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Adam-Troy
Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - 09:47 am:   

For the website, probably filled with stuff old to regular newsgroup readers.

MAJOR NEWS UPDATE! DECEMBER 2005!

Last updated in March of 2005, so there's plenty of news to catch up on.

The biggest news: Adam's newest book is nonfiction, a look at one of his
favorite TV shows ever. "MY OX IS BROKEN!": ROADBLOCKS, DETOURS, FAST FORWARDS,
AND OTHER GREAT MOMENTS FROM TV'S THE AMAZING RACE, will be published by
Benbella Books in late 2006. Still under composition, the volume will feature an
episode guide, snarky commentary, and interviews with racers who include Jon and
Al ("The Clowns") from Race 4, Marshall Hudes from Race 5, and Jonathan Baker
from Race 6. More interviews are coming. A special page on this project has been
added to the site, with extensive excerpts! Stay tuned for additional information!

Adam has also completed a novel, EMISSARIES FROM THE DEAD, a science fiction
murder mystery featuring sleuth Andrea Cort from his novella "Unseen Demons."
The book is now making the rounds of publishers. Hope for updates.

Adam's latest short story,"Good for the Soul," involves a devoted family man who
keeps diaries detailing the gruesome details of murders he likes to imagine
himself committing. Marital strife ensues when his wife of many years finds the
latest volume. The story appeared in CEMETERY DANCE at the end of the year.

Adam sold another horror novella earlier this year, " The Shallow End of the
Pool," a grisly examination of one of those nasty dysfunctional families where
estranged parents enlist the kids in their personal warfare. The brutal and
unrelenting tale so impressed its future publishers that an entire anthology,
was to have been built around it. Alas, the publisher is suffering serious
problems, and the story is now searching for another home. More details will be
provided when available.

Answering a question often asked, the first volume in Adam-Troy's Spider-Man
trilogy, GATHERING OF THE SINISTER SIX, will remain out of print for reasons
having to do with all sorts of legal mumbo jumbo. E-Bay reports used copies for
sale at up to $150.00, and Adam-Troy really wishes he could help readers who
need it to complete their set, but 'tis not to be. Any change in its status will be reported when available.
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Adam remains the main book reviewer for SCI FI magazine, appearing bi-monthly.
He also continues writing between five and ten reviews a month for the on-line
publication SCIENCE FICTION WEEKLY. One recent article, "Unreal Estate," was
written in collaboration with the lovely Judi B. Castro (her first professional
sale.)

Adam's most recent Smart Pop Essay was "Ann, Abandoned," for the Benbella
Anthology KING KONG IS BACK. It's a thorough speculation on just what fate would
have awaited Ann Darrow, had the male heroes of King Kong elected to leave her
to the giant gorilla's mercies. Would she have survived? Held on to her
humanity? Gone gorilla? Adam-Troy covers all the bases. You may want to look away.

Smart Pop Essays written and scheduled for 2006 include the following.

"From Azkaban to Abu Ghraib: Creeping Fascism in Harry Potter and the Order of
the Phoenix" (MAPPING THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER, Benbella Books) is an academic
look at the most politically subversive of the Harry Potter novels.

"Six Things About Superman I Just Can't Buy" (THE MAN FROM KRYPTON, Benbella
Books) examines Jimmy Olsen's signal watch, Superbaby, the idiocy inherent in
robbing a bank in Metropolis, and other aspects of the Superman mythos that Adam
ain't all that sure about.

"Who Let The Dame In?" (TIE ME UP: WRITERS LOOK BACK ON 50 YEARS OF WONDER
WOMAN, Benbella Books), is a perversely sexist riff on why Wonder Woman is
useful to the Justice League: She does the cooking.

"Dear Magneto" (THE UNAUTHORIZED X-MEN: SF AND COMIC WRITERS ON MUTANTS,
PREJUDICE AND ADAMANTIUM), is an open letter to the greatest foe of Cyclops,
Wolverine, Jean Grey, and company. Somehow, Adam doesn't think Magneto's
seriously thought things out.

"The Same Damn Island" (GETTING LOST: SURVIVAL, BAGGAGE AND STARTING OVER IN JJ.
ABRAMS' LOST) examines the uncanny similarities between the island inhabited by
the castaways of the Wednesday night hit, and the island that became home to
another seven stranded castaways. Adam says it's no coincidence.

Adam now provides weekly commentary on the radio show SCI-FI OVERDRIVE.

Adam-Troy and Judi B. Castro were prominent contributors to ATLANTA NIGHTS, the
deliberately awful scam novel submitted to Publishamerica under the by-line
Travis Tea. Details here.

Adam-Troy continues working on fiction and has several pieces, yet unsold, doing
the editorial rounds. Details to follow when available.

2006 Convention Appearances: Still up in the air, though Adam does expect to
appear ar Oasis in Orlando in May, possibly the Nebs, possibly Worldcon, and
TARcons in 2006. Details to follow when available. He's also hoping for an even
bigger personal announcement sometime in 2006! Stay tuned.


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