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Site reader Matthew Moses sent me an email about his book, Proxies of Fate, published by Pill Hill Press. He figured that I might be interested in it based on the other things I write about.

Well, he’s right. The premise of the novel hits me right in a few weak spots:

– Love of alternate history
– Science-Fiction that doesn’t take itself too seriously
– The much under appreciated 1930s as a setting
– Golden Age Superheroics Revisited
– and, well, books with absolutely terrible cover art. (Sorry Matt, I mean this in the most positive way possible.)

Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

The world teeters on the brink of hope and despair during the worldwide Great Depression of the 1930s. Out of the darkness come the Krush, brutal warriors and destroyers of worlds. Drawn by the Earth’s glow, they seek death and conquest. Their genocidal invasion is halted in orbit by the last of the Theria, godlike protectors of the universe. Forced into an unsteady armistice, the two factions agree to a battle by proxy to settle the fate of Earth. Chris Donner, a jaded Great War veteran, is granted the divine powers of the Theria and strives to understand why he has been given such a gift. Li Chen, an idealistic Chinese peasant, is chosen by the Krush and becomes the fabled Dragon King. Both men irrevocably change history as they are drawn together in a final battle to decide the outcome of mankind.

After reading a few chapters, I couldn’t help thinking that this would be a great comic book itself. Maybe I’ve just been reading so many lately, but I can’t help seeing panel layouts in my head. The style of writing is classic pulp, with dialogue gasped and yelped while the action is quick and dirty.

You can check out the first six chapters over at a little site Moses set up. If that first sentence grabs you (“It hovered in the darkness of space like the gasp of some lost god in the cold night.”) you might prefer to pick it up in paperback from Amazon (They’ve also got a kindle version up.)

If any of you guys are creating your own works, feel free to send me a link! I’m always excited to see what everyone is working on.

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