by admin on Sep.02, 2013
To all our friends in the Bay Area:
Michael will be doing a reading of ASSAULT ON SUNRISE at Book Passages in the SF Ferry Building on Thursday, September 5th.
The location is Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111
Come if you can! We’d love to see you.
Can’t make it to an event? Want a signed copy?
Order a signed book from Book Passage at no extra charge while supplies last.
by admin on Sep.02, 2013
Shea, Michael. Assault on Sunrise. Tor. (Extra Trilogy, Bk. 2). Aug. 2013. 288p.
ISBN 9780765324368. $25.99: ebk. ISBN 9781429988278.
Reality TV has reached its extreme with the advent of live-action films in which the demise of a character (or an extra) involves the actor’s actual death—and in which the survivors receive a small fortune just for living through the “movie.- When a number of extras pool their resources and relocate to a town of their own, naming it Sunrise. CA, they provide a safe place for other survivors and arouse the anger of Panoply Studios, which paid out millions in much-needed funds.
Now studio CEO Val Margolian has developed a scheme for exacting his revenge on the surviving actors as well as their town. He also hopes to make a huge profit from filming the destruction of Sunrise through an attack by unstoppable mechanical insects. In the tradition of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, Westworld, and The Running Man, Shea creates a brilliant and cautionary satire that questions what passes for modern entertainment.
This sequel to The Extra takes current reality TV several steps further, delivering a thrilling action-adventure that, naturally enough, would translate well to cinema.
by admin on Aug.27, 2013
To the delight of many long time readers, Michael is currently having a good time working on a new Nifft the Lean story.
From this we present a small section of verse:
A MEDITATION ON MAN AND DEMON
Man for the million million years
He’s shared the earth with demonkind,
Has asked why they, in their ageless lairs,
So lust for his frail soul and mind.
Whatever hands set the clock of stars
Wheeling and wheeling down through time
Also sundered those empires
With barriers both now over-climb.
That men should go down to those sunless moors
Where Horror and Harm breed deathless forms,
Or to the Demon Sea’s littered shores,
Or its depths, where riches breed like worms:
That men do this (as the Privateer
Gildmirth of Sordon did in his pride)
Is no surprise, save that they dare
To sail that shape-tormented tide.
But why are netherworld nets flung here,
And men snagged out of their mortal terms–
Trawled kicking down from life in the air
To immortal drowning in monstrous arms?
by Michael Shea on Aug.15, 2013
I haven’t read all of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee novels. But of those I’ve enjoyed the one that moved me most was BRIGHT ORANGE FOR THE SHROUD. So slender a book, but each page a well-honed blade.
Boone Waxwell reads like an up-river Mephistopheles. That’s just one of the things that’s so wonderful about MacDonald– he knows how to make monsters. (I use the present tense because like all great writers, he is always with us and still very much alive for me.) Though more prolific than Raymond Chandler he had the same gift of fashioning living, breathing, human gargoyles. And he knew how to give those gargoyles play; he let them run out some line and tear up the scenery; he savored extravagant violence, understanding that monstrosity is a baroque form, requiring resonant and detailed confrontation with evil–sometimes charismatic evil.
Waxwell’s rape kills both its victim and her worthless husband, who dies by her hand (so right that gesture).
But oh, the monsters death when it comes! How more than fitting! How tailored (though large in the bias!) to his crime! It’s among the most fulfilling climaxes in popular fiction.
by Michael Shea on Aug.14, 2013
I’ll be in San Diego at Mysterious Galaxy on Saturday, August 17th (2 p.m.) and also at Dark Delicacies in Burbank on Sunday the 18th (also at 2 p.m.). The incomparable master of triple media: film, print and stand-up, Patton Oswalt, will be introducing my second book of THE EXTRA trilogy: ASSAULT ON SUNRISE from TOR books. Cody Goodfellow, editor and writer will be there as well. We hope that the occasion will be like a Light in the vast darkness of the San Fernando Valley.