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Fall is falling! Books are arriving!

Ah, autumn.  That time of year when we remember three glorious months of sunbathing, kite-flying, and barbecuing, and think, Well, that was weird.  Whether you’re the type who thrills to summer’s end or you’re already saying Ah! for those vanished summer nights, we’ve got a fall list that’ll give you something to wella-wella about.

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Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future
by Hal Niedzviecki
On sale October 20, 2015

We live in an unprecedented kind of society: one that is relentlessly focused not on the problem-ridden here and now, but rather on the future.  Huge amounts of capital — both literal and cultural — await the person who can gain control of narratives not yet written and “create the future.”  In Trees on Mars, explosive contrarian Hal Niedzviecki talks to scholars and entrepreneurs, experts and educators, to find the truth about the world our relentless preoccupation with the yet-to-come may be creating.  

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Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Rall?

9781609806354For Ted Rall – editorial cartoonist, unembedded war reporter, and longtime Seven Stories author — it’s been a rough week.

Last May, Ted wrote a short editorial on the LAPD’s treatment of jaywalkers for the LA Times, a newspaper that had often published his cartoons and columns.  Rall began his piece by describing a time he had been stopped by the LAPD for jaywalking in 2001:

“All of a sudden, a motorcycle officer zoomed over, threw me up against the wall, slapped on the cuffs, roughed me up and wrote me a ticket. It was an ugly scene, and in broad daylight it must have looked like one, because within minutes there were a couple of dozen passersby shouting at the cop.

“Another motorcycle officer appeared, asked the colleague what the heck he was thinking and ordered him to let me go, which he did. But not before he threw my driver’s license into the sewer.”

Shockingly, more than ten weeks later, the Times announced it was unceremoniously firing Rall, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated former president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, over the article.  

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So we hear people like Minecraft…

Minecraft_2nd_paperoverboard_mech_draft_B-1_1024x1024In 2013, we were delighted to publish Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything.  The results were pretty huge: the book was praised as “a celebration of the power of imagination and creativity,” its authors were cheered for their detailed portrait of a game designer who was “more like a musician or a painter,” and tens of thousands of copies flew off shelves — sometimes faster than we could print ‘em.

We got the message: people really like Minecraft!  So when we heard, late in 2014, that Microsoft was looking to buy Minecraft’s parent company, Mojang, for upwards of two billion-with-a-b dollars, we decided it was time to update our book.  The new second edition of Minecraft is shaping up to be just as big of a deal — already Wired magazine has published an excerpt, and fans have been clamoring for copies of the expanded edition since well before its release.

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