INTERVIEW: Seanan McGuire, author of “Laughter at the Academy”

Seanan McGuire is the author of Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, and An Artificial Night. Writing under the open pseudonym Mira Grant, she is the author the Newsflesh trilogy— which includes Feed, Deadline, and Blackout—which she describes as “science fiction zombie political thrillers” that focus on blogging, medical technology, and the ethics of fear. A story set in that milieu appeared in John Joseph Adams’s anthology The Living Dead 2. Her other short work has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Book View Café, The Edge of Propinquity, Apex Magazine, and in the anthologies Zombiesque and Tales from the Ur-Bar.

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REVIEW: Romantic Times Chooses Mad Scientist’s Guide as a Top Pick, Gives It 4.5/5 Stars

Romantic Times, one of the top review journals out there today (covering all genres despite the name), gives the anthology a rave review, giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars, and making it a “Top Pick” for the month: “By turns hilarious, heartbreaking and wonderfully wacky, this anthology is a genuine triumph. … Every single one of these tales … is nothing short of stellar. This isn’t just a ‘must-buy,’ it’s a ‘must buy for every sci-fi fan you know.'” [review not currently online]

REVIEW: Starred Review from Library Journal!

Library Journal just reviewed the anthology and gave it a prestigious starred review! Here’s a choice quote from the review:

A no-holds-barred collection. … Brilliant … insightful … demonstrate[s] the seductive power of the “bad guy.” VERDICT In addition to the overall excellence of the stories, fans of superhero fiction should enjoy the variety of interpretations of the terms “mad scientist,” “super villain,” and “evil genius.”

REVIEW: Publishers Weekly: “Veteran editor Adams succeeds again.”

Publishers Weekly, one of the publishing industry’s top trade journals, has a very positive review of the anthology: “Veteran anthology editor Adams 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. […] Adams’s entertaining story introductions set the stage for villains to find their own definitions and identities.” [review]