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Cover art and book giveaway for A HERO AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

The wonderful Book Smugglers have just revealed the full cover art for A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne!

Check out their latest post for some exclusive info from the author, as well as a BOOK GIVEAWAY!

A Hero at the End of the World is a hilarious and gripping combination of YA fantasy adventure, queer romance, and political satire.

A riff on “Chosen One” narratives that evokes Harry Potter, the Percy Jackson series and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this book will appeal to all readers of modern fantasy adventures.








Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!

Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics. 

A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.

With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!

Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.

So here are some buzz words~

Natural colors!
Art Nouveau!
Handcrafted wares!
Tailors and dressmakers!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!

Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction!  Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?

(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))

i am so into this wow

sign me the fuck up

I want a solarpunk future. *_*




the ten fics meme!

Tagged by febricant, with the following rules: 

In a text post, list ten FICS that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!  Nope. Sorry. I never do this. Just weird that way.

Basically: FUN. So, in no particular order: 

1. rise like lions (you sons of cain) by stateslines. [HP, Remus/Sirius]

Remus goes with him down the supermarket on Tuesday; Sirius has nothing but bread in the cupboards, a few turquoise tins of beans, some cheap wine. (He likes to think if he keeps his cabinets full, if he gets rid that manky smell in the ice-box, Remus will stay the night, the month: to save the seven-stop tube ride, and take the other half of the wardrobe Sirius leaves empty, on purpose. That maybe Remus will call the flat in Islington with the yellow door, populated by twelve sorts of mould and one scared, scared boy with scabbed elbows — he will call it home, like the way he cupped his palms and told Sirius about fireflies; like the swell of Lily’s stomach.)

It may sound strange, but this 700 words of fanfiction has affected my writing more profoundly than, I think, any other piece of writing ever has. I found it as a teenager and fell in love with the way the words fit together, and just — the simplicity of it, the poignancy, how much was communicated just in that one line about Remus standing in front of the frozen peas. It has stayed with me, in a way I could not begin to explain, for the last decade. I expect it will stay with me a few decades more. 

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After a few months of work and a successful Kickstarter campaign, it’s time for Big Bang Press to announce the release date of OUR FIRST BOOK!

Written by Erin Claiborne (AKA fanfic author eleveninches), A Hero at the End of the World is a Young Adult fantasy satire of “Chosen One” narratives like BuffyHarry Potter and Percy Jackson

"Seventeen-year-old Ewan Mao has spent his whole life preparing for his destiny: defeating the evil tyrant who’s been terrorizing Britain for as long as he can remember. But Ewan never dreamed that when the time came, his best friend Oliver Abrams would fulfill the prophecy instead.

Five years later, Ewan is living at home and working in a coffee shop while Oliver is a national hero, working at the Serious Magical Crimes Agency. But the two friends are unwillingly reunited when a strange magical cult targets Ewan in a plot to end the world as we know it.”

This book will be published on November 11, 2014, and will soon be available for pre-order in both paperback and ebook format!

The art in this post is by Jade Liebes (hydrae), who illustrated A Hero at the End of the World. We’ll be posting the full cover art and some sample illustrations soon, along with a sample chapter from the book!

Last December, BBP used Kickstarter to crowdfund three original novels by talented authors from the fanfic community. The Kickstarter was a huge success and was covered by all sorts of media outlets including io9, WiredHelloGiggles, and Hypable. You can find out more on our website, including info about our next two books, written by Kady Morrison (gyzym) and Natalie Wilkinson (febricant).

I’M SO EXCITED TO FINALLY POST ABOUT THIS! Erin’s book is hilarious and amazing. I can’t wait for more people to read it!!

no joke, y’all, erin’s book is a breath of fresh air in a stuffy ya dystopia hellscape