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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Internet's Hottest Authors and Swarm Press Join Forces to in New Wave of Comic Book-Inspired Fiction!

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Internet's Hottest Authors and Swarm Press Join Forces to in New Wave of Comic Book-Inspired Fiction!

Publisher Swarm Press is proud to announce the release of comic book-inspired fiction from writers, podcasters and bloggers Matthew Wayne Selznick, Mur Lafferty and Van Allen Plexico. This new "four-color fiction" combines super-heroic action and real-world drama for an addictively entertaining formula that's sure to leave readers hungry for more.

Playing for Keeps by Mur Lafferty.

Welcome to Seventh City, the birthplace of super powers. The First Wave heroes are jerks, but they have the best gifts: flight, super strength, telepathy, genius, fire. The Third Wavers, like bar-owner Keepsie Branson and her friends, are stuck with the leftovers: the ability to instantly make someone sober, the power to smell the past, absolute control… over elevators. They just aren't powerful enough to make a difference… at least that's what they've always been told. But when the villain Doodad slips Keepsie a mysterious metal sphere, the Third Wavers become caught in the middle of a battle between egotistical heroes and manipulative villains.

Mur Lafferty is an American podcaster and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a degree in English. Her nonfiction work has appeared at, as well as in the magazines Knights of the Dinner Table, PC Gamer, Computer Games, Scrye, and SciFi Magazine. Her short fiction has appeared in Hub, Escape Pod, and Scrybe. She was, until July, 2007, the host and co-editor of Pseudopod, and is currently the host and creator of the podcasts Geek Fu Action Grip and I Should be Writing. Visit Mur at

Sentinels: When Strikes the Warlord by Van Allen Plexico.

The power-mad Warlord stands poised to conquer--or destroy!--the universe itself. Can anyone stand in his way? Enter the Sentinels: College student Lyn Li, brilliant inventor and smart-alec Esro Brachis, beloved hero Ultraa, flamboyant showman Damon Sinclair and mysterious alien powerhouse Vanadium. When at last they all clash atop the Warlord's floating city, can the world itself survive?

Van Allen Plexico is a Political Science professor and the founder of, a website devoted to Marvel Comics' The Avengers. The editor of The Avengers commentary book ASSEMBLED!, he is the author of numerous science fiction novels, stories and nonfiction articles published by Swarm Press, White Rocket Books, Adamant Entertainment, Airship 27, and many others. Visit Van at

Brave Men Run by Matthew Wayne Selznick.

Born different, unsure of his origins, Nate Charters is an outcast at Abbeque Valley High School, a self-proclaimed "boy freak" with few friends and low self-esteem. When the Sovereign Era dramatically dawns, Nate finds himself in a quest to discover the truth: is he more than he seems - a misfit in a miraculous and powerful new minority - or something else entirely?

Matthew Wayne Selznick is an author, podcaster, musician and noted authority on podcasting, new media, neo-patronage and the new Internet merit economy. Brave Men Run, his first novel, is notable for having been initially released simultaneously as a paperback, DRM-free e-book, and free podcast. Visit Matthew at

According to Swarm Press founder Jacob Kier, it was the combination of the authors' backgrounds in social media and the quality of their work that brought them to the attention of Swarm.

"My methodology for acquiring new material to publish has always been to not only look at works that are handed to us, but also actively seek out quality books that have been produced independently," said Kier. "Adding Lafferty, Selznick and Plexico's books to our stable was a no-brainer: not only do they bring captivating, high-quality tales with them, but they each have a powerful social media presence and dedicated followers who will help Swarm to quickly build up its community of fans."

Sentinels author Plexico said that the release of books like his is another sign of the way the internet has changed traditional publishing.

"Publishing used to be like network TV: You had very limited choices from a handful of big, powerful content providers. Today, publishing has become more like cable or satellite TV: You have a vast, diverse multitude of choices, with "narrowcasting" replacing "broadcasting" and something being offered to suit nearly everybody," said Plexico. "I doubt many hidebound, monolithic old-school publishers would have given my Sentinels novels the time of day. Swarm Press grabbed them up because Swarm understands there's a certain audience out there that will absolutely love them. They put the quality of the material and the wants of their readers ahead of everything else. They know what the fans want and they deliver it, time after time-- and I am glad to be a part of that."

All of these titles are available for review by request, and interviews with Lafferty, Plexico and Selznick – together or separate – can be scheduled for your publication. Contact publicist Matt Staggs at today.

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