After the Golden Age
December 7, 2010
I think I’ve been talking obliquely about my next stand-alone novel for awhile. Mentioning it, dropping hints, etc. I finally have permission to post the cover. And OMG, the cover. I love this. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was the cover on The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon’s supremely excellent, Pulitzer Prize winning novel about the early days of comic books in New York City. The vintage feel, the vintage colors, like it really is an artsy version of an old comic book cover. It’s just perfect, it really is.
Tor’s art director, Irene Gallo, talks a little bit about the development of the cover at Tor.com.
Now, about the book. This is another one I wrote in the gaps between contracts several years ago. I think I wrote most of this one between writing Kitty Goes to Washington and Kitty Takes a Holiday. Though I’d been toying with the ideas for years, and a short story featuring some of the characters appeared in a small ‘zine a long while back. The story of the book is totally different, because that happens sometimes.
The summary, from the Tor.com article:
It’s not easy being a superhero’s daughter. The only daughter of Captain Olympus and Spark, the world’s greatest champions, Celia West has no powers of her own, and the most exciting thing she’s ever done is win a silver metal in a high school swim meet. Meanwhile, she’s the favorite hostage of every crime boss and super-villain in Commerce City. She doesn’t have a codename, but if she did, it would probably be Bait Girl, the Captive Wonder.
Celia has worked hard to create a life for herself beyond the shadow of their capes. But when her parents’ arch-enemy, the Destructor, faces justice in the “Trial of the Century,” Celia finds herself sucked back into the more-than-mortal world of Captain Olympus–and forced to confront a secret that she hoped would stay buried forever . . . .
This one’s due out April 2011.