Upending and recombining familiar genres with fearless abandon, Nick Mamatas is known for his wicked satires in which Horror rides shotgun with SF as they power through Fantasy’s rush-hour traffic. Lanes are crossed, speed limits exceeded, and minds often blown.
Our title piece, original to this volume, is something entirely new. Trust me. “The Planetbreaker’s Son” is a starship novella in which interstellar emigrants maintain their stadium-sized vessel with dreams and play. On the fly. Think Pinocchio meets Ender’s Game.
“Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring” is a cautionary tale about the perilous interface between ancient wizardry and modern ringtones. And it’s for you. “The Term Paper Artist” is Nick’s celebrated and hilarious how-to on embellishing the academic establishment with equal parts imitation and duct tape. Based on a true story of lies.
And Featuring: of course, our casually candid Outspoken Interview, in which Greek sailors, Japanese manga mavens, Doc Martens, Lovecraft, Grandma, and Kerouac mingle and mix. Care to dance?
“One of the most inventive, fascinating, and distinctive voices in the field.” —Locus Magazine
“Mamatas is a powerfully acerbic writer, both in fiction and online. His acid wit is infamous.” —Cory Doctorow
“Mamatas at his best. Makes me laugh. Makes me drop things. Makes me read on. Makes me run for cover.” —Terry Bisson, author of Bears Discover Fire
The Planetbreaker's Son by Nick Mamatas
PM Press 2021