The guys at Angry Robot Books have come up with something big. The idea is WorldBuilder and they go into depth about what it is here, on their own blog.
Now, I am really excited about this development. Two main reasons: The universe forming the frame for WorldBuilding is a 1930’s Pulp setting, in other words, Dieselpunk!
The novel in question is Empire State by Adam Christopher and I have been looking forward to reading it ever since I read the first comments on the Angry Robot website. As soon as WorldBulder starts, anyone who wants to participate can add to this strange alteernate world the novel is set in. I know what I am going to do… Well, at least I am trying to, time constraints may get in the way.
The other reason I am excited about this is best explained in connection with the cover:
The guy on the left has an uncanny resemblance to Wesley Dodds, the Golden Age Sandman (not to be confused with Neil Gaiman’s Dream):
I do not know if this is a hint that Welsey Dodds is actually a major protagonist or if there is someone who just happens to use a similar outfit. The first option would be so splendid as to be completely off the scale, the second would still be very inriguing… For now, I guess I will have to wait until the novel comes out in order to find out. I am already itching to get my eyes Empire State and participate in WorldBuilder.
I just hope I can find the time, not that this blog suffers all of a sudden, we cannot have that, now, can we?