Stan Lee’s ‘A Trick of Light’ Explores the Dark Side of the Internet
Stan Lee, the mythical Marvel Comics editor who co-created Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the X-Men, gave up the ghost ultimate 12 months at the age of 95. Author Kat Rosenfield were given the alternative to paintings with him on one of his ultimate initiatives, a superhero novel referred to as A Trick of Light.
“He had the most unbelievable creative enthusiasm,” Rosenfield says in Episode 383 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “He was an incredibly spontaneously creative person. He was having ideas well into his 90s.”
In A Trick of Light, a teenage YouTuber named Cameron Ackerson is struck via lightning and unearths himself proficient with “cyberkinesis,” the skill to govern computer systems along with his thoughts. But occasions quickly spiral out of keep watch over, as Cameron unearths himself enmeshed in the web’s darkish facet.
“Stan felt that the internet had not necessarily lived up to its promise,” Rosenfield says. “Instead of connecting people, it was having the effect of tribalizing them. Even though people could get online and talk to people anywhere in the world, a lot of us felt more alone than ever.”
Rosenfield first of all nervous that she wasn’t geeky sufficient to paintings on A Trick of Light, however says that her collaborators, who additionally incorporated Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert, felt that she would convey a contemporary point of view to the challenge. “They decided they wanted to go in a little bit of a different direction and get somebody from more of a literary fiction background,” she says. “I think the guys felt that they were representing the truly hardcore nerdy side, so it was cool to diversify things a little bit.”
She used to be additionally ready to attract on her studies with some of the web’s stranger corners.
“We were trying to come up with some imaginary conspiracy theories for somebody to be involved with,” she says, “and I’d equipped a couple of examples, they usually stated, ‘These are too out there. It’s too ridiculous.’ And I stated, ‘Oh no no.’ And I believe I despatched them the clip of Alex Jones yelling about how chemical compounds are turning all of the frogs homosexual. So yeah, that used to be a bit instructional second.”
Listen to the whole interview with Kat Rosenfield in Episode 383 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And take a look at some highlights from the dialogue beneath.
Kat Rosenfield on her novel Inland:
“I began fascinated with it at the time that Twilight had transform a truly giant deal, and everybody used to be making an attempt to determine what the subsequent giant factor used to be going to be, and in all the YA musings on long run developments, anyone stated, ‘Since we’ve already executed vampires, and we’ve executed werewolves, the subsequent giant factor goes to be mermaids.’ And I assumed, ‘Well, that’s dumb. I don’t need to write a mermaid guide. That’s ridiculous.’ And then I began pondering, ‘If I had to write a mermaid book—if someone put a gun to my head and said “Write a mermaid book right now”—what would it be?’ And from there I began noodling in this concept of a darker twist on other mermaid lore, and particularly Hans Christian Anderson’s ‘The Little Mermaid,’ and I got here up with one thing that used to be fascinating sufficient to me that I made up our minds to jot down it in the end.”
Kat Rosenfield on ladies writers:
“Women are always apologizing for taking up space. And it’s not just about getting a project, but then about aggressively promoting it, or thinking that you have the right to be in this space, telling this story, instead of somebody else. I think that women struggle with that, and unfortunately I think there are a lot of people out there who are aware of that, and who prey upon it to tell women that they shouldn’t be taking up space—and even sometimes it’s other women doing it. So it’s about having that confidence to just be a working writer and feel like you deserve to be there. … There was a point where I said to myself, ‘If you weren’t right for this opportunity, it wouldn’t be presenting itself in this way.’ I thought, ‘Yes, it’s new. But you can do this.’”
Kat Rosenfield on Stan Lee:
“I had forgotten that Stan had this mid-credits scene [in Guardians of the Galaxy 2] the place he’s on my own in a spacesuit in this barren planet, and those gents who had been intended to present him a experience house are all leaving him in the back of, as a result of he’s been speaking obnoxiously they usually’re drained of it. And as they’re leaving him, he says, ‘Aw geez, guys, come back. I’ve were given such a lot of extra tales to inform.’ And I used to be simply unpleasant crying, now not ready, as a result of he did have such a lot of tales to inform. And the factor that truly used to be introduced house to me in that second, is that [his collaborators] have this privilege, but in addition this accountability, to verify they retain going, as a result of there are all of those tales—all of this paintings—that hasn’t noticed the mild of day but.”
Kat Rosenfield on YA Twitter:
“A petition started circulating amongst a writers group on Facebook, where people were saying, ‘Let’s petition [the publisher] to pull this book for edits, to force edits upon this other writer.’ And it was even in the language of this discussion, it was, ‘What we really want is for this book to be canceled, but saying that we want it pulled for edits will play better.’ So I made what I now realize was the incredibly stupid mistake of registering my alarm that this was happening. … I tweeted about it, saying it was crazy to see people arguing for what’s essentially book banning in the name of social justice, and a horde of very angry people descended into my notifications and called me all kinds of names. And my first thought, after I got over just the horror of what was happening, was, ‘God, this is interesting. Something interesting is happening here.’”