Synopses & Reviews
From Victor Frankenstein to Lex Luthor, from Dr. Moreau to Dr. Doom, readers have long been fascinated by insane plans for world domination and the madmen who devise them. Typically, we see these villains through the eyes of good guys. This anthology, however, explores the world of mad scientists and evil geniuses — from their own wonderfully twisted point of view.
An all-star roster of bestselling authors — including Diana Gabaldon, Daniel Wilson, Austin Grossman, Naomi Novik, and Seanan McGuire…twenty-two great storytellers all told — have produced a fabulous assortment of stories guaranteed to provide readers with hour after hour of high-octane entertainment born of the most megalomaniacal mayhem imaginable.
Everybody loves villains. They're bad; they always stir the pot; they're much more fun than the good guys, even if we want to see the good guys win. Their fiendish schemes, maniacal laughter, and limitless ambition are legendary, but what lies behind those crazy eyes and wicked grins? How — and why — do they commit these nefarious deeds? And why are they so set on taking over the world?
If you've ever asked yourself any of these questions, you're in luck: Its finally time for the madmen's side of the story.
"Veteran anthology editor Adams (Epic) succeeds again with these frequently lighthearted tales of villains and mad scientists trying to take over the world and get the better of the more appreciated good guys. Heather Lindsley's 'The Angel of Death Has a Business Plan' introduces readers to a vocational psychologist/career counselor whose therapeutic niche is honing villains' monologues, ensuring they're neither too long nor ineffectual in the moment when they announce their sinister plots. Diana Gabaldon fans will devour the Outlander novella 'The Space Between,' generously allowed the most space in this fast-paced book of evil vs. good. As noted in the foreword by Chris Claremont, 'the best heroes are defined very much by their villainous adversaries,' and Adams's entertaining story introductions set the stage for villains to find their own definitions and identities." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
John Joseph Adams is the bestselling editor of Wastelands, Under the Moons of Mars, Seeds of Change, The Living Dead, The Way of the Wizard, By Blood We Live, and The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. He's a two-time finalist for the Hugo and a three-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award. He is also the publisher and editor of Lightspeed Magazine, and the co-host of Wired.com's “The Geeks Guide to the Galaxy” podcast. He lives in Coastal Central California. www.johnjosephadams.com