By Danica Davidson

Last summer Ann Aguirre told us about her novel Enclave, the first in her Razorland trilogy. The second book, "Outpost," is due out September 4, so we wanted to get the scoop from Aguirre about what she’s up to in the world of dystopian YA novels. We’re also exclusively debuting the book trailer for "Outpost," so check out the trailer, take a look at Aguirre’s words, and remember to mark your September calenders!

MTV Geek: For all the newbies out there just discovering your work, what can you tell us about the Razorland saga?
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This March 2013, Marvel is taking the prose adaption of its "Civil War" event to the realm of audio with GraphicAudio's "Movie in Your Mind" audio entertainment. According to an official Marvel press release, GraphicAudio productions are 6 hours long and feature sound effects, cinematic music and narration.
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"Wayne Of Gotham," the latest Batman novelization from Harper Collins imprint It Books, is an eerie tale of mind control and madness, recasting Bruce Wayne's parents in a starkly different light. Gone are the innocent couple who were tragically gunned-down in a robbery-gone-bad -- in their place is a well-meaning doctor who just happens to also work with an ex-Nazi and accidentally unleashes a legion of sociopathic killers, and a spoiled alcoholic socialite of the Lindsay Lohan mold.  Caught in the crossfire of the terrible decisions of his parents is, of course, Bruce Wayne himself, who has his gloved hands full when the sins of the past enter the present with a vengeance.

It was impossible for me to read the final chapters of this novel without being reminded of the recent shootings at a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." The last ultra-violent scenes in the book take place in, and immediately next to, a movie theater, in which there is a lot of shooting and blood. Also, the villain of the piece, Disciple, can't help but echo conspiracy theories bandied about in the more "fringe" areas of the Internet regarding real-life shooter James Holmes, with wild rumors of a "Jason Bourne"-type laboratory-created killer and a sudden personality alteration. Read More...

The staff of the "Teen Zone" at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, KS created a nifty flowchart for fans of The Hunger Games to find out what other books they might enjoy after they're sufficiently chomping at the bit for more science fiction-y, dystopian, teen-on-teen violence-filled action. Check out the first 2 parts of the flowchart right here.
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By Danica Davidson

Neil Gaiman is going to be busy writing . . . and then his fans are going to be busy reading! Gaiman has signed a five-book deal with HarperCollins to publish two children’s picture books and three middle grade novels.

He already has other books in line to be published, including a prequel to his beloved Sandman. The two picture books are going to be about a panda named Chu and are going to sport the illustrations of Alex Rex. We already have a title for the first picture book: Chu’s Big Day. While we know the second picture book will likewise star Chu, no title has been given for it yet.

We have some information about the middle grade books, though there’s also still some mystery to them. One of the books will be a sequel to Odd and the Frost Giants. A second book is going to be titled Fortunately the Milk (any guesses on what that one will be about)? We don’t have any information on that one beyond the title. The third middle grade book in the deal remains a complete mystery, with no title or synopsis for the general public to go on. At any rate, Gaiman fans will soon have more books to sink their teeth into.

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Little, Brown and Company released details about ULTRA-successful author J.K. Rowling's follow-up to the ULTRA-successful Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy.

The non-magical, non-Hogwarty book will come in at 512 pages and according to the publisher is about:

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.
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Instead of pleading his case to the comics fan community -- said case being that writer Bill Finger was the "secret," unsung c0-creator of Batman -- Marc Tyler Nobleman decided to instead turn to a fiendishly clever alternative. Write a lavishly illustrated bio of Finger's life for kids. Get 'em while they're young.

The lavish illustrator is Ty Templeton, and the book is the recently-released "Bill the Boy Wonder: the Secret Co-Creator of Batman" from Charlesbridge.

I'm sure all of you remember illustrated biographies from when you were younger, of such major personages as Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, and Gandhi. Is the story of the true co-creator of Batman, who was snubbed countless of times in retrospectives of the Caped Crusader from the 1960s, the movie "Batmania" of the late 1980s, and beyond, also worth the bio treatment? It depends if you see the story not just as of Finger's omission from creator credit, but as representing the larger issue of artists, writers and public figures everywhere who are Xed out of the official history books for their grand achievements. Read More...

In late 2011, Gary Groth, founder and president of Fantagraphics sat down with legendary Where the Wild Things Are creator Maurice Sendak for a lengthy, career-spanning interview for The Comics Journal.

During that interview, Sendak said the following:
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Earlier today, Locke & Key writer Joe Hill revealed the cover for his new novel, NOS4A2 on Twitter!
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A lot is happening for writer Chris Roberson: over the last couple months he very publicly left his comic book work for DC behind, created his own webcomic project Monkeybrain, and saw the publication of his latest science-fiction novel "Further: Beyond The Threshold." Published by Amazon.com imprint 47North, "Further" is a "Star Trek" for our current age, one that takes into account not only hot-button topics like trans-humanism and genetic modification, but presents a snapshot of the future that is more realistically diverse (friendly sentient whales notwithstanding).

The novel really feels like two parts, the first being a narrative of what happens to Captain Ramachandra Jason Stone when he wakes up after 12,000 years of cryogenic suspension. Very reminiscent of classic sci-fi dystopian narratives such as H.G. Wells' "The Sleeper Awakes" (sans the jaw-dropping racism), this section of the book very methodically gets "RJ" -- and the reader -- up to speed with what's been going on with Earth over the millennia. And what's been going on include a world-shaking cataclysm, the insurgency and subsequent "banishment" of the thinly-disguised religious fanatics The Iron Mass, and an explosion of advances in technology and genetic splicing which has pretty much rendered humanity near-immortal. Read More...

Is Harry Potter the antichrist? According to Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 2009 he is...well, sorta. In an advance review by Laura Sneddon that was published in The Independent, Sneddon points out that the literary heroes in Century 2009 find themselves in modern times facing the ultimate in evil who seems to be a touch similar to a fella who looks and sounds and smells like the iconic boy wizard.
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The sci-fi anthology The Future is Japanese presents 15 stories either about or in some way involving, well obviously, Japan (with at least one fantasy and one horror story slipping in there along with one Afica-set tale penned by a Japanese writer). And given the eclectic makeup of talent and types of stories, this is your usual grab bag of the very good, to the not-so-great, to the interesting misfires.

The Future Is Japanese winds its way through the usual anxieties about the future, whether they be about the collapse of human knowledge ("Endoastronomy" by Toh EnJoe,), to the collapse of country and communication ("Goddess of Mercy" by Bruce Sterling). But then you get one or two that are very specifically culturally informed by Japan like the gentle story that opens the book, "Mono no Aware" by Ken Liu or the kids-in-mechs drama by David Moles, "Chetai Heiki Koronbin."

Of all of these, the opening and closing stories, (Liu's and TOBI Hirotaka's "Autogenic Dreaming: Interview with the Columns of Clouds") are the best realized of the bunch, particularly as they both dig into feelings and sensation in their own specific ways. "Mono no Ware" is the story of the handful of survivors aboard a vessel taking the last of humanity to their new home, and one passenger's reflections on the meaning of sacrifice and the titular bittersweet feeling that, as I understand it, is akin to nostalgia. "Autogenic Dreaming" meanwhile plumbs the depths of an unrepentant killer's memories for a solution to a pervasive virus destroying the world's great works of fiction. "Mono no Ware" ends on just the perfect note for its character while even at 46 pages, "Autogenic Dreaming" feels like it's just getting started in its evocative world.
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Galley images, plus the first page from Warren Ellis's second crime-meets-urban-horror novel.
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This morning, at the age of 91, celebrated science fiction author Ray Bradbury passed away. Best known for his dystopian novels and his imaginative short stories, Bradbury had seen several of his works adapted into radio shows, graphic novels, television shows, and films. His most notable works include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and I Sing The Body Electric. During his lifetime, Bradbury was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, had an asteroid named after him, earned an Emmy, received an honorary doctorate, and earned countless other citations for his distinguished and prolific and deeply influential career.

The impact Bradbury had on multiple generations of fans was evident on Twitter today, as condolences and celebrations of the master writer's life poured in:

@Ray_Harryhausen: RIP Ray Bradbury. You will be dearly missed x

@edgarwright: A standing ovation for Mr Ray Bradbury. Our imagination will be dimmer without him.

@deadmau5: RIP Ray Bradbury :( you've touched many lives with your work, and even a few more recently you might not have expected! Sleep well dude!

@woodelijah: very sad to hear of Ray Bradbury's passing. i grew up with his incredible stories.

@rainnwilson: RIP Ray Bradbury You made Mars, time travel & Illustrated Men more real than reality for a 14 year old me. #RIPRay

@levarburton: Ray Bradbury, may flocks of Angels guide thee to thy rest! #oneofthegreats

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A partnership between J.K. Rowling, Sony, and Rowling's Pottermore site will bring new Harry Potter stories to life (you can read about how the boy wizard won "Best Hero" at the MTV Movie Awards here). Sony announced at E3 2012 that "Wonderbook: Book of Spells" for the Playstation 3 will use augmented reality to allow players to immerse themselves into the wizarding world of Rowling. Learning spells will be easy the PS Move controllers as wands!

The Rowling deal is only one of a series of "Wonderbook" games/book hybrids that will be released by Sony; Moonbot Studios will create another such experience called "Diggs Nightcrawler."

It is interesting to contemplate the wedding of first-run stories with interactive game elements, and I do wonder if this will be more and more the norm in the future. The latest Stephen King short story -- or even novel -- could be released to a platform like PS3 as an augmented reality mix of text, animation, and games-within-the-story. Perhaps in this way, both Sony and Rowling are pioneers in a new frontier of transmedia storytelling.

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