Know Me Mark Chadbourn
Call Her Savage Marjorie M Liu
Tonight We Fly Ian McDonald
A to Z in the Ultimate Big Company
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A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows Chris Roberson

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About the author (2010)

A 2008/2007 Hugo Award nominee, 2007 Chesley Award nominee and 2006 World Fantasy Award nominee, Lou Anders is the editorial director of Prometheus Books' science fiction imprint Pyr, as well as the editor of anthologies Fast Forward 2 (Pyr, October 2008), Sideways in Crime (Solaris, June 2008), Fast Forward 1(Pyr, February 2007), FutureShocks (Roc, January 2006), Projections: Science Fiction in Literature & Film (MonkeyBrain, December 2004), Live Without a Net (Roc, 2003), and Outside the Box (Wildside Press, 2001). In 2000, he served as the Executive Editor of, and before that he worked as the Los Angeles Liaison for Titan Publishing Group. He is the author of The Making of Star Trek: First Contact, and has published over 500 articles in various publications.

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