Masked (Google eBook)

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Lou Anders
Simon and Schuster, Jul 20, 2010 - Fiction - 416 pages
27 Reviews
WELCOME TO THE SECOND “GOLDEN AGE” OF SUPERHEROES AND HEROINES

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
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

Review: Masked

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

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User Review  - kevbayer - LibraryThing

Not bad, just not as comic-booky/superheroic as I expected. Read full review

Contents

The Golden Cleansed and Set in Gold Matthew Sturges
1
Where Their Worm Dieth Not James Maxey
31
Secret Identity Paul Cornell
53
The NonEvent Mike Carey
71
Avatar Mike Baron
89
Message from the Bubblegum Factory Daryl Gregory
105
Thug Gail Simone
135
Vacuum Lad Stephen Baxter
151
Head Cases Peter David and Kathleen David
207
Downfall Joseph Mallozzi
226
By My Works You Shall Know Me Mark Chadbourn
283
Call Her Savage Marjorie M Liu
305
Tonight We Fly Ian McDonald
333
A to Z in the Ultimate Big Company
351
About the Editor
400
Copyright

A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows Chris Roberson
173

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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 Bookface.com, 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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