Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Novels and Short Fiction about Superheroes: A Universe-building detour

Okay, another post about superhero novels so quickly? Yes, it’s unusual for me, but I’ve done readers a bit of a disservice by not pointing them to Michael Carroll’s Young Adult works set in his ‘The New Heroes / Quantum Prophecy’ universe.

I felt that it was important to highlight Mister Carroll’s work, because (due to the time-consuming nature of writing novels) novelists general don’t stick to building and expanding universes when it comes to superheroes. George R. R. Martin’s Wildcards is a notable exception.

The New Heroes or Quantum Prophecy series began with the novel, The Quantum Prophecy a.k.a. ‘The Awakening’ (2006). There were two follow-ups entitled Sakkara a.k.a. ‘The Gathering’ (2006) and Absolute Power a.k.a. ‘The Reckoning’ (2007). You can find abridged information about the trilogy here.

The author has also released Superhuman, a collection of short fiction focusing on untold stories taking place in the decade spanning the three novels. No reviews. pity. Here is some info on from the author's website. Strangely, this short story collection has the same name as the fourth novel in the series.


  1. Intersting. I might have to take a look at that, especially since I'm always surrounded by young adult novels. Though the line "Fans of the hit TV show Heroes will love Quantum Prophecy!" in the review made me balk. I only liked the first season of Heroes, after that I gave up, and now, I have no idea what the heck is going on.

  2. My only problem with this author's universe (or series of books) is that it is marketed as 'Quantum Prophecy' in the US and as 'The New Heroes' in the UK...

    Although I have followed Heroes post season 1, I agree with you to a degree. Eversy subsequent season has a slow build-up followed by a rushed ending/resolution. The consistent criticism of the show (that I share) is that 90% (of everyone on the show) has superpowers. Everybody (fan, non-fans, and casual watchers) seem to notice that very quickly...

  3. Thanks, I'll have to take a look at those links.

    Different name in the U.S.? Sigh. Part of what biased me against Harry Potter was that they changed the name from "Philosopher's Stone" to "Sorcerer's Stone." Being a philosophy major, and having a book have its name changed because the word "philosophy" just isn't "cool" enough to sell a book really ticked me off.