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About Benjamin Percy
Benjamin Percy is an award-winning, genre-bending novelist, comics writer and screenwriter.
His is the author of four novels -- most recently The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) -- as well as The Dead Lands (Grand Central/Hachette, 2015), Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010). His sci-fi trilogy -- The Comet Cycle -- will begin publishing in 2021 with Book 1: The Ninth Metal (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
He has published three books of stories -- Suicide Woods (Graywolf Press, 2019), Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette 2013; Carnegie Mellon, 2006).
He is also the author of a book of essays -- Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction (Graywolf Press, 2016) -- which is widely taught in creative writing classes.
He broke into comics in 2014 with a two-shot Batman story in Detective Comics, and since then has gone on to write celebrated runs on Green Arrow, Teen Titans, Nightwing, and James Bond. He currently writes X-Force for Marvel as part of the new dawn of X-Men. And his creator-owned comics -- Year Zero and Devil's Highway -- will release in 2020 with AWA Studios.
He wrote the audio drama -- Wolverine: The Long Night (produced by Marvel and Stitcher and starring Richard Armitage as Logan) -- which is currently streaming wherever you listen to podcasts. It was listed as one of the top 15 podcasts of the year by Apple and won the iHeartRadio Award for best scripted podcasts. He also wrote the graphic novel adaptation for Marvel.
His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire (where he was a contributing editor for a decade), GQ, Time, Men's Journal, Outside, the Wall Street Journal, the Paris Review, Tin House, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Cemetery Dance, McSweeney's, and many other magazines and journals.
His honors include an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Writers' Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.
Learn more about him at www.benjaminpercy.com.
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The night the sky fell, Jack and Nora Abernathy’s daughter vanished in the woods. And Mia’s disappearance broke her parents’ already fragile marriage. Unable to solve her own daughter’s case, Nora lost herself in her work as a homicide detective. Jack became a shell of a man; his promising career as a biologist crumbling alongside the meteor strikes that altered weather patterns and caused a massive drought.
It isn’t until five years later that the rains finally return to nourish Seattle. In this period of sudden growth, Jack uncovers evidence of a new parasitic fungus, while Nora investigates several brutal, ritualistic murders. Soon they will be drawn together by a horrifying connection between their discoveries—partnering to fight a deadly contagion as well as the government forces that know the truth about the fate of their daughter.
Award-winning author Benjamin Percy delivers both a gripping science fiction thriller and a dazzling examination of a planet—and a marriage—that have broken.
“Take one part dystopia, one part sci-fi, two parts apocalypse, then ride them roughshod through a bleak and bloody western, and it still wouldn't get close to what Ben Percy does here, which is blow open the core of humanity's dark heart.”
—Marlon James, Booker Prize award-winning author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf
“Whether you choose to think of him as the Elmore Leonard of rural Minnesota or the Stephen King of Science Fiction, Ben Percy—with his extraordinary and unrelenting eye—dishes up humanity like some kind of otherworldly blue plate special, at once deeply familiar and wildly new.”
—Margaret Stohl, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Caster Chronicles
“When Benjamin Percy publishes a novel, I have got to read that novel. The Ninth Metal continues his streak of thrilling, incisive genre bending goodness. It’s a sci-fi novel, a crime novel and a super-hero novel, too. Audacious and intelligent and exactly what I was dying to read.”
—Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling
IT BEGAN WITH A COMET…
At first, people gazed in wonder at the radiant tear in the sky. A year later, the celestial marvel became a planetary crisis when Earth spun through the comet’s debris field and the sky rained fire.
The town of Northfall, Minnesota will never be the same. Meteors cratered hardwood forests and annihilated homes, and among the wreckage a new metal was discovered. This “omnimetal” has properties that make it world-changing as an energy source…and a weapon.
John Frontier—the troubled scion of an iron-ore dynasty in Northfall—returns for his sister’s wedding to find his family embroiled in a cutthroat war to control mineral rights and mining operations. His father rightly suspects foreign leaders and competing corporations of sabotage, but the greatest threat to his legacy might be the US government. Physicist Victoria Lennon was recruited by the Department of Defense to research omnimetal, but she finds herself trapped in a laboratory of nightmares. And across town, a rookie cop is investigating a murder that puts her own life in the crosshairs. She will have to compromise her moral code to bring justice to this now lawless community.
In this gut-punch of a novel, the first in his Comet Cycle, Ben Percy lays bare how a modern-day goldrush has turned the middle of nowhere into the center of everything, and how one family—the Frontiers—hopes to control it all.
Bold new essays on how to craft a thrilling read--in any genre--from the bestselling author of The Dead Lands
Anyone familiar with the meteoric rise of Benjamin Percy's career will surely have noticed a certain shift: After writing two short-story collections and a literary novel, he delivered the werewolf thriller Red Moon and the postapocalyptic epic The Dead Lands. Now, in his first book of nonfiction, Percy challenges the notion that literary and genre fiction are somehow mutually exclusive. The title essay is an ode to the kinds of books that make many readers fall in love with fiction: science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, horror, from J.R.R. Tolkien to Anne Rice, Ursula K. Le Guin to Stephen King. Percy's own academic experience banished many of these writers in the name of what is "literary" and what is "genre." Then he discovered Michael Chabon, Aimee Bender, Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood, and others who employ techniques of genre fiction while remaining literary writers. In fifteen essays on the craft of fiction, Percy looks to disparate sources such as Jaws, Blood Meridian, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to discover how contemporary writers engage issues of plot, suspense, momentum, and the speculative, as well as character, setting, and dialogue. An urgent and entertaining missive on craft, Thrill Me brims with Percy's distinctive blend of anecdotes, advice, and close reading, all in the service of one dictum: Thrill the reader.
Dark secrets in the Reign of X! Quentin Quire returns to Krakoa to find a nightmare creature wreaking havoc on his teammates. The only way to battle it is on its own turf. Sweet dreams, Quentin! But what is X-Force hiding? Elsewhere, a local prison riot quickly turns into an escape - and the only ones who can stop it are…a bunch of high schoolers?! The Children of the Atom are on the case! The New Mutants have begun a wild hunt - but someone is looking for friends in all the wrong places, someone else is missing without a trace…and plans that have long been in motion are beginning to unfurl! Meanwhile, Cable's future is coming back to haunt him…and he isn't ready. Yet.
Chaos reigns in the Dawn of X! The New Mutants know it's tough adjusting to gaining mutant powers — they've been there — and they're ready to help, no matter how weird and dangerous things may get! But what if a new mutant's awakening is downright nightmarish? Elsewhere, London is burning, and Captain Britain is torn as the country of her birth goes to war with Krakoa! Can Excalibur survive being caught between two worlds? Meanwhile, the Hellions can barely keep from killing one another, let alone take on deadly threats — which is bad news when the Goblin Queen herself, Madelyne Pryor, returns. And she's mad as hell! Plus: When Omega Red seeks amnesty on Krakoa, Wolverine investigates his bitter foe's motives — and what he discovers is pure horror!
Mayhem and murder in the Dawn of X! The X-Men grapple with the events of EMPYRE! As mutants, plant-people, zombies, demons and senior citizens clash, who will be left standing? Meanwhile, the trees are killing the children, and Magneto won't stand for it! Wolverine seeks solace in the Red Tavern — a snowbound, backwoods watering hole where he only wants to guzzle whiskey in peace. But he'll drink his way straight into a twisting-and-turning mystery with one of his most bitter enemies at its heart! And X-Factor takes the case when a mutant dancer at a prestigious ballet academy disappears. But the clues all point to…the Mojoverse!
Elsewhere, Dick Grayson issues an S.O.S., summoning Robin, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Black Canary and Green Arrow to prevent the transformation and terraforming of Gotham City into a twisted mosaic of monsters, magic and doom. When they are trapped in a Riddler-designed maze, all hope may be lost.
And where is Batman during all this? He’s trapped in his own private nightmare, reliving portions of his life while confronting Barbatos, the leader of the evil Batmen and the demon that has haunted his dreams.
These direct tie-ins to the Dark Nights: Metal event are created by many of the architects of the modern DC Universe—including writers Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson, Robert Venditti, Jeff Lemire, Benjamin Percy, Tim Seeley and Rob Williams, and artists Howard Porter, Liam Sharp, Ethan Van Sciver, Tyler Kirkham, Mikel Janín, Bryan Hitch, Kevin Nowlan, Mirka Andolfo, Paul Pelletier, Juan Ferreyra, Stjepan Sejic, Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette and Jorge Jimenez.
Dark Nights: Metal: The Resistance Collects “Gotham Resistance” (Teen Titans #12, Nightwing #29, Suicide Squad #26, Green Arrow #32) and “Bats Out Of Hell” (The Flash #33, Justice League #32-33, Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #32), plus Batman Lost #1 and Hawkman Found #1.
“Of the Metal tie-in books, this was easily the best one yet.” —IGN
“An exhilarating superhero epic… Metal embraces the grandiosity and playfulness of the past while tapping into deeper themes of family, hope, and redemption.” —A.V. Club
“A lot of greatness in one story.” —Comicosity