The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius
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Professor Incognito Apologizes: an Itemized List by Austin Grossman
Instead of a Loving Heart by Jeremiah Tolbert
Rural Singularity by Alan Dean Foster
Harry and Marlowe Meet the Founder of the Aetherian Revolution by Carrie Vaughn
Rocks Fall by Naomi Novik
Mofongo Knows by Grady Hendrix
Vaughn's and Tolbert's seemed like parts of larger stories that I'd be interested in reading.
A few other stories that I liked less but found noteworthy:
"The Mad Scientist's Daughter" by Theodora Goss.
From the editor's web site:
The following stories can be found in The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination.
Foreword by Chris Claremont - s ...more
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
There's a gradual change i ...more
"Professor Incognito Apologizes: An Itemized List" by Austin Grossman —
I enjoyed this story. It made me laugh. The itemized list is quite funny in itself, mixing the profound with the trivial, and it's all comically phrased. It actually did make me chuckle, repeatedly. Grossman has a nice talent for the cle ...more
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
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
I'll pique your interest with the more creative reimaginings:
- In "Laughter at the Academy" by Seanan ...more
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
“The Space Between” (Outlander, 7.5)
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Professor Incognito Apologizes: An Itemized List by Austin Grossman
A really good idea, with some nice twists and a good focus, but too repetitive.
Letter to the Editor by David D. Levine
Again, great concept. A now-dead "supervillain" leaves behind an explanation of his deeds.
Island of a Loving Heart by Jeremiah Tolbert /Tobart (Unsure of the spelling)
Captain Justice Saves the Day by Genevieve Valentine
I loved Brenda's narration and the app ...more
Professor Incognito apologizes: an itemized list / Austin Grossman -- *** (Barely)
Father of the groom / Harry Turtledove -- ****
Laughter at the academy / Seanan McGuire -- ***** (LOVED IT!)
Letter to the editor / David D. Levine -- ***
Instead of a loving heart / Jeremiah Tolbert -- ****
The executor / Daniel H. Wilson -- ***
The angel of death has a business plan / Heather Lindsley -- ***
Homo perfectus / David Farland -- ***
Ancient equations / L.A. Banks -- ***
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
Like all Anthologies it had highs and lows, It had some good stories but as I went on I became less interested.
The Worst for me were Modesitt's A more perfect Union which bored me badly, then getting worse LA Bank's Ancient equations...yeah lets resort to sex...it bores me. And finally with almost all of the stories coming in around a half hour give or take Diana Gabaldon having a 4 HOUR! story was something I dreaded from the beginning and saved it for last...I can't ...more
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
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|Sci-fi and Heroic...: "We Interrupt This Broadcast" by Mary Robinette Kowal||3||17||Nov 29, 2016 05:25PM|
|Sci-fi and Heroic...: The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination (anthology)||13||32||Nov 29, 2016 05:22PM|
|Sci-fi and Heroic...: "The Food Taster’s Boy" by Ben H. Winters||2||10||Nov 25, 2016 06:30AM|
|Sci-fi and Heroic...: "Mofongo Knows" by Grady Hendrix||2||13||Nov 25, 2016 06:28AM|
|Sci-fi and Heroic...: "The Pittsburgh Technology" by Jeffrey Ford||2||8||Nov 25, 2016 06:28AM|
|Sci-fi and Heroic...: "The Last Dignity Of Man" by Marjorie M. Liu||2||9||Nov 23, 2016 06:01AM|