The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius
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The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius (Outlander #8.1)

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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.

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Published February 19th 2013 by Tor Books
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Caitlin
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My review copy was an eARC provided for free by Tor through Netgalley.

Reviewing short story collections is tough. No matter how much work the collector put into it, there’s always going to be one or two that you don’t think work. I can’t give a rundown review of all of them, so what I am going to do is discuss a few I thought were good, a few I thought… weren’t, and then talk about how well the collection works together.

The first story (Professor Inc...more
Mike

For my Halloween-themed read this year, I picked up this little anthology: The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination. It’s my own fault that it took nearly the entire month of October to read it.

This is a collection of 22 tales involving science, madness (broadly defined, here) and a healthy dose of megalomania (a madness that is de rigueur for our protagonists). Only three have been previously published, so there is little chance that you will run across lots of “old chestnuts” (well not fo...more
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
An anthology on supervillain stories, The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination is, at once, both darkly humorous and perceptive. The stories range far and wide; while the mad scientists are the focus, they don't always tell the story but nevertheless, we see them in lights, contexts and situations unheard of and unseen before. In all, the stories are unique and creative even though, some of them have structural frames rather similar to that of tales of superheros.

There's a gradual change i...more
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Are you a Villain Sympathizer!? Do you have delusions of grandeur? Stay up late night plotting a world takeover? Or perhaps find yourself with an insane cackle or a desire to create weapons of mass destruction!? You do!!? Well then The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination is EXACTLY the short fiction collection for you! Villains can make or break a book for me, and I think if I could picture myself in a story, I would so be a villain. They have the best toys, and the in my mind some outrage...more
Sam
I didn’t use to be a fan of anthologies, but I have to say over the last year or so they’ve really begun to grow on me.

The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination is no exception to this new trend in my mind.

Edited by John Joseph Adams, a veteran of over a dozen anthologies, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination is full of some interesting short stories. Some of them are from author’s who I’ve liked over the years, including Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, Seanan...more
Sunil
Feb 26, 2013 Sunil rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sunil by: Seanan McGuire
Shelves: own, 2013
With The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination, acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams has put together a (mostly) excellent set of 22 stories about the world of mad science and the people who practice it without fear of consequences, frequently in the name of, well, world domination. Mad scientists pop up fairly frequently in comic books, movies, and television shows, but they don't seem to be explored as much in fiction. We have the classics, like Doctors Jekyll, Frankenstein, and Moreau,...more
Al

From Victor Frankenstein to Lex Luthor, from Dr. Moreau to Dr. Doom, readers have long been fascinated byinsane 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.

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

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Tammy
Ok so I should probably not *count* this as a book read, seeing how I only read the one short story ~ The Space Between, by Gabaldon ~ but did want to include it as a record for myself. I believe her collection of short stories will be available soon in the US.

I enjoyed this story very much as it brought back 'to life' two characters that we had thought long-dead from the Outlander books, Master Raymond and the Comte' St Germain. Won't give out any spoilers here, except to say that 1) I *knew*...more
Kathy Davie
A very funny selection of 22 short stories revolving around the mad scientist, his assistant, and/or descendants.

Series:
“The Space Between” (Outlander, 7.5)

The Stories
Austin Grossman’s “Professor Incognito Apologizes: An Itemized List” is too funny for words in its bullet point apology combination of mad scientist AND boyfriend of all that Professor Incognito needs to explain to his girlfriend. Ah gots ta put Grossman on my TBR list.

Harry Turtledove’s “Father of the Groom” plays off the bridez...more
Jammies
Three stars minus one star for the horrible Outlander novella.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I have a confession to make – I’m not usually a big fan of anthologies. I’m not sure if it’s because I get annoyed that there’s not more to the story or what, but short stories and I have never gotten along. So of course I went with an anthology for my first review here at All Things Urban Fantasy. Oops. Or at least oops is what I was thinking when I first sat down to start the book. Then I started reading and that oops quickly changed in to a grin as I...more
Matthew Barron
This was a great concept for an anthology, and great fun to see where different authors took the mad scientist theme. Some broke away from the hard sciences and included mad social scientists, mad mathematicians, and mad political scientists. Many stories in this collection are full of camp and superhero parody, but I was surprised to find drama and philosophy too. There were three stories in the middle of the book that I felt were quite slow. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter was a great idea, and I...more
Tasha Turner
Loved Incognito Apologizes An Itemized list by Austin Grossman had mean stitches the 2 times I read it. This is a must read. It the entire book had been at this level I would have been really happy instead of disappointed.

There are other stories I liked/were okay and 2 stories that I can't decide what I think of them. The rest I either read a bit of and skipped or they left me needing to take a break. I don't know if it was the narrative style of the book or something else. But this is one of tw...more
Kate
The editor of this anthology has the annoying habit of spoiling or summarizing each story in the introduction to that story. I prefer to find out for myself what a story is about.

I wanted to like this anthology. It is an intriguing premise, and I have a soft spot for mad scientists. But there was only one story that I liked in the entire anthology; Rocks Fall by Naomi Novik. It is a clever, poignant little story. The rest of the anthology I found forgettable. I didn't even finish some stories (a...more
Tom
The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination
Edited by John Joseph Adams
Performed by Stefan Rudnicki, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Justine Eyre

I'm not much of a short story person because I don't really like how they end just as I might be getting interested in them. That said, I really liked this collection of stories. I don't know if it's all the comic book movies being popular these days, but I was in just the right mood for something like this.

It wasn't all perfect. I really enjoyed the first h...more
Gary McGath
The title is a lie! After reading it, I am as much in the dark as before as to why my brilliant plans keep failing! ... No, wait ... focus.

Like any anthology where each story is by a different author, this is a mixed bag, but many of the stories are a lot of fun. There are a variety of approaches. Most take the "mad scientist" trope as an opportunity for enjoyable over-the-top writing. Some take more serious approaches. One or two don't really fit.

Austin Grossman's "Professor Incognito Apologiz...more
Tim Hicks
This just barely made three stars.

Mostly, I am remembering Diana Gabaldon's long story/novella which is set in her Outlander world. Many here bought the book just for that. Maybe for them it was good. For me it was a complex story that ended with a giant Pfffft! Big, long buildup, and thud, it's over with nothing resolved. I suspect many who aren't into the Outlander series found this story disappointing. And it's full of unnecessary Scottish dialect -which I am quite familiar with, it just was...more
Eric Means
I think my expectations may have been to blame here; really what I was expecting/hoping for was something similar to Emperor Mollusk versus The Sinister Brain: something very tongue in cheek that didn't take itself very seriously.

The first several stories fit in with that expectation rather well, but there are a handful of stories in the middle that just kind of drag. The longest story in the book -- one about the respective "daughters" of such luminaries as Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyd...more
Brent
This is one of the best books I've read in months. Nay--years. They say that the villain is the hero of his own story. Nowhere is that more true than the pages of this book. And, as fate would deem it, many times the villains story is extremely humorous. I had many laugh-out-loud moments while reading this book. Not a grin. Not a snicker. A full-blown laugh.

While most of the stories in this book were just... great (there's no other word for it), there are a few that were a little more of a stru...more
Stefan
The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination is the latest themed anthology edited by John Joseph Adams—and it’s another good one. This time, Adams has collected a set of short stories featuring the hero’s (or often superhero’s) traditional antagonist: the mad genius, the super-villain, the brilliant sociopath who wants to remold the world in his own image—or occasionally, maybe, just be left alone in his secret lair to conduct spine-tingling experiments that, as an unfortunate side-effect, may...more
Laura
As with any collection of short stories, it's a mixed bag. I can't say I love every story in it. I CAN say that I fiercely and deliriously loved a number of stories from it. Within the first few pages of the first story, by an author I'd never heard of before, I felt it was already definitely worth the purchase price.

This book caused there to be a great deal of reading out loud to others, and much hysterical laughter. Our family has bought two ebook copies already and have no regrets.

Some of th...more
Brenda
This is another book of short story compilations by different authors, grouped together by a subject.
Again, I only read the one by Diana Gabaldon, called The Space Between.
The title of this short story is a double entendre.
It fills in some missing pieces of her other books and pertains to two main characters in the first few Outlander books, mainly Master Raymond and the Comte St. Germain. Enough said. I'm glad I read it.
And as usual, most of the stories in the compilation are 30-40 pages each b...more
Alex
An interesting collection of short stories. Very light and humorous. The red line of the book is to present a slightly different view on villains and to slightly challenge the insanity of being mad.
But I am under immense influence of one particular story: "The Pittsburgh Technology" by Jeffrey Ford. In this short story "the mad scientist" had developed a method to sever one's ties to his destiny and thus open the possibility for free will. The exact moment of this liberation is "scientifically"...more
John
As always with anthologies such as this, there are individual stories within it that are worth 4 and 5 stars in-and-of themselves. While this anthology was quite enjoyable and had some genuinely unexpected moments which I appreciate, my overall experience of reading it was only OK. Not at all bad, but the ultimate effect wasn't great either.
Mark Shannon
This book introduced me to many different authors but there weren't many stories that impressed me. The exception was " The Mad Scientist's Daughter" by Theodora Goss in which the offspring of several Victorian-era characters share a home together. "Mofongo Knows" by Grady Hendrix, about a super-sentient ape and his quest to regain his freedom, was also a favorite. Alan Dean Foster contributed another winner with "Rural Singularity". There were several entries that were interesting as I read the...more
LAPL Reads
The mad scientist has been a science fiction standard since the genesis of the genre with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818. Many novels and films revolve around a scientific genius and his (or her!) plans, but are they necessarily mad? And are their plans truly nefarious or only "evil" from a certain point of view? Some of the genre’s best and brightest contemporary authors explore this archetype from the inside out with fascinating, insightful and often hilarious results in The Mad Scientist...more
Jen
Oh my goodness. I love mad science. I love evil overlords. This collection has a couple of amazing gems and some stories that I might skip the next time. Because, as always, there WILL BE a next time! Mwahahahaha!
Kate Schultz
How do you review a collection? By how well-arranged it is? By appraising its variety of ideas? Do you try to review every entry and sum them all up?

I don't read anthologies often. In fact, this may have been the first one I've read from beginning to end. I really enjoyed this collection's tonal variation from story to story, not just in the way each author approached the mad scientist theme, but in their individual style of writing. Some styles I absolutely couldn't stand -- they felt overdrama...more
Paige
If I could, I would give it 2.5 stars.

I read this for two reasons: I liked the title and I liked a couple of the contributing authors. I started out from the beginning, intending to read all of the submissions. The first story, Professor Incognito Apologizes (by Austin Grossman) was fairly entertaining. I liked the format--an apology letter from a mad (alien) scientist bent on taking over the world. A great way to start out the anthology. It was a little long but remained humorous with the revel...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This was a unique collection of stories about evil geniuses. There were some good stories, and some not-so-good stories, told by well known authors and not-so-famous authors. My favourite part of the collection was the introductions to each story. They were well thought out and highlighted the best parts of each story. Some of my favourite stories were the following:

The Executor – This was an exciting, coherent, full story with an easy to discern message about the power of love and family. This...more
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