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Congrats to Andri Magnason, his fantasy novel LoveStar was awarded a special citation of excellence at the Philip K. Dick awards
April 3, 2013
The Philip K. Dick Award, for science fiction books originally published in paperback instead of hardcover, was awarded last Friday at the annual Norwescon conference and Andri Snær Maganson‘s LoveStar was given a special citation of excellence.
LoveStar was originally published in Iceland, and was named “Novel of the Year” by Icelandic booksellers and received the DV Literary Award and a nomination for the Icelandic Literary Prize.
“Lovestar is a dystopia for the information age. But unlike most dystopias, the LoveStar world is also shocking in its beauty.”—Ploughshares Literary Magazine
“Orwell, Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams are felt on every page, though Magnason is never derivative. His satire and insightful social commentary sweeten the pot and the sheer wackiness of Magnason’s oversized imagination is invigorating.”—Publishers Weekly
“Strange and refreshing—a lushly imagined future that reminded me of Vonnegut and Brautigan.”—Ed Park, author of Personal Days
March 28, 2013
Andri Snaer Magnason, author of The Story of the Blue Planet and the Philip K. Dick Award nominated book LoveStar, will be at Elliott Bay BookCompany in Seattle on Thursday, March 28th at 8:00pm to read, discuss, and sign LoveStar.
LoveStar, the enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices, and allowing consumerism, technology, and science to run rampant over all aspects of daily life. Cordless modern men and women are paid to howl advertisements at unsuspecting passers-by, REGRET machines eliminate doubt over roads not taken, soul mates are identified and brought together (while existing, unscientifically validated relationships are driven remorselessly asunder), and rocketing the dead into the sky becomes both a status symbol and a beautiful, cathartic show for those left behind.
Join Andri as he reads from his Philip K.
Andri Snaer Magnason at Birdwaves, Time Traveling and Dream Harvesting: Contemporary Sci-Fi and Geek Culture
March 1, 2013
To kick off the Sci-Fi Fortnight at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Andri Snaer Magnason participated in the panel “Birdwaves, Time Traveling and Dream Harvesting: Contemporary Sci-Fi and Geek Culture” alongside Sean Ferrel, Stephen H. Segal, and NK Jeminsin.
During the event, Andri focused his reading around ideas. He read from LoveStar’s manifesto:
“An idea hijacks the brain, pushes away feelings and memories, makes you neglect friends and relations, and drives you toward a single goal, that of launching the idea into the world. An idea takes over the speech centers, allowing access only to itself, it steals your appetite, reduces your need for sleep, and induces the brain to produce a chemical that is stronger than amphetamines and can keep you going for months at a time.”
If you didn’t make it out to the reading, follow this link to catch up. Pick up your copy of Andri’s Phillip K.
February 28, 2013
Birdwaves, Time Traveling and Dream Harvesting: Contemporary Sci-Fi and Geek Culture featuring Andri Snaer Magnason
February 27, 2013
Andri Snaer Magnason, author of LoveStar and Philip K. Dick Award nominee, will be at Housing Works Wednesday, February 27th at 7pm to celebrate science fiction writing. Alongside Sean Ferrel (The Man in the Empty Suit, Soho Press February 2013) and Stephen H. Segal (Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, Quirk Books 2011), Magnason will be discussing LoveStar and science-fiction writing. All the authors will be available for book signings.
In LoveStar, nominated for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award, he enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices, and allowing consumerism, technology, and science to run rampant over all aspects of daily life. Cordless modern men and women are paid to howl advertisements at unsuspecting passers-by, REGRET machines eliminate doubt over roads not taken, soul mates are identified and brought together (while existing, unscientifically validated relationships are driven remorselessly asunder), and rocketing the dead into the sky becomes both a status symbol and a beautiful, cathartic show for those left behind.
January 11, 2013
LoveStar by Andri Snær Magnason has been nominated for the annual Philip K. Dick Award, which is among the highest recognitions for literature in the science fiction genre authors can receive in the U.S.
LoveStar is nominated along with six other novels and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on March 29.
Originally published by Mál og menning in Iceland in 2002 the book was awarded both the DV Culture Prize and the Literature Prize of Bookstore Employees.
Check out the announcement on Iceland Review and take a look at the amazing review of LoveStar in the Village Voice. Want to know more about the man behind the book? Read this interview with Typographical Era to see what Andri has to say about writing and his inspirations!
November 21, 2012
“It’s a smartly structured novel, written with feeling and fire. It’s a seriously funny book, but also a serious one, translated with raucous grace.”
Icelandic author Andri Magnason brings his absurd and hilarious storytelling to English readers for the first time with LoveStar, half satire of our blind acceptance of corporate control and half love story. In this world “howlers” pay back debts by impulsively shouting ads to passersby and the dead are no longer buried, but shot through the atmosphere like shooting stars.
Read the entire review in The Village Voice.
November 13, 2012Young AdultTrevor: A Novella by James Lecesne“A beautiful, moving, funny, original book,” says Michael Cunningham, about a 13 year-old boy picked on at school and misunderstood at home for being gay. Trevor is an effort to make kids feel loved and supported, so they will find the strength to go on living.Do You Dream in Color? Insights From a Girl Without Sight by Laurie RubinLaurie Rubin was born blind but that hasn’t stopped her from achieving her dream of being a professional opera singer. Here is her story of growing up blind, facing prejudice, and discovering her true identity. ”Laurie Rubin’s memoir should be required reading in that it underscores the triumph of the human spirit.”–Dr. Pola RosenMemoirMa, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes by Martha LongMartha Long’s remarkable story of growing up in the slums of 1950s Dublin. ”Long’s story is a gritty, grueling, and heartbreaking testament to one girl’s unbreakable spirit.”–Publishers Weekly‘There Are Things I Want You to Know’ About Stieg Larsson and Me by Eva GabrielssonCheck out the Reading Group Guide on our website.
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October 28, 2012
Please join us on Sunday, October 28th at 4pm at Bank Street Books (Broadway and 112th Street) in New York for the launch of Seven Stories’ new imprint for young readers, Triangle Square.
The event will feature three authors of upcoming books for young readers: James Lecesne, the founder of The Trevor Project and author of the novella for teens, Trevor, Laurie Rubin, an internationally-acclaimed opera singer and author of the memoir for teens, Do You Dream in Color? about her experiences growing up blind, and Andri Snaer Magnason, one of Iceland’s most celebrated young writers and author of the children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet, which has been published or performed in 26 countries.
Triangle Square is launching this fall with the three titles mentioned above as well as A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America, the classic revisionist history of America by Ronald Takaki adapted for young readers by Rebecca Stefoff.
September 18, 2012
“In this outlandish yet poignant dystopian allegory, Magnason (Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation) imagines a post-technological world in which the relationship between people and information is turned on its head. “Cordless” citizens are freed from gadgets and wires while REGRET, something like a retroactive Magic 8 Ball if envisioned by Vonnegut, renders every choice the right one. Louts hoping to pay down debt become “ad howlers,” “AdTraps,” and “Secret Hosts”—human bullhorns spouting targeted advertisements or post-purchase praise (“YOU WERE UNBELIEVABLY COOL TO BUY SUCH GROOVY SHOES!”) to pedestrians. At funerals run by LoveDeath, bodies are launched into space and mourners watch their loved ones “burn up under the heavenly plough” upon re-entry. At the helm of this carefully monitored and controlled society is LoveStar, a God-like old man with three hours left to live and a mission to “free people from the oppression of freedom.” Then there’s Indridi and Sigrid, who want to stick together despite inLOVE’s calculation of Sigrid as better matched with a Danish man.